Whey Protein

Is Whey Protein Effective?

In general, there is not enough scientific evidence to suggest that whey protein really is effective for most uses. The protein might be useful for decreasing the risk of food allergies (especially milk allergy) in high-risk infants and might help people who have HIV or AIDS to gain weight (see Does Whey Protein Work? for more information).

Dosing Information

There is no established standard dosage for whey protein, although general guidelines may be obtained from a few clinical studies that evaluated certain uses of the supplement.
(Click Whey Protein Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Whey Protein

People sometimes assume that dietary supplements are automatically free of side effects. However, this is usually not the case. In studies, there have been reported side effects of whey protein, including (but not limited to):
  • Increased stool frequency
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Thirst.
(Click Whey Protein Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Theoretically, whey protein may interact with a few medications (see Whey Protein Drug Interactions).
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Whey Protein Powder Information

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