The Health Scientist Podcast

Ep.22 Jose Antonio: Protein research, health benefits and safety

Jose Antonio PhD FNSCA FISSN is the CEO and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition ( as well as the co-Founder of the Society of NeuroSports, the first academic society that focuses on sports neuroscience. Dr. Antonio has published more books and scientific publications than you will ever care to read. Dr. Antonio completed a Ph.D. and post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas. He is an Associate Professor and the Program Director of Exercise Science at Nova Southeastern University in Ft Lauderdale FL. In his spare time, he prefers to do SUP (stand up paddling) throughout the state of Florida. If he weren’t a scientist, he’d probably be a beach bum. His latest research is on the effects of creatine on cognition as well as the role of contact sports on the etiology of brain trauma.

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In this episode we cover:

  • How Jose's research focus moved from muscle hypertrophy to the role of protein in the athletes
  • What the ISSN does to promote evidence based practice in sports nutrition
  • The misinformation around the health effects of protein and how it lead to Jose's research investigations
  • Why physique athletes can sometimes make great subjects for nutrition experiments
  • Protein overfeeding and how it differs from overfeeding on carbs or fats
  • How protein may increase energy expenditure and aid improvements in body composition/loss of fat mass
  • The effects of very high protein diets on kidney function over a whole year.
  • How do dietary recommendations differ between athletes and the general population
  • How much protein should people be eating for health
  • The importance of protein for older people to help prevent sarcopenia (muscle loss)
  • The importance of muscle mass for maintaining health as we age
  • The relationship between protein intake, exercise and bone mass
  • The Society for Neuroscience and the role of exercise in how our brains work
  • The benefit of creatine for cognitive function, particularly in vegetarians and vegans
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