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ISSN Graduate Diploma Podcast

Aug 20, 2018

Almost 50 percent of our body structure is given over to the complex, multi-nucleated endocrine organ, we call skeletal muscle. 


Packed with cylindrical cells, bundled into compartments, wrapped in connective tissue and delicately interwoven by supplies of blood vessels and nerves, our skeletal muscle is the source of sustenance that influences our health profile as we age. In addition, its composition is a determining factor towards the potential of our athletic performance.


Skeletal muscle orchestrates key roles in carbohydrate and fat oxidation, the storing of glucose, and bears the greatest contribution to our resting metabolism. It also dictates the exchange of chemical energy from the food we consume into adenosine triphosphate (ATP)- permitting muscular contraction and force transmission. 


The maintenance of this complex organ is determined by the protein we consume and the movements we undertake. 


A key question that has occupied the thoughts of many in the fitness community, in a bid to refine their performance is: ‘Just how much protein can the human body usefully absorb?’ 


In this episode, I’m providing a review on the research behind the question: ‘How much protein can the body use in a single meal to optimise the development of skeletal muscle?’


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A special thanks to some of the key researchers who helped mould my thought process in this area:

Stuart Phillips, Oliver Witard, Jorn Trommelen, Kevin Tipton, Robert Wolfe, Alan Aragon and Brad Schoenfeld


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