Diet has a profound effect on human health. Nutrients can have both positive and negative effects, depending on the quantity we ingest, the quality of the diet, and what other foods they react with in digestion. In addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, contents of the diet before and after exercise are of paramount importance...Read more
5,10-methyltetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR)
Several studies have highlighted that elevated total homocysteine (tHcy) concentrations are linked to an increased risk for coronary, cerebral and peripheral vascular disease. Homocysteine is a sulfur containing amino acid that can be metabolized (re-methylated to methionine) using three different pathways, Vitamin B12-dependant methionine synthase, Betaine-homocysteine methyltranserase or trans-sulfuration. The first pathway uses methyltetrahydrofolate, an...Read more
Can Whole Beetroot Consumption Improve Running Performance?
Well, the short answer is yes! So, how is this possible? It is simply the result of a chemical known as nitrate. Nitrates are commonly used for food preservation, especially in processed meats such as sausage and bacon, but are also found in drinking water and other foods. Nitrate intake has received both positive and negative...Read more
Nutrition and Dietary Recommendations For Body Builders
I am not a body-builder, nor do I claim to be. However, I have been asked by clients who are, to write an article on nutrition for body-building. In this post I will primarily focus on protein dose per meal. It is suggested that muscle protein synthesis rate (rate of muscle repair and building) can be...Read more
Magnesium: Do you eat enough?
Vitamins and minerals are imperative to numerous metabolic processes in the body and are necessary in supporting growth and development. Moreover, vitamins and minerals play a major role in fostering the biochemical reactions that take place during exercise and physical activity. This being so, significant attention has been given to the relationship between micronutrient requirements...Read more