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BCAAs and protein synthesis

BCAAs and Protein Synthesis

BCAAs and Protein Synthesis All muscle is made up of protein, and more specifically, amino acids. When you eat protein, it's broken down into amino acids, which are then sent to tissues all around the body. There, they are reassembled into new proteins: muscle tissue. The body is constantly breaking...

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BCAAs and Aerobic Performance

BCAAs and Aerobic Exercise

BCAAs and Aerobic Exercise In the previous post (BCAAs and Strength Training), we discussed whether BCAAs were effective in increasing strength. The same reasons BCAAs SHOULD increase strength are the same reasons they SHOULD increase aerobic performance. In this post, we'll go over research specifically looking into BCAAs and aerobic...

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BCAA and strength training

BCAAs and Strength Training

BCAAs and Strength Training In the first post of this series (Introduction to BCAAs), we looked at what BCAAs are, how they work, and some of their potential benefits. One of the areas where BCAAs have the most promise is improving strength. BCAAs can provide the muscle with energy, increase...

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BCAAs

Introduction to BCAAs

BCAAs Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) have become one of the most popular supplements in the fitness industry. Both as a standalone product and ingredient in protein supplements, pre-workouts, and recovery drinks, BCAAs are everywhere. At approximately $18 per pound, its high price SHOULD deliver great results, right? What are BCAAs? There...

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glutamine

Is glutamine effective in improving performance or enhancing recovery?

Glutamine Glutamine is one of the conditionally essential amino acids1. Under normal circumstances, the body makes enough. In certain instances, such as a critical illness, the body's requirement exceeds its production capability. In these times, the body needs an external (dietary/supplement) source, to meet its needs2. Amino Acids 101: Essential vs...

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Effectiveness of Sports Drinks on Athletic Performance

Sports Drinks Commercially available sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade contain carbohydrates, electrolytes, and other nutrients. These products claim to improve rehydration and provide energy to keep workouts going longer. This presumably leads to increased strength, endurance, and overall performance gains. Given these claims, do we really need to consume...

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Can caffeine help me increase strength and power?

Caffeine Caffeine is a popular supplement used to improve performance and increase alertness. Americans consume 200-300 milligrams of caffeine per day. As one of the most widely used ingredients in pre-workout supplements, it's important to verify its efficacy in improving exercise outcomes. What is Caffeine? Caffeine is a substance found naturally in...

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Creatine and Aerobic Performance

Creatine and Aerobic Performance Creatine is one of the most popular supplements available. When thinking of its possible benefits, we typically imagine gaining muscle, strength, and overall size. Rarely do we think creatine has the potential to increase cardiovascular or aerobic performance. Basic Creatine Explanation After you eat fats, carbs, and proteins,...

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creatine

Creatine and Strength

What is creatine? Creatine is one of the most popular supplements in the fitness industry. It plays an important role in energy metabolism and supplementation provides many benefits including increased muscle mass, strength, and improved body composition. How does creatine work? When we eat macronutrients, they get converted into adenosine triphosphate or ATP....

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