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Posted by: Anthony | 2005/05/27

Protein supplementation in teenagers

Is protein supplementation safe in competitive teenage sportsmen. Does it result in raised serum uric acid levels ? Does it in any way disadvantage health in later years.

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Hi Anthony,

Thanks for taking the time to contact us. I would like to compliment you on being so proactive, you are obviously very serious about the sport that you partake in, especially if you are interested in protein supplementation.

Protein supplements that are available on the shelves of pharmacies and health shops are most definitely suitable for use by teenage sportsmen. Provided you use supplements from a reputable brand, you can rest assured that they will not be harmful to your health, nor will you have any adverse reactions later on in life. Uric acid is a derivative of protein breakdown, and raised serum uric acid levels will be found in individuals who consume high protein diets - this is only of concern if you have a pre-existing medical problem such as renal failure.
Consume large quantities of water daily and you will not experience any negative side affects.

All the best for a successful sporting career.
Regards,
Mario

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