The things that keep me up at night.... Essential Amino Acids and the Elderly
It is estimated that you lose 10-15% of your strength for each week you are on bed rest; my guess is it is actually more rapid in the fourth quarter of your life. Another stat I heard said for everyday of bed rest, expect one week of recovey (ex// 2 weeks in hospital, 14 weeks to recover).
Essential Amino Acids aren't just for bodybuilders or gym rats; they have a very practical implication for our aging population. They can help prevent some of the catabolism (muscle breakdown) that happens when someone is recovering from surgery or simply forced to rest for too long.
Read this pdf... especially the part about the elderly. And check out the references to learn more.
Our blog editor and Athlon Nutrition founder Sara Jane Weidner holds her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. See citations in each post for author credits.