Are Caffeine Based Preworkout and Energy Drinks Worth It? The Science, Dosing, and Side Effects

The Science Caffeine, commonly found in coffee or tea, is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system and has shown to increase fat oxidation via mobilizing free fatty acids from intramuscular fat sores or adipose tissue (Haff, & Triplett, 2016, p.244). Due to it's affect on the excitation-contraction coupling, caffeine enhances power production. Caffeine … Continue reading Are Caffeine Based Preworkout and Energy Drinks Worth It? The Science, Dosing, and Side Effects

Is L-Carnitine The Best Fatloss Supplement? The Benefits, Dosing, and Side Effects

The Science of L-Carnitine Synthesized from lysine and methionine, beta-hydroxy butyrate, or carnitine, assists with fat oxidation via transportation of fatty acids from the cytosol to the mitochondria (Haff, & Triplett, 2016, p.242). The supplement is favored in it's ability to spare muscle glycogen through increased fat utilization. Carnitine increases blood flow, detoxifies ammonia (Benardot, … Continue reading Is L-Carnitine The Best Fatloss Supplement? The Benefits, Dosing, and Side Effects

Beta Alanine: Science, Dosing, and Side Effects

The Science The non essential amino acid, beta alanine, has limited ergogenic properties. The synthesis of carnosine relies on beta alanine on it's rate-limiting substrate, as 40% of skeletal muscle buffering capacity of H+ production is provided by carnosine during intense anaerobic activity (Haff, & Triplett, 2016, p.240). Therefore, it is hypothesized that an increase … Continue reading Beta Alanine: Science, Dosing, and Side Effects

Creatine: Science, Dosing, and Side Effects

Science & Background of Creatine Creatine is a natural and legal product. Not only is it a nitrogenous organic compound, but is synthesized naturally in liver, kidney, and pancreas of the human body and transported via circulation to the skeletal muscle. 98% of the creatine make it into the skeletal muscle, having a 4:6 ratio … Continue reading Creatine: Science, Dosing, and Side Effects