- Research has shown that the amino acids contained in Moringa (Glutamine, Lucine, Isoleucine, and Valine) significantly Improve the performance of athletes as a result of resistance training by :
- Decreasing elevated cortisol response from overreaching resistance training;
- Increasing testosterone levels during the training; and
- Reducing skeletal muscle damage resulting from training.
- Amino Acid Supplements and Recovery From High-Intensity Resistance Training. Department of Health and Human Performance College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina 2010.
Lucine, a nutritionally essential branched-chain amino acid contained in Moringa, has been shown to increase protein synthesis through activation of the signaling pathways in skeletal muscle, adipose tissue and placental cells promoting energy metabolism promoting energy for protein synthesis while inhibiting protein degradation.
- The Role of Leucine and is Metabolites in Protein and Energy Metabolism. US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health 2016
- See also the Impact of Leucine on Energy Balance. Journal of Physical Biochemistry, 2013 Mar 69
- Valine, Isolucine and Lucine, all branched-chain amino acids found in Moringa, are commonly used by athletes to promote muscle growth, to supply energy and to maintain the proper amount of nitrogen in the body. Valine has also been shown to be an effective appetite suppressant as well as improving the regulation of the immune system.
- The research demonstrated that Moringa possesses anti-inflammatory properties and indirect antioxidant activity, because of the presence of isothiocyanates, comparable to those found in broccoli, and polyphenols, like those found in berries and other fruits. These results provide evidence that moringa intake may reduce weight in obese individuals and be a useful tool in managing risk factors for metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that increase the likelihood of developing heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
- Reference: Amy R. Baudrault, Ph.D. Huffington Post 2016
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