Effects of dietary leucine supplementation on exercise performance

Crowe, Melissa J., Weatherson, Jarrad N., and Bowden, Bruce F. (2006) Effects of dietary leucine supplementation on exercise performance. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 97 (6). pp. 664-672.

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Abstract

Branched chain amino acids (BCAA), particularly leucine, have been suggested to be ergogenic for both endurance and strength/power performance. This study investigated the effects of dietary leucine supplementation on the exercise performance of outrigger canoeists. Thirteen (ten female, three male) competitive outrigger canoeists [aged 31.6 (2.2) year, VO2max 47.1 (2.0) ml kg−1 min−1] underwent testing before and after 6-week supplementation with either capsulated L-leucine (45 mg kg−1 d−1; n=6) or placebo (cornflour; n=7). Testing included anthropometry, 10 s upper body power and work and a row to exhaustion at 70–75% maximal aerobic power where perceived exertion (RPE), heart rate (HR) and plasma BCAA and tryptophan concentrations were assessed. Leucine supplementation resulted in significant increases in plasma leucine and total BCAA concentrations. Upper body power and work significantly increased in both groups after supplementation but power was significantly greater after leucine supplementation compared to the placebo [6.7 (0.7) v. 6.0 (0.7) W kg−1]. Rowing time significantly increased [77.6 (6.3)–88.3 (7.3) min] and average RPE significantly decreased [14.5 (1.5)–12.9 (1.4)] with leucine supplementation while these variables were unchanged with the placebo. Leucine supplementation had no effect on the plasma tryptophan to BCAA ratio, HR or anthropometric variables. Six weeks’ dietary leucine supplementation significantly improved endurance performance and upper body power in outrigger canoeists without significant change in the plasma ratio of tryptophan to BCAA.

Item ID: 4187
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: diet theory; exercise; leucine; branched-chain amino acids; central fatigue; supplements; tryptophan
ISSN: 1439-6327
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2009 02:30
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110604 Sports Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods @ 100%
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