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Dietary Supplements

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Dietary Supplements Theses are just a few of the varieties: Creatine: Our bodies naturally make the compound, which is used to supply energy to our muscles. It is produced in the liver, pancreas, and kidneys, and is transported to the body's muscles through the bloodstream. Creatine is 100% natural and occurs naturally in many foods; therefore, it can never be banned from any sports or international competitions (unless they banned eating meat). Many foods especially herring, salmon, tuna, and beef contain some creatine, but the supplemented variety comes in the form of creatine monohydrate. Creatine is considered a safe supplement, and has been shown to increase strength performance. Caffeine: Caffeine is a mild stimulant that occurs naturally in at least 63 plant species. It consists of a xanthine molecule with three methyl groups attached to it. Caffeine has many specific benefits for different types of athletes, and can improve the athlete's endurance in sports where long-term stamina is needed. Caffeine stimulates the Central Nervous System at high levels, like the medulla and cortex, and even has the ability to reach the spinal cord in larger doses. ...read more.


The article states that ingestion within 15 to 60 minutes before performance can adversely affect blood glucose levels to the point of hypoglycemia, but this seems very extreme and probably would not be an issue unless the athlete previously had problems with blood sugar such as diabetes. Iron Supplements: Iron is a mineral that is important to all body cells. It is particularly important for blood cells because iron is needed to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in blood cells that carries oxygen to body tissues. If you don't have enough iron you may develop iron deficiency anemia, a condition in which your blood contains less hemoglobin than normal. Iron is found in meat, poultry, and fish.fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes. If you get enough iron in your diet you don't need a supplement. Athletes should be monitored by their health care professional for sports anemia which stems from above average exertion on a regular basis, but it is not always the product of iron deficiency. Protein supplements: Protein is detremental to a balanced diet and plays an important part in the repair and growth of muscles. ...read more.


Important things to remember about supplements - Like everthing in life, more is not better. Moderation is the key, supplement, don't replace. - It is important to be educated about proper nutrition. - It does not all have to be guess work. Most sports programs require a physical before participation, a visit too a clinical nutritionis would also not be a bad idea, that way anything an athlete needs to improve his health or performance can be determined. - Food is always a better source, but supplements can make life easier on people who cant realistically eat 5-7 meals a day. - R.D.I. and R.D.A. should be closely monitored. - If it seems to good to be true, it probably is. "Guaranteed growth", and other catch phrases should be discounted, the main point of supplementing should be to maximize performance and health. - Educate athletes on proper nutrition, and emphasize work off the field is just as important as on. - Is it legal to supply these supplements, to athletes? - Long term affects are understood. - Is the product safe for consumption by young athletes? - Side effects. ...read more.

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