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Just like Creatine before it, Beta-alanine has jumped up in the popularity stakes in recent years, with an ever-increasing body of research dedicated to exploring the benefits of its supplementation. Maximuscle explain why Beta-Alanine is the new kid on the block when it comes to sports supplements.
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both polyunsaturated fatty acids, are known as ‘essential’ fatty acids as they cannot be synthesised from scratch in the body and as such must be obtained from a well balanced diet.
The beneficial effects of Omega-3 ingestion on health were first seen by scientists in Greenland in the 1970s. Researchers found that Eskimos, who had high fish oil content in their diets, had fewer than average heart attacks and strokes. Since then, a plethora of research has been done to uncover what makes these fatty acids so mighty.
Sports supplements are manufactured in batches, samples from each batch of products are then tested for prohibited substances. The Informed-Sport programme completes pre-testing of products whereby 5 samples from the same batch are tested to assess intra-batch variation. These highly sensitive tests can detect steroid contamination in the samples at levels of 10 parts per billion, equivalent to 10 drops of water in an Olympic sized swimming pool, whilst other contaminants such as stimulants can be detected at 100 parts per billion. Once certified, post-testing is also completed which involves two finished products from each batch being tested again, giving a further layer of assurance that products are free from contaminants.
Before we look at the reasons why supplementation may be for you, it’s important to understand how dietary protein can help to support training. When your body is put under strain with exercise micro-tears in the muscle will occur. In order for your muscles to replenish and adapt to training a source of protein needs to be ingested to provide the building blocks of new protein, known as amino acids. These amino acids are found in foods such as meat, fish, dairy sources, nuts, grains and legumes, and are also found in supplementation forms.