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Chicken Essence Improves Exercise Performance and Ameliorates Physical Fatigue

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Graduate Institute of Athletics and Coaching Science, National Taiwan Sport University, Taoyuan 33301, Taiwan
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Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Kainan University, Taoyuan 33857, Taiwan
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Graduate Institute of Sports Science, National Taiwan Sport University, Taoyuan 33301, Taiwan
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Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Nutraceutical Biotechnology, Shih Chien University, Taipei 10462, Taiwan
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Nutrients 2014, 6(7), 2681-2696; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu6072681
Received: 4 May 2014 / Revised: 8 July 2014 / Accepted: 10 July 2014 / Published: 18 July 2014
Chicken essence (CE) is a liquid nutritional supplement made from cooking whole chickens. In traditional Chinese medicine, CE is used to support health, promote healing, increase metabolism, and relieve fatigue. However, few studies have examined the effect of CE on exercise performance and physical fatigue. We aimed to evaluate the potential beneficial effects of CE on fatigue and ergogenic functions following physical challenge in mice. Male ICR mice were divided into four groups to receive vehicle or CE by oral gavage at 0, 845, 1690, or 4225 mg/kg/day for 4 weeks. Exercise performance and anti-fatigue function were evaluated by forelimb grip strength, exhaustive swimming time, and levels of physical fatigue-related biomarkers serum lactate, ammonia, glucose, and creatine kinase (CK) after physical challenge. CE supplementation dose-dependently elevated endurance and grip strength. CE supplementation significantly decreased lactate, ammonia, and CK levels after physical challenge. Tissue glycogen content, an important energy source for exercise, was significantly increased with CE supplementation. In addition, CE supplementation had few subchronic toxic effects. The supplementation with CE can have a wide spectrum of bioactivities on health promotion, performance improvement and anti-fatigue. View Full-Text
Keywords: ergogenic aid; supplement; glycogen; grip strength; lactate; ammonia ergogenic aid; supplement; glycogen; grip strength; lactate; ammonia
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Huang, W.-C.; Lin, C.-I.; Chiu, C.-C.; Lin, Y.-T.; Huang, W.-K.; Huang, H.-Y.; Huang, C.-C. Chicken Essence Improves Exercise Performance and Ameliorates Physical Fatigue. Nutrients 2014, 6, 2681-2696.

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