Sports Nutrition

A gold medal for recovery? FrieslandCampina DMV develops innovative casein isolate 

14 Feb 2018 --- FrieslandCampina DMV has introduced their latest innovation in dairy protein ingredients. Micelate Prestige has been launched this week in Europe and is a key addition to the company’s growing portfolio of Performance Nutrition solutions. 

The debate is over: Protein supplements “significantly” benefit muscle mass

09 Feb 2018 --- Dietary protein supplements do significantly improve muscle strength and size when taken by healthy adults who lift weights, say McMaster scientists who analyzed dozens of research studies. According to the researchers, their analysis puts to rest any debate on whether or not such supplementation is effective. However, the effects are not as big as some supplement companies would have you believe, cautions the senior author on the paper, Stuart Phillips, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University.

Arjuna ups sustainability credentials by improving nitric oxide booster production process

05 Feb 2018 --- Arjuna Natural Extracts has implemented a sustainable approach to meet growing demand for its nitric oxide booster, OxyStorm, in the US and Europe. The company reports it is now able to guarantee a sustainable, nitrate-enriched, all-natural Amaranthus extract supply for boosting nitric oxide levels. 

US health body launches online resources to curb confusion on dietary supplements

25 Jan 2018 --- The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health – the US’ medical research agency – has two new resources to help people understand what is known about the effectiveness and safety of many ingredients in dietary supplements promoted for fitness and weight loss. Both fact sheets are available online in a health professional version that is detailed and fully referenced, as well as consumer versions in both English and Spanish. 

Caffeine’s sports performance benefits more apparent for infrequent tea and coffee drinkers

22 Jan 2018 --- The performance-enhancing benefits of caffeine are more apparent in athletes who do not drink caffeine-rich drinks such as tea, coffee and energy drinks on daily basis. This according to research led by Dublin City University sports scientists Dr. Brendan Egan and Mark Evans.

Female athletic performance boosted by newly developed mineral supplement, study finds

19 Jan 2018 --- A small-scale study has found that women who took a specially prepared blend of minerals and nutrients for a month saw their 3-mile run times drop by almost a minute. The minerals in the study included forms of iron, copper and zinc along with two other nutrients – carnitine (derived from an amino acid) and phosphatidylserine (made up of fatty acids and amino acids). The women who took the supplement also saw improvements in distance covered in 25 minutes on a stationary bike and a third test in which they stepped on and off a bench, according to research from Ohio State University. 

Dutch doctors call for energy drinks ban for under 18s, Negative health effects reported in Canadian youth

16 Jan 2018 --- Calls for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 18s have intensified in the Netherlands. Pediatricians are once again arguing for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to young people under the age of eighteen. The Dutch Society for Pediatrics says it is treating more and more young patients who report with symptoms such as restlessness, fatigue and cardiac arrhythmia. A ban is highly unlikely, however, with the Dutch Ministry of Health responding dismissively to the calls.

Deep ocean minerals study shows improved blood flow and exercise recovery in men: CK Nutraceuticals

21 Dec 2017 --- CK Nutraceuticals has announced a new study supporting its Deep Ocean Minerals (DOM) for improving cerebral hemodynamic response during workout as well as improved exercise recovery. The study examined cerebral hemodynamic response, or blood redistribution, during physical exertion among young and middle-aged men aged 21 to 48.

“Taste” number one driver of Nutrition & Performance purchases: Comax Flavors survey

20 Dec 2017 --- Comax Flavors has released new primary research on consumers’ behavior, usage and attitudes towards Nutrition & Performance products, which focused on Protein Powder, Ready-To-Drink (RTD) Protein Drinks and Protein Bars. Key findings included a strong focus on “Taste” as the number one driver of nutrition & performance purchases among all generations, and “Plant Protein” as one of the top five “active ingredients” respondents look for in nutrition & performance products. 

Levels of leucine in whey protein found to have limited effect on post-exercise responses

24 Nov 2017 --- Despite higher-magnitude increases in blood leucine concentrations with native whey, it was not superior to regular whey (WPC-80) when it came to the effect on muscle protein synthesis and phosphorylation of the protein p70S6K during a five-hour post-exercise period. This is according to a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Recovery top of mind for FrieslandCampina as it assists Olympic athletes

20 Nov 2017 --- The focus on recovery is a hot topic in the world of sports nutrition. Its benefits may run deeper than many realize: René Kleinsmit, Product Group Manager at FrieslandCampina DMV, notes during a webinar hosted by NutritionInsight’s sister website FoodIngredientsFirst that those at the company talk about “recovery” when they actually mean “grow” or “build.” Topics important to the company therefore include optimal recovery times and muscle-building benefits, even while sleeping.

Post-exercise boost: Nutrition 21 presents positive results of Velositol complex on myokines

16 Nov 2017 --- Nutrition 21, LLC has announced the presentation of new preclinical and clinical study results that support the efficacy of Velositol, a modified-release chromium complex combined with a specialized form of amylopectin, in increasing the levels of various myokines after exercise.

Dietary supplement industry and US anti-doping agency warn about illegal SARMs in sports nutrition

09 Nov 2017 --- The dietary supplement industry’s leading trade associations and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) have joined in support of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent actions to protect consumers from body-building products containing Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) illegally marketed as dietary supplements.

Natreon supports sports nutrition platform with more patents for botanical ingredients

02 Nov 2017 --- Natreon has announced its enhancement of its Natreon One sports nutrition portfolio with an increased selection of patents for botanical ingredients. These include US, Chinese and Japanese patents for a new bioactive isolated from Sensoril – an aqueous extract of ashwagandha – which cover the recent discovery of a new class of compounds, Indolealkylamino-withasteroid conjugates.

Alp Nutrition debuts sports liquid supplement in the US

18 Oct 2017 --- Alp Nutrition, a company based in Germany with product ingredients organically grown and harvested in the Swiss Alps, has launched its new Alp Sport liquid supplement in the US marketplace. Alp Sport aims to support and increase physical performance, the immune system, fast regeneration and muscle building.

Arla Foods aims to up UK’s protein intake with launch of new milk

17 Oct 2017 --- Farmer-owned dairy company Arla Foods is to expand its protein range with the launch of Arla Protein Milk in the UK. Arla Foods says the new product continues its innovation in the dairy sector through increasing protein content via everyday dairy products.

New ketone salts boost fat burning but impair exercise performance: study

13 Oct 2017 --- To improve physical performance, some athletes turn to untested nutritional supplements, with varying results. In the case of one recently available and popular class of supplements – ketone salts – research from UBC's Okanagan campus suggests it may inhibit, rather than improve, athletic performance during high-intensity exercise.

Kellogg to acquire up-and-coming US clean-label protein bar brand

09 Oct 2017 --- Kellogg Company has entered into an agreement to acquire Chicago Bar Company LLC, maker of RXBAR, a line of clean-label protein bars made with whole food ingredients. Kellogg refers to the company as “the fastest-growing nutrition bar brand in the US.”

“Sports nutrition protein and positioning rules are being broken,” says Innova Market Insights

20 Sep 2017 --- As sports nutrition has continued its move into the mainstream, one major feature has been the rising interest in active nutrition, giving a performance positioning to more food and beverage products. The rise of active nutrition to meet the demands of a choosier consumer was a key theme highlighted by Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights in a pre-Anuga webinar yesterday. Innova Market Insights is an official trend partner at Anuga 2017 in Cologne (October 7-11).

Fighting fatigue: Fortified watermelon juice found to improve exercise performance

14 Sep 2017 --- A recent study from Spain has shown that supplementation with watermelon juice enriched with l-citrulline (3.3g/200mL) and pomegranate ellagitannins (22 mg/200mL) had a beneficial effect on exercise performance in 19 young men.