Nutrition Evidence Alert – March 2022 – Endurance Sport – the Role of Key Nutrients

Welcome to the March edition of the Nutrition Evidence Alert.

Recent years have seen an increase in interest and participation in endurance sports, such as marathons, ultramarathons, triathlons and cycling events. Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on the ability to compete, there is continued interest in how individuals can maximise their personal performance at such events. As such, athletes are looking at how targeted dietary or supplement strategies can be tailored to support or enhance sports performance.

This edition of the Nutrition Evidence alert brings you a selection of the evidence on sport, with a particular focus on endurance sport. Justin Roberts, the NED Editor-in-Chief and Associate Professor of Health and Exercise Nutrition at the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, has selected his top picks of the evidence, so you can expand your understanding on this topic. Justin has also provided his expert opinion on a new research article – a systematic review on the impacts of probiotics on athletic performance. You can read that here.

We are also fortunate this month to have the input from one of our Expert Reviewers, Marc Bubbs. Marc is the Director of Performance Nutrition for Canada Basketball and consultant performance nutritionist for a portfolio of professional and Olympic athletes. You can read Marc’s take on a 2021 meta-analysis looking at the effect of dietary nitrate on human muscle power here.

To expand your reading, the editorial team has selected  49 Randomised Controlled Trials released within the last 5 years on nutrition and sport.

Happy researching!

This month we are delighted to receive the expert input from our own Editor-in-Chief, Justin Roberts. As well as heading up the Editorial Board for the Nutrition Evidence Database, Justin is an Associate Professor in Health and Exercise Nutrition at the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University. He brings to Nutrition Evidence over 25 years applied and research experience in the field of exercise nutrition and metabolism. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed, scientific articles and book chapters, and is a reviewer for numerous academic journals including: Nutrients, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, and the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

These are Justin’s top picks of research:

Impact of Probiotics on the Performance of Endurance Athletes: A Systematic Review in International journal of environmental research and public health. 2021

Effect of dietary nitrate on human muscle power: a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2021

The Effects of Exercise on Indirect Markers of Gut Damage and Permeability: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis in Sports Medicine. 2021

Combined Effects of Citrulline Plus Nitrate-Rich Beetroot Extract Co-Supplementation on Maximal and Endurance-Strength and Aerobic Power in Trained Male Triathletes: A Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial in Nutrients. 2021

Chocolate milk for recovery from exercise: a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2019

Ergogenic Effects of Acute Caffeine Intake on Muscular Endurance and Muscular Strength in Women: A Meta-Analysis in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021

Effects of Acute Resistance Exercise with and without Whole-Body Electromyostimulation and Endurance Exercise on the Postprandial Glucose Regulation in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Randomized Crossover Study in Nutrients. 2021

The effects of phosphocreatine disodium salts plus blueberry extract supplementation on muscular strength, power, and endurance in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2021

Differential Health Effects on Inflammatory, Immunological and Stress Parameters in Professional Soccer Players and Sedentary Individuals after Consuming a Synbiotic. A Triple-Blinded, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study in Nutrients. 2021

Time-restricted eating effects on performance, immune function, and body composition in elite cyclists: a randomized controlled trial in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2020

The benefits and risks of beetroot juice consumption: a systematic review in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 2021

The Effect of Kefir Supplementation on Improving Human Endurance Exercise Performance and Antifatigue in Metabolites. 2021


Download the NED InfoBite on Endurance Sport

Our scientific NED InfoBites are especially designed to provide you with our pick of the latest research in a handy one-page pdf, ideal for sharing with colleagues and clients within a clinical setting.

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BANT Celebrates 25 years as the leading Professional Association for Nutritional Therapy Practitioners

The 14th of March 2022 marks a landmark anniversary for BANT as it celebrates 25 years as the leading professional organisation for practitioners of nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Founded in 1997 with a handful of members and the ambition to shape the future of personalised nutrition one person at a time. Fast-forward 25 years and BANT membership has swelled to over 3,300 members, composed of CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and BANT Registered Nutritionists®.

Read the Press Release here



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