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Doctor insights on: The Effects Of Protein Powder In Teen Athletes

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Is it good to give teen athletes some protein powder?

Is it good to give teen athletes some protein powder?

It is fine: It is safe to give a teen protein powder. The question is whether it is necessary. The typical western diet provides more than enough protein to support the muscle building efforts of a teenager. The extra protein from the powder is just extra. It is extra calories, calories that are expensive & devoid of any other nutritional content. My suggestion is stick to whole foods. ...Read more

Protein Powder (Definition)

Any of a large group of nitrogenous compounds of high molecular weight that are essential constituents of all living organisms. They consist of one or more chains of Amino Acids linked by peptide bonds and are folded into a specific three-dimensional shape maintained ...Read more


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Help please! is ensure protein powder good for teens?

Help please! is ensure protein powder good for teens?

No: With someone who is eating a normal diet, there should be no need for supplemental protein.And too much protein may have some risks to your health.Once in a while is probably ok, regularly not needed. ...Read more

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Is it healthy for teens to drink protein powder and no worry about kidney stones?

Is it healthy for teens to drink protein powder and no worry about kidney stones?

Nope: Depending upon goals a balanced diet should suffice in assuring plenty of nutrients regardless of growth stage. Adding protein is commonly used to build muscles fast, which should never be the goal as strength is to be built slowly with gradual exercise. Hydration remains critical, specifically if extra protein is added to diet. ...Read more

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Its my 2nd month in the gym and taking protein powder to increase my mass, so r there any side effects of taking it more than limited quantity?

Its my 2nd  month in the gym and taking protein powder to increase my mass, so r there any side effects of taking it more than limited quantity?

A lighter wallet: The typical western diet provides more than enough protein to support the metabolic processes of the athletic population. Multiple studies show that supplemental protein has no effect on the results of training. ...Read more

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What side effects are commonly associated with consuming protein powder?

What side effects are commonly associated with consuming protein powder?

There are none..: There are none unless you have significant kidney or liver disease. Otherwise, healthy! ...Read more

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Can there be any side effects of alcohol against protein powder?

No: There are no direct interactions between alcohol and protein powder, but it doesn't sound like a very palatable cocktail. :-) also if you have liver failure from drinking too much alcohol, you need to be careful about the amount of protein you consume. ...Read more

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Effects of encapsulating weight gain/ protein powder in gelatin capsules?

Effects of encapsulating weight gain/ protein powder in gelatin capsules?

Works: You can put protein powder into capsules if you want. The gelatin that the capsules will dissolve and release the powder in the second part of the digestive tract. This is actually where most of the protein is started to be digested. It will take quite a few pills to get a substantial amount. ...Read more

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Am 21 years old but my weight is only 40 kg's and skinny.Can you please suggest me diet or any protein powder which doesn't have any side effects.....

Am 21 years old but my weight is only 40 kg's and skinny.Can you please suggest me diet or any protein powder which doesn't have any side effects.....

Gain muscle?: Do you want to gain muscle or gain fat or a reasonable amount of both? Protein powder isnt the answer. You need to take in more calories than presently and i suggest it from healthy foods, like nuts- whole grains etc- you also need to challenge your body to increase the muscle through exercise- resistance training. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking whey protein powder? I'm about to start taking it and am wondering if there are any adverse effects?

Are there any side effects to taking whey protein powder? I'm about to start taking it and am wondering if there are any adverse effects?

Whey protein powder: contains very little lactose and so many lactose intolerant folks can use it w/out issue. If you can't, there are lactose free whey protein powders on the market. Make sure it is from free range cattle rather than cows penned up and fed hormones and antibiotics. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hi I am 16 years old i take protein powder like muscle pharm combat take enough protein per day, is it has any side effects on height growth?

Hi I am 16 years old i take protein powder like muscle pharm combat take enough protein per day, is it has any side effects on height growth?

Protein powders: The problem with all these protein powder is that we dont know the long term effects on the body of a growing individual. You might grow 1/4 of an inch more at the expense of going into liver or kidney failure . Do you think its worth it? ...Read more

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Is there any known adverse effects for taking protein powder (whey, casein)? I usually drink one or two a day between meals, not as a meal replacement

Is there any known adverse effects for taking protein powder (whey, casein)? I usually drink one or two a day between meals, not as a meal replacement

Minimal: Whey protein isolates are generally very safe to ingest. There is a potential for some abdominal distress if you take too much at once, but this is rather rare. Assuming you have no other medical issues that would preclude you from processing protein, you should be just fine. ...Read more

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I am curious of effects this sweetner may have when consumed regularly in gold's standard whey protein powder. High pulse, weight loss, dehydration?

I am curious of effects this sweetner may have when consumed regularly in  gold's standard whey protein powder. High pulse, weight loss, dehydration?

What sweetener ?: Your question as submitted makes no sense. As docs, we don't keep a list of every product sold and their contents. The public site is not a chat room so future submissions are not linked. You can re-submit the question, but go back and find out what the sweetener is first. ...Read more

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What's the best protein powder?

What's the best protein powder?

Whey.: Irrespective of the brand, whey protein is considered a high quality supplemental protein. If you exercise, shoot for no more than one gram of protein (from all sources) per pound of body weight per day and drink plenty of water throughout the day. ...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


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Athlete (Definition)

Ath·lete n. A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those ...Read more