I've been taking protein shakes for about 3 weeks and I had to stop for a while, in an attempt to find the cause of my headaches. The headaches are now gone (coincidental with the removal of the protein shakes). I realize this may not be the cause of the headaches, and I will slowly go back to the shakes, but I'll keep better track of my protein so that if I have enough in that day, I won't take a second shake.
As the headaches were not consistent but the protein shakes weren't, I did not suspect the shakes until I realized that I switched between two different flavours, and I did not pay attention to see if the headaches followed a specific flavour. So that may be a possibility.
So has anyone had problems with getting headaches with shakes? Did you find that some flavours were ok, but others weren't? Can too much protein cause headaches?
Thanks for your input!
Tell us where you live and maybe someone has some experience in your neighborhood. <jk>
Seriously, some people get headaches with different flavorings or colorings, with aspartame, with msg, and with whey. So it may not be the protein (although Alex's reply sounds plausible if, to me, unlikely) giving you the headache but the 'shake.'
Check the ingredients on your tub and see if anything jumps out at you. You might try a different brand or unflavored. If you ate the equivalent protein level in chicken breasts or something like that, would you expect to get a headache?
JM2C, Selene finally, a serious reply
I'm haveing the same problem,i'm 5'9" and only weight 115. I'm 20 years old. I started drinking these protein shakes and eating high protein food,and i'm haveing some of the worst head aches ever.
I don't know that I've ever heard of protein shakes causing headaches. (that is unless you're putting them in the blender with ice...ie "brainfreeze". LOL) Anyway...maybe trying a different brand of protein might help...let us know how that works!
I started using a product from a company called Vi, it is a shake with a lot of soy protein for nutrition or weight loss. I have used it on and off for three weeks, mostly once a day, sometimes not, and occasionally twice a day. The last two days I have gotten a roaring headache within 5 minutes of consuming the shake. I especially noticed it today because it took me all night to get rid of yesterday's headache. I felt great this morning, and had consumed nothing but water prior to having the shake at 11 am....and a few minutes later, whammo. Which is what started me researching this topic. I found a lot of other information on soy allergies and headaches, so....guess I have my answer.
The same thing happens to me. I just spent an hour on here trying to find out why. It sounds like its the Aspertame or one of the other artificial flavors. Maybe caffein.
There are people who are more sensitive to artificial flavors and headaches are a typical result.
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Thanks. I'll try that stuff.
I believe we all hv googled to find the answer to what cause the headache. Luckily i only hv mild headache and it only last like 20 minutes. It is said that some of us are allergic to whey which cause the headache. But i also hv headache whenever i consume boil eggs. So, am i allergic to eggs? I dnt think so because when i eat fry eggs i hv no headache at all. So, my biggest concern is not that we hv allergy to whey or eggs, its the CHOLESTEROL that i fear the most. High in cholesterol is said can cause headache as well.
In some Whey products, there are ingredients for MSG, a known cause of migraines and headaches in general.
Protein shakes cause me the worst headaches I've ever experienced. I am so glad that someone posted this, because I've been trying to figure out if this happens to anyone else as well. I am lactose intolerant, but my symptoms with that are canceled out because I always drink it with Lactaid. Headaches aren't a symptom of lactose intolerance anyway. I used to drink about 2-3 shakes on days I'd go to the gym, and for a long time, my head was in such pain (within only a few minutes after drinking) that I would just lay down in bed for hours after working out and drinking them. It sounds ridiculous, but it took forever for me to realize that it was the muscle milk and not something else. I really want to find out what the ingredient is that causes this. I drink Premier Nutrition High Protein Chocolate Shakes.
I know the post is very old but I am having the headaches as well. The headaches actually have me bed ridden. Can you tell me if there is another protein supplement you take that will not give you headaches, but is also a good product?
Did you try different brands? Trial and error may get you to the right product for you.
i had been taking max muscles protien for a yr then swithched to nutra bio protien bc it was cheaper and i have had the worst headaches everyday since! i just figured it out tonight! im going to switch back to muscle and spend the extra cash to not have headaches!
I hope you didn't suffer too long before you found this thread.
Here are the protein shakes I recall trying:
100% Whey protein
GNC Pro Amp
All of these products are from GNC. Event the GNC Megamen vitamins cause headaches for me. I have essentially given up on taking protein shakes and I take one-a-day multviatamins from the grocery store.
I just recently switched to a different brand of protein shakes and I too have had some of the worst headaches I've ever had in my life. I'm not sure if that is why, but that is the only thing that I can think of that I have changed recently in my life. If anybody knows if protein shakes can cause these headaches, please tell me. I don't think that I will try drinking this brand again until I'm 100% sure that they are not what is causing these headaches.
Best way to check it is to quit this drink for a while and see if the headaches are getting better.
On a couple of occasions I would quit a protein shake and flush my system and then try another product. There is something in the protein shakes that gives me these massive 3-4 day bed ridden headaches. I wonder if I should dilute the protein dosage a little bit. My doctor did blood work on me and he noticed nothing wrong. I may just be allergic to high dosages of protein.
Excellent point. I have never tried a different flavor of shakes. I have only used the chocolate shakes. It seems to taste better.
I am experiencing the same. Using Vi & having headaches. I'm being told by a physician that I am consuming too much protein & that will cause headaches. I am 40 y.o. Female & in good health otherwise. I guess you just never stop learning about health & nutrition.
I am suppose to see an allergist in a couple of weeks. They are going to check on my tolerance of proteins and other herbs and vitamins. Do you still take protein at only smaller dosages?
I'm having headaches as well on the body by vi shakes. It starts above my eyes forhead area and moves intO the top and sides of my head. I had so hoped this would be a great thing for me.
I don't have a history with protein shakes, but I do have a history with headaches. I just made a home made protein shake this morning. I used Hemp Protein and threw in things like a banana, a kiwi, hand full of blueberries, almond milk, some odwalla brand superfood juice, a leaf of Kale, about a cup or so of spinich, a little ginger root, and 1/2 cup old fashion oat meal. Seems pretty healthy right. The only thing in this shake that i have never had before is the hemp protein. I drank the shake on the way to work and by the time I got to the office I was getting a headache that gradualy got stronger and stronger. This lead me to searching online about the shake and headaches. It's been a little over an hour and the headache has gotten a tiny bit milder, but still there. I've been drinking water hoping to dilute things. If it doesn't ease up soon I will be taking some Aleve unfortunately.
If that was the only new thing you put into that shake you are probably right and it is what causes the headache.
I put in lactose free milk, strawberries and banana.
And... any headaches?
I think your problem is Tyramine. Foods high in Tyramine can give some people headaches, cheese for example gives me terrible headaches and since whey is a bi-product of cheese, I can only assume you suffer the same (if I have more than a scoop in my shakes it gives me headaches too.). I think, but not sure that Tyramine increases blood pressure, and blood flow to the brain, might want to dig a little into that though.