- Structural proteins: just like the scaffold on a new building, some proteins serve as the structure upon which teeth, bones and skin are built. They also are an integral part of your organs and muscles.
- Fluid balance: proteins help maintain the body’s fluid balance.
- Antibodies: antibodies are large proteins that fight invasions of foreign substances like bacteria and viruses.
- Hormones: hormones act as messengers in the body and many are made up of amino acids.
- Transport proteins: some proteins act like taxis carrying vitamins and other substances in the blood from place to place.
- Enzymes: proteins work to speed up certain chemical reactions in the body.
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