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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In Defense of Caffeine

Greg Potter

Have you ever felt confused about whether caffeine is good or bad for you? I certainly have, and because of this, my caffeine intake has fluctuated between total abstinence and weeks of consuming over 600 mg caffeine each day (that’s a lot). When I was doing my PhD on the relationship between nutrition and sleep, I read study after study about caffeine, and this process helped me understand how to use caffeine to get more out of life. I’ve since seen many nutrition companies maligning caffeine and, honestly, I think most of this propaganda reflects the fact they don’t read scientific publications. I’m therefore keen to clear up what we actually know about this substance. Most important, I want to share how you...

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What are the best performance enhancing supplements for ultra runners? | Ask our Nerdy Nutter

Greg Potter

Resilient Nutrition's Chief Science Officer, Dr Greg Potter, shares his thoughts on what supplements ultra athletes should reach out for to improve performance.

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