Protein, sarcopenia and the benefits of an active lifestyle

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Adalin Health + Nutrition was set up by Paul O'Loughlin, a Sydney-based New Zealander and food scientist who has worked with large and small dairy companies including Fonterra, Lion and Freedom Foods.

After exploring the academic research into sarcopenia and skeletal muscle metabolism, he realised that much of the message about the importance of good quality protein in a balanced diet was missing the people who would really benefit. 

"older adults need more protein that younger adults to support good health, promote recovery from illness and maintain functionality." (Bauer et al, 2013)

A simple strategy of increasing the consumption of high quality protein to 30g three times per day in combination with resistance exercise can maintain muscle mass and strength, and reduce the likelihood of falls, fractures and frailty in later life. The key is leucine, an essential branched chain amino acid (BCAA) that triggers muscle growth and maintains muscle mass and strength.  But as we age, our body's ability to absorb leucine is impaired.

The Adalin range of protein supplements has been designed specifically to support normal muscle growth and maintenance in older adults.

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