Category Archives: supplements and nutrition

Beating Age-Related Muscle Loss

By Laird Harrison

Does it seem just a little bit harder to run, jump, swing a racquet and do all the other sporting things you used to do? It’s not just your imagination.

According to some estimates, we lose  an average of 1% of our strength every year after age 30. That accelerates after age 70.

So I was excited to read about a new study published last week on nutritional supplements that could stop this process. Continue reading Beating Age-Related Muscle Loss

Beta-Alanine Energizes Female Master Athletes

I normally don’t take or recommend any supplements. But when I was at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting, a bunch of presentations on beta-alanine made it seem relevant to middle-aged athletes – particularly women – looking for a performance boost.

Also this month, the International Society of Sports Nutrition issued a position paper, saying there is strong evidence that beta-alanine supplements work, and that the risk is modest. Continue reading Beta-Alanine Energizes Female Master Athletes

Which Supplements Actually Work

By Laird Harrison

Which supplements actually work? Bombarded by reports of new research along with marketing hype, even the best healthcare professionals struggle with that question.

Consider the offer I got through Twitter last month: a new supplement that could dramatically enhance my strength and energy. How could an aging athlete resist? Continue reading Which Supplements Actually Work

Will Testosterone Help Your Sports Performance?

The argument for testosterone sounds irresistible: It’s a naturally occurring substance that can boost your strength and energy, possibly fire up your libido and might even lengthen your life.

Weight lifter. Photo by  Rennett Stowe. Some rights reserved.
Weight lifter. Photo by Rennett Stowe. Some rights reserved.

Drug companies have churned out advertising around these claims in recent years, sparking a 65 percent boost in sales in testosterone-boosting drugs from 2009 to 2011. But a committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stepped in last week to recommend against prescribing these drugs for men whose symptoms can only be attributed to normal aging.

So where does that leave those of us who might like to add a little jet fuel to our sports performance?

Several studies have shown that testosterone makes both men and women leaner and stronger as well as more Continue reading Will Testosterone Help Your Sports Performance?