The Role of MICRONUTRIENTS In SPORTS NUTRITION
Updated: Aug 7, 2019
From a nutritional standpoint, the athlete’s focus should include both #macronutrients – #protein for muscle rebuilding, #carbohydrates for energy renewal, #fats for nerve function – as well as the critically important #micronutrients – which are the #vitamins, #minerals, #antioxidants and #aminoacids your body needs to function #optimally every day and over a lifetime.
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MUSCLE RECOVERY and FATIGUE
The speed in which major #muscles #recover after an #intenseworkout is largely dependent on the body’s nutritional reserve. Supplementation with vitamin C can reduce post-exercise #musclesoreness and decreases levels of an enzyme (creatine kinase) associated with damaged muscle. Supplementation with the amino acid #carnitine yields similar results: less muscle soreness and fewer biochemical indications of tissue damage after physical exertion. In addition to #repairing muscle tissue post-workout, #micronutrients also delay #musclefatigue during workouts. Supplementation with the amino acids #asparagine and carnitine increase the capacity for muscles to utilize free fatty acids and spare glycogen, thus improving #endurance. In one animal study, time to exhaustion was increased by 40% in the supplemented group. Nutrients benefit more than skeletal muscle. A study on female runners demonstrated that folic acid improves vascular function. Clinically, this meant that folic acid improved the smooth muscle function of their arteries leading to better blood flow during training.
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