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Athletic Performance

Vitamin C and E supplements may hinder athletes’ training

Posted February 3, 2014

With the 2014 Winter Olympics just around the corner, hundreds of athletes are in training for one of the most important competitions of their lives. But according to new research, they should stay away from vitamin C and E supplements if they want to do well. A study has found that these supplements may hinder endurance training.

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Five reasons every athlete should do yoga

Posted August 13, 2013

There are arguments against athletes’ practicing yoga. The notion of developing flexibility seems contrary to developing the hard, strong muscles that some sports demand. But Rich Roll wishes he would have started earlier in his athletic career. He has finished high in two ultra-man Hawaiian triathlons well into his 40s. According to Rich, “every athlete – irrespective of sport or discipline – has the potential to enhance his or her ability by adopting a consistent yoga practice.”

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Monitoring Nutrient Intake Can Help Vegetarian Athletes Stay Competitive

Posted July 20, 2013

A balanced plant-based diet provides the same quality of fuel for athletes as a meat-based diet, provided vegetarians seek out other sources of certain nutrients that are more commonly found in animal products, according to a presentation at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Expo®.

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Nutrients for Sports Recovery

Posted July 9, 2013

As mainstream consumers grow increasingly interested in health and fitness, the demographic turning to sports and exercise supplements has continued to expand. And within this growing trend, post-workout nutrition is getting attention as the critical component for optimizing exercise and sport performance results. “While the advantages of physical activity are clear, strenuous activity also increases the risk of oxidative stress, which can lead to inflammation, as well as wear and tear on joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles and other connective tissue,” said Tim Hammond, director of sales and strategic relations for Bergstrom Nutrition.

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Legal performance enhancer betaine boosts athletic performance nearly six percent

Posted July 7, 2013

Researchers report a new performance enhancing ingredient from nutrients that can be found in beets and shellfish that both contain betaine, a substance manufactured in the body that is important for making the amino acid carnitine. Supplementing improves cycling performance after one week. In a study carried out by Ithaca College’s Exercise and Sport Sciences boosted athletic performance by nearly percent after just one week in a small study that included 16 recreational cyclists.

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Ubiquinol Supplementation Enhances Peak Power Production in Trained Athletes

Posted June 18, 2013

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 100 young, well-trained German athletes (53 male, 47 female, age 19.9 years), supplementation with 300 mg ubiquinol for a period of 6 weeks was found to significantly enhance physical performance, assessed as maximum power output by +0.08 Watt per kg body weight (+2.5%).

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Improve your athletic performance naturally with beets: Research

Posted June 14, 2013

If you want to improve your athletic performance and stamina, there’s no real substitute for simply putting time into working out. But if it if you’re looking for a simple, natural way to increase the length of your workouts, or if you just want to give yourself that little edge in endurance or speed, then beet juice may be the answer.

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CoQ10 boosts power in German athletes: Study

Posted May 27, 2013

A study of 100 German athletes has found daily supplementation with 300mg of CoQ10 form Ubiquinol significantly boosted their power performance.

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Carbohydrates and exercise performance in non-fasted athletes: A systematic review of studies mimicking real-life

Posted January 29, 2013

There is a consensus claiming an ergogenic effect of carbohydrates ingested in the proximity of or during a performance bout. However, in performance studies, the protocols that are used are often highly standardized and do not necessarily reflect competitive real-life situations. Therefore, we aimed at systematically summarizing all studies with a setting mimicking the situation of a real-life competition.

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Beets May Enhance Athletic Performance

Posted September 22, 2012

A double-blind crossover study involving 12 trained male cyclists, average age 31 years, found that daily ingestion of nitrates in the form of beet juice led to improved performance.

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