Dr. Phil Harvey is a leading expert in nutritional biochemistry and has been involved in education, research and the nutritional industry for over 30 years. Dr. Harvey is the Chief Scientific Officer for Max Muscle Sports Nutrition and heads product research and development, regulatory affairs, QA/QC, technical writing in addition to responsibilities in education and training.
Dr. Harvey received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University and M.S.P.H. degree from the UCLA School of Public Health. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in the UCLA Department of Medicine & Molecular Biology Institute. He is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Nutrition Specialist and elected a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Dr. Harvey is a member of numerous professional organizations including the International Society for Sports Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Institute of Food Technologists.
Dr. Harvey was also invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the prestigious Journal of the ISSN and on the Advisory Board of the ISSN.
Higher CoQ10 and B6 Levels Linked to Reduced Risk of Coronary Artery Disease
Researchers at the School of Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, investigated the relationship between plasma levels of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and vitamin B6 and the risk of coronary artery disease. The study consisted of a control group of healthy individuals with normal blood biochemistry and a case group comprised of patients with at least 50 percent blockage of one major coronary artery identified by cardiac catheterization. The researchers discovered that there was a significant inverse correlation between higher plasma levels of CoQ10 and vitamin B6 and a reduced risk of coronary artery disease. (Lee BJ, et al. Nutr Res. 2012;32:751-6). Featured MMSN Product: MN CoQ10 and Vitamin B6.
MSM Supplementation May Be Beneficial Following Exercise
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) has been reported to provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in mammals. Resistance exercise is known to induce both inflammation and oxidative stress resulting in muscular discomfort and pain. Researchers set out to study the effects of MSM on markers of exercise recovery and performance. In random order, 24 moderately exercise-trained men received MSM supplements at a dose of 3g/day or placebo for 14 days, with a 17-day washout between. The study included three tests: baseline, no product and the 2nd and 3rd following 14 day supplementation with MSM and placebo. Each test consisted of two visits. At the first visit, subjects performed stress exercise of leg extensions of multiple reps to muscular failure. At the second visit (48 hours later), subjects again performed sets and multiple reps of leg extensions to muscle failure. Muscle discomfort/pain, inflammation (hs-CRP & IL-6), blood antioxidant status (TEAC & SOD) and homocysteine were measured before the stressing exercise and 24 and 48 hours post exercise. Exercise performance was also measured following the 14 day supplementation with MSM or placebo. MSM intervention resulted in significantly less pain/discomfort vs. placebo from baseline to 2 hours. Change in IL-6 was significant within the MSM and placebo and between MSM vs. placebo. There were no significant differences between MSM and placebo noted for the other biomarkers. Researchers concluded that MSM may help alleviate the discomfort/pain that can follow a stressful exercise session. (Kalman DS, et al. FASEB J. 2013;27:1076.7). MMSN Featured Product: Max Nutraceuticals MSM 500mg
WITH SOY IS AN EFFECTIVE POST-EXERCISE SUPPLEMENT
For years, Max Muscle has promoted the benefits of multi-source proteins for performance and recovery. This recently published study further confirms the benefits of multi-source proteins, which include soy, at the metabolic and molecular level. Researchers hypothesized that a protein blend of soy and dairy proteins would capitalize on the unique properties of each individual protein and allow for optimal delivery of amino acids to prolong the fractional synthetic rate (FSR) following resistance exercise. In this double-blind, randomized, clinical trial, 19 young adults were studied before and after ingestion of 19g of either a soy-dairy protein blend (PB) or 18g whey protein alone consumed one hour after high-intensity leg resistance exercise. Researchers examined mixed-muscle protein FSR and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTORC1) signaling. Whey protein ingestion resulted in higher and earlier amplitude of blood branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) concentrations, but ingestion of the PB created a lower initial rise in blood BCAA but sustained elevated levels of blood amino acids later into recovery. Post-exercise FSR increased equivalently in both groups during the early period. However, FSR remained elevated only in the soy-dairy protein blend group during the late period. mTORC1 signaling similarly increased between groups, except for no increase in S6K1 phosphorylation in the WP group at 5 hours post-exercise. Researchers concluded that a soy-dairy protein blend ingested following exercise is capable of prolonging blood aminoacidemia, mTORC1 signaling, and protein synthesis in human skeletal muscle and is an effective post-exercise nutritional supplement. (Reidy PT, et al. J Nutr. 2013 Apr;143:410-6). MMSN Featured Product: High 5
Yours In Health,
Phillip W. Harvey, PhD, RD, FACN, FISSN
Chief Scientific Officer
Max Muscle Corporate USA