The previous sections have looked at supplements that are purported to enhance muscle building or help improve athletic performance. This section will look at supplements that are aimed to promote general health.
SUPPLEMENTS TO PROMOTE GENERAL HEALTH
There are many, many supplements out there that are marketed to promote general health, unfortunately many of them do not live up to the hype, don’t work or are overpriced. There are very few supplements that are worth the money. There are several nutrients that have been suggest that may be of use.
Omega-3 fatty Acids-
In supplemental form, are endorsed by the American Heart Association for heart health in certain individuals.
Low Dose Multivitamin-
In order to ensure sufficient level of vitamins and minerals in diet (recommended by American Medical Association).
Has a role in regulating immune function, cardiovascular health, growth & repair.
Have been shown to reduce the number, duration & severity of upper-respiratory tract infections & gastrointestinal distress in the general population & in athletes. Health benefits of probiotics are strain specific and dose dependent.
Glucosamine & Chondroitin-
Have been reported to slow cartilage degeneration & reduce the degree of joint pain in active individuals which may help athletes postpone &/or prevent joint problems.
ISSN CONCLUSION ON SUPPLEMENTS FOR SPORTS NUTRITION
Several factors operate as cornerstones to enhance athletic performance and optimize training adaptations including the consumption of a balanced, nutrient and energy dense diet, prudent training, and obtaining adequate rest. Use of a limited number of nutritional supplements that research has supported to improve energy availability (e.g., sports drinks, carbohydrate, creatine, caffeine, β-alanine, etc.) and/or promote recovery (carbohydrate, protein, essential amino acids, etc.) can provide additional benefit in certain instances.
I would advise people not to make the mistake of putting too much emphasis on supplements especially at the expense of a proper diet. Most supplements tend to be a waste of money, are useless or are overpriced for what they are or any intended benefits.. First and foremost, get nutrition, training and lifestyle sorted, then look at the supplements that may help you for your training and goals.
Before taking a supplement
Jamie Miller- Personal Trainer
UK Fitness Personal Training
FITNESS, NUTRITION & PERSONAL TRAINING