Does Betaine Supplementation Improve Strength?

To start off with, betaine is a nutrient which functions a methyl donor in various chemical processes in your body.  It’s actually found in various foods such as beets, broccoli, spinach, and shellfish.  Donation of methyl molecules is important both for cellular reproduction and for the health of your liver.  Vitamins B6, B12, Folic acid…

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L-Arginine Supplementation Enhances Exercise Tolerance?

In a recently study which included just 9 recreationally active males, researchers studied the effect of acute ingestion of l-arginine supplementation on high-intensity exercise tolerance (Bailey et al, 2010). L-arginine is an amino acid. The subjects who were between the ages of 19-38 years of age consumed a beverage either consisting of 6g of l-arginine…

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Does Soda Loading with Sodium Bicarbonate Work?

The biochemistry of acid-base balance during exercise has been a topic of interest for over 70 years. Current consensus suggests that it’s not the accumulation of lactate that results in symptoms of fatigue. Instead, it’s due to an imbalance in the rate of proton release, buffering, and removal. Sodium bicarbonate or sodium citrate is a…

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Improve Athletic Performance: Cold Beverages?

When I think back to the days that I used to compete in bicycle racing, I can certainly remember the effects of running out of water during a race. Back in those days, the average racing bicycle weighed about 21 lbs, so deciding how much water to carry was always an important factor. It’s still…

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L-Carntine l-Tartrate to Reduce Muscle Soreness?

For athletes who participate in resistance training, one common complaint following training is often post-exercise muscle soreness. Both clinically as well as from personal experience, I can tell you that this only gets worse as we age. If you’re looking to combat post-exercise muscle soreness, one options that you may want to consider is supplementing…

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Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and Branched-Chain Amino Acids

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) are essential amino acids that have to be ingested in your diet since they can’t be synthesized in your body. BCAAs are abundant in muscle proteins. Unlike other essential amino acids which are broken down  in the liver, BCAA catabolism occurs primarily in muscle. The breakdown of BCAA in muscle tissue…

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