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How to Improve Protein Powder Absorption

author image Ruth de Jauregui
With degrees in fine and commercial art and Spanish, Ruth de Jauregui is an old-school graphic artist, book designer and published author. De Jauregui also worked in the Napa Valley as a high-end catering assistant. She enthusiastically pursues creative and community interests, including gardening, home improvement, pet rescue and social issues.
How to Improve Protein Powder Absorption
Some athletes add protein powder to their diet plans. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Protein powders are a popular method of increasing protein in your diet, especially if you are following a weight-loss program. Adding whey protein to your diet may help reduce hunger pangs and control your blood sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic. Most of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to process protein are easily incorporated into a balanced diet. In addition, adding doctor-recommended supplements may maximize your body's ability to absorb protein powders.

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Step 1

Consult your doctor or health care provider before beginning any diet plan or adding supplements to your daily eating habits. Some vitamins, mineral supplements and herbal remedies may interfere with medications prescribed for your existing health conditions.

Step 2

Add fortified cereals containing vitamin B6 to your daily eating plan. Vitamin B6 helps your body process protein. It is also used to metabolize sugar, form red blood cells and assists in brain functions.

Step 3

Add vitamin B1, or thiamine, to your diet. Thiamine helps your body process protein and carbohydrates. It is also used by your heart and nerve cells. Thiamine is found in fortified cereals.

Step 4

Incorporate folic acid by adding dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, collard greens and spinach and fruits such as avocados and oranges to your eating plan. Folic acid helps your body metabolize proteins and is necessary in producing cells. It also reduces your risk of heart disease.

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