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Protein considerations for optimising skeletal muscle mass in healthy young and older adults

Citation
Witard O, Wardle S, Macnaughton LS, Hodgson AB & Tipton K (2016) Protein considerations for optimising skeletal muscle mass in healthy young and older adults, Nutrients, 8 (4), Art. No.: 181.

Abstract
Skeletal muscle is critical for human health. Protein feeding, alongside resistance exercise, is a potent stimulus for muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and is a key factor that regulates skeletal muscle mass (SMM). The main purpose of this narrative review was to evaluate the latest evidence for optimising the amino acid or protein source, dose, timing, pattern and macronutrient coingestion for increasing or preserving SMM in healthy young and healthy older adults. We used a systematic search strategy of PubMed and Web of Science to retrieve all articles related to this review objective. In summary, our findings support the notion that protein guidelines for increasing or preserving SMM are more complex than simply recommending a total daily amount of protein. Instead, multifactorial interactions between protein source, dose, timing, pattern and macronutrient coingestion, alongside exercise, influence the stimulation of MPS, and thus should be considered in the context of protein recommendations for regulating SMM. To conclude, on the basis of currently available scientific literature, protein recommendations for optimising SMM should be tailored to the population or context of interest, with consideration given to age and resting/post resistance exercise conditions.

Keywords
Muscle protein synthesis; muscle hypertrophy; amino acid availability; protein source; protein dose; protein timing; protein pattern; macronutrient coingestion

StatusPublished
AuthorsWitard Oliver, Wardle Sophie, Macnaughton Lindsay S, Hodgson Adrian B, Tipton Kevin
Publication date03/2016
Publication date online23/03/2016
Date accepted by journal18/03/2016
PublisherMDPI
ISSN 2072-6643
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Nutrients: Volume 8, Issue 4

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