Whey Protein


Catabolic wasting or cachexia is a clinical wasting syndrome that is characterized by unintended and progressive weight loss, weakness, and low body fat and muscle. At least 5% of body weight is lost. Cachexia is not caused by poor appetite and nutritional intake but rather by a metabolic state in which a "breaking down" rather than a "building up" occurs in bodily tissues no matter how much nutritional intake occurs. Additionally, whether a patient receives nutrition orally or intravenously makes no difference. The patient simply cannot gain weight, so eating more is not an answer.

It is estimated that one half of all cancer patients experience catabolic wasting, with a higher occurrence seen in cases of malignancies of the lung, pancreas, and gastrointestinal tract. The syndrome is equally common in AIDS patients and can also be present in bacterial and parasitic diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic diseases of the bowel, liver, lungs, and heart. It is usually associated with anorexia and can manifest as a condition in aging or as a result of physical trauma. Catabolic wasting is a symptom that diminishes the quality of life, worsens the underlying condition, and is a major cause of death.

Scientists have examined the impact of whey protein concentrate on preventing or treating catabolic wasting, immune dysfunction, and cancer. A study involving HIV-positive men fed whey protein concentrate found dramatic increases in glutathione levels, with most men reaching their ideal body weight. In another study, when different groups of rats were given a powerful carcinogen, those fed whey protein concentrate showed fewer tumors and reduced tumor masses.

One Source of Whey

This one is Immunocal, for which I have seen studies. -there are others

Whey Protein Conc & Glutathione Modulation

Cancer Research, 1998

PubMed Search on Whey/Glutathione

LINK to PubMed

Dietary intake/Resting Energy Expenditure:Weight Loss/Survival

J Nutr, 11/02

Whey Protein & Prostate Ca: Protection

Ohio State Univ, 2/03 Press Release Toxicology in Vitro


LINK to source for Whey, studies, etc.

Whey Proteins Make DNA Repair Easier (Rats)

J Nutr, 5/06

Whey, Glutamine & Transforming Growth Factor-β w/Mucositis

J Nutrition, Vol 140, No. 4 April 2010

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