Proteins play an important role in the cellular maintenance

Proteins play an important role in the cellular maintenance...

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Pamela Turner June 9, 2011 SCI 241 Athletes who are highly committed to their sports or recreation can't always take time off, yet one of the biggest impediments to optimal performance lies in over-training. However, a few advanced approaches that involve nutrition and therapy will allow you to greatly enhance your recovery. In addition to fluids, carbohydrates and proteins, getting the right minerals and amino acids will optimize recovery as well. In addition to lactic acid buildup, free radicals can build up in muscle tissue after exercise and damage the muscle cell membrane. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, found in green tea and citrus, an help protect your muscle cells and enhance recovery.
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Unformatted text preview: The amino acid glutamine plays an important role in muscle recovery because it stimulates muscle-protein synthesis and prevents muscle atrophy. Glutamine is one of the basic building blocks, not only of all skeletal muscle, but also of the cells in the immune system. After an intense workout, glutamine levels can drop by as much as 50 percent. If you do not supplement with glutamine (or get it through eating eggs, meat or protein powders), your body will break down existing muscle tissue in order to replace what exercise depletes. References:
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2012 for the course HEALTHCARE 240 taught by Professor Myles during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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