Why MCTs alone don’t work

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It’s important to bear in mind that the MCTs had to be ADDED to carbohydrate in order to shore up performance; the MCT-only drink produced terrible results. The trouble with using MCT alone is that it can conserve glycogen, but it can’t replace the carbohydrate that is already metabolised – only the carbohydrate in a... MORE

Magnesium – is it more important for athletes than...

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 The mineral magnesium is something of a ‘Cinderella’ nutrient. Most sportsmen and women know that it’s required for health, but few really appreciate its importance for sport performance. And now, as Andrew Hamilton explains, new research suggests that an optimum magnesium intake could be even more vital than we previously believed. Think of the ‘big... MORE

Probiotics: help or hindrance for athletes?

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Amanda Carlson explores the effects friendly bacteria can have on an athlete’s performance With the abundance of antibacterial soaps, wipes, and even anti-microbial fabrics, most people are aware that bacteria can harm us. But what about friendly bacteria and in particular, what can they do for athletes? Amanda Carlson looks at the latest evidence.Probiotics are... MORE

Triglycerides can provide athletes with a valuable energy source

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Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT): how fatty acids can improve sports performance Back in the ’90s, medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) were popular as energy and fat loss boosters. However, evidence to support these claims was never really forthcoming and, as a result, MCTs faded into obscurity. But, according to Andrew Hamilton, maybe we’ve been too hasty in... MORE

The effects of green tea on sports performance

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The health benefits of green tea and the implications for endurance athletes Green tea has long been researched for its health-giving properties, but what can it do for athletes? Andrew Hamilton looks at the latest findings, some of which are causing real excitement in the sports science community…Originating from China around 2,000 years ago, tea... MORE

Sports nutrition: is nitrate the key to enhanced endurance...

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Andrew Hamilton explains why dietary nitrate can aid performance for athletes.   Over the past 30 years, fears over health and the environment have galvanised governments across Europe and the US to spend billions  trying to eradicate nitrate from our drinking water. But, as Andrew Hamilton explains, recent research suggests that not only is dietary... MORE

Nutrition: can BCAA supplementation help sports performance?

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The use of branched chain amino acid (BCAA) supplements to enhance sport performance has grown into a multi-million dollar industry. But although there’s a scientific rationale for some of the performance claims, the reality is far less clear-cut, as Kevin Tipton and Sarah Jackman explain here.  Amino acids are nitrogen-containing compounds that comprise the building... MORE

Nitric oxide: its role in your body and the...

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Andrew Hamilton asks whether nitric oxide enhancing supplements really can improve performance? In recent years, a new type of sports supplement has become popular among strength athletes. But what does the science say about ‘nitric oxide enhancers’, and do they really do what it says on the tin? Andrew Hamilton comes up with some surprising... MORE

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