This mainstream advice can leave you weak

It's one of the most important parts of your diet, especially as you get older -- and new research shows how it holds the key to your strength, vitality, and overall health.

Yet it gets almost NO attention at all!

Docs will give you all the usual lectures about sugar, salt, and fat: "Eat this. Don't eat that. Count your calories, and don't forget to track your cholesterol."

Yet those same doctors will never ask about how much protein is in your diet.

They'll just assume you're getting enough, since they think everyone on a typical Western diet is getting plenty.

Well, friend, you know what happens when you assume, right?

The new study finds many older Americans are falling badly short on protein, which could lead to weakness and even frailty, turning your golden years into a nightmare of injury and disability.

And that's because ALL of the mainstream's assumptions about protein have been flat-out wrong.

The new analysis finds that the "official" guidelines for protein, written long ago, were created with much younger people in mind. Yet somehow, it was assumed they would be just fine for 97 percent of the adult population.

As it turns out, those targets don't come close to fitting 97 percent of the population.

And when it comes to seniors, they fit about ZERO percent of the population.

Older people often struggle to maintain muscle mass even in the most ideal of circumstances, so they need higher levels of protein to keep strong.

But many don't get those levels.

The research team behind the new study didn't set specific targets. Instead, they're calling for careful research in the form of a clinical trial involving between 400 and 500 seniors.

Sure, that's great... for them.

For you? Not so much!

You don't have time to wait around for these guys to get their act together and do study after study after study. You need to act NOW, or you'll risk losing your own strength, vitality, and independence.

So, make sure you're getting plenty of protein. Along with building muscle, it can help strengthen your arteries... protect your liver... and even cut your risk of an early death.

Just make sure it's quality protein, because getting it from bacon burgers will kill you, not help you.

Good sources of protein include fish, poultry, and a little bit of lean red meat. But the BEST sources of protein are plants including legumes, quinoa, and nuts.

You don't have to turn into a vegetarian, but studies show even a 3 percent boost in plant protein can cut your risk of an early death by 10 percent.