For this week’s article we will be looking at the gigantic sports nutrition update from the International Society of Exercise And Sports Nutrition, conducted by Kerksick et al. (2018).
This review is an ongoing update (2018) from the original article published way back when in 2004. The update goes in to great detail on the various and vast array of ergogenic aids and how effective and safe said supplements are in the nutrition field.
Some key highlights that I would recommend you have a little read of (control + f is your friend for a paper this big) would be creatine monohydrate, protein supplementation, caffeine, vitamins and minerals. This is a fantastic resource to have bookmarked as you delve deeper into the alluring depths of sports nutrition. It is also very useful for checking whether a new, trendy-looking product has the science to back up its claims or if it’s just hot air from the marketing department (hot air is not a new supplement by the way).
Personally, I am eagerly looking forward to the next update to see what golden nuggets of scientific brilliance have been found by the fantastic bunch at the ISSN Exercise And Sports Nutrition. Maybe soon we will have a better understanding of BCAAs for example, which for a while now have been in lurking in the murky waters of nutritional claims.
If you’re interested in learning more on supplements and exercise nutrition, I’d recommend getting involved with our Applied Nutrition Science diploma. For more articles like this, please go have a look at the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles).
Good health to you all and your loved ones for the winter holidays.
You can find the full review here (the PDF is also available to download on the right-hand side): https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-018-0242-y
Joshua Norrie, MSc ANutr