Lactate

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What is Lactate?

Lactate is a bi-product of normal metabolism and exercise that is continuously generated in the body. Its concentration does not rise until the rate of lactate development reaches the rate of lactate removal, which is influenced by a variety of factors. Blood lactate concentrations are normally 1-2 mmol/L at rest but can increase to more than 20 mmol/L during vigorous exercise.

What does Lactate do?

Lactate aids in the preservation of other fuel stores and provides direct energy to the muscles, heart, and brain. Lactate is easily re-used by the body, and it can also be “shuttled” to various sections of the muscle and between tissues.

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