Athletes advised to increase dairy intake for healthy bones
Today the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) released new findings relating to the consumption of dairy before exercise. The research found that consuming a dairy-rich meal before exercise preserves bone mineral density.
“The pre-exercise calcium boost helped to counteract the loss of calcium in sweat and reduce the bone breakdown that would otherwise occur. This may help to preserve bone mineral density (BMD) in cyclists and reduce their risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis later in life,” explains AIS Head of Sports Nutrition, Professor Louise Burke.
“In recent years, dairy has become a key food in sports nutrition because of the benefits of whey and casein proteins in muscle growth and repair. Now we have another reason for athletes to make sure they’re having enough," said Professor Burke.