Protein after exercise boosts muscle in older men

August 21, 2001 in Men's Health, Nutrition Topics in the News, Sports Nutrition and Exercise

Protein after exercise boosts muscle in older men

According to Danish investigators, consuming a high-protein supplement shortly after strength training may help healthy older men ward off the muscle loss that comes with age.

The investigators found that men who drank supplements containing 10 grams of protein 2 hours after weight training registered no increase in muscle mass over the 12-week program.

But men who drank the supplement within minutes of the training session saw an increase in thigh muscle mass. Men in both groups increased their overall muscle strength, but those who downed their protein right after the workout saw greater improvements.

You'll find 10 grams of protein in either one cup of milk or yogurt, 2 egg whites, some energy bars, or 1.5 ounces (45 grams) of lean meat, chicken, fish.

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