Sports Nutrition and supplements were once reserved for the professional athlete and body builder, but not anymore. The benefits of these products are now being realised in general health circles, not just sports nutrition. We can now look at sports nutrition products in more than just one way.
How can it be any different? Maybe the products haven't changed, but professionals are starting to see more general benefits to incorporating some products into your diet.
Glutamine and Amino Acids
From the blog post last week we saw that Glutamine has a broad range of benefits that range from recovery to digestion, immune system support, and the formation of the natural neurotransmitter GABA.
In a previous publication written by Robert Erdmann and Meirion Jones, they noted that the environmental factors we now face such as the processing of foods, fossil-fuel burning, and even the habits of smoking and drinking alcohol, means that our bodies are not getting the full benefits of the food we consume. Amino Acids, therefore, help our bodies to replace what is lost and in doing so, help promote well-being and vitality.
A recent study has found that Agmatine, the natural metabolite of Arginine (an amino acid), has neurological qualities and also supports nerve health. These include boosting neurotransmitter function, decreasing pain message transmission, inhibiting destructive enzymes that can kill nerves and create pain in the nerves, and protecting nerve cells from damaging Advanced Glycation End Products. In fact, this is what the Patent states, and its main use has been in Sports Nutrition as a Nitric Oxide enhancer.
Do not worry, the old benefits we knew about such as muscle recovery and tissue repair are still there, experts now just know more about them, which is good news for us.
The health benefits of proteins have become so well known, and it is important to realise that they are the basis of all living organisms.
Proteins help with replenishing lost blood, healing wounds and scars, replacing dead cells, hair and nail growth, promoting healthy metabolic processes, boosts the immune system and more.
There are now a range of new protein products on the market that are dairy free, these include rice and plant-based proteins such as pea protein that can be used by vegans, vegetarians, and those who are lactose intolerant.
The uses of pre-workout's have expanded, with people now using them for generic energy production whether it is before a workout, or just for a general boost. Pre-workouts have also now changed, with some now offering fat burning benefits as well.
Energy stimulation is a great way to get through a slow Monday at work, as well as optimising your workout.
These Sports Nutrition products have seen a shift in usage that has been driven by new studies. These have opened the eyes of not only Sports Nutritionists, but also those who were previously sceptical.
There is a range of different options for people with all sorts of preferences, and now the benefits of each are there to be taken advantage of.
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