Recently, the press came up with the sensational story of the spectacular increase of sports performance through the use of admitted ketones.
Immediately the question raised if this could also be meaningful for use in sports performance of pigeon racing?
Here’s my analysis:
Ketones are remarkably efficient supplements for top athletes in case of firm performance. (up to 15% more power!) It is all about BHB (beta-Hydroxybutyrate) a body’s energetic emergency fuel, especially for the brain (according to the list of banned substances no doping!), which the body produces from fats as a result of extreme performance and/or fasting when carbs (glycogen) are entirely consumed.
The controversial product is called HVMN and is only available in the USA.
The producer has patented this substance very cleverly and thus owns the exclusive distribution.
However, parallel sales channels towards Europe would exist. https://hvmn.com/blog/exogenous-ketones/beta-hydroxybutyrate-or-bhb-all-you-need-to-know
In practice, they are suitable for very heavy sports (cyclists) and should ideally be combined with special (starvation) diets. In time, their use “might” even have all kinds of favourable properties, but Flemish professors doubt this.
We are asking ourselves whether the attitude of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) is not ambiguous in this respect?
Although it concerns a body’s nutrient created in extreme cases.
What is the difference with the banned blood doping, where one injects its blood cells with its enriched blood (e.g. when staying at extreme heights)??
In the scientific literature, we have not found any fundamental research regarding the release of ketones in exhaustion scenarios of birds and certainly not about possible effects of ketones on sports performance of pigeons.
Ketones take effect in the human body 20 minutes after intake and need to be administered three times a day as they are consumed quickly. If we assume that they work in pigeons, this can only be done outside the races, and they can contribute little to a performance that takes place several hours to days after the intake.
What is more, why would 15% extra energy from fat-purified ketones (a type of carbohydrate) still benefit when the pigeon can extract 342% more power from fats than from carbohydrates, without having to be in extreme hunger mode? (See fig. 2 below)
The pigeon complements its energy battery, in a comfortable and unseen way in nature, with ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This occurs exceptionally efficiently via sugar metabolism, lipid metabolism and protein metabolism. Pigeons have two types of muscles, namely the red ones for very prolonged action and white ones for short and fast efforts.
Complimentary they extract in an extremely fast way ATP from the creatine phosphate present in the white muscles for the reflexes (however, maximum up to 10 seconds: takeoff, landing, guiding, etc.).
The efficiency of their entire mobility machine in the field of ATP-production varies according to whether there is much (aerobic) or little (anaerobic) oxygen available.
The pigeon can also convert all these energy sources (whose value on the packaging is usually expressed in calories) very smoothly at all times to send the final product, ATP, to its muscle battery.
Finally, let’s not forget that the ketones, like most butyrate derivatives, have a horrible taste…
Comed keeps a close eye on these mechanisms.
Don’t get carried away in all sorts of hypes.
Like no other company in the pigeon sector, Comed is permanently committed to the health of the pigeons and optimizing their performance.
You administer Comed products during the season:
- Because of their beneficial effect on immunity and resistance and thus play a role in preventing disease due to increased risks inherent to the game:
These risks are:
-The pressure for basketing,
-The stress due to the widowhood,
-The stress caused by the natural set,
-Enriched food, but without which one cannot compete for the prices!
This includes the extra proteins and extra calcium both resulting from the breeding as well as from the races.
- For the sake of releasing the force to deliver performance based on:
-The urge (Grit) and
-The available energy.
The Comed products developed based on these criteria are Compound, Myobol, Load Caps and Load Pull, Tempo 60, Roni, Hemoglobal, Stopmite, Lysocur Forte.
They influence directly or indirectly these biochemical and physiological processes.
This is also the reason why users of Comed products also remark effect after a few days.
Comedol and Curol: Suppliers of ATP, especially for the red muscles.
Load Caps or Load Pull: Extra ATP for the larger distances.
Masses of carbohydrates (starch) are present In the cereals; thus, they do not have to be added additionally.
Myobol for massive flights to combine with Hydracom Recup and -Amino to ensure good muscle-growth.
Compound against fatigue (Krebs cycle).
Tempo 60 desire to fly, grit.
Roni neutralization of the loss of the protective acid function caused by enriched nutrition.
Hemoglobal contains iron for the production of haemoglobin responsible for the oxygen uptake.
Stopmite against parasites that cause anaemia, which reduces oxygen uptake.
Also, take advantage of the race packages at sale now.