Friday, November 5, 2010

Do Marathoners Need Supplements?

The answer, if you follow the scientific literature, is absolutely! In fact, athletes need more vitamins and minerals than the average person. The reason is quite simple. Athletes lose more essential nutrients through sweat, and because of increased oxygen consumption they are also more likely to suffer from oxidative stress. -KGS Bikes

A few weeks ago I began taking Cooper Complete Elite Athlete multivitamin and mineral supplement. Do I think it boosts performance? Perhaps, but I like the idea of decreasing free radical damage and homocysteine levels (Effects of marathon running on plasma total homocysteine concentrations)

Cooper Complete lowered homocysteine levels by 13 percent, the oxidation rate of LDL cholesterol by 32 percent, and the blood sugar by 4 percent, all statistically significant reductions.

A summary of other published research can be found here.

Read all about the negative impact elevated homycysteine has on the body at wikipedia.

1 comment:

  1. USANA vitamins are trusted by athletes everywhere because of their self preserving formula and they have no preservatives. do you take vitamins daily?