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Glycogen Resynthesis

Glycogen resynthesis refers to the rate of glycogen replenishment following its depletion from exercise, and supplements that increase the rate of glycogen repletion are thought to be useful to athletes with a high workload and carbohydrate intake.

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Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect glycogen resynthesis
Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
grade-c Creatine Notable - See study
Degree of improvement is somewhat more potent than other supplemental options, and may be related to the improvements in glycemic control seen with creatine.
grade-c Fenugreek Minor Moderate See 2 studies
Mixed influence on glycogen resynthesis rates, but may have a possible benefit
grade-c Chromium - - See study
When testing the addition of chromium to a glycogen repletion protocol (after exercise), chromium failed to augment the replenishment from carbohydrates any more than placebo.
grade-c D-Ribose  
grade-d Vanadium  

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