I recently came across an article that talked about whey protein baldness related problems, especially when making use of whey protein isolate instead of concentrate.
I have to admit that it sounded quite convincing...
You know, you read about some apparently popular universities doing all these kinds of researches, claiming that they conducted tests on hundreds of people taking whey protein isolate supplements and discovering that a certain high percentage of them experienced whey protein baldness...
This is briefly what they said:
"Consumers need to be made aware that taking WPI can damage and accelerate hair loss. Through my research, we've discovered that a vitamin enriched WPC has a very positive effect on healthier, fuller looking hair," said Dr. Larry Shapiro , Principle Investigator of the Study.
WPI stays for Whey Protein Isolate and WPC is the acronym of Whey Protein Concentrate.
Dr. Shapiro continued, "WPI contains highly concentrated amounts of amino acids that cause the body to increase production of testosterone, which breaks down into dehydroxytestosterone (DHT), a hormone that has been scientifically proven to cause hair loss."
Whey Protein Baldness True or Myth?
It's hard to say actually.
It's one of those subjects where they discover something now, and then after a few years they discover the exact opposite.
It reminds me of chocolate, once I heard that it was bad, and later that it was very healthy...go figure.
One thing that I don't agree with the statement above is that WPI causes an increase of testosterone.
I don't buy it.
It's lifting weights what causes testosterone to increase, not taking whey protein (unless it contained some ingredients like Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weeds that are well known testosterone boosters).
Do You Trust Those Studies or People's Reviews?
As there is probably something true about scientific researches, I tend to prefer listening to those that are the "living proof": people's experiences.
I've been taking whey protein and I haven't noticed any increase of my hair loss.
Yes I definitely have less hair than 10 years ago, but there was no acceleration of that process after I started taking supplements.
I did a little bit of research and these are a couple of examples like many:
I have been taking it for 3 years now and I still have a full head do hair
Been taking it over 25 years, and it made me grow hair everywhere
Honestly i couldn't find anyone that claimed whey protein hair loss side effects.
Even if it caused hair loss it would take years, and by then who knows what else could have caused it?
Aging, stress, so many other factors could affect hair loss.
Is Whey Protein Safe Then?
I personally consider whey protein a pretty safe supplement. After all it's just like eating more food rich in protein right?
I'd say, don't worry about whey protein baldness side effects, but at the same do not abuse WPI.
If you haven't already, read my whey protein side effects article to understand why you shouldn't abuse it.
Hey, I did some research about this topic and I also considered my personal experience in my evaluation, but you know, we're not all the same here.
Every body reacts differently to foods and various ingredients. What is your experience?
Are you the proof of whey protein baldness side effects?
Please drop a line and let us know, you might be able to discourage those that fear whey protein hair loss from taking it!
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