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Protein is what muscles are made of. It contains nutrients (amino acids) that are absolutely necessary to form muscle, and it helps repair damage to your body from illness or surgery. Your minimum need for protein is related to your body size and your activity level. Protein levels can vary from 1/3 of a gram to one gram per pound of body weight. Experiment with what works for you, or consult a nutritionist who can help you get it right.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|