Wellness Hub June 2016 What is protein and why do I need it? Pure Warrior powered by Swisse Share Proteins are made up of about 20 different amino acids, eight of which are essential and must come from the diet. Protein is continually being made and broken down by the body and during exercise, protein breakdown is greater than synthesis. When involved in strenuous training, it is important to provide the body with the additional protein it needs to stimulate protein synthesis. Consuming protein straight after exercise delivers the essential amino acids the body needs to repair and build new muscle. High protein foods include lean meats, yoghurt, cheese, tofu, legumes, nuts, seeds, fish and eggs. Pure Warrior Powered by Swisse™ protein supplements are also a great tasting, convenient way to boost your protein intake after exercise.