Most athletes are usually on a high-protein diet. Protein is necessary for good athletic performance and fast recovery. When consumed right after resistance training exercise, there is evidence that protein increases muscle protein synthesis, leading to improved body composition and exercise performance. But not all protein we eat gets absorbed. A part of it is wasted due to poor digestion. Scientists and supplement companies are now looking to develop protein supplements that contain digestive enzymes and certain probiotic strains that improve nutrient absorption. As Dr Ralf Jaeger explains, with probiotics we can enhance protein uptake in the body, especially for those protein sources—like soy, beans, and peanuts—that are known to have a low bio-availability index. When the protein absorption in your body is improved, you don’t need to consume that much protein.