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Backyard Revolution

by Ssregina Regina (2019-02-21)

"L- Carnitine in sports: Roles in exercise and Backyard Revolution Review recovery" By Dr. William Kraemer Dr. Kraemer outlined a possible new novel pathway by which carnitine may improve performance in athletes. Although carnitine has not proved to be a particularly useful supplement for increasing performance directly, Dr Kraemer's contention is that it may improve recovery which would indirectly help athletes. According to him, carnitine can reduce free radical mediated damage and reduce hypoxia (low oxygen states in tissues) which can help avoid the "destructive chemical events following exercise." In theory, that should lead to improved recovery which could lead to improved performance in the long run. More research is clearly needed but it's interesting, and potentially useful, information for athletes. "The Lactate Shuttle" By Dr. Brooks As most people know, lactic acid has been considered nothing more then a waste product that causes muscles to fatigue and results in the 'burn" people experience when exercising. Recently however, there has been a resurgence of interest in lactic acid with researchers. Dr. Brooks outlined a long list of functions of lactic acid/lactate plays in the human body and its role in athletic performance. New research done by Dr. Brooks' lab and other locals conclude that lactic acid is both an energy source and functions as a signaling source for other pathways in the human body. No longer viewed as a simple waste product, lactate is now considered as an essential component of intermediary metabolism.