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The Effects of Carbohydrate Powder

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Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for Bloginity.com and Bodybuilding.com. He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
The Effects of Carbohydrate Powder
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Although protein powder is a widely popular supplement, powders providing other nutrients, such as carbohydrates, can also be effective. Carbohydrate powder can offer a wide array of benefits for athletic activity, as carbohydrates are your body's primary energy source. However, not all effects of carbohydrate powder are beneficial for all exercise goals. Regardless of the benefits, you should consult a doctor prior to using carbohydrate powder or any other supplements.

Sustained Testosterone Levels

Intense exercise can promote significant benefits for your physique in the long run, but only if you supply the nutrients needed for recovery. According to research published in the April 2010 issue of "European Journal of Applied Physiology," failing to consume carbohydrates in conjunction with intense exercise can result in reduced testosterone levels. Using carbohydrate powder can help you maintain higher levels of testosterone, a hormone that aids in building muscle.

Reduced Calorie Burning

Carbohydrate powder supplies your body with energy, but this can be detrimental in some cases, as it may cause your body to burn less stored energy. According to research published in the May 2010 issue of "Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise," consuming protein powder prior to exercise promoted increased calorie-burning in the 24 hours after the workout, while consuming carbohydrate powder did not.

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Improved Muscle Recovery

Carbohydrate-heavy meals are often suggested for pre-workout use, but consuming carbohydrate powder as part of your post-workout meal can be beneficial as well. Research published in the December 2010 edition of "International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism" explains that carbohydrates are required for optimal workout recovery. Nutrition researcher Dr. John Berardi notes that liquids are absorbed more efficiently than whole food, so carbohydrate powder can be highly effective.

Reduced Growth Hormone Release

Your body releases hormones in response to a variety of stimuli, including exercise and food. If you want to maximize growth hormone release, carbohydrate powder can be detrimental, as research published in the July 2008 issue of "European Journal of Endocrinology" found that a meal of protein alone increased growth hormone release, but a combination of protein and carbohydrates did not.

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