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Doctor insights on: Protein Supplements For Vegetarians

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Im a vegetarian and everytime i drink protein shakes, eat peanut butter or fruit i get shaky and light headed. What causes that?

Im a vegetarian and everytime i drink protein shakes, eat peanut butter or fruit i get shaky and light headed. What causes that?

Blood sugar/allergy: This is unusual. If these symptoms occur a couple hours after eating fruit it could be due to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) but that would be unlikely after protein/fats.You may be allergic/sensitive to these foods (or at least one of the ingredients in the shake).If you are allergic to these foods it may be related to imbalances of intestinal flora. I advise seeing a holistic doctor.See comment:. ...Read more

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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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Does protein shakes and supplements make you stop getting taller?

Does protein shakes and supplements make you stop getting taller?

No: You stopped growing long ago. Good quality protein supports tissue growth and repair. Of course you need good health fats and carbohydrates in your diet as well. ...Read more

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Do protein shakes and supplements work?

Do protein shakes and supplements work?

No: I disagree with dr chao.There is no research available that demonstrates that they do work at all for endurance, performance and " replacing" muscle mass.And potential for serious side effects is very high. Not worth the expense or effort. ...Read more

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How safe are protein shakes n prework out supplements?

How safe are protein shakes n prework out supplements?

Most are safe: 20-40 grams of protein, the amount in most protein shakes, is safe to take as a muscle building supplement if you are healthy with normal kidneys and you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Avoid any products claiming additional energy or weight loss benefits since these often contain caffeine or other substances which can put you at increased risk of heat injury, stroke and heart attack. ...Read more

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What is a good way to use protein shakes to supplement my diet when working out?

What is a good way to use protein shakes to supplement my diet when working out?

Not needed: If you are having a mixed diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, low fat milk products, legumes, beans, lentils, there is no need for protein supplements. ...Read more

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I took hardcore whey protein(anabolic supplement in the form of powder shakes) @ 14 and I was 5'7. im now 17 and still 5'7. is my height stunted?

I took hardcore whey protein(anabolic supplement in the form of powder shakes) @ 14 and I was 5'7. im now 17 and still 5'7. is my height stunted?

5' 7" sounds normal: Most people reach their maximum height in their late teens. Without nutritional problems or chronic childhood illnesses, height is largely based on genetics and parental heights. Aside from eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and being happy, there's not much a person nor his doctor can do to affect height. ...Read more

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Taking protein shakes and amino acid tabs could leads to varicoceles or any testicular issues? What are the side effects of these supplements?

Taking protein shakes and amino acid tabs could leads to varicoceles or any testicular issues? What are the side effects of these supplements?

No? But Also No Data: By law, dshea 1994, see fda.Gov, for all dietary supplements, the manufacturer/marketer/seller are exempt from evaluating or proving claims of efficacy or safety. The bigger issue, my view, is why purchase expensive processed food waste rather than cheaper real food. All meats & to a ? extent most above ground vegetables are ? protein; i.e. Large molecules built from Amino Acids per genetic code. ...Read more

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In bodybuilding we take protein shakes inorder to gain muscle mass why do we lose all those muscles when we stop taking these supplements or proteins?

In bodybuilding we take protein shakes inorder to gain muscle mass why do we lose all those muscles when we stop taking these supplements or proteins?

You don't: Protein shakes really have a relatively small role to play in body building. I hope you are not taking testosterone or another anabolic steroid as stopping it can cause loss of muscle. The most likely cause is reducing the frequency and intensity of your resistance training. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can buy protein shakes,fiber supplement and vitamins with food stamps?

Doctors, do you think I can buy protein shakes,fiber supplement and vitamins with food stamps?

Possibly: Each state differs some in what they allow food stamps to be used for. Fiber supplements and vitamins are likely to be allowable since they can improve and maintain overall health. Protein shakes offer benefit only in a select group of people, so unless you have documentation from a health care provider that they are indicated, food stamps may not be honored for them. ...Read more

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Does taking supplements(protein shakes) can causes uti, stones, or any other urinary tract/prostate problems? I feel burning sensation in right testes

Does taking supplements(protein shakes) can causes uti, stones, or any other urinary tract/prostate problems? I feel burning sensation in right testes

Unlikely: The pain in your testis is rather unlikely to be related to your supplemental protein shakes. You need to see a urologist and have this examined. Good luck. ...Read more

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Wat is the best supplements or protein shake to take for working out or body building?

Wat is the best supplements or protein shake to take for working out or body building?

No endorsement: I am sorry, but there are no product endorsements done here on health tap. ...Read more

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Some supplements (for exmaple: Flax seed), say to take with meals. Whats the purpose? Is it okay to take with protein shake instead?

Some supplements (for exmaple: Flax seed), say to take with meals.  Whats the purpose?  Is it okay to take with protein shake instead?

Flax seen in a shake: is fine. Be sure to use flax seed that you grind yourself. Pre-grounds gets rancid easily. Taking supplements or meds w/meals can buffer the impact of them in your stomach and help prevent GI symptoms. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the best protein supplement (shake) that i can take ?

Protein shake: The majority of these shake will give you the protein, but, you will elimate what your body doesn't absorb. ...Read more

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My 9 year old son who is 4'5" weighs 105 pounds. Can I supplement his breakfasts with a protein shake to help him lose weight and if so what brand?

My 9 year old son who is 4'5" weighs 105 pounds. Can I supplement his breakfasts with a protein shake to help him lose weight and if so what brand?

Healthy diet: You are right, protein at breakfast can help with feeling full. I would suggest an egg, or peanut butter, or yogurt for their added nutrients. A 9 year old should not need protein supplements to lose weight - try to use very simple, very natural foods. Consider meeting with a nutritionist, eliminating sweetened drinks and fruit juices, and adding raw vegetables and fruit as snacks. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take some supplements after training workouts? Like protein shake !

Is it bad to take some supplements after training workouts? Like protein shake !

Supplements: A protein shake following a workout can be beneficial because the goal of your workout is replace fat with protein. In order to make protein, you need the building blocks to do that. ...Read more

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What is the best pre and post workout supplement or protein shake for cross fit training?

What is the best pre and post workout supplement or protein shake for cross fit training?

Caution: Nutritional supplements for muscle development can be dangerous if the kidneys are overloaded with too much protein. Most people can achieve adequate results by dietary modification, without the extra expense and risk. ...Read more

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I am currently taking escitalopram 10MG. So today i drank a whey protein shake supplement that contained 495 MG of L-tryptophan will anything happen?

Likely not: If you have had no problem with the medication, the shake is not likely to cause any problem. Even though tryptophan is said to improve sleep , the evidence is very slim. Even if it does, just sleep it off. ...Read more

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Could taking a testosterone supplement in a recovery protein shake cause breathing problems? I had a shake like that twice a week for two months.

Could taking a testosterone supplement in a recovery protein shake cause breathing problems? I had a shake like that twice a week for two months.

Why: I would first ask why you are taking a testosterone supplement? Anabolic steroids have very bad side effects and can lead to serious and life threatening consequences. I would advise discontinuation of these kinds of remedies asap. Anything you buy at a gnc or food store is also typically a precursor and if the intent is to enhance testosterone you are wasting your money. ...Read more

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Shaking (Definition)

Shaking is a symptom in which a person has tremors (shakiness or small back and forth movements) in part or all of his body. Shaking can be due to cold body temperatures, rising fever (such as with infections), neurological problems, medicine ...Read more


Protein (Definition)

Proteins are large molecules made up of a smaller class of molecules called amino acids. Proteins play an enormous role in the function of our bodies including enzymes, messengers, replicating dna, ...Read more