Tag - amino acids

preworkout

Which preworkout supplement ingredients work best?

There is a good reason caffeine and beta-alanine are the two most popular ingredients found in preworkout supplements. There is plenty of research on both ingredients, and the research is overwhelmingly positive on their ability to improve workout performance. The same is not true for tyrosine. Verdict: caffeine and...

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casein protein and sleep

Casein Protein and Sleep

Casein protein has long been known as the "slow" or"nighttime" protein because of its relatively slower travel time compared to other options. While whey protein is digested very quickly and typically used after a workout, casein takes longer to digest. This makes it, at least hypothetically, a great option...

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casein protein

What is casein protein?

Casein is commonly referred to as the slow or nighttime protein because of its relatively slow digestion time compared to other options. It's perhaps the second most popular protein after the king: whey. If whey protein is the most popular, is casein good for anything?

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whey protein

What is whey protein?

Over the years, whey has become the goto protein for athletes, dieters, and fitness enthusiasts. This series will focus on whey and its ability to deliver on a assortment of claims. We'll discuss whether whey helps with performance, weight loss, muscle building, recovery, and more!

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soy protein

What is soy protein?

Few foods evoke greater emotion than soy. It elicits fears of decreased testosterone, less optimal strength, and feminization of masculine features. There's plenty of misinformation about soy. The truth is there are plenty of health and performance benefits to consuming soy protein with plenty of research to back it...

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BCAAs and weight loss

Do BCAAs make weight loss easier or more effective?

BCAAs and Weight Loss One of the main alleged benefits of BCAA supplements is their ability to make weight loss more efficient. BCAAs are supposed to maintain muscle mass during weight loss, keep you out of a catabolic state, and give you energy during fasted cardio sessions. Let's see whether...

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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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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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protein powder

What is protein?

Protein Shakes, tuna and chicken are a bodybuilder's best friend, and as such, protein is often thought of as only a gym rat's food. Protein is an important and essential nutrient for everyone. It has several functions including (but not limited to): providing energy, building/repairing tissue and structural support (skin...

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