Baking soda may help swimmers go faster

July 3, 2008 2:49:37 PM PDT
Elite athletes are always looking for an competitive edge, and some swimmers may have found an unlikely source: in the pantry. Sodium bicarbonate, better know as baking soda, may help swimmers go faster.

A small study of nine swimmers found that taking the supplement allowed them to shave time off their usual performance.

Baking soda naturally reduces acids. The way it may help athletes is that during intense exercise the muscles produce large amounts of lactic acid, which contributes to fatigue. Baking soda seems to act as a buffer against the fatigue producing acids.

Details on the study are in the International Journal of Sports Medicine.

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