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A 20-year-old male asked:

I have weak kidneys but fine now but still little weak ? will bcaa supplement affect my kidneys , will these amino acids stress or affect my kidney?

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Dr. Michael Porayko
41 years experience
Branched chain AA: You shouldn't have any adverse effects of taking BCAA in the setting of renal insufficiency or failure. However, you need to take this supplement into account when considering the total amount of protein you are taking per day. Some patients with renal failure need to restrict protein intake to avoid taxing the kidney function. You need to consult your Nephrologist regarding protein intake.

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