Active & Athletic Supplements

Regular exercise is necessary for one's health and well-being, but it can lead to wear and tear on muscle fibers, tendons and joints and can lead to a loss of flexibility as one ages. Good nutrition with the right vitamins and minerals can supply energy, build and repair tissue, and perhaps even enhance one's athletic performance.

Active people should get an adequate intake of magnesium to keep muscle contractions strong. Plenty of vitamin B12 and folic acid, along with iron and vitamin C, helps form healthy red blood cells that transport oxygen to the muscles. Vitamin C also fends off infection that can slow one down, and helps produce the adrenalin that can fuel one further.

Other B-vitamins are essential for converting carbohydrate, fat and protein from food into the energy needed for an active lifestyle. Vitamin E is also necessary for the formation of red blood cells and muscle tissue. The oxygen exchange that occurs during exercise can cause the formation of damaging free radicals, so an intake of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E is recommended.

Some active/athletic people find the wear and tear on the joints leads to stress and strains. The compound glucosamine sulfate can help repair acute damage in this area. Some body builders believe that the amino acid creatine can help them add bulk to their muscles, and other amino acids have been credited with all sorts of performance-enhancing properties.

Be careful of some of the athletic powders and potions out on the market. Most carry little substance behind their claims. The best approach is to eat a sensible, balanced, wholesome diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and, of course, lots of fluids - water is ideal.

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