Dietary Leucine for Resistance Training?

Leucine is an essential/branched-chain amino acid which has been gaining considerable research attention lately for its potential performance-enhancing or ergogenic effects.  In particular, researchers have been interested in its ability to promote muscle synthesis as well as to reduce muscle loss during dieting. Like many supplements that have their roots in animal studies, translating these…

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Does Creatine Improve Arthritis Symptoms?

Creatine supplementation is almost turning into the Aspririn® of the supplement industry.  No, it’s not quite a complete parallel in terms of why people supplement with creatine, but new uses are often being found for this traditional sports supplement.  Either way, I guess it’s too late for the slogan, “Creatine, the wonder supplement that works…

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Branched-Chain Amino Acids Lower Your Risk of Obesity?

With the recent buzz surrounding the obesity epidemic, particularly in developed nations with the Americans leading the way, people are starting to look closer at dietary factors that affect their weight. Branched-chain amino acids, of which there

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Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine and Athletic Performance?

Both exercise enthusiasts and competitive athletes are often looking for ways to improve their athletic performance and shed body fat.  In most cases, this involves optimizing their training methods and nutrition.  Some also look towards nutritional or dietary supplements to help. One common target for potentially improving athletic performance involves increasing blood flow to muscles…

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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-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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