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Is bcaa supplements harmful for 16 year old boy?

Is bcaa supplements harmful for 16 year old boy?

The real question: Why does a 16 y/o need bcaa supplements? A balance diet should provide the amino acids needed. As a rule of thumb I believe that obtaining this amino acids through a balance diet and consulting with his physician is a more healthy alternative. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Hi I used to have kidney problem ,can I use bcaa supplements ?

Hi I used to have kidney problem ,can I use bcaa supplements ?

Not clear as to: benefit. If you are doing this to put on muscle mass or to supplement your diet it is not necessary. A good diet and maybe adding whey is better. About your kidney problem , have your doctor clear you prior to starting to add this to your diet. ...Read more

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Can I use BCAA supplement pill when on liquid diet for colonoscopy?

Can I use BCAA supplement pill when on liquid diet for colonoscopy?

BCAA: This latest addition to muscle building should not interfere with the colonoscopy, but it might be best to check with the colonoscopist and see what they advise. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Do you have to take bcaa supplement on a empty stomach or can you take it with a meal? Will taking it with a meal diminish its absorption and effects?

Do you have to take bcaa supplement on a empty stomach or can you take it with a meal? Will taking it with a meal diminish its absorption and effects?

Better without prot.: Because Amino Acids compete with one another for uptake, bcaa's will be more fully absorbed if you don't eat much other protein with it- you could have some fruit ; veggies or starches with it and that would not reduce absorption. Even if you take it with a protein-rich meal much will still be absorbed, but for maximum benefits take without much other protein. ...Read more

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I am currently taking levothyroxine .125 mg for hypothyroidism and trying to get back into bodybuilding. Is it safe to take a bcaa supplement?

I am currently taking levothyroxine .125 mg for hypothyroidism and trying to get back into bodybuilding. Is it safe to take a bcaa supplement?

Yes: Yyes. Just keep your TSH and ft4 checked regularly. We have bcaa in our body. Only concern would be iodinated products, or chlorinated, brominated, fluorinated. ...Read more