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JAN-FEB 2018

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12 INSIDER January/February 2018 Antioxidant ingredients, such as the carotenoid astaxanthin and the plant fl avonoid quercetin, can protect the mitochondria from oxidative damage, boost mitochondria count in the muscles and delay fatigue. Antioxidant tannins from French oak wood (Quercus robur) may also impact bioenergetics and counteract fatigue. Horphag Research developed Robuvit ® , which contains antioxidant ellagitannins such as roburins. Thus far, fatigue/energy benefi ts highlighted by pilot research have been on chronic fatigue syndrome patients, although subsequent research on exercising adults (Minerva Cardioangiol. 2015 Oct;63(5):403-9) showed Robuvit improved recovery time and symptoms of muscle fatigue. The most popular ingredient in sports nutrition—and arguably for energy in general—for inhibiting fatigue is caffeine. As ATP is depleted, adenosine accumulates. When adenosine attaches to matched receptors in the brain, fatigue signals increase. Caffeine, a purine alkaloid, competes with adenosine for these receptors, and by occupying the receptors, can delay fatigue signaling. The downside is that overuse of caffeine to inhibit fatigue can result in chronic fi ght-or-fl ight response, which has a negative effect on the cardiovascular and other systems. It can also result in production of more adenosine receptors and increased caffeine tolerance. Theacrine, a purine alkaloid from tea, has fatigue-inhibiting properties like caffeine's but without the potential side effects. Compound Solutions developed TeaCrine ® to improve energy, focus and concentration without the addictive potential and negative cardiovascular effects of caffeine. Formulating energy products for the sports nutrition market requires an understanding of how the body produces energy from ATP and how various natural ingredients play direct and indirect roles in the restoration of ATP, the buffering of energy production byproducts, the protection of the mitochondria where ATP is produced, and limiting the fatigue response in the muscles and brain. Sports Nutrition Energy Sports Performance: Enhancing Achievements Naturally With athletes of all abilities prioritizing mental game as much as physical performance, sports products are incorporating a variety of ingredients geared toward concentration and agility. Download this INSIDER Digital Magazine to learn more about sports nutrition ingredients that offer performance benefi ts. Vol. 7, No. 25 November 2017 US$20.75 Secaucus, NJ Meadowlands Exposition Center APRIL 10 & 11 2018 SPORTS PERFORMANCE: Enhancing Achievements Naturally Scan Here

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