HERBAL FORMULA COULD HAVE AN ERGOGENIC EFFECT
Lahr, J., Seifert, J. G., Burke, E. (1999). The effects of an herbal compound on lactic acid clearance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 31(5), Supplement abstract 452.
The effects of ingesting an herbal formulation on high-intensity exercise were evaluated. Ss (N = 12) were paired for lactate thresholds. Ss received a herbal formula (950 mg/d -- Second Wind/Botanica BioScience Corporation) or placebo for five weeks. The post-treatment cycling exercise was to perform at lactate threshold for 20 minutes, sit quietly for 12 minutes, and then complete a 60,000 J time trial as fast as possible. Venous blood samples were taken at 3-min intervals during the first 12 minutes of recovery.
The herbal formula group exhibited less lactic acid accumulation following intense cycling, less stress on the HCO3- buffering system, and a statistically non-significant trend toward improved cycling performance. [The cycling performance might have been significant if a larger number of Ss were used.]
Implication. An herbal formula does affect lactate accumulation factors and might have an ergogenic effect.
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