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Artificial Sweeteners, Diabetes and Exercise Performance

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 8/7/2018 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Artificial Sweeteners, Diabetes and Exercise Performance
A recent study showing that artificial sweeteners may impact diabetes has generated a great deal of media attention. Beverages sweetened with aspartame dominate the beverage category. Many people consume them because they want to reduce or eliminate their consumption of sugar. The researchers found that artificial sweeteners interfere with normal energy metabolism in a manner similar to that seen with diabetes. Laboratory animals fed artificial sweeteners, showed an increase in blood amino acid levels indicative of a greater breakdown of muscle protein for energy.

Hero Amino Acids #2 - Leucine

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 8/3/2018 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Hero Amino Acids #2 - Leucine
Of the 21 amino acids, leucine has a special place in endurance exercise. Although amino acids are the building blocks of protein, leucine, in its free state, has a major impact on endurance as well as muscle recovery. Leucine belongs to a class called branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), which compose about one-third of muscle protein. At one time, researchers believed that carbohydrate and fat were the only sources of muscle energy. In the mid 80’s it was discovered that when exercise exceeds 40 minutes BCCAs become an important fuel source supplying up to 20% of muscle energy needs. Even among the three BCCAs, leucine has a special role in this regard being far more readily converted to energy than the other two.

Five Simple Ways to Increase Lean Body Mass: Overview

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 7/25/2018 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Five Simple Ways to Increase Lean Body Mass: Overview
A key component of fitness is increasing lean body mass. Increased lean body mass offers aesthetic, metabolic and fitness benefits.  Although exercise is the cornerstone for increasing lean body mass, there are five simple steps one can take to increase lean body mass faster.

How Does Caffeine Extend Endurance?

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 7/17/2018 to Performance Tip Of The Week
How Does Caffeine Extend Endurance?
Caffeine is a remarkable product for serious athletes because it extends endurance four ways, "read more" to see what they are.


Hero Amino Acids #1 - Arginine

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 7/9/2018 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Hero Amino Acids #1 - Arginine
Arginine improves nutrient and oxygen delivery because it is a precursor for nitrous oxide, an essential compound shown to increase blood flow.  Arginine also stimulates specific agents responsible for the transport of carbohydrate from the blood into the muscle cell.  Finally, arginine is a potent stimulator of insulin release.


Exercise Is Good For The Body, Even Better For The Brain

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 7/2/2018 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Exercise Is Good For The Body, Even Better For The Brain
Multiple studies have shown that serious exercisers derive many benefits in terms of cardiovascular, bone and muscle health. There have also been a number of studies showing a positive correlation between exercise and a decreased incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. These studies show that regular exercise can dramatically reduce the development and severity of dementia and Alzheimer’s later on in life.

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