Spoonful of sugar before physical event can boost your performance

Spoonful of sugar before physical event can boost your performance

Researchers, through a recently conducted study, have found that drinking a spoonful of sugar mixed in normal water, instead of having any sports drink, will help to boost your performance of long-distance athletes.

The team of researchers at the University of Bath said they have found that mixing table sugar into a water bottle before any major physical event can make a huge different in your performance.

The researchers in the study, published in the American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology & Metabolism, evaluated the impact of endurance exercise on liver glycogen levels.

They also tested a number of drinks to check how different carbohydrates could help avert the decline of liver glycogen levels and tiredness. The team conducted the study on long-distance cyclists. Findings showed that ingesting carbohydrates in the form of either glucose or sucrose can achieve this.

According to study researchers, both sucrose and glucose are very essential carbohydrates that are often referred to as simple sugars. They found that mixing different sources of sugars improves the rate at which people can absorb them from the gut.

Scientists warned that drinks with glucose-only could produce gut discomfort and suggested that sucrose-based alternatives - or simply sugar in water - can help make exercise easier.

Study lead author Dr Javier Gonzalez, said, “The carbohydrate stores in our liver are vitally important when it comes to endurance exercise as they help us to maintain a stable blood sugar level”.

He further said the study has shown that intake of carbohydrates during exercise can prevent the depletion of carbohydrate stored in the liver but not in muscle.

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