STAT: Magnesium Pills Don't Do Much for Muscle Cramps
"Magnesium supplements are often touted as a way to prevent painful, annoying leg cramps in the middle of the night. But the evidence that they work? Non-existent, researchers report in new trial results. Older adults with nocturnal leg cramps were given either a magnesium pill or a matching placebo to take every night for a month. Individuals in the magnesium group reported fewer leg cramps at the end of the trial— but so did those in the placebo group. The study's authors conclude it's likely just a placebo effect that props up the use of magnesium for midnight muscle problems." Read full story.
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SCIENCE DAILY: Carbs During Workouts Help Immune System Recovery
"Researchers found the best way to avoid unfavourable changes in the immune system during a post-workout recovery was consuming carbs during or immediately after the exercise. 'There is intense interest in what athletes can do to recover faster from exercise,' Dr. Peake said. 'Among various nutritional strategies to counteract immune depression during exercise recovery, carbohydrates have proven the most effective. Ingesting carbohydrates during vigorous exercise may help, because carbohydrates maintain blood sugar levels. Having stable blood sugar levels reduces the body's stress response, which in turn, moderates any undesirable mobilisation of immune cells.'" Read full story.
THE HUFFINGTON POST: Should You Try The Adele-Approved Diet Everyone Is Talking About?
"It’s called 'The Sirtfood Diet,' due to it’s emphasis on eating foods rich in sirtuin protein, which some researchers say may activate genetic pathways to burn more calories. However, here’s the catch: Nothing has been proven this effect could occur throughout the body. The cellular level is the very beginning of a process and there is no science that suggests it will change how your body operates. So, in a nutshell, this nutrition plan is nothing more than a low-calorie diet sold with the veneer that a drastic change to your metabolism is happening." Read full story.