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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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Should you take probiotics?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. The term probiotics refers to ‘a live microbial feed supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance’[1,2]. The intent of using probiotics is to elicit change which results in reduced amounts of potentially harmful microbes colonising the gut and increasing the populations of beneficial microbes[3]. Strains of lactic acid bacilli, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium4, are most commonly used in probiotic formulas, with some non-pathogenic strains, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli)5, and Saccharomyces boulardii also regularly…

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Fat Loss Nutrition

The simple truth about sugar

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Sugar has been implicated in causing serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The list of complications seems endless, but without this most simple of carbohydrates our bodies would not be able to function properly. Sugar, in the form of glucose, has many important roles in the body, including being the preferred energy source for muscle contraction and biologic work. More importantly, the brain requires glucose as its primary energy source. A lack of glucose can result in weakness…

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Nutrition Supps

Is omega-3 from animals healthier than from plants?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. It has long been established that omega-3 fats have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which revolve around these fats being the building blocks of eicosanoids, which are signalling molecules that play a key role in the regulation of inflammation. Eikosi is the Greek word for 20, and it is these 20-carbon long eicosanoids, which are derived from n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), better known as omega-6, that have pro-inflammatory and immunoactive functions, and n-3 PUFAs – such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid…

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Fat Loss Nutrition

Is fruit making you fat?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Fructose, more commonly known as the sugar found in fruit, has been part of the human diet since we started walking upright, and is found in high concentrations in tree and vine fruits, berries, honey, and root vegetables. It can exist naturally either as a monosaccharide or as a unit of a disaccharide (sucrose). It is roughly 1.73 times as sweet as sucrose and is the sweetest of all the naturally-occurring carbohydrates. Excessive consumption of fructose has been hypothesised to be directly…

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Nutrition Recovery Supps

Do you need post-workout carbs?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. If you take on carbs as soon as your workout finishes in the belief that you need to replenish energy levels as quickly as possible, you may be taking on unnecessary calories, especially if getting lean in your primary training objective. That’s because replacing the glycogen you’ve just burned isn’t as crucial to recovery as some have claimed. Indeed, unless you are training very intensively and multiple times per day – like a pro athlete – it’s likely that your current diet…

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The BCAA breakdown

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Leucine, isoleucine and valine are three essential amino acids collectively known as branched-chain amino acids or BCAAs. BCAAs cannot be synthesised by your body, so they must therefore be consumed from the diet. It is estimated that the three branched chain amino acids make up approximately 33% of all the amino acids in the body. A great proportion of these three amino acids found in skeletal muscle, where they act as both structural elements and play regulatory roles in muscle protein synthesis,…

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Fat Loss Nutrition

Why SIRT foods burn fat and build muscle

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. What are sirtuins? Sirtuins (SIRTs) are a class of enzymes which were originally observed to influence longevity of yeast cells. Further research has uncovered at least seven similar human proteins, named SIRT1 through to SIRT7, which have the ability to efficiently silence and activate the expression of a variety of genes that are involved in a wide diversity of biological processes. What roles do they play in the body? Continuing research has since shown that SIRT pathways act as ‘master regulators’ of our…

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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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Fat Loss Supps

Carnitine and fat-burning fiction

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Carnitine is a derivative of the amino acids lysine and methionine and is found in highest concentrations in red meat, with 100g containing approximately 95mg. Increased intake has been proposed to increase fat oxidation, delay muscle glycogen depletion, and increase endurance exercise performance[1,2]. The primary function of carnitine is to act as a co-factor in the enzymatic system involved in conjugating fatty acids for transport for mitochondrial beta-oxidation[3,4]. In layman terms this simply means it transports fat to cells where it can…

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