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the top nutrition advances of the 21st century

PERFORMANCE NUTRITION is an ever-evolving milieu, and unless your coffee table is stacked high with journals or your bestie is a registered dietitian, chances are you’re behind on the latest trends. Brighter minds in the world of sports nutrition—several of which are cited here—continue to churn out discoveries that, when applied properly, can help you lose weight, recover better, increase strength and live longer. These emerging areas of study represent just a small portion of what has been unearthed in this realm recently—which of these advances will unlock your true potential?

NO.1: NOOTROPIC KNOW-HOW

Nootropics are a category of supplements that are both man-made (Adderall) and natural (omega-3 fatty acids), which support thought, memory and productivity. “Some nootropics like theanine, which is found in green tea, have been shown to enhance memory and learning abilities,” says Kamal Patel, MPH (). “And ashwagandha has been around since ancient times in India and can protect and enhance cognitive function.”

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