What are PKU protein supplements?
Protein is an essential nutrient for our bodies. Made up of amino acids, protein is an energy source that exists in every cell of our body and is crucial for growth and development.
People who are on a low protein diet to manage their metabolic condition still require protein intake. However, the protein source must be relevant to their metabolic condition, by excluding the offending amino acid. These metabolic conditions may include Phenylketonuria (PKU)
, Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD)
, Homocystinuria (HCU)
That’s where protein supplements
come in. These contain a balanced mix of essential and non-essential amino acids, carbohydrates, fat, and other vitamins and minerals vital for optimal health of those with metabolic disorders.
Who needs to take PKU protein supplements?
Protein supplements provide people with nutrients needed to fill the gap created by their medically prescribed low protein diet. They are fundamental to the proper functioning of the body and are especially important for children and adolescents who are still developing.
Supplementing adds safe amounts of protein that otherwise couldn’t be obtained from food. This is essential for people with specific health conditions that need to meet their daily nutrition needs.
What kind of PKU protein supplements are there?
These protein sources are designed for most ages, developmental stages and different amino acid disorders. PKU protein supplements are free from phenylalanine, and are created for babies, children and adolescents, adults and pregnant women. Protein supplements are available in a wide range of liquid, powder and tablet formulations to suit different tastes and lifestyles.
Protein supplements for metabolic disorders are crucial for organ, bone and muscle development. It contains key health nutrients, including iron, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin D, omega 3s, calcium and selenium.
Supporting your child with protein supplements is vital while they are growing. MSUD Anamix Infant
is a powdered infant formula suitable for newborns to 12 months for the dietary management of proven MSUD. It can also be used as a supplement up until age 3. For children aged 1-10, we have MSUD Anamix Junior
, which is a neutral flavoured powdered drink mix.
Check out our recipe hub for ideas on creating delicious low protein recipes
Supplements are formulated for different nutritional needs and should be taken under medical supervision.