Postexercise 'window of potential' for the stimulation of muscle protein synthesis

Jjorn Trommelen, Stephan Van Vliet, Nicholas A Burd

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Resistance exercise and protein intake work synergistically to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. An improved understanding of the optimal nutritional strategies to maximize postexercise muscle protein synthesis has been gained in recent years. Dietary factors such as protein quanity, amino acid composition, and speed of protein digestion can be manipulated to improve the immediate postexercise recovery gain in muscle protein. Recently, interest has emerged in nutritional timing strategies to improve muscle protein synthesis rates during the prolonged postexercise recovery. Specifically, protein ingestion prior to sleep and the days after exercise appear to be crucial to further augment skeletal muscle reconditioning. A brief review of the current knowledge in this field of research will be provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-21
Number of pages4
JournalAgro Food Industry Hi-Tech
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Hypertrophy
  • Leucine
  • Resistance exercise
  • Whey protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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