A-Z of nutritional supplements: dietary supplements, sports nutrition foods and ergogenic aids for health and performance-part 20

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Currell, K., Derave, W., Everaert, I., McNaughton, L., et al. (2011). A-Z of nutritional supplements: Dietary supplements, sports nutrition foods and ergogenic aids for health and performance-part 20. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45 (6), 530-532.

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As usual, the alphabet throws together a mixture of supplements with different levels of popularity and scientific support. Part 20 covers some rarely reported, studied and/or little used supplements in sport: glycine, histidine and inosine. The majority of human studies of supplementation with the essential amino acid histidine has involved clinical work. In terms of athletic performance, there is current interest in supplementation strategies to increase muscle content of the histidine-containing dipeptide (HCD), carnosine. Despite some interest in the use of a chickenbreast extract (CBEX) described in this article, most of the focus in this area involves â-alanine supplementation (covered in part 5). There was some interest in inosine as an ergogenic aid in the 1990s but it appears not to have been studied since then. Meanwhile, there appears little role for glycine supplementation in sport although some interest in glycine-containing compounds is possible. β-Hydroxymethyl β-butyrate (HMB) is much more well known, with marketing usually targeting bodybuilders.

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