EXAMINATION OF WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS: THE PHYSIOLOGICAL PATHWAYS AND MECHANISMS IN RELATION TO EXERCISE PERFORMANCE
AuthorHernández, Ashley Monique
AdvisorKeen, Douglas A.
MetadataShow full item record
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
RightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
AbstractNutritional supplementation to enhance exercise performance has become a growing interest in the athletic industry. The purpose of this thesis was to investigate how the workout supplements 𝛽-Alanine and creatine monohydrate function at the physiological level by studying their cellular pathways and mechanisms in order to determine their overall effect on an individual’s exercise performance and health. To research information on these topics, I employed various engines such as the University of Arizona’s database, PubMed, and NCBI using the keywords “nutritional supplementation,” “workout,” “𝛽-Alanine,” “creatine monohydrate,” “exercise,” and “performance” to gather research articles pertaining to my thesis topic. A review of the available literature and clinical studies demonstrate that the ergogenic supplement of 𝛽-Alanine has a positive marginal improvement on high intensity exercise performance with no negative health effects by increasing the buffering capacity of the muscle cell. The ergogenic supplement of creatine monohydrate has a positive improvement on high intensity exercise performance with a gain in fat-free mass with no negative health effects by improving the phosphorylation of ATP within the muscle cell.