Side effects of Protein Powder including dosage & precautions

People those in need, in addition to supplementing essential amino acids through food, protein powder can be appropriately selected as a protein supplement, but it is necessary to pay attention to the amount of protein powder your body needs according to your lifestyle. After the protein is digested and absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract, it needs to be transformed into the body’s own substance for human use through liver processing.

At the same time, nitrogen-containing substances such as ammonia, urea, and creatinine, which are metabolized by proteins in the body, need to be excreted by the kidneys. If a person ingests too much protein, it will increase the burden on the liver and kidney and have an adverse effect on the human body. Therefore, protein is by no means much better, most of the nutritional experts recommend modest protein intake. According to the DRI (Dietary Reference Intake), the protein consumption should be 0.9 grams per kilogram of body weight or 0.36 gram per pound, if more than this amount, it may harm human health. Approx. 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man and 46 grams per day for a sedentary woman. In this article, we will have a glance of side effects of protein powder and know about the dosage and precautions while taking the same.

Side effects, Dosage and precautions while taking Protein Powder

Dosage and precautions

Protein intake varies depending on the age, weight and labor intensity of the person. The growth of children and adolescents, pregnant or lactating women, the amount of protein is generally higher.

(1) Take the recommended intake.

Since the raw materials and processes used in each production plant are not exactly the same, the requirement of every body’s body of the patient is also. The person should not increase or decrease the amount that recommended by the dietitian or as per the body weight. Too little to eat, not to achieve the intended purpose; eating too much, it will cause waste or side effects.

(2) Do not take it on an empty stomach.

Eating protein powder on an empty stomach, protein powder will be consumed as a general “heat-producing food”, wasting valuable high-quality protein sources. Therefore, eat some other foods before or at the same time as eating protein powder. The patient can only eat fluid, and the protein powder can be eaten together with milk, soy milk, oatmeal, malt extract, and other foods. If you are a bodybuilder or weightlifter then take come before hitting the training and then after to get the best results.

(3) Don’t take with hot food or liquid

Protein supplements contain many active substances with special physiological functions. They are all afraid of heat. Once they are heated, they lose their activity, which greatly reduces the bioavailability. Therefore, whey protein powder cannot be cooked and hot, can only be dissolved (mixed) in water, porridge, malt extract and other foods below 40 ° C, can also be used as a cold drink.

(4) Add seasonings to control.

Protein powder can be added to a variety of foods to eat, like to eat sweet can add sugar, like salty can add salt, but can not add too much. Because excessive intake of sugar and salt is not good for human health. Also, do not add MSG when eating protein powder, because the protein powder itself has a certain umami taste, the amino acid composition ratio of the whey protein powder is better, and the component of MSG is sodium glutamate, which is decomposed after metabolism in the body. With glutamic acid, adding MSG to protein powder is equivalent to adding snakes.

(5) Do not eat with acidic drinks.

Beverages such as apple juice contain organic acids, which, when they meet protein powder, form clots that affect digestion and absorption.

(6) Patients with liver disease 

Since the liver has obstacles to the processing and utilization of proteins, the protein intake should be appropriately increased. However, for patients with advanced hepatic coma and cirrhosis, supplying too much protein increases the burden on the liver and exacerbates the condition. Animal protein should be restricted. Because it can produce more ammonia in the body, it can induce or aggravate hepatic coma, so these patients can choose some plant proteins rich in branched chain amino acids, especially soy protein. Because branched-chain amino acids are mainly metabolized in muscle, they have a protective effect on liver function.

(7) Children under three years old should not eat protein powder

Newborns should not eat protein powder, and the best nutrition for babies is breast milk. If the child can’t take breast milk for various reasons, the fosters or caretaker should choose the formula milk powder of the corresponding age, instead of eating protein powder, because the protein composition of the adult supplements is not suitable for young children, and it is not conducive to the child’s digestion and absorption. It is very likely to cause vomiting, diarrhea or allergies in the future.

(8) Gout patients should choose carefully

Gout (a painful arthritic disorder)suffering should consult a doctor before taking protein powder. Because protein powder with main soy ingredients is high in purine, it can cause an increase in uric acid in the body, contributing to or aggravating gout. However, some brands of soy protein powder have been specially treated to reduce the strontium content.

(9) Special patients should seek medical advice before consumption.

The protein powder contains a high amount of protein, which is decomposed by the liver in the body and then synthesized into the body’s own tissue components, and its metabolites are discharged from the urine through the kidneys. People who have liver, kidney disease, and other serious diseases may have an increased burden on their organs after eating protein powder. Therefore, before eating protein powder, you should seek the advice of a doctor before deciding whether you can eat it. If you want to increase the amount of protein powder, you should also listen to the doctor’s advice.

Side effects of Protein Powder

Side effects of protein powder: too much protein intake is not only a waste but also harmful to human health, unless until your body doesn’t require that much, because the accumulation of protein breakdown products in the body will affect the normal liver and kidney function and immunity, among which animal protein excessive intake can also induce heart disease. In addition, eating too much protein increases the risk of cancer.

Refrences:

https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2933008#hn-2933008-side-effects

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20338292

https://nutritionstudies.org/no-whey-man-ill-pass-on-protein-powder/

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