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Exercise Plus Supplementation May Help With Sarcopenia in Mature Adults

The loss of muscle mass and tissue as a result of age is called sarcopenia. A recent study suggests that the combination of increased physical activity and dietary supplements may help improve muscle function in people age 60 and older.


For their analysis, researchers examined 37 randomized controlled trials. The studies were similar in their protocols for physical exercise and in the dietary supplementation they examined. The supplements included proteins, essential amino acids, creatine, beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbuthyrate (HMB), vitamin D, and multi-nutrients.


After examining the data, the researchers found that muscle mass increased with exercise in 79% of the studies. They also found that muscle strength increased in 82.8% of the studies after exercise intervention, while 22.8% of the studies found that dietary supplementation provided an added benefit. Finally, 92.8% of the studies found that exercise increased physical performance, and 14.3% showed an additional benefit from nutrition supplementation.


Researchers from the University of Southampton led the study. It was published online ahead of print on March 1, 2017, in Osteoporosis International.


Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Previous clinical studies suggest that even moderate exercise may help with blood sugar control, reduce body weight, improve heart health, improve respiratory health and reduce your risk of dying prematurely.


Previous studies have shown that multivitamins containing micronutrients may aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and boost general physical health. Other studies have also shown that the cells of people who routinely take multivitamins have a younger biological age.

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