The sportsman's diet must be treated in a rigorous and targeted manner, given the fundamental role of the diet in its results, performance, recovery, weight loss and increase in muscle mass, but also for the development of strength and endurance.
Lights and shadows in the sportsman's diet
Are you sure that sports nutrition contains enough micronutrients?
The diet of those who practice sports, but also those who are less active, must be rich in macro and micronutrients essential for the complex metabolic-muscular "machine" to work at maximum efficiency
There is a problem: today's diet is poorer in micronutrients than in the past. The intensive agricultural methods of fruit, vegetables, and cereals cause a reduction in nutrients and it is difficult to compensate for all the needs with food alone, especially if you are a sports person subjected to intense and continuous training. The athlete is also in a state of constant oxidative stress which, if ignored, can generate various disorders that risk:
- Altering the ability to recover
- Deteriorate cellular metabolic processes
- Create greater inefficiency
- Promote the inflammatory state
- A weakening of the body's defenses
The sportsman with a non-optimal diet, therefore, becomes even more vulnerable to illness, trauma and the risk of overtraining.
Nutrition and sports integration: multivitamins
The solution for a complete sports diet? Use, when needed, nutrient supplements in the correct amounts and times for each need.
We are not just talking about protein intake. Many sportsmen and bodybuilders underestimate the potential of one o the most common and used supplements of all time, namely the multivitamin supplement.
How to choose the best multivitamin supplements?
The best multivitamin supplements are those that contain not only a complete mix of vitamins and minerals, but also powerful natural antioxidants. This type of supplement is essential for a proper diet of bodybuilders and athletes because it offers a broad spectrum of essential nutrients such as:
- Vitamin D: of which a large part of the population is deficient, especially in the winter months.
- Vitamin B group: important for energy metabolism.
- Vitamins C and E: together with lutein, lycopene, selenium and other natural antioxidants present they participate in raising defenses against free radicals.
The best examples of complete multivitamin and mineral supplements make use of a synergy of natural phytoelements with high beneficial potential (for example, astaxanthin, the dry extract of plants and antioxidant fruits such as pomegranate, turmeric, ginger, milk thistle, astragalus etc ...) to help the body counteract inflammation, toxins, and free radicals.
Another important factor worth inquiring about before choosing a multivitamin is the release technology of the active ingredients that it uses, to understand if it can extend its action potential gradually and continuously during the day.
Dott. Gabriele Trapani
Chief Research & Development Yamamoto