Protein Supplementation

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There is probably no other nutrient that gets as much attention with sports people more as protein owing to its…

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Vitamin D

Why is Vitamin D important?

Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium from the gut and for optimizing bone health. Clinical Vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia (soft bones) in adults and rickets in children. In older adults, low levels of Vitamin D have been shown to increase risk for osteoporosis, falls and fractures.

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What is HMB?

b-Hydroxy b-methylbutyrate (HMB) is a metabolite of the branch chain amino acid leucine. It is claimed that HMB decreases muscle protein breakdown and increases muscle mass and strength development and reduces muscle damage/soreness.

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Beta-Alanine (β-alanine)

What is Beta-alanine (β-alanine)?

β-alanine is an amino acid that is naturally made by the body but also found in animal products (especially chicken breast meat and fish). β-alanine is important in the production of a protein called carnosine which can buffer (“soak up”) acid by-products produced during high intensity exercise.

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Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s)

What are BCAA’s?

BCAA’s have been popular in the body building fraternity for decades but in recent years have become increasingly popular amongst the wider athletic population The three branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) are also essential amino acids as they cannot be synthesised by the body and must be obtained from dietary sources.

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What is creatine? Creatine is a naturally occurring compound found in skeletal muscle (and the brain) that is obtained from…

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What is caffeine? Caffeine is a naturally occurring stimulant found in leaves, nuts and seeds of numerous plants. Its widespread…

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Nitrate (Beetroot Juice)

The excitement around beetroot juice as the newest sports supplement comes from its particularly high content of nitrate and ability to be turned into juice. Beetroot juice can be made at home with a juicer but specially produced concentrated “shots” of juice (e.g. Beet ItTM shots) are often a more convenient and palatable option owing to the significantly lower volume required for the same amount of nitrate than DIY juices (70ml vs. ~500ml DIY beetroot juice).

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