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    NEW Review: Military-specific application of nutritional supplements

    This is a brand new review paper written by Dr. Kyle Hoedebecke (out of Fort Bragg NC) and yours Truly. It's currently in peer review process (approved by one reviewer so far) and may change slightly as the peer review process dictates, but can be read now as an open source doc. We hope this paper will make more within the mil and mil med community aware of nutritional supplements and possible benefits to mil populations:


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    Military-specific application of nutritional supplements: A Brief Overview

    Kyle Hoedebecke, Will Brink

    Abstract

    The Soldiers of America's military endure numerous physical and mental challenges that demand strict physical fitness regimens, extreme mental agility, and a perpetual readiness to deploy at a moment's notice. The chronicity of these stressors has the potential to dramatically reduce performance - both directly and indirectly.

    Because of this risk, many Soldiers turn to nutritional supplements with hopes of optimizing performance. Increasing amounts of research have demonstrated that various supplements may enhance overall physical prowess, health, and offer quicker recovery in the face of corporal or psychological extremes. Most individuals, including many medical and nutrition professionals, possess only an elementary comprehension of nutritional supplements and their effect on Soldiers in training or combat environments. Nevertheless, a grasp of these details is required for safety and optimal benefits. Various compounds have been evaluated - to include evidence within the military setting - and found to augment endurance, increase cognitive function, decrease knee pain, or offer hearing or lung protection in the face of high-energy impulses.

    These efficacious outcomes may serve to augment the health and longevity of these Soldiers; however, continued research is needed for efficacy and long-term safety within specific environments.

    Full Paper HERE
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    So did any of my science nerd friends here check out my paper?
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    Interesting. I only read a few paragraphs but it was kind of cool to compare to a new supplement I started taking that is supposed to improve joint health.
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    My wife, (Vic303) had fun digging through it..

    Her telling comment was that if they had done this before I was in, I might still have my hearing as they found magnesium supplements to help preserve hearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave5339 View Post
    My wife, (Vic303) had fun digging through it..

    Her telling comment was that if they had done this before I was in, I might still have my hearing as they found magnesium supplements to help preserve hearing.

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    Hopefully, the paper will get read perhaps Mag and other nutrients may get the attention they deserve for the ability to potentially help first line troops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillBrink View Post
    So did any of my science nerd friends here check out my paper?
    Oh yeah I read through it. Already taking magnesium, beta alanine, a multivitamin, I drink coffee (Must Have Caffeine!) and I take protein shakes ...But I find it mildly funny that they wanted to study caffeine as a stimulant. Sort of studying the obvious, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic303 View Post
    Oh yeah I read through it. Already taking magnesium, beta alanine, a multivitamin, I drink coffee (Must Have Caffeine!) and I take protein shakes ...But I find it mildly funny that they wanted to study caffeine as a stimulant. Sort of studying the obvious, eh?
    Yes, caffeine appears to be one of the few nutritional supplements the mil has accepted and uses.
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    Haven't multivitamins been completely discredited at this point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishTaco View Post
    Haven't multivitamins been completely discredited at this point?
    No, I wouldn't say that.
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