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Eat To Grow: Dropping Acid

Do phosphate supplements reduce lactic acid in working muscles?

Phosphate supplements are often suggested to athletes as a means of improving athletic and training performance. Phosphate is thought to aid training by reducing excess lactic acid buildup in muscles, which leads to fatigue, and by helping the body store creatine in muscles as creatine phosphate.

Even so, in a study of 12 trained male cyclists who took a sodium phosphate supplement’1,000 milligrams, four times a day, for four days’researchers found that the phosphate did not improve peak power or anaerobic performance, as measured by a standard test. IM

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