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Vitamin D

In these dark months several newspapers have reported on new advice for sun exposure and vitamin D. Vitamin D is necessary to absorb calcium and form healthy bones. These are important factors for sports people as well bone health vitamin D is associated with hormone production and sun light affects a large number of individual in terms of mood.  However, too much sun also raises the risk of skin cancer; several large UK health organisations have made a joint statement about how much sun exposure would boost health without putting people at risk.

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Popeye new a thing or two

Recent reports say that “Popeye was right: spinach really does boost your muscles”. The newspaper said that eating 300g of spinach “reduced the amount of oxygen needed to power muscles by as much as five per cent when exercising”.

This news is based on a study in 14 volunteers. It did not look at spinach itself, but instead at the effects of taking a supplement containing nitrate, a compound found in spinach and other leafy green vegetables. It found that taking a nitrate supplement for three days improved oxygen usage in muscle cells’ mitochondria (the “power plants” of cells). After taking the supplement, participants also needed less oxygen when taking exercise.

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Cereal and Nonfat milk support muscle recovery

A report publish by Exercise Physiology and Metabolism Laboratory Department of Kinesiology and Health Education The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX, USA in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2009, 6:11doi:10.1186/1550-2783-6-11

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Balanced & Timed Nutrition

Balanced & Timed Nutrition:

Within any 24hr period our body’s energy systems and muscles have varying requirements depending on activity within the period. The muscles are actively involved in the production of energy, periods of recovery and periods of growth / repair.

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