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Why do I need protein as a teen?

Daphne Oz
Health Education
Proteins provide the building blocks, called amino acids and polypeptides, of all muscle tissue. Eating enough protein keeps your muscles strong and powerful and your basal metabolism high (the number of calories you burn when you're doing nothing). Protein is also your "brain food." Because your brain is one big muscle, not getting enough protein can hurt brain function. For example, the different parts of your brain communicate to one another through neurotransmitters, chemical signals that require polypeptides to form. A deficiency in protein can mean that brain functioning suffers.
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