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Drink Protein Drinks After Exercising to Maximize Muscle Mass

Researchers at the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University have released a study that found that people who drank protein drinks after exercising produced more muscle mass than those who drank carbohydrate drinks (sports drinks).

The study was published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal on May 26, 2011.

16 participants age 37 and older were recruited for the six week study. The participants were told to exercise 45 minutes per day on a treadmill three days a week. After each exercise session, half the group was given carbohydrate drinks and half the group was given protein drinks.

Participants were given heavy water throughout the six week study period. Heavy water is water that is enriched in a way that allows researchers to measure new structures in the muscles.

At the end of the study period, highly sensitive mass spectrometry methods were used to determine how much new muscle had been created.

The researchers found that the group consuming protein drinks after exercising had developed more new muscle mass than the group consuming carbohydrate drinks.

Regular aerobic exercise is recommended for mature adults to keep their muscles strong and fit, but how that exercise is conducted makes a big difference in the results achieved. As this study shows, drinking protein drinks immediately after exercising may maximize the effects of your exercise. Protein drinks are easily accessible in most groceries stores, inexpensive, and come in multiple flavors.

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