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Doctor insights on: Protein Supplements For Vegetarians

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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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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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Is gnc's amp wheyobolic protein shakes good for weight loss?

Is gnc's amp wheyobolic protein shakes good for weight loss?

Do not waste your $: Do not waste your time with "weight loss supplements". If you want to achieve weight loss, reduce your carbs to a bare minimum, drink only water, eat lots of low starch veggies and increase your activity levels. ...Read more

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Will supplementing a lower protein semi-vegetarian diet with whey protein powder improve immune function?

Will supplementing a lower protein semi-vegetarian diet with whey protein powder improve immune function?

Probably: This depends on sufficiency of protein in your diet but deficiency of Amino Acids is not unusual ; grows more common as we age, as most over age 60 produce insufficient hydrochloric acid, needed to digest protein. Low protein impairs immune function; whey is a superb source proven to increase glutathione, important for immune function. There are big differences in quality-see http://bit.Ly/1fpottv. ...Read more

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What protein supplements should a vegan take?

What protein supplements should a vegan take?

Beans: Most fruits and vegetables have a relatively low amount of protein, usually in the 5-6 percent range or so. Nuts, beans, and even humus have quite a bit higher levels of protein and are often used because of that. There is a book called forks over knives that has vegan recipes in it if you are interested. ...Read more

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Can whey protein drinks good for weight loss?

Why, not whey: Why are you taking whey protein? What is the problem you think you have and what do you think whey protein is going to do to improve it? How are you going to measure that improvement? Eating extra calories can't help weight loss, no matter what it is. Save your money. Don't get your medical inforation from friends, tv and the internet. ...Read more

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How safe are protein supplements for lean mass gain?

Very: Buy them from a reputable supplier sealed. Sometimes well-intentioned folks at the gym will put goodness-knows-what in your "protein shake." this is a great choice and i'm glad you're pursuing a fitness lifestyle. ...Read more

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What are good supplements to take? Is whey protein healthy?

What are good supplements to take? Is whey protein healthy?

Whey protein is: fine if it is made from organic or free-range cow milk. If not, it can contain hormones, antibiotics, etc. Peace and good health. A good quality multivitamin and mineral tablet is also good. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Pea protein shake a good supplemental alternative to whey protein shake for vegans? Is there enough Lysine? Any better alternatives? Thank you.

Pea protein shake a good supplemental alternative to whey protein shake for vegans? Is there enough Lysine? Any better alternatives? Thank you.

Lysine in peas: Pea protein powders are reported as having a lot of Lysine. You're more likely to get all your essential amino acids if you use more than one protein source (legumes, whole grains, and nuts). Search for Complete Proteins on greatest.com. ...Read more

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Including essential Amino acids supplement (BCAA) would affect gout? Is Whey Protein supplements & glutamine supplement safe for gout users?

Including essential Amino acids supplement (BCAA) would affect gout? 
Is Whey Protein supplements & glutamine supplement  safe for gout users?

None will effect gou: Gout is related to URIC ACID and PURINES, not amino acids or protein supplements. BUT, since everything you mention is a complete waste of money, why bother to ask? There are meds used to control gout in different ways. Low dose aspirin and thiazide diuretics tend to raise uric acid levels. Alcohol, especially in large amounts, often causes attacks. Low purine diets are slightly effective. ...Read more

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For muscle gain n body building which protein powder is helpful , whey protein or soya protein?

For muscle gain n body building which protein powder is helpful , whey protein or soya protein?

Whey protein: Is a little better for body building, but there is not that much difference. Make sure you are only using it as a supplement as well. You also need a solid balance of proteins from diet from sources such as meets, chicken, fish, etc. ...Read more

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Hemp protein powder replace whey protein to gain muscle, what to do?

Hemp protein powder replace whey protein to gain muscle, what to do?

Any pure protein....: ...powder is protein. It's what else that's added 2 it that needs watching. Read labels carefully & if U don't understand what's been added, ask Ur PCP or a dietitian. 2 much protein will challenge Ur kidneys, so more is not always better. U need 50gms/day generally. Add supplement as U exercise especially in weight training.U have bbetter dose control with powered rather than capsules or pills. ...Read more

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Are those protein shakes healthy?

Are those protein shakes healthy?

ForTheMostPartYesBut: That's like asking "are those cars safe?" You must check out the details, called ingredients. It also depends on what you'll want to get from the shake. If just protein, then there are whey products, pea products, rice products, dried egg products, etc etc, and combinations. Past the protein are all the vitamins, minerals, herbs, and extracts. It's complicated. For pure protein I prefer egg whites ...Read more

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Have trouble eating, will Atkins shakes suffice for protein?

Have trouble eating, will Atkins shakes suffice for protein?

Possibly: Remember, nutrition is more than just about protein. You need proper balances of many minerals and nutrients in the proper dosages. Speak to your physician or ask a sports nutritionist. In the meantime, i'd choose a multi-nutritional drink such as ensure or boost to provide you with the necessary nutrients you need if you cannot eat properly. Your dentist may also help. ...Read more

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Is amway nutrilite protein powder good as diatery supplement ?

Better available: It is ok but i think you can do much better. My concerns: the main ingredients are soy and milk protein. Almost all soy these days is gmo unless it is organic & there is evidence this is unsafe. Milk is mostly from cows fed gmo corn & soy unless organic. Amway does not use organic sources. A much better protein powder is whey cool from grass-fed cows. Also take a good multivitamin. See comment:. ...Read more

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How effective are protein supplements for gaining muscle?

How effective are protein supplements for gaining muscle?

Effective but: Resistance exercise required. The amount is your weight divided by 2.2, which will give you the number of grams of protein you need daily. ...Read more

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What are reliable, doctor-recommended high protein snacks for building muscle?

Several!: Protein bars, string cheese, beef jerky, sardines, pork rinds, protein shakes, any natural cheeses, nuts are good. Peanut butter, and many others! notice-all are low carb or no carb! ...Read more

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