nitrogen balance

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the balance between the amount of nitrogen taken in (to the soil or the body) and the amount given off (lost or excreted)

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However, increased feeding and ruminating efficiencies and a positive nitrogen balance were observed.
Positive nitrogen balance means that the person is taking in more nitrogen than he or she is excreting, and is therefore using that nitrogen to build muscle.
During remobilization, the increase in circulating testosterone may have contributed at least in part to an increase in muscle protein synthesis (45, 46) and, thus, to the positive nitrogen balance (Table 3).
It is apparent that for an athlete to gain muscle, heal, repair or recover following a workout or game, it is critical that a positive nitrogen balance be established as quickly as possible.
1] of nitrogen to maintain positive nitrogen balance.