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The Surprising Versatility of Leucine: The Role of Leucine in Metabolism, Disease Prevention and Sports Performance

Presented by Dr. Jenna Bell, RD, PhD. 1 hour CPEU available until April 1, 2014


Arouse your love of science with an in-depth look at one ubiquitous branched-chain amino acid found in dairy products. Take a deep dive into leucine’s powerful role in protein synthesis in a variety of populations and the impact it has on biomarkers of disease. Find out how to increase the leucine in your own diet and guide your clients and athletes to improve their intake.

Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, is the co-author of Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel your Active Lifestyle (John Wiley & Sons 2009) and Launching Your Dietetics Career (ADA 2011). She is the Chair-Elect for SCAN and has a doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define leucine and list the food sources.
  2. Describe the role that leucine plays in protein synthesis for sedentary, active and elderly people.
  3. Provide a summary of the benefits of leucine in modifying biomarkers of disease and obesity.

How to watch:

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CPE: 1 Unit, Level 2

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