Curcumin effects on inflammation and performance recovery following eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage

Recent evidence suggests that various herbal extracts including tumeric (Curcuma Ionga rhizomes) have potent anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of inflammation models (1). The anti-inflammatory properties of tumeric have been attributed to its constituent curcumin. Evidence suggests that in some experimental conditions, curcumin can have similar anti-inflammatory activity as some of the common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like indomethacin, Vioxx, Celebrex, and ibuprofen, but without many of the side effects, such as gastrointestinal distress and cardiovascular complications
J. Mark Davis,1 E. Angela Murphy,1 Martin D. Carmichael,1 Mark R. Zielinski,1 Claire M. Groschwitz,1 Adrienne S. Brown,1 J. David Gangemi,3 Abdul Ghaffar,2 and Eugene P. Mayer2 (more…)

Is Dairy Healthy? The Whole Story – Part 3

Pasteurization – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I am going to assume that you all know that pasteurization is the method by which milk is heated to destroy bacteria that may cause harm, as I am not going to get into technicalities of what it is and the different techniques available. Anyway, it does seem all well and good right? It destroys harmful bacteria, making contamination almost impossible.  Is it really all it is cracked up to be, though? (more…)

Branched Chain Amino Acids Help Speed Up Your Metabolism

It has been known for many years now that you need enough of all eight essential amino acids to be able to produce quality lean muscle, which speeds up your metabolism.

Research is now indicating that the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs)isoleucine, leucine and valine are the most important and main drivers of new muscle growth.  BCAAs are absolutely necessary as the building blocks for new muscle growth and repair, but they also provide energy to the muscles.

(more…)

Grape extract, green tea and L-carnitine slimming stack effective in animal study

A cocktail of red grapes and green tea extracts combined with the amino acid L-carnitine is added to more expensive pet foods for older dogs and cats. And no doubt there are slimming supplements for humans on the market that also contain the mixture. (more…)

Curcumin isn’t anticatabolic at all – it’s anabolic

Curcumin is perhaps the most interesting supplement being written about by scientists right now. True, hardly any research has been done on humans, and the French research that will be published soon in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry is an animal study. But if this animal study confirms that curcumin really has anabolic qualities, we won’t be complaining. (more…)

Post-exercise Caffeine Helps Muscles Refuel

Glycogen, the muscle’s primary fuel source during exercise, is replenished more rapidly when athletes ingest both carbohydrate and caffeine following exhaustive exercise, new research shows. Athletes who ingested caffeine with carbohydrate had 66% more glycogen in their muscles four hours after finishing intense, glycogen-depleting exercise, compared to when they consumed carbohydrate alone, according to the study. (more…)

Dehydration and Athletic Performance

Proper fluid balance is a requirement for not only athletic performance, but proper functioning of the human body. Dehydration is a condition that can and does affect a great many people and may cause many undesirable effects. One study found that about 15,000 episodes of dehydration and/or heat illness occurred during a two year research period in high school athletes, which led the athlete missing from 1 day to 1 week of practice or competition (Hoffman, et al). This article will attempt to talk about some issues related to dehydration and provide some strategies to avoid and correct dehydration before, during and after athletic competition. (more…)