Creatine Monohydrate good for Soccer Players

Creatine Monohydrate Supplementation Beneficial in Soccer Players
Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil conducted a study to examine the effects of creatine monohydrate supplementation on lower-limb muscle power in Brazilian elite soccer players. This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel-group study for 7 weeks during the pre-season. Standard protocol for loading and maintenance of creatine monohydrate was followed. Researchers found jumping performance was significantly improved by supplementation. Researchers concluded creatine monohydrate supplementation prevented the reduction in lower-limb muscle power in elite soccer players during a pre-season progressive training. (Claudino JG, Mezencio B, Amaral S, et al. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2014 Jun 18;11:32)

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Dairy Products Effective in Targeting (MetS)

maxpro_chocolate-01Dairy Products May Be Most Effective in Targeting Metabolic Syndrome (MetS)
MetS is characterized by obesity, dyslipidemias, hypertension and hyperglycemia, and impacts 34 percent of the U.S. adult population. Nutrition scientists at the University of Connecticut, Storrs evaluated data from epidemiological studies and clinical interventions suggesting that one or more dairy components might directly affect MetS parameters. Researchers found that calcium reduces body weight by modulating vitamin D concentrations in plasma and activating genes involved in fatty acid synthesis and reducing those involved in lipolysis. Peptides present in milk have been associated with blood pressure reductions. BCAAs may increase post-prandial insulin secretion and regulate plasma glucose levels, and leucine, an abundant amino acid in milk, may be responsible for decreased plasma glucose through modulation of mTOR. Through different proposed mechanisms, dairy nutrients may target all components of MetS. (Dugan CE, Fernandez ML. Yale J Biol Med. 2014 Jun 6;87(2):135-147).

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September Newsletter 2014

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Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ) Effect on Energy

Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ) Influences Mitochondrial Energy-Related Metabolism
Scientists at University of California, Davis set out to evaluate the effects of PQQ on mitochondrial energy-related metabolism. Two studies were conducted that included 10 subjects (5 females, 5 males) each taking PQQ administered as a daily dose. PQQ supplementation resulted in significant antioxidant function (TBAR) and decreases in indices of inflammation (C-reactive protein, IL-6, and urinary methylated amines, and N-oxide) consistent with enhanced mitochondria-related functions. All standard clinical indices were normal. The data are among the first to link systemic effects of PQQ to corresponding mitochondrial energy-related metabolic effects in humans. (Harris CB, Chowanadisai W, Mishchuk DO, et al. J Nutr Biochem. 2013 Dec;24(12):2076-84.

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Cortisol: The Good and the Bad

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the human adrenal glands in response to stress.  Cortix2014 Cortisol is released in response to stress, sparing available glucose for the brain, generating new energy through gluconeogenesis  (the tearing down of muscle to be used for energy) , and diverting energy from low-priority activities (such as the immune system) in order to survive immediate threats.  Cortisol does help the body respond to stress, however, prolonged cortisol secretion (which may be due to chronic stress)  results in significant physiological changes.

Cortisol can weaken the activity of the immune system. Cortisol prevents proliferation of T-cells.

Cortisol reduces bone formation, favoring long-term development of osteoporosis. It transports potassium out of cells in exchange for an equal number of sodium ions . Cortisol also reduces calcium absorption in the intestine.

Collagen is a molecule that makes connective tissue. It’s vital for structural support and is found in muscles, tendons and joints, as well as throughout the entire body. Cortisol inhibits Collagen.  Stress studies showed that in laboratory rats, cortisol-induced collagen loss in the skin is ten times greater than in any other tissue.

High levels of perceived stress and increases in cortisol have been found to increase wound healing time in healthy, male adults. Those who had the lowest levels of cortisol the day following a 4mm punch biopsy had the fastest healing time.

In the fasting state, cortisol stimulates gluconeogenesis, which is good in the short term because it will break down muscle to be used for energy.  This will get the body through the short-term stress, but is bad in the long term because the body loses muscle in the process.

Cortisol also increases blood pressure.          For healthy support of Cortisol levels, check out the benefits of Cortix from Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Whey Protein Isolate and Hydration

Whey Protein Isolate Does Not Compromise Hydration Post-Exercise

Scientists from Loughborough University, UK recruited 10 subjects to complete two trials in which they were dehydrated by intermittent cycling in the heat. Subjects then rehydrated over 1 hr with either mineral water or mineral water plus 20 g/L whey protein isolate (WPI). Researchers found plasma volume was greater 3 and 4 hr post-drinking during WPI and plasma albumin content relative to pre-exercise was increased 1-4 h post-drinking in the WPI group only. These results suggest that addition of 20 g L-1 whey protein isolate neither enhances nor inhibits post-exercise rehydration. These data demonstrate that when post-exercise protein intake benefits recovery or adaptation, this can be achieved without compromising rehydration. (James LJ, Mattin L, Aldiss P, Adebishi R, Hobson RM. Amino Acids. 2014 Feb 6). MMSN Featured Product: Max Isolate.

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ISSN Position on (HMB)

The ISSN Position Stand: Beta-Hydroxy-Beta-Methylbutyrate (HMB)

The International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) bases the following position stand on a critical analysis of the literature on the use of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) as a nutritional supplement. The ISSN has concluded the following. 1. HMB can be used to enhance recovery by attenuating exercise induced skeletal muscle damage in trained and untrained populations. 2. If consuming HMB, an athlete will benefit from consuming the supplement in close proximity to their workout. 3. HMB appears to be most effective when consumed for 2 weeks prior to an exercise bout. 4. Thirty eight mg/kg body mass/day of HMB has been demonstrated to enhance skeletal muscle hypertrophy, strength, and power in untrained and trained populations when the appropriate exercise prescription is utilized. 5. Currently, two forms of HMB have been used: Calcium HMB (HMB-CA) and a free acid form of HMB-FA. HMB-FA may increase plasma absorption and retention of HMB to a greater extent than HMB-CA. However, research with HMB-FA is in its infancy, and there is not enough research to support whether one form is superior. 6. HMB has been demonstrated to increase LBM and functionality in elderly, sedentary populations. 7. HMB ingestion in conjunction with a structured exercise program may result in greater declines in fat mass (FM). 8. HMB’s mechanisms of action include an inhibition and increase of proteolysis and protein synthesis, respectively. 9. Chronic consumption of HMB is safe in both young and old populations.  (Wilson JM, Fitschen PJ, Campbell B, et al.  J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013 Feb 2;10(1):6).  MMSN Featured Product:  MaxxTOR™maxTOR1

Lean Body Mass increased by Mediator Phosphatidic Acid

Mediator® Phosphatidic Acid Increases Lean Body Mass

Scientists at the University of Central Florida, Human Performance Laboratory set out to examine if Mediator® Phosphatidic Acid (PA) can enhance strength, muscle thickness and lean tissue.  Sixteen men were randomly assigned to either a group that consumed 750 mg of Mediator® Phosphatidic Acid per day or a placebo during an 8 week resistance training program.  During each testing session subjects were assessed for strength and body composition.  Results showed the subjects ingesting Mediator® Phosphatidic Acid demonstrated a 12.7% increase in squat strength and a 2.6% increase in lean body mass during the testing period.  Phosphatidic acid has been reported to activate the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway resulting in enhancing the anabolic effects of resistance training.  (Hoffman JR, Stout JR, Williams DR, et al.  J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2012 Oct 5;9(1):47-53).  MMSN Featured Product:  MaxxTOR™maxTOR1