L-Tyrosine: Effects on Exercise and Health, and How to Take It

Greg Potter

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how L-tyrosine affects cognitive performance, mood, and emotion regulation. Today we’ll explore other effects of L-tyrosine, including whether it affects your exercise performance, your ability to regulate your body temperature, and your thyroid function. We’ll end by assessing the best ways to take L-tyrosine, and whether some people should think twice before they try it.     Key takeaways L-tyrosine might be helpful for exercise done in cold conditions that requires fine-motor skills and/or a lot of cognitive effort. If you’re middle aged or older, taking L-tyrosine before cold exposure can...

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Perform Better on Less Sleep? All About Creatine and Sleep

Greg Potter

Now and then, you don’t get enough sleep. When that happens once, it doesn’t affect you much. But while you might feel like the effects of back-to-back nights of poor sleep only accumulate to a point, the gloomy reality is that they continue to build. So, wouldn’t it be great if you could take something to help you minimise the results of insufficient sleep? Better yet, what if there was something that enabled you to perform better on less sleep? Some fascinating research suggests there just might be. Its name is creatine monohydrate. While there’s a lot to learn about...

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Is Coffee Good for You? A 2021 Perspective

Greg Potter

If you’re a grown-up human being, you’re probably a regular coffee drinker. At Resilient Nutrition, we like coffee too - let’s be honest, we made coffee versions of Long Range Fuel in part to satisfy our own cravings. If you’re like us though, you’ve at some point felt confused about whether drinking coffee is good for you, and you might still be unsure about how much coffee you can get away with without any concerns. If you want answers to these questions or just fancy nerding out on the science of coffee, you’re in the right place, for in today’s blog...

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Eat Chocolate, Be Smarter? What You Should Know About Cocoa and Brain Health

Greg Potter

Let’s face it, I’m a chocoholic. So, when it came to exploring the science of cocoa products, I was bound to be a bit biased. But as I fought my urge to cherry pick research supporting the health benefits of cocoa, I came to see that it really is highly nutritious. However, there’s also a dark side to cocoa (pun intended) that has implications for which cocoa products you should pick. In the next couple of blogs, I’m going to highlight the science of cocoa, beginning with how cocoa affects brain health and the best ways to consume cocoa for maximum...

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The Science of L-Theanine, A Dietary Supplement that Relieves Stress, Improves Focus, and Enhances Sleep

Greg Potter

Do you sometimes feel stressed out or anxious? Perhaps you occasionally struggle to focus at work? Or are there times when, despite your best efforts, a good night’s sleep eludes you? If your answer to any of these is yes, you might find today’s blog helpful. In it, we’re diving into the science of L-theanine, a well-studied substance in tea that has an impressively large array of beneficial effects, hence why we include it in Energise and Energise & Rebuild versions of Long Range Fuel. This blog gets nerdy in places, so I’ve summarised the important stuff below, including how...

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Sleep Deprivation Coping Strategies for Athletes

Greg Potter

Losing sleep sucks, and it’s true that regularly not getting enough sleep probably ultimately affects all aspects of health and performance. But there are times when sleep deprivation is unavoidable, and less time sleeping means more time for what you really want to do, which in some instances (e.g., ultra running) leads to better performance. So, wouldn’t it be helpful to have some strategies that help you succeed when you’re short on shuteye?   In the last few years, we’ve worked with a range of competitors who simply have to perform despite debilitating sleep disruption, and in this blog, we’ll cover some of the more effective sleep deprivation coping methods for athletes. We won’t focus on any one sport, for the strategies below should be helpful whether you’re an ocean rower, an ultra cyclist, or...

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