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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Is exercise protein a danger to your health?

    Exercise protein sports supplements are taken by millions of people. Some take them in the hope that they will help them to lose weight. Others use them in order to increase their muscle growth for an improved physique. Others still take supplements to enhance their performance. There are, however, risks in taking these supplements.

    Illegal exercise protein

    Most of the exercise protein supplements sold over the counter within the UK and online are perfectly legal and comparatively safe. There are, however, many products available online that are both illegal and dangerous, because they contain harmful stimulants, hormones and steroids.

    Possible risks

    Purchasing and taking these illegal exercise protein supplements could result in serious damage to your health. Some of the health issues caused by these illegal products include heart problems, seizures and kidney failure, liver damage and jaundice.

    According to NHS.UK, some have even been linked to deaths.

    Legal exercise protein

    Even legal products not containing these substances can, if taken excessively or over prolonged periods, cause or worsen already existing kidney problems and increase the risk of developing osteoporosis.

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    If taken at the same time as prescribed medicines, the supplements may also stop these medicines from working properly.

    Reckless distribution of exercise protein

    Sometimes, though thankfully rarely, trainers provide athletes in their care with protein supplements that are not legal or ask them to take more than the safe daily dose. This may be done in order to improve athletes’ performance quickly before contests, for instance.

    If this happened to you and you became ill, there is a chance you may qualify for compensation if you were at the time assured by your trainer that the supplements you were given were both legal and safe.

    Why you may be eligible to claim

    Just like gym owners are required to prevent slips, trips and falls and other gym accidents, trainers are duty bound to protect the athletes in their care against injuries. This includes not giving them potentially harmful substances.

    Gym visitors who are injured by slipping, tripping or falling or other accidents at the gym through no fault of their own are entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Athletes made ill by their trainers giving them dangerous supplements have the same right to claim.

    Learn more

    You can obtain more information on claiming, establish your claim eligibility and enlist one of our experienced in-house lawyers by calling us, Accident Advice Helpline, on 0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, now.

    Date Published: April 6, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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