October 16th, 2017

Performance Supplement From The Kitchen

Sodium bicarbonate is known to chemistry students as NaHC03 and to people preparing food in the kitchen as baking soda. This form of salt has a number of uses, and a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests it might be able to help reduce neuromuscular fatigue.
Ten basketball players consumed 0.2 grams of sodium bicarbonate per kilogram of body weight or a placebo 90 or 60 minutes before participating in a simulated game. Baking soda did help reduce knee extensor muscle fatigue, but didn’t improve 15 meter sprint time or layup scoring percentage. Researchers speculate that sodium bicarbonate might help protect the contractile elements of muscle fibers.