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Micro-Nutrients, Dietary Supplements and Ergogenic Aids for Athletes

There are many micronutrients that are essential for the correct functioning of the body's metabolism, such as essential vitamins and minerals. Regularly eating nutrient-rich foods will increase the likelihood of maximizing micronutrient intake, which in turn helps avoid any deficiencies. Sometimes a deficiency can still occur, such as when the athlete is on a particularly restrictive diet or undertaking particularly intense exercise, and in this case, they may be required to supplement their diet.

supplements for athletes there are many supplements available for athletes

A study of elite Australian athletes from a range of sports (Martin et al. 2019) found that the most frequently used supplements were sports drinks (70%), caffeine (48%), protein powder (42%), and sports bars (42%). The athletes reported that the reasons they took these supplements were for recovery (63%), health maintenance (59%), and improved energy (50%).

There are also supplements that are used to complement or enhance the body's normal metabolism, and some of these are considered to artificially enhance performance and are banned by the sporting authorities. Let's put it out there right from the start, illegal dietary supplements should be stayed well away from for any serious athlete. However, there are plenty of legal dietary supplements that are available that can help you better prepare, perform and recover from exercise. There are many supplements to choose from, some will work while others won't, and the current evidence will not always be clear. Whatever you take, the supplements are not to replace hard work. You will still need to spend time on the training track or in the gym, and eat a well-balanced diet.

Here are some articles on supplementation generally and also on specific athletic supplements. Not all will be suitable for your developmental stage or your sport, you need to read up and make the decision about what is right for you. I hope this information points you in the right direction.

Articles About Supplementation

Specific Supplement Reviews


List of Some Other Nutritional Supplements

We don't specifically endorse the use of these supplements, we have listed these as they may be used by some athletes. Please investigate further if you think these may be useful.


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