Amino Acids and Proteins for the Athlete: The Anabolic Edge, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Extensively updated with all chapters rewritten and double the information and references, Amino Acids and Proteins for the Athlete: The Anabolic Edge, Second Edition reflects the nearly exponential increase in data and knowledge in the past few years regarding the use of amino acids and proteins to enhance athletic performance.

This groundbreaking book is written by physician Mauro Di Pasquale, two-time Pan American, two-time North American, and eight-time Canadian Powerlifting Champion. Dr. Di Pasquale served as an advisor to the World Wrestling and World Bodybuilding Federations, has written for numerous health and bodybuilding publications, and has published several books and newsletters on sports-related issues. In this volume, he imparts his scientific knowledge as well as lessons learned from his own athletic achievement to give professional and recreational athletes the tools they need to improve performance using nutrition and nutritional supplements as alternatives to drug use.

The book begins with a brief review of energy and protein metabolism before describing the positive impact of supplementation on athletic performance, health, disease, and longevity. It reveals the actions of protein and amino acid supplements on muscle size and strength and energy metabolism as well as the role of specific amino acid supplements.

The second part of the book, the practical how-to section, Naturally Anabolic, advises the athlete on ways to achieve maximum progress while avoiding the use of anabolic drugs. It provides the inside scoop on how to use nutrition to manipulate anabolic hormones naturally, and how to lose body fat without sacrificing muscle. The final chapter reveals the secrets of powerful nutritional supplements that can enhance an athlete’s performance. By following Dr. Di Pasquale’s time-tested advice, athletes will get the inside edge over the competition and take their achievement to the next level.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“… nothing in the field comes close to the scale of information this book offers. … a valuable reference for personal trainers, nutrition advisors, coaches or any athlete who wants to be fully informed about the way protein and amino acids operate in the body. …”
—Jerry Brainum, writing in Iron Man Magazine, July 2008
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Reviewer: Chad M Cook, M.S.(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: The author, a licensed physician and former world-class power lifter, provides a factual, evidence-based book written by a healthcare professional with real-world experience. This is a significant update of the 1997 first edition.
Purpose: This book brings together cutting-edge information from the scientific literature centered on protein/amino acids and certain nutritional supplements and their role in optimizing body composition and athletic performance.
Audience: This reads like a review article published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, with numerous references to the scientific literature, so it may be a bit daunting for anyone without some background in nutrition or a related field. Nonetheless, this is a great book for serious athletes looking to gain a natural competitive edge, and a great reference for individuals in academia interested in this particular arena of science.
Features: In the first half, the author breaks down the physiological and pharmacological action of proteins and amino acids, with specific sections essentially focusing on factors that affect protein synthesis and the role exercise plays in this complex process. The second half of the book puts the research to the test and explains dietary concepts that can be used to maximize lean body mass and athletic performance. Included in this section are sample supplement doses and critical timing of protein/amino acids and supplements to maximize results.
Assessment: By going through the data for us, the author concisely summarizes the most up-to-date research to help readers understand the complex mechanisms involved in amino acid/protein metabolism and effectively bridges the gap between science and real world application. Overall, this is an excellent book that condenses a complex topic and highlights quality information truly needed in this area.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420043808
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/20/2007
  • Series: Nutrition in Exercise & Sport Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

The Theory
Proteins and Amino Acids
Exercise and Protein Metabolism
Energy Metabolism
Dietary Protein and Amino Acids
Protein Foods vs. Protein and Amino Acid Supplements
Physiological and Pharmacological Actions of Amino Acids
Essential Amino Acids
Conditionally Essential Amino Acids
Nonessential or Dispensable Amino Acids
Summary and Conclusions
Naturally Anabolic
Artificial Enhancement
Getting It Together
Examples of Useful Nutritional Supplement Formulations

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