- Q Can my body make all the amino acids I need?
Dr. Dean Ornish, Internal MedicineYour body can make thirteen of the twenty-two amino acids. The other nine are called "essential amino acids," since they must be supplied in the diet. Of these, only three-lysine, tryptophan, and methionine-are critical, since the others are plentiful in... Full Answer
- Q How are proteins formed?
Dr. Dean Ornish, Internal MedicineProtein is formed from building blocks called amino acids. There are approximately twenty-two different kinds of amino acids that can combine to form literally billions of varieties of proteins, just as the twenty-six letters in the alphabet can form an... Full Answer
- Q What type of protein should I eat?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyTo eat protein: 1. Save time and money during the week by buying lean protein such as chicken breasts in bulk and cooking a week's worth on Sunday night. 2. Try to have a little lean protein with each meal, as protein tends to be more... Full Answer
- Q How much protein can the body use at a time?
Dr. Howard LeWine, Internal MedicineBody builders and people who exercise vigorously rarely need more than 0.75 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily. For a 180-pound man, that would be a total of 135 grams of protein per day.A person who rarely exercises needs half that amount... Full Answer