|Even though, the study at hand confirms that NaHCO3 doesn't work for everyone previous studies show it's worth trying.|
In the corresponding experiment, the scientists had 15 physically active males (age 25±4 y; body mass 76.0±7.3 kg; height 1.77±0.05 m) complete six cycling capacity tests at 110% of maximum power output (CCT110%) following ingestion of either
- 0.3 g/kg body mass of sodium bicarbonate (SB | 4 trials) or
- alcium carbonate placebo (PL, 2 trials).
previous SuppVersity articles on bicarbonate, the increases in blood pH, bicarbonate, base excess and lactate you see in Figure 1 are important to tell what exactly triggers the net effect of using baking soda as a pH buffer. What every athletes will yet be more interested in, though is whether the buffer allowed the recreationally active men who participated in the study saw statistically significant increases in the total work done (TWD) during the 110% high-intensity cycling capacity test, or not.
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