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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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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Common Dietary Supplements Used by Elite Athletes

For my 4rth article in my series of articles on dietary supplements that may help to improve athletic performance, I am going to review a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (Erdman et al, 2007) which reviews common dietary supplements used by elite Canadian athletes. Though it is generally accepted that…

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