The Effects Of Nutritional Supplementation On Improving Mobility And Muscular Confinement

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The clinical study done by J. Bauer MD, PhD, S. Verlaan Msc, I. Bautmans, and others was done to address the loss of muscle strength, mass, and physical performance correlated with age. The researchers wanted to test the effects of nutritional supplementation on improving mobility and muscular confinement by reducing the effects of sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is described as the loss of muscular strength, mobility, and tissue due to aging.(Mostly found in elderly people) When aging people experience sarcopenia, they will start to lose the ability to do tasks that require endurance and strength, which leads to the need for assisted care. Also when elderly/aging people start to lose muscle mass and strength they will be prone to an increased risk of injury. Ingesting supplements such as essential vitamins and amino acids are fundamentally important in reducing the severity of sarcopenia. If the proper amount of nutrients are not taken it may lead to an increase in the onset of sarcopenia which increases risk factors for overall health when aging. The researchers hypothesize that providing a targeted nutritional supplement containing whey protein enriched with leucine (~1.2g/kg BW/day) and vitamin D in a timely amount would result in the muscular and physical improvements independent of physical exercise. (Bauer et al. 741)
The trial for this experiment would last approximately 13 weeks and would be controlled, randomized, and double-blinded. The participants were

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