Sodium phosphate is mainly responsible for regulating acid-base balance in body tissues. It is also a major component of a compound that helps release oxygen from red blood cells. Scientists believe that, like sodium citrate, sodium phosphate plays a role in preventing muscular acidosis during very intense exercise. The sodium phosphate loading protocol that proved effective in boosting time trial performance in cyclists in one study was 1 gram taken four times per day for six days prior to racing.
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Matt Fitzgerald is the author of numerous books, including Racing Weight: How To Get Lean For Peak Performance (VeloPress, 2012). He is also a Training Intelligence Specialist for PEAR Sports. To learn more about Matt visit www.mattfitzgerald.org.
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