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Amino Acids and Proteins for the Athlete: The Anabolic Edge

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Protein, and the amino acids of which it is composed, is an important part of athletes' diets, and the subject of a great deal of discussion and controversy. Amino Acids and Protein for the Athlete-The Anabolic Edge is the first single volume devoted to this important topic. In addition to basic information about protein and amino acids, this very timely book describes the anabolic effects of high-protein diets, the values of different food proteins, the differences among various protein foods, the advantages of ...

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Overview

Protein, and the amino acids of which it is composed, is an important part of athletes' diets, and the subject of a great deal of discussion and controversy. Amino Acids and Protein for the Athlete-The Anabolic Edge is the first single volume devoted to this important topic. In addition to basic information about protein and amino acids, this very timely book describes the anabolic effects of high-protein diets, the values of different food proteins, the differences among various protein foods, the advantages of specific proteins, processes to maximize the value of protein, and the biological and pharmacological effects of certain amino acids.
A world-caliber athlete for two decades, Dr. Di Pasquale has won the World Championship and dozens of national and international competitions, including the World Games, Pan American Games, North American Championships, and Canadian Championships, all in the game of powerlifting. Written by this recognized expert on sports nutrition, the book will appeal to both sports professionals who need to maximize strength and endurance and weekend warriors who want to understand the science behind the role of amino acids and protein in athletic performance.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Robert C. Gambrell, M.D.(Medical College of Georgia)
Description: This book examines the physiological and pharmacological effects of protein and amino acids and their impact on athletic performance.
Purpose: The purpose is to help the reader understand some of the more important information on how protein and amino acids can have a positive impact on athletic performance, health, disease, and longevity. This is a timely subject because of the recent increased interest in determining the ergogenic effect of specific amino acids. The author achieved some of his objectives through a review of energy and protein metabolism and a discussion of the effects of individual amino acids on performance. However, he fell short of providing enough conclusive evidence that amino acids, with the exception of creatine, provide any improvement in athletic performance.
Audience: This book is written for the student, resident, or practitioner interested in the nutritional aspects of exercise and sports. The author is a credible authority on the topic with both professional and personal experience.
Features: The book contains occasional simple illustrations and would benefit from more to help explain some of the concepts described. The references are current but conclusions are drawn from some references that may not be pertinent to athletes. The book is well organized.
Assessment: It provides a thorough review of protein and amino acid metabolism as well as their effects on athletic performance. Students, residents, and practitioners with limited experience in sports medicine would find this book useful. I would not recommend it to experienced sports medicine practitioners, because it offers very little new information.
Robert C. Gambrell
This book examines the physiological and pharmacological effects of protein and amino acids and their impact on athletic performance. The purpose is to help the reader understand some of the more important information on how protein and amino acids can have a positive impact on athletic performance, health, disease, and longevity. This is a timely subject because of the recent increased interest in determining the ergogenic effect of specific amino acids. The author achieved some of his objectives through a review of energy and protein metabolism and a discussion of the effects of individual amino acids on performance. However, he fell short of providing enough conclusive evidence that amino acids, with the exception of creatine, provide any improvement in athletic performance. This book is written for the student, resident, or practitioner interested in the nutritional aspects of exercise and sports. The author is a credible authority on the topic with both professional and personal experience. The book contains occasional simple illustrations and would benefit from more to help explain some of the concepts described. The references are current but conclusions are drawn from some references that may not be pertinent to athletes. The book is well organized. It provides a thorough review of protein and amino acid metabolism as well as their effects on athletic performance. Students, residents, and practitioners with limited experience in sports medicine would find this book useful. I would not recommend it to experienced sports medicine practitioners, because it offers very little new information.
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For health-care providers, trainers and coaches, and competitive and non-competitive athletes, reviews the role of protein and the amino acids on an athlete's diet and describes the anabolic effects of high- protein diets, the values of different food proteins, the differences among various protein foods, the advantages of specific proteins, processes to maximize the value of protein, and the biological and pharmacological effects of certain amino acids. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849381935
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/1997
  • Series: Nutrition in Exercise & Sport Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Proteins and Amino Acids 1
Ch. 2 Exercise and Protein Metabolism 11
Ch. 3 Energy Metabolism 49
Ch. 4 Dietary Protein and Amino Acids 63
Ch. 5 Protein Foods vs. Protein and Amino Acid Supplements 89
Ch. 6 Physiological and Pharmacological Actions of Amino Acids 99
Ch. 7 Essential Amino Acids 105
Ch. 8 Conditionally Essential Amino Acids 127
Ch. 9 Nonessential or Dispensable Amino Acids 147
Ch. 10 Naturally Anabolic 155
Ch. 11 Summary 185
References 187
Index 245
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