JSCR 25.1: Omega-3 chia seed loading as a means of carbohydrate loading

Research shows that endurance athletes who can store more muscle glycogen will have some advantage over other athletes who exhaust muscle glycogen stores earlier in competitions. Carbohydrate (CHO) loading has been used for many years to enhance athletic performance in events lasting less than 90 min. However, research also supports the benefits of a high-fat diet over a high-CHO diet for enhancing an endurance athlete’s performance. So which method is more effective?


A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research hypothesized that omega-3 chia loading could be more beneficial than traditional CHO loading because its high-fat and moderate CHO composition might improve endurance fuel usage. Six highly trained endurance male athletes were recruited to perform a high-intensity workout for two days before testing. The athletes were then required to drink either an omega-3 chia loading drink (experimental) or a CHO loading drink (control) for two days before endurance performance trials.

There were no statistical differences (t(5) = 0.232, p = 0.083) between omega-3 chia loading (mean 10k time = 37 min, 49 s) and CHO loading (mean 10k time = 37 min, 43 s). Thus, omega-3 chia loading with additional CHO appears to be an option for CHO loading for endurance events lasting less than 90 min.




Source Article:  Illian, TG, Casey, JC, and Bishop, A.  Omega-3 chia seed loading as a means of carbohydrate loading.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research  25(1): 61–65, 2011.

Let’s Talk Back – Public Awareness Campaign begins May 5

The BC Chiropractic Association (BCCA) in partnership with the College of Chiropractors of BC (CCBC) are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new public awareness campaign called “Let’s Talk Back.”  The program, which incorporates new commercial spots and an interactive website, aims to address common questions and get people talking about chiropractic.  Everything from “What is an adjustment like?” to “The top 10 things your chiropractor wants to tell you” are discussed in several interview segments from the point of view of both doctors and patients alike.

Talk Back with Us
In addition to providing information to patients and the public, our goal is to get people talking and asking questions about chiropractic.  Each video and article on the Let’s Talk Back website is a public engagement tool that encourages feedback and discussion.  We’ll also take the conversation to Facebook and Twitter with the #LetsTalkBackCA hashtag.  Join us and encourage your patients to participate in the conversation, too!

Starting May 5, Let’s Talk Back together and educate the public about chiropractic care!

>> Let’s Talk Back website


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