Lactic Acid is good for you!

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Benjamin de Charmoy on Monkey Pump (29) at The Scoop
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Lactic acid isn’t your muscles’ foe. It can actually keep you happy, fit, and motivated, according to a study published.

Lactic acid has a bad reputation. Many people blame it for fatigue, sore muscles, and cramps. They think of it as a waste product that should be avoided at all cost. Guess what? Scientists have discovered that lactic acid plays a critical role in generating energy during exercise. Far from being the bad boy of metabolism, lactic acid provides fuels for many tissues, helps use dietary carbohydrates, and serves as fuel for liver production of glucose and glycogen. In fact, lactic acid is nature’s way of helping you survive stressful situations.

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3 Responses to Lactic Acid is good for you!

  1. jimbo Feb 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    True, lactate or lactic acid in as intermediate in metabolism and can be used to produce more energy. Its actually quite important for a number of metabolic processes. It is produced when you burn muscle carbohydrate stores (glycogen) in an oxygen independent manner. i.e. during high intensity muscle contraction. The problem is that this process also produces hydrogen ions which increase the acidity in your muscles. Its probably this that causes your fore arms to “burn” when you are pumped not lactate.

  2. jacques Feb 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm #


  3. Troll Feb 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    Where can we get lactic acid injections?

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