Dr. David Minkoff Finds Atkins Dieters May Be Protein Deficient
Clearwater, Fla. — Dr. David Minkoff, M.D., alternative healthcare expert specializing in protein nutrition, says that even as Americans consume record levels of protein, on high protein diets like the Atkins and South Beach, many are still protein deficient. On beef alone, a high-protein food, Americans will spend $70 billion this year, eating it 77.8 million times a day across America, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Yet Dr. David Minkoff says lab tests often show many people are protein deficient. “Standard blood panels may not indicate deficiency, but in deeper tests of the serum, we do find that many are deficient,” says Dr. David Minkoff.
Why aren’t people getting the protein they need from their diet? Dr. Minkoff says that as individuals enter middle age, they lose about half of the hydrochloric acid in their stomachs. This hydrochloric acid is necessary to activate the digestive enzymes, such as pepsin, that initiate protein breakdown. “If you can’t digest the protein you eat,” says Dr. Minkoff, “it doesn’t matter how much protein you’re eating – your body won’t absorb it.”
“Atkins type dieters overload their body with protein and high levels of nitrogen waste products. But many of these people don’t adequately digest the protein, and if so, they may be deficient too,” says Dr. Minkoff.
“Additionally, anyone on medications that block gastric acid production — for example, Nexium, Prilosec, Tagamet, Zantac, Pepsid — will also have faulty protein digestion.”
Besides the difficulty of digesting protein, Dr. Minkoff says there is another fact many don’t know about protein. Even if you do have adequate hydrochloric acid levels, your body can only use about 20 to 50 percent of the protein in the foods you consume. For example, even though fish, poultry, and meat are high in protein, the body can only make use of about 28 to 32 percent of this protein. The rest is converted to nitrogen waste.
“The high nitrogen waste that results from protein metabolism can be very hard on the bodies of certain individuals, particularly those with kidney problems,” says Dr. Minkoff.
The National Kidney Foundation says 20 million Americans have kidney disease, and another 20 million have reduced kidney function and don’t even know it. One study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that when individuals with reduced kidney function engaged in high protein diets, their kidneys declined even further.
“As the kidneys are taxed with excessive nitrogen waste, it can leave people feeling tired, achy, sore, and groggy,” says Dr. Minkoff.
For decades scientists have sought to find a more efficient protein, one that would be more fully absorbed and utilized by the body, and which would not produce any nitrogen waste. Dr. Minkoff believes he has finally found this protein with BioBuilde, a protein supplement with a unique amino acid profile. Several years ago Dr. Minkoff began a nutrition company, BodyHealth.com, to make this supplement available to the public.
“What’s really amazing about BioBuilde,” says Dr. Minkoff, “is that it produces only 1% nitrogen waste. Other amino acid formulas typically produce about 82% nitrogen waste. So this makes BioBuilde a truly revolutionary protein.”
BioBuilde contains a unique patented formula of the eight essential amino acids in a special proportion to maximize protein synthesis. Ten tablets of BioBuilde produce less than half a calorie, and almost no nitrogen waste, yet yield the equivalent of 25 grams of high biological value protein.
Because of this, individuals with insufficient protein intake, who want optimum protein nutrition with almost no calories or nitrogen waste, are recommended to supplement their diet with BioBuilde. BioBuilde can be ordered by calling 877-804-3258 or by visiting www.bodyhealth.com.
Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and worked as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995, when his wife became sick with an illness no physician could diagnose.
Dr. Minkoff’s search to help her led him out of emergency medicine into alternative medicine to find the answers. The answers he found became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, the nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes BioBuilde and other cutting-edge solutions for the many health problems today.
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