Can Too Much Protein In Your Diet Kill You?

September 11th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Bodybuilders hear people asking this question sometimes from bodybuilding newbies and it annoys them. What If I told you, that it actually was possible to overdose on protein? Believe it or not, too much protein in the diet could cause you to die. How is this possible?

I'm sure you heard of the artificial sweetener aspartame and all the warnings about it's health effects on the brain and body. Aspartame is actually aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Phenylalanine isregular amino acid found in all protein at various ratios. It is also lethal at high doses.

Ok, now that I've got you worried, you don't have to be. It actually would take about 1000 grams of protein in order for it to kill you. That would be a eating feat on it's own(but doable). Sometimes you have to lure a person into a topic, in order for them to learn about a "boring" amino acid such as phenylalanine. Really too much of anything could kill you, even drinking too much water!

Phenylalanine benefits:

Phenylalanine is beneficial in healthy ranges. It helps keep us feeling good and our nervous system working at optimum. This is mainly due to phenylalanine conversion to amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine is a pre-cursor to dopamine. epinephrine, nor-epinephrine, and dopamine in the pituitary gland in the brain. These are important neurotransmitters for the nervous system. Phenylalanine and tyrosine are sometimes supplemented just for their anti-depressant effects.

  1. Ummers on September 12th, 2007

    Yea I hear this alot of newbies to the bodybuilding field

  2. Dale Jason Cook on February 19th, 2009

    THis is fact!!