They hold anti-inflammation properties
There is still much for us to learn about the role of plants in the context of performance in sports. Controlled athlete trials have been scarce until recently, but there is also much that we can infer from the many clinical health trials over the past decades.
For instance, there is a strong body of evidence of the anti-inflammation properties of plant phytochemicals, to reduce the risks of many diseases. In the context of prolonged exercise, reduced muscle inflammation means you will experience less fatigue and improved recovery between sets. One of the remarkable observations of BACX in our early trials, was in our subjects ability to take on intense sets, time after time.
If you’d like to read more, then please take a look at the following links:
<The Effects of B-Sitosterol (BSS) and B-Sitosterol Glucoside (BSSG) Mixture on Selected Immune Parameters of Marathon Runners: Inhibition of Post Marathon Immune Suppression and Inflammation. International Journal of Sports Medicine>
In the last scientific review, in the list above, Neal Barnard and his colleagues provide a useful account of the broader role of plant-based diets in cardiovascular health, being vital for endurance athletes. The authors go beyond just the anti-inflammation benefits, to also cover matters such as improved body composition and energy production. Their work is well worth the read.
Plant foods also include Phytochemicals, like phenolic acids, which contribute to flavour perceptions. Sports nutrition products, like powders and gels, or sports drinks that use ultra-processed and synthetic ingredients, don’t retain any of these organic compounds.
It means they many try to mimic them, by using artificial flavours and sweeteners. Although food standards agencies regard artificial sweeteners, like Acesulfame K and Aspartame, as safe, they remain at the centre of much controversy.Consumers are still concerned over their potential carcinogenic effects. At BACX, we don’t need them because of the excellent flavour profiles of our all plant-based ingredients.
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