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Why is protein important for my child?

Protein is important for children of all ages as it helps the body to grow. Proteins are the source of amino acids which are the building blocks of your child’s body. Amino acids help to develop muscle, bones, skin and various organs in children. The enzymes, which cause body growth are proteins produced by the body.
As your child grows, their immune system will mature and improve. Proteins play a big role in the working and development of the immune system.
Many hormones which are needed to regulate the behaviour of various body functions are also proteins. Insulin for example, is a protein.
Proteins and amino acids are also essential for the repair and maintenance of the body. Cell tissue is repaired and rejuvenated through the use of proteins.
Haemoglobin, which transports oxygen to various parts of the body, is also a protein.
Read more about how much protein your child needs

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