soy protein

What is soy protein?

Soy Protein Few foods evoke greater emotion than soy. It elicits fears of decreased testosterone, less optimal strength, and feminization of masculine features. There's plenty of misinformation about soy. The truth is there are plenty of health and performance benefits to consuming soy protein with plenty of research to back...

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creatine body fat

Does creatine decrease body fat?

In this series, we've learned creatine definitely increases strength and muscle mass. It accomplishes both by increasing the availability of ATP in muscle tissue, allowing you to workout at a higher intensity. This leads to both strength and size gains. If creatine increases workout intensity and promotes increases in...

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creatine muscle

Can creatine help me gain muscle?

It's fairly clear that creatine monohydrate causes weight gain. For many, this is a benefit. Unfortunately, some of this quick weight gain comes from water and reverses once supplementation stops. Still, creatine is a very common supplement used to gain strength and muscle mass. Does creatine actually increase muscle...

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creatine and cardio

Does creatine improve cardio?

Aerobic and Anaerobic Energy Pathways Before we get into whether creatine and aerobic exercise/cardio are a good fit, we need to understand the basics of how the body produces ATP. ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, is the main energy currency in the body. Regardless of whether you eat fats, carbohydrates, or...

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caffeine

Does caffeine increase strength?

Caffeine Caffeine is a popular supplement used to improve performance and increase alertness. Americans consume 200-300 milligrams of caffeine per day. As one of the most widely used ingredients in pre-workout supplements, it's important to verify its efficacy in improving exercise outcomes. The Supplement Database: Caffeine The Supplement Database currently rates 15...

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sports drinks

Do sports drinks improve performance?

Sports Drinks Commercially available sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade contain carbohydrates, electrolytes, and other nutrients. These products claim to improve rehydration and provide energy to keep workouts going longer. This presumably leads to increased strength, endurance, and overall performance gains. Given these claims, do we really need to consume...

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glutamine

Is glutamine effective in improving performance or enhancing recovery?

Glutamine Glutamine is one of the conditionally essential amino acids1. Under normal circumstances, the body makes enough. In certain instances, such as a critical illness, the body's requirement exceeds its production capability. In these times, the body needs an external (dietary/supplement) source, to meet its needs2. The Supplement Database: Glutamine The Supplement...

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creatine and strength

Does creatine make you stronger?

Creatine and Strength Creatine and strength training go together like (insert your favorite pair). Creatine works by providing additional phosphate groups, making it easier for the body to recycle ADP back into ATP. This should theoretically improve performance in exercises which have high, short-term energy demands. We are lucky in...

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