Study under review: Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate Supplementation on Muscular Strength and Endurance: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
This meta-analysis was designed to determine whether supplementation with sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) before exercise can improve muscular strength and endurance.
Other Articles in Issue #67 (May 2020)
Herbs for hypogonadism: Exploring the effects of fenugreek on testosterone
Fenugreek boosts testosterone a tad according to this meta-analysis, but there are many reasons not to take these results at face value.
Nulls: January-February 2020
Here's a quick rundown of some studies from earlier this year that didn't find clear effects!
Do different dieting strategies lead to loss of control after losing weight?
According to this recent trial, continuous energy restriction may have a very slight edge over intermittent energy restriction.
Digging into Paleo: Ancestral diets for glucose control
The early evidence isn't conclusive but looks promising. More evidence, especially from studies that strictly control for caloric intake, would be useful.
Deeper Dive: Evaluating the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet as a ‘holiday diet’ requiring no calorie restriction or exercise
How much of a benefit does switching sedentary people eating a typical Western diet to an equicaloric Mediterranean diet provide? This trial aimed to find out.
Safety Spotlight: The Dark Side of Broccoli
A recent meta-analysis highlights some concerns around how certain drugs can interact with cruciferous veggies.
Can polyphenols prevent our brains from slowing down?
This recent meta-analysis found a minimal effect on one measure of cognition, but there's much more room for more evidence.