A study has indicated that a "low-carb, mixed-carb" sports drink with added protein leads to prolonged endurance performance in trained female athletes. According to the study by Erin L. McCleave, and colleagues of The University of Texas at Austin, the endurance gain likely reflects the added protein as well as a mix of carbohydrates, compared to a standard "single-carb" drink. Studies have shown that carbohydrate-containing beverages increase endurance exercise performance, compared to water and placebo drinks. Some previous studies have suggested that adding a moderate amount of protein to a low- or moderate-carbohydrate supplement can further enhance endurance. In their effort to develop a more effective supplement, the researchers switched from a single source of carbohydrate (dextrose) to a combination of three carbohydrates: glucose, fructose, and maltodextrin. "Multiple sources of carbohydrate appear to increase exogenous carbohydrate oxidation," said the authors. The new formulation improves exercise endurance in female athletes, compared to a standard dextrose-only supplement. The protein plus mixed-carb (and low-carb) supplement "improved performance despite containing 50 percent lower carbohydrate content and approximately 30 percent fewer calories," said McCleave and co-authors. "This may be an important consideration for those individuals concerned about body weight and caloric intake," they added. The study has been published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Source: ANI << Hospital Infections Exacerbated by Alcohol Use Disorders Medical Community Raises Questions on the Safety of Stored ... >> Recommended Reading Sports Drinks With Sugar Not Healthy Sports beverages with sugar are proving to be not so healthy as it was once believed. READ MORE Low-Fat Chocolate Milk 'As Good As Specially Designed Sports Drinks' A new study claims that low-fat chocolate milk provides an equal or potentially superior muscle recovery after exercise than specially designed sports drinks. READ MORE 'Super Fruit' Cherry Juice Could be a New 'Sports Drink' Drinking cherry juice could help ease the pain for people who run, according to new research. READ MORE Milk Replaces Fluids and Salts Better Than Water and Sports Drink Water and sports drink don't hold a patch to milk when it comes to replacing the fluid and salts lost through sweat after exercising. READ MORE Best Sports Supplements to Improve Athletes Performance Sports supplements are substances used to improve athletic performance. Read interesting information on sports foods, dietary supplements and ergogenic aids along with their benefits and side effects. READ MORE Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts There is more to alcohol than mere intoxication. Infamous because of its social abuse but indispensable because of its many industrial applications. READ MORE Diabetes Type 2 and Its Link to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to metabolic syndrome leading to higher risk for type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. READ MORE Diet and Nutrition Tips for Athletes Athletes can be physically fit by consuming a well balanced nutritious diet, which keeps them mentally alert not only during and after the sports events but all around the year. Here are some simple and essential diet and nutrition tips for athletes. READ MORE Energy Drinks – Power or Hype? Energy drinks come with the promise of giving a boost during a workout unlike anything an energy rich food can provide. This discussion will give an insight to the pros and cons of energy drinks. READ MORE Magical Millets for Your Health Millets are far more nutrient dense than wheat and rice. They are inexpensive and tasty too. Nutritionists now advise switching to millets from wheat and rice. READ MORE Pancreatitis Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas may show up as acute pancreatitis or chronic pain. Alcohol consumption is the main offender. Treatment requires hospitalization and at times surgery. READ MORE World Cup 2014 Football Injuries World Cup Football 2014 has seen its share of injuries that are part and parcel of any sport, more so, a game like football. Know some details of the common injuries seen during a football game. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia The Essence of Yoga Blood Pressure Calculator How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips More News on: Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol FactsPancreatitisHealthy LivingDiabetes Type 2 and Its Link to Sugar-Sweetened BeveragesMagical Millets for Your HealthDiet and Nutrition Tips for AthletesBest Sports Supplements to Improve Athletes PerformanceTop Nutrition Tips for a Marathon RunnerWorld Cup 2014 Football InjuriesEnergy Drinks – Power or Hype?