Vitamins and minerals are an essential part of an athletes daily nutritional requirements. Nutrient intake is as valuable to an athlete as a good coach or trainer. If you don't have a regular and consistent intake of quality micro-nutrients you are not providing your body with enough fuel it needs to recover faster, train longer and harder, concentrate better and become the best athlete you can be. In order to fuel the big ambitions of an athlete you need to have every piece of the puzzle in place and consistent and quality nutrition is one of the most essential components to take athletes to the next level in performance.
Vitamins play an important role in energy production, the synthesis of the blood, improving joint function, maintenance of bone health, immune function, improving sleep, muscle building, increasing energy levels, increasing libido and protection of body against oxidative stress from free radicals. They assist with synthesis and repair of muscle tissue during recovery from exercise as well as improving the rate of recovery from injury. Exercise stresses many of the metabolic pathways where micro-nutrients are required, and exercise and training may result in muscle biochemical adaptations that may also increase the turnover and loss of these micro-nutrients from the body and this increases the need for vitamin and mineral supplementation this means the demand on the body is greater for an athlete compared to someone who is more sedentary and the daily requirements increase slightly. The high intensity sports and training programs put on the body means that there is more oxidative stress caused by the increased "free radical' production and athletes therefore will greatly benefit from having more antioxidants as a nutritional component to assist in reducing this stress on the body, this will then in turn improve injury recovery, prevent fatigue and lower stress levels.
The most common vitamins and minerals found to be of concern in athletes' diets are calcium and vitamin D, the B vitamins, iron, zinc, magnesium, as well as some antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, β-carotene, and selenium. Athletes at greatest risk for poor micro-nutrient status are those who restrict energy intake or have severe weight-loss practices, who eliminate one or more of the food groups from their diet, or who consume unbalanced and low micro-nutrient-dense diets. However all athletes may benefit from a daily vitamin and mineral supplementation. Along with a balanced and nutritious diet, vitamins and mineral supplements play an important role in performance and recovery. There are many ways in which vitamins can assist athletic performance and recovery and choosing the right vitamin supplements as well as maintaining a consistent supplement routine is the key to unlocking huge potential in athletes for noticeable increases in performance, physique and overall well-being.
My Vitamin Packs helps athletes with the right guidance to choose the best vitamins for them and provide an easy daily system to keep them consistent. If you are concerned you might not be getting the adequate nutrients you need please take our free health assessment and our online quiz will make recommendations for you.