(08) 9758 8600

Don't Let Age Steal Your Vitality: Why Protein Matters More After 50

Hempco LogoHempco Admin
3 Mins. Read

As we age, our bodies change – it's a fact of life. But what you might not realise is how those changes can impact your protein needs. Here at Margaret River Hemp Co., we're all about living a happy and healthy life, and protein plays a crucial role in that equation, especially as we get older.


Why Protein Matters More After 50

Did you know that after the age of 50, our bodies become less efficient at using protein? This means we need to consume more of it to maintain muscle mass, strength, and overall well-being. Here's the breakdown:

  • Muscle Loss: One of the biggest concerns is a natural decline in muscle mass, also known as sarcopenia. This can lead to weakness, decreased mobility, and even an increased risk of falls. Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle, so upping your intake can help counteract this process.
  • Women and Protein: Let's talk specifics. The recommended daily protein intake for women over 50 is around 120 grams per day – that's significantly higher than the general recommendation!
  • The Aussie Protein Gap: Unfortunately, many Australians aren't meeting their protein needs. Shockingly, statistics show that over two-thirds of Aussies are overweight or obese. While weight management is important, it shouldn't come at the expense of muscle mass.
image 1

Benefits of Upping Your Protein Intake

So, why should we focus on protein after 50? Here are some key benefits:

  • Maintaining Muscle Mass: As mentioned earlier, protein helps us hold onto precious muscle as we age. Strong muscles keep us mobile, independent and help us perform everyday activities with ease.
  • Bone Health: Protein also plays a role in bone health. Studies suggest it can help prevent osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones and increases the risk of fractures.
  • Metabolism Boost: Protein can actually give your metabolism a slight boost, helping you burn more calories throughout the day.
  • Feeling Full: Protein is known to be satiating, which can help you feel fuller for longer and potentially reduce cravings.

How to Get Enough Protein After 50

Now that you know why protein is so important, here are some simple tips to incorporate more into your diet:

  • Start Your Day with Protein: Eggs, Greek yoghurt, and hemp seeds are all fantastic protein-rich breakfast options.
  • Snack Smart: Skip the sugary treats and opt for protein-packed snacks like nuts, seeds, cottage cheese with berries, or hard-boiled eggs.
  • Incorporate Protein at Every Meal: Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, lentils, and tofu are all excellent protein sources.
  • Don't Forget Plant-Based Protein: For vegetarians and vegans, hemp seeds are a complete protein source. Other options include quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, and tofu.

A Note on Supplements: While a balanced diet is the best way to get your protein, protein supplements can be a helpful addition for some people, especially those who struggle to meet their daily needs through food alone.

image 2

Stay Strong, Stay Happy

By prioritising protein after 50, you're investing in your future health and well-being. It's a simple step that can make a big difference in how you feel and function as you age. Remember, a happy body is a strong body, and protein is a key ingredient to keeping both happy!

Looking for Delicious & Nutritious Protein Options?

Explore our selection of Australian-grown hemp seeds! They're a complete protein source packed with essential amino acids, making them a perfect addition to your diet. Visit our website to learn more and discover delicious protein-powered recipes!