Heavy metals found in some popular liquid and powdered protein shakes are Arsenic(AS), Cadmium(Cd), and Lead (Pb). These muscle building drinks (anabolic) protein can have untoward effects on the human body. Excessive intake of AS, Cd, and Pb can lead to heavy metal toxcity which causes damage to the liver, kidney and heart.
One of the most popular protein chocolate shakes contains more Pb and Cd than the daily recommended allowance. Even the protein shakes targeted to pregnant women and teens, the benefits may not outweigh the risks.
Extra protein in the urine is called proteinuria. As blood passes through the kidneys, they filter out waste products and leave compounds the body needs behind. Most proteins are too large to pass through the kidneys' filtering system. With excessive intake of protein, some protein may pass from the blood and leak into the urine when the kidneys' filtering system is damaged.
Cd causes kidney damage. High amount of Pb causes neurological deficits and kidney damage. AS causes cancer, kidney failure and liver cellular death.
Do due diligence. Read the lables, research and be mindful of the other foods your ingesting. It all adds up.
Talk with your physician about the risks and benefits of adding protein shakes to your diet.
Be kind to your kidneys. They keep your blood chemically balanced and normalize blood pressure.
Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN