La carnitine : miracle ou placebo ?

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Carnitine en tant que brûleur de graisse

La carnitine, tout comme la créatine (bien qu’elles aient des fonctions très différentes), est un supplément existant depuis des années (et même des décennies). Elle a toujours été catégorisée comme un produit servant à « brûler » ou « mobiliser » la graisse corporelle. Considérée par un public plus averti comme un simple placebo, principalement car aucune étude (jusqu’à très récemment) n’avait réussi à prouver sa réelle efficacité quant à accélérer ou faciliter la perte de masse graisseuse. Continue reading

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Carnitine : Facts or Fiction

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Carnitine as a fat burner

Carnitine, much like creatine (even though their functions are quite different) is a supplement that has been available for years (even decades). It has always been categorized by common wisdom as a « fat burner » or « fat mobilizer », and considered by better informed parties as a placebo product because no study (until very recently) had been able to prove the efficacy of oral carnitine supplementation regarding fat oxidation. Continue reading

The importance of a well-balanced diet during pregnancy : Micronutrients

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As we have seen in the « Macronutrients article », Carbohydrates, fats and proteins cannot work alone. Once the sources are ingested, macronutrients need help to begin their metabolization and that is when the Micronutrients come into play.

Moreover, during pregnancy and lactation, nutritional requirement increase to support fetal and infant growth as well as maternal metabolism and tissue development specific to reproduction. Therefore, in order to provide the nutritional requirements and avoid fetal growth retardation and congenital anomalies, a proper vitamins and minerals intake is essential. Continue reading

All you need to know about Creatine supplementation

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In today’s health and fitness world, new, supposedly revolutionary, supplements are being released daily. These products are being advertised as the next big thing that is going to change the way people train and progress.

But the rate at which these products are released is so high, that there is no way for the science world to keep up with conclusive studies to tell us what really works and what is bogus…

In my opinion, hard work, dedication, discipline and science are the real keys to progress and success, however there are a few products, backed up by years of experimentation and several serious studies, that have proven their efficiency and potency. One of those being creatine.

Even though creatine supplementation is nothing new, it is worth noting that despite the fact that it is one of the most studied and scientifically supported supplement, it still generates controversy and a lot of people are still confused about its use and effects. Continue reading