Whey Protein and Kidney Health

Whey Protein and Kidney Health

Whey Protein and Kidney Health Concerns

Should you be concerned about using whey protein and kidney health?  As many people try to lose weight and build muscle mass, they turn to whey protein as it is considered by many to be the best protein source. It is the choice of most body builders as it accelerates muscle development and aides in recovery. Visit any grocery or health food store and you will see shelves filled with a variety of different brands of whey protein powders.

On the other hand, Google’ whey protein’ and you will see warnings of concern for kidney health. As an example, I found the following, very conservative blog discussing possible concerns. Here is an excerpt:

Risk of Kidney Damage and Whey Protein

When increased amounts of whey protein are taken over an extended period of time, there is a risk of developing kidney disorders, including kidney stones. High protein diets rich in whey can be a health concern that may lead to possible impaired function of the kidneys. Consuming a high protein diet for weight loss stresses the kidneys, which are responsible for flushing wastes. Those who rely on this diet for an extended period are at a higher risk of developing kidney problems, kidney stones and in severe cases, kidney failure. However, there isn’t conclusive research that links excessive, long-term whey protein consumption with deteriorating kidney function. Regardless, many experts caution that there is a risk and encourage individuals to consume whey protein in moderation.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/261806-whey-protein-kidney-damage/#ixzz2PXIfcR5Y

In the same article it suggests that there is no need to worry about whey protein negatively affecting ones kidneys, unless kidney problems exist.  As I scrolled a few more articles of the pro’s and con’s of whey protein, I came upon another interesting article…

Side Effects

People often mistakenly think that high-protein diets cause kidney damage; however, there have not been any studies to support this claim. The abundant studies that have been conducted to test the benefits of whey protein have shown that no kidney damage has occurred from the use of whey. If kidney problems already exist, increased intake of protein can cause further damage, and it is suggested that protein be taken in moderation and with the consent of a doctor. Whey protein does have high vitamin content, so too much whey protein can create some problems with vitamin toxicity. There are no other documented side effects of taking whey protein supplements unless the person is allergic to dairy products.9 Individuals with lactose intolerance should select a pure whey protein isolate, which has less than 0.1 g of lactose per tablespoon (15 g). 

Read more: http://www.uspharmacist.com/content/d/in-service/c/15812/

If you are visiting this site, you are more than likely having some issues with your kidneys. You should definitely follow the suggestion of moderation concerning whey protein intake. You might consider discussing this further with your doctor or Naturopath to make sure whey protein would be healthy for you and your kidneys. Proceed with caution.

topic: Whey Protein and Kidney Health