Protein Requirements for the Elderly May be Greater than Thought

Nutrient requirements are typically based on the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) established by nutritionists decades ago. A recent review study, published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, found, however, that when it comes to at least one critical nutrient, “current protein requirements may not be sufficient for older persons.” This is especially the case when the elderly face critical illnesses. The study also highlighted the importance of protein quality, and the amino acid leucine, which is essential for muscle development. All of this points the importance of incorporating good sources of protein in your diet as you age, something that the elderly often struggle to do.

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