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Proteins

Does soy protein improve body composition?

Diets rich in protein increase thermogenesis, spare muscle protein, and improve glycemic control. Consuming protein before or after exercise also increases protein synthesis. Put together, these benefits have the potential to improve body composition. Let’s take a look at whether or not soy protein has a role to play in increasing muscle mass and decreasing body fat.

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Proteins

What type of whey protein is best: concentrate, isolate, or hydrolyzed?

The process of making whey protein creates three main products: concentrate, isolate, and hydrolysate (or hydrolyzed whey). The main difference between the three is protein content, the protein’s amino acid length, and cost. Does this added cost lead to additional benefits?

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Creatine

Is creatine worth taking?

Creatine is a somewhat rare supplement in that there is plenty of evidence that backs its use. It improves strength, enhances recovery, and increases muscle mass. It does not however, work on every activity. The evidence on creatine use to improve aerobic activity, high intensity exercise, sprints, and decrease body fat is at best, mixed.

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Creatine

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 muscle mass, it should also work to decrease body fat.

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Conditionally Essential Amino Acids

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. Amino Acids 101: Essential vs Non-Essential vs Conditionally Essential […]

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Creatine

What is creatine?

Creatine is one of the most popular supplements available on the market with sales estimated at $400 million annually. This popularity comes for a good reason; creatine is one of the few supplements that consistently demonstrates its effectiveness in a high number of research articles.

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Essential Amino Acids

The Final Verdict – BCAAs

Branched Chain Amino Acids We’ve come to the end of our series on the effectiveness of BCAAs. Since we started, we’ve gone over potential benefits of supplementation including: strength & aerobic training applications, ability to increase protein synthesis, decrease body fat, improve recovery, and aid in weight loss. The current research on BCAAs shows potential […]

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Essential Amino Acids

Do BCAAs make losing weight easier?

One of the main alleged benefits of BCAA supplements is their ability to make weight loss more efficient. BCAAs are supposed to maintain muscle mass during weight loss, keep you out of a catabolic state, and give you energy during fasted cardio sessions. Let’s see whether the research backs up this claim.

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Essential Amino Acids

Do BCAAs lower body fat?

BCAAs and Body Composition One of the many claims associated with BCAA supplementation is an improvement in body composition. BCAAs are supposed to help lower body fat percentage while also increasing muscle mass. While there is limited research on BCAAs and body composition, we can take a look at the available information to see if […]