Nutrition could be more detrimental for improving mental and physical health than previously thought

New results published in Scientific Reports show a direct correlation between physical fitness and nutrition. The study was conducted by the University of Illinois and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab.

In the study, researchers determined that nutrition improves fitness, while also boosting our mental well-being.

The study included active-duty men and women who enlisted in the U.S. armed forces. 148 participants were split into two groups for a span of three months.

Throughout the course of the study, the groups initiated training exercises five days per week. One group was administered a nutritional beverage while the other a placebo.

The findings showed that the group who consumed the high-protein nutrition drink did substantially better after their fitness workouts.

“These findings establish the efficacy of a multimodal intervention that incorporates aerobic fitness and strength training with a novel nutritional supplement to enhance military performance objectives and to provide optimal exercise training and nutritional support for the modern warfighter,” researchers concluded in their findings.

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