Tag: Amino

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Is excessive BCAA use harming your health?

Calum Gore is an expert in medical biochemistry and health and the founder of biochemical diagnostic testing services company Gore BioScience. He is based in Leicester, Leicestershire. The essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine together make up the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). In total they comprise 30% of the body’s total muscle protein. The fitness industry, athletes and bodybuilders have long used BCAAs for many of the following perceived benefits: increased protein synthesis; increased muscular hypertrophy; improved exercise recovery; increased muscle endurance; improved glucose disposal; increased energy; and increased gluconeogenesis, which is the metabolic process in which glucose…

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How do you know what’s in your supps?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. The dietary supplement industry is big business. In 2013 it was worth an estimated $104bn, according to the Nutrition Business Journal Report, with expected annual growth of 6%. There are approximately 29,000 dietary supplements currently on the market, which were made up of more than 600 supplement ingredients. So it may come as a surprise that for such a huge and growing industry, dietary supplements remains a largely unregulated business. When compared to highly-regulated markets, such as clinical drugs, the quality control of…

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Pre-workout supps for size and strength

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Pre-workout supplementation should be key component of your nutritional plan, whether you are training for strength or body composition, because what you take pre-workout may have a large impact on performance, recovery and ultimately how quickly you can get to where you want to be. Here’s what the latest research suggests you take before your workout to maximise performance and recovery to build bigger muscles faster. Carbohydrates: 35g Resistance training elevates AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) levels within the body, which switches on…

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Is beta-alanine a waste of your money?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. What is beta-alanine? Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid, but it’s different to alanine because it is not a proteinogenic amino acid, which means it does not synthesize protein molecules. Beta-alanine’s key role is that it acts as the rate-limiting precursor of carnosine, with carnosine levels being shown to be directly correlated to the amount of available beta-alanine in the body. This is significant because higher carnosine levels positively impacts exercise performance, specifically because carnisine has a modulating effect upon the accumulation…

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Recovery Supps

Do you need intra-workout BCAAs?

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. Amino acids are commonly described in layman terms as the building blocks of protein. More than 500 types are known but only a select few are used in protein synthesis and so considered essential nutrients for the human diet. Most of these can be synthesised by your body from other compounds, however, there are nine amino acids that can not be made from scratch so instead we must consume from our diet. The nine amino acids we can’t synthesise are: phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, histidine,…

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Fat Loss Nutrition

Does skipping breakfast burn more fat?

Dr Sam Decombel is the chief operating officer of genetic research and development company MuscleGenes and has a PhD in Genetics from the University of Birmingham. She is based in Oxfordshire. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? A message perpetuated by health agencies around the world for many years, it seems that no matter what new diet fads emerge, the one thing that stays constant is the respect that breakfast holds in the public consciousness. Yet some of the most recent research emerging on meal timings is changing our perception on the way in which we…

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