Article #3: Proteins
Proteins are organic compounds composed of amino acids. There are hundreds of types of proteins, each being identified by a combination of amino acids which constitutes it.
Amino acids usually contain nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and sometimes sulphur and are synthesized by the body cells from the air and water or derived from food which is eaten.
The word "protein" signifies "of first importance."
Proteins form the principal elements of the skin, hair, nails, connective tissue, and all other organs. They exist everywhere in the body in cells which make up all the tissues, bones, cartilage, muscle, fibers, glands, and organs.
Among the most important proteins are substances called enzymes which are catalysts which accelerate the vital biochemical processes enabling a cell to do in one minute what would otherwise require many years.
Most hormones are proteins or derivatives of amino acids.
Proteins are manufactured by cells.
Human proteins are different compounds than animal proteins and plant proteins. Thus it is necessary to break down (digest) proteins entering the body into fundamental amino acids which are then recombined into human proteins. Complex animal proteins require a much greater expenditure of effort by the human body cells in the breaking down process than do the more simple plant proteins.
At the same time, a great quantity of wastes, toxins, and poisons accompanies the animal proteins.
These foreign substances are very harmful to the human body and contribute to progressive deterioration of the health, thus it is strongly recommended that all animal protein be excluded from the diet of humans.
A normal, healthy adult body, living in obedience to the rules of health requires very little or no solid food protein to maintain superb health. Since all of the elements constituting amino acids (nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, sulfur) are present in the air we breathe and in the body's storehouse, there is no need to burden the body with large quantities of food in an effort to supply protein. The body's processes easily produce the amino acids and proteins it needs from the constant supply of basic elements available to it.
It is wise to avoid eating all animal protein or too much vegetable protein to insure good health.
EAT SPARINGLY OF PROTEIN FOODS!
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