Our expert says:
Muscle tissue is built by repeated weight-bearing exercises and this can take a long time. Taking protein supplements is not indicated in young men who are still growing, esp in SA where most people who eat a western diet in any case consume more protein than is required. Excessive use of protein supplements can also cause damage to the kidneys and taking creatine is not advisable in anyone who is still growing because it can cause damage to the joints. Your son needs to eat a balanced diet which is rich in carbohydrates (carbs have what is called a 'protein-sparing effect' and also provide the fuel your son needs to sustain his physical activity). I have written many articles on the subject of diets for sportsmen and women. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'DietDoc's articles' and read articles 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 46 to obtain answers to your questions. There is also info on the Fitness site. Click on 'Fitness' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition'.
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