? The Real Truth About Protein Powders And Kidney Damage – by Dr Sam Robbins

In a previous video about “How To Use Whey
Protein for Maximum Muscle Gain & Fat Loss”, someone asked if eating protein powder can
cause kidney damage. Well, I have a very interesting and true story
about this and how my old business partner did die of kidney failure and I’ll share
it with you in just a minute. Lastly, I’ll also reveal the REAL cause
of kidney damage, so continue watching… Clinical Studies About Protein & Kidney Damage Let’s first get the clinical studies out
of the way. Eating a high-protein meal can raise the pressure
inside the kidneys and cause them to filter more blood than usual.1,2 Thus, putting more
stress on the kidneys Additionally, there is no clinical evidence
that too much protein can damage the kidneys of healthy people 3,4 Granted, the studies
are only for a few months and the protein intake isn’t super high. However, there is evidence that a high-protein
diet can be harmful for people with kidney disease or kidney problems.5,6 So, as far as the clinical studies are concerned,
you can eat as much protein as you’d like, unless you have kidney disease. Granted, clinical studies is nothing like
the REAL world My Partner Died Of Kidney Failure Around 2003, I had a very successful nutritional
supplement business specific for athletes and bodybuilders. I had a business partner who was much older
than me and at the time, someone I *thought* was also wiser and more knowledgeable. I really looked up to him at the beginning
of our partnership and friendship. Unfortunately, over time, the longer I got
to know him, the less I respected his decisions and views on health, fitness and longevity. One of them was the use of high protein diets. I remember him telling me that in order to
really increase my muscle mass, while minimizing fat gain, I need to eat a lot more protein. He suggested a minimum of at least 2 grams
per pound of body weight and it would be much better if I had 3 grams. At that time, I was eating 1 gram per pound. Thus, I weighed about 200 lbs (91 kgs) and
ate 200 grams of protein. But he suggested I increase it to 400 grams
and preferably 600 grams, daily to start seeing the real muscle building benefits. He himself, being very muscular and lean at
250 lbs, was eating almost 1000 grams of protein daily and said that was ONE of his “secrets”. Most of the protein being from fast digesting
Whey protein. And so, I decided to give it a try because
I trusted him. After all, he was 7 inches shorter than me
and yet, he had an extra 50+ lbs of muscle. Over the next 3 months, I slowly increased
my protein to eventually eating 600 grams daily. It was about 100 grams, 6x daily. And because that’s just a lot of chewing,
most of it was in fast digesting whey protein. The end result was I felt like crap. My pee was a dark color. I was always slow and sluggish. I didn’t gain any extra muscle and thus,
I ended this experiment after 3 months. So, why am I telling you this story, since
the subject of today’s topic is “protein powder and kidney damage”?… Well, this is because my old business partner,
died a few years later due to kidney failure. He in fact, was on kidney dialysis for a few
years before I guess things finally gave out. Was this all because of the high protein diet?… No – I don’t think so. I’m sure he was doing other things that
were not good. He ended up being a liar anyway and that’s
why I stopped working with him. So who knows what else he was doing that could
have caused his kidney damage and eventual failure. BUT, I do think the high protein intake most
definitely accelerated the process and added to the stress. And over the years, I’ve known people having
very high protein diets – whole foods and powders – who do have elevated kidney numbers
and liver enzymes. Bottom Line? So the bottom is that people who have a lot
of protein powders, also consume much higher amounts of protein since it’s easier to
drink 50 grams of protein, than to eat. And YES, I do believe it can cause undue stress
on your kidneys and eventually, cause damage. I suggest you eat NO more than 1 gram of protein,
per pound of body weight and that can be a mix of whole food and powders – including
even some good vegetable protein sources. I also suggest cycling your protein intake
and I’ve made a video about this, “Eat NO Protein To Gain MORE Muscle” … I’ll
give you the link at the end of this video The REAL Cause of Kidney Damage The truth is that a much bigger cause of kidney
damage is NOT protein, but high blood pressure. Which, unfortunately, many people have and
they don’t even know it. And the older you are, the higher your blood
pressure due to the negative changes in your hormones because of aging. Also, anyone who doesn’t sleep well, is
under daily stress, and takes stimulants – including caffeine, typically has high blood pressure
through various parts of the day. Heck, even I’ve had mild hypertension in
the past 3-4 years and that’s why I’ve been taking Blood Pressure Optimizer for a
few years to keep my blood pressure in the low to normal, healthy range. Within a month, my energy levels improved,
as did my sleep and of course, my blood pressure and also kidney function, when I’ve done
blood test. So, if you have high blood pressure or are
concerned about kidney function, monitor your blood pressure daily and use a natural blood
pressure lowering solution like Blood Pressure Optimizer. And just scroll down below, to the description
area and I’ve listed all the links to today’s mentioned videos
and topics.

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52 Responses

  1. Valentim Júnior says:

    Great content.

  2. Isha kashyap says:

    Okay.. looks good

  3. X__ Ace __X says:

    View and like and comment ☺️

  4. Frostaren says:

    Thank you for all your great content dr sam you are amazing

  5. Hamze Maxamed says:


  6. Bench Lifter 120 says:

    Thanks for explaining another important topic to us doc. Very appreciated.

  7. elie Lahoud says:

    thank you doc!

  8. azad hassan says:

    REALLY very good speech brother i like it from Mauritius ???

  9. StaticPunk says:


  10. Adithya Naik says:

    Thanks doc ?

  11. Josh Herrera says:

    @ Dr. Sam now make a video on kidney repair.

  12. Matthew JesusWins says:

    Thanks Doc.

  13. mido man says:

    Awesome video

  14. Nicolly Farao says:

    Amazing experience dr Sam! I'm glad that youre fine! Well done and great video again! Thank u biggest fan in brazil! ?

  15. adkinsy85 says:

    Thank you for the video i was thinking to buy a protein powder but now I will never lol

  16. Chadwin Headlam says:

    I always recommend your channel to ANYONE who is interested in their health

  17. Diego Robles says:

    Would grass fed beef pre workout be good

  18. William S says:

    Thanks doc this was very informative.

  19. Jean Villard says:

    I am currently on vegans protein will it help me build muscle?

  20. Marko Gavrilovic says:

    Your friend was on steroids + ate to much protein.
    I'm 200lbs and consuming about 90-120g of protein (real food, without powders) and my muscles are groving quite fast. It's more important what you eat, than how much protein you eat. Vitamins, minerals, fats, cholesterole, carbs are also very important… P.S. Sorry for bad English?

  21. Benjamin says:

    My friend buys to much protein powder??

  22. Wilhelm Hesse says:

    Amazing video, thanks. I would also recommend drinking ginger tea, it really helps reduce high blood pressure.

  23. jim kline says:

    What is your opinion about supplementing with creatine, and is there any difference between powder or capsules , thank you

  24. RA A says:


  25. Gary Shields says:

    Too much creatine will damage your kidneys also.

  26. DaBruiser615 says:

    Sam Robbins your a G my boy ?

  27. Aadil Rayz says:

    Hey doctor Sam can you do a video on what to eat before and after a workout? Please?

  28. Rc1 says:

    Dr Sam is one of the best Dr. Thanks Dr Sam for this video.

  29. Sébastien Briol says:

    Bang bang! Always had this question running up in my head!

  30. EternalDestiny48 says:

    Dr. Robbins do you have a conflict of interest? Do you get paid to promote some supplements?

  31. Akshay Shrestha says:

    True facts. Thanks, Doc.

  32. Surinder Singh says:

    Definitely needed this info.
    Thank you Dr Sam

  33. steve Muchiri says:

    Wow Dr

  34. Abraham Isaak says:

    the way he explains it :
    takes up to 600 g of protein daily, no muscle growth
    stops the intake after three months

    so did he train at all or not ?
    since when does protein alone build muscle
    maybe i just understood him the wrong way

  35. Mark ONeill says:

    I lowered my blood pressure by fasting — not taking anything.

  36. R3Pents says:


  37. Friday Albert Odia says:

    Key lessons

  38. Sour Lemon says:

    Can you make a video about how muscle memory works?

  39. 18skunk18 says:

    Wow, Thank Doctor for another life saving informative video.

    God Speed.

  40. 18skunk18 says:

    Also My sorry for the loss of your worker partner.

  41. Devil 4 says:

    Those people didn't drink enough water ?

  42. reg profant says:

    It's all about balance.

  43. g3ultra says:

    What are your thoughts on casein protein versus whey protein?

  44. Danish khan says:

    1000 grams … stupidity

  45. Saeed Akhtar Awan says:

    Nice and Very Informative Video Sir, Thank You.

  46. Spartan 58 says:

    Your buddy must have been on the juice

  47. quinton guidry says:

    : Blood Pressure Optimizer. What about some natural/herbal recommendations ?

  48. Trish West says:

    Excellent video on the high protein diet. Yes I agree, i also feel unwell with protein overload. My herbologist says you can lower blood pressure by eating plants.
    Animals eat plants and look at their muscle.
    Also, your blood pressure optimizer is a good product which I have in my pantry.
    I've stopped eating as much animal protein and reduce added salt and sugars and drink lots of ginger tea and my blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are all great!
    Anything we can do to keep the liver clean e.g. by eating more romaine lettuce w apple cider vinegar and olive oil each day. Thank you !

  49. Ana Lúcia Santos says:

    GFR at 48, microalbuminuria, no more symptoms, strict vegan diet for 1 year and half, exercise minimum 5 times a week, can I take 1g of protein/kg?

  50. Rishab ruleZz says:

    Actually its ok if you have alot of water.

  51. Sanjay Yadav says:

    good one sir

  52. Richard Mohammed says:

    Yea he was using steroids

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