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    Default Protien shakes and liver damage

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    I was recently told by a mate that protien shakes can damage your liver. He referenced his cousin who had been drinking shakes for about a decade and whose liver has now packed it in, apparently the dr's said his protein intake had a lot to do with it (I cannot verify this though). What do you guys think? I currently take about 3 protein shakes a day (2 carb mixes and 1 pure whey after training), could this be dangerous?

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    Protein shakes should only be used to supplement the protein you don't get with whole foods. Its not a replacement. Some protein shakes have heavy metals in them. For this reason I like AAEFX NF-Pro. They test for heavy metals.
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    Ill wager he had a pre-existing liver condition he was unaware of, or something else caused the damage.

    Some protein shakes have heavy metals in them. For this reason I like AAEFX NF-Pro. They test for heavy metals
    all protein shakes do, im pretty sure its impossible to remove 100% of it, its just a byproduct of manufacturing.

    Any reasonable company keeps those levels extremely low, lower than most whole food sources. AAEFX tests for it, as do most major companies (if not all) as im sure there are standards they have to meet.

    Now as a rep I know your trying to plug your companies protein, all well and good. You are however making it sound like its heavy metal free, which i doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cantona View Post
    Hi

    I was recently told by a mate that protien shakes can damage your liver. He referenced his cousin who had been drinking shakes for about a decade and whose liver has now packed it in, apparently the dr's said his protein intake had a lot to do with it (I cannot verify this though). What do you guys think? I currently take about 3 protein shakes a day (2 carb mixes and 1 pure whey after training), could this be dangerous?

    Regards,
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    I read an article saying they dont cause liver damage on BB.com, my standpoint is... Protein powders are just a food! Its powdered food! You see Ronnie Coleman, Jay cutler, Kai Greene, Even Arnold back in the day, drinking 3-5 Shakes a day and they dont have any Liver problems, some people already have a pre-existing condition like said above, Its like people saying stuff about fruit making you fat, If you are already eating junk food yet having a banana once a day of course you will get fat! That junk food out-weighs that banana by far. Here this article covers ALL the myths about what high protein does to your body--------http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/layne38.htm

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    Protein shakes don't cause liver damage. Period. There has never been a clinical study to prove it. Does protein tax the liver yes, even a steak does. The difference is some people like to drink massive whey/water shakes that digest really fast. If my Dr told me that I would find a new Dr. I'm sure if the dude was an Alcoholic Whey shakes would aggervate the issue, but IMO protein shakes are never the issue. There is always some underlying health problem there before hand.

    This type of thread pops up everywhere all the time, if you are really concerned about this illusive non-issue then do the following. First buy a high quality protein from a reputable brand. Second, if it is not a blend, then put it in milk to make it digest more slowly. Third, minimize your intake of processed protein shakes (we all know food is better anyway.)
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    Agreed with everybody above, protein shakes do not affect the liver and or will not cause liver damage. As stated above look up scientific studies and you will not find anything proving this. Now there are low grade proteins out there that have higher metal levels in them, but do not worry about it!
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    This is just one of those things where uneducated mainstream demonizes the weight lifting community. Science is constantly changing their understanding, yet some of the old school doctors and general media refuses to try to keep up. It's very irresponsible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cantona View Post
    Hi

    I was recently told by a mate that protien shakes can damage your liver. He referenced his cousin who had been drinking shakes for about a decade and whose liver has now packed it in, apparently the dr's said his protein intake had a lot to do with it (I cannot verify this though). What do you guys think? I currently take about 3 protein shakes a day (2 carb mixes and 1 pure whey after training), could this be dangerous?

    Regards,
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    I'm guessing your cousin probably liked to drink as well?? In which case, there is more than one variable at work, unless of course all he ever consumed was protein shakes...no other foods, drinks etc, then and only then could protein shakes be considered the culprit.

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    With the rise of gyms and other bodybuilding activities, protein shakes have been used by large number of people. This shake usually consists of some type of fruit, dairy and a protein supplement. To increase their protein intake, fitness enthusiasts often use such shakes for long time. Although it has some positive effects on our body, however, excess of anything can surely put you in trouble as well. The protein shakes cannot only damage your liver but can also affect your kidneys.

    Since it has some negative effects on our body, it is essential to limit their intake. If you are still in doubt, then one of the best things you can do is to seek online advice of good medical experts. For that you can take help of Justsavelives.com and make appointment with them without spending money on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finndeleon View Post
    The protein shakes cannot only damage your liver but can also affect your kidneys.
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