Help for your New Year fitness goals
Getting back into your fitness regime after the indulgences of Christmas and New Year can be a struggle, but help may be at hand, according to a number of published studies, in the form of an unusual natural supplement…
Chlorella is a kind of green algae, which grows in fresh water and can be harvested and dried to create a food supplement.
Whilst there are a host of supplements on the market aimed at giving you more energy scientists have found chlorella may have some more unique properties to benefit our exercise ability.
Studies on the algae have shown it could have powerful and positive effects on exercise performance, including…
Improving the efficiency of the body’s energy production and lactate removal systems1 – chlorella appeared able to improve the rate at which ATP, the basic molecule that fuels our muscles, was made and how quickly lactate was broken down, which can cause pain in muscles when it builds up
Improving VO2max2 – Vo2 Max is the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use, or maximal oxygen consumption. Improving it will enable you to increase the time you are able to do moderate or high intensity exercise.
All of which may mean that that post festive run will be much easier if you include some algae in your New Year regime.
Sun Chlorella, one of the world’s leading chlorella brands, and they have both a powder which can be added to shakes and smoothies) and tablets.
Available directly from www.sunchlorella.co.uk or health stores nationwide.
- Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol.2017 April 1; 312(4) 25. High-intensity intermittent exercise training with chlorella intake accelerates exercise performance and muscle glycolytic and oxidative capacity in rats. Horii N, Hasegawa N1, Fujie S1, Uchida M, Miyamoto-Mikami E, Hashimoto T1, Tabata I2, Iemitsu M3.
- Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: Volume 50 2018 – Issue 5S – p 768. Chlorella Intake Further Enhances Anaerobic And Aerobic Capacities Increased By High Intensity Intermittent Training. Fujie, Shumpei1; Hasegawa, Natsuki1; Horii, Naoki1; Oshiden, Moe1; Tsuji, Katsunori1; Xu, YuZhong1; Mizoguchi, Toru2; Okumura, Eri2; Tabata, Izumi, FACSM1; Iemitsu, Motoyuki1
- Eur J Nutr.2017 Aug 19. doi: 10.1007/s00394-017-1525-9. The effect of Chlorella pyrenoidosa supplementation on immune responses to 2 days of intensified training. Chidley C1, Davison G2.