Ketones, the new gasoline of the professional squad?

As stated by the DeMorgen portal, most of the victories this year were achieved by teams that had access to this supplement.

The suplementation in the world of sports has always been an essential complement to training. Especially in a discipline as demanding as cycling, supplementation is something vital in the life of the runner to enhance its performance. Over the years new advances are discovered in this field, but now we are possibly facing the greatest novelty of the last time with the arrived of the Cetonas. What benefits brings this new 'fuel' for the runners? Next, the answer.

What they are and what effects they produce

This week, the British Journal of Physiology published a scientific article on ketones and drew the following conclusion: help improve performance. This information comes from the Ph.D. KU Leuven last year, whose supervisor was Peter Hespel, one of the first Belgian experts to work with ketones outside of Britain.

Ketones are produced by the human body itself, especially in extreme situations of survival and during burning of fats, providing a rich source of energy. Now, how much does ketones help? In 2016, the scientific article of the journal Cell Metabolism in 2016 yielded the answer: an 3% of the performance. It seems simple, but many times, that translates into winning or doing second. "In a controlled laboratory situation, we have been able to demonstrate that ketones improve athletic endurance performance and protect the athlete from excessive strain," explained Professor Hespel in this study.

Is it doping?

Since professional runners began testing ketones in 2012, during the run-up to the London Olympics, have been established in most professional squad teams. So, is its use doping? The answer is no. These are considered a food supplement that came to receive the approval of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Clarke explains well the production process: "They are produced in Britain, then they are exported to the United States and from there they are distributed. Get the approval of the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) in Europe can take years ".

Tal and as the portal DeMorgen says, most of the victorias this year were achieved by teams that had access to ketones and also knew how use them One of the cyclists' fuels is revealed ...

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