Is whey protein right for you?

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Who would have thought that the milky  liquid whey left after the mother have made cheese out of milk can be used to help people with AIDS or can help little Jon make huge muscles and gain some weight and even help poor grandma who is lactose intolerant to acquire the same nutrients as we do from milk.

Whey protein, it is a mixture of globular proteins isolated from whey. Primarily used as a dietary supplement, whey protein has been attributed with various health claims like increase in muscle protein synthesis, body fat loss, preventing allergies, late stage cancer, colon cancer etc.

It has been of most importance for supplementing and replacing milk based new born formula. Researchers have shown that the infants who consume whey protein during their first 3-12 months, are not likely to develop eczema (red itchy skin) and they are comparatively immune to allergies and other atopic diseases that are basically allergic reactions itself than the infants who consume standard formula.

It is also helpful in reducing psoriasis symptoms that causes red scaly skin and painful blisters type pattern. The alternative medicine community has also motivated its use as a dietarysupplement in people with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), weight loss and osteoporosis in post menopausal women and weight loss.

Protein is very essential to strong muscle synthesis as evident from our elementary class knowledge but it’s over consumption can cause some hey protein side effects too. People with lactose intolerance have the highest tendency to develop theses side effects. So they should instead take whey protein isolate. It can harm your liver and kidneys if taken in excess dosage. It also causes bloating. It’s a state when your belly bulges outward even if you are not fat.  So whey protein can cause some mild side effects like nausea, intestinal irritation, cramps, reduced appetite and can also result in adverse effects like kidney stones and failure, fatty liver and ketosis. Also its usage by pregnant women is still under research.

So building muscles and having adequate amount of protein is important to all of us but excess of everything is bad. Some people stay away from whey proteins thinking it’s very dangerous but I that it’s only a myth. Whey protein is quite useful to our body if taken in proper prescribed amounts. So, go ahead and make use of this wonderful creative invention of human but be very careful when it comes to its dosage.

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