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Nutrition

BETA-ALANINE

What is it? How can it help me? Beta-alanine, a naturally-occurring amino acid, makes a compound in your body called carnosine, which controls the buildup of acid in your muscles caused by intense or prolonged exercise. Because acid buildup is…

BRANCHED-CHAIN AMINO ACIDS

What are they? How can they help me? Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage, increase muscle recovery, and regulate protein synthesis. They may also reduce fatigue. This means being able to train at a higher intensity for…

CAFFEINE

What is it? How can it help me? Caffeine is a stimulant that’s present (naturally) in coffee and some teas, and is commonly found in soda-type drinks. It’s one of the few compounds that has a strong scientific evidence base…

CARBOHYDRATES

What are they? How can they help me? Carbohydrates are the major, “high-octane fuel sources” for exercise. Along with fat and protein, carbohydrates are essential macronutrients that give you energy. Some carbohydrates are stored in your muscles as glycogen, or…