“Researchers studied the effects of a 12-week exercise regimen on 148 active-duty Air Force airmen, half of whom also received a twice-daily nutrient beverage that included protein; the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA; lutein; phospholipids; vitamin D; B vitamins and other micronutrients; along with a muscle-promoting compound known as HMB. Both groups improved in physical and cognitive function, with added gains among those who regularly consumed the nutritional beverage, the team reports.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
For anyone looking to improve their health and live a longer, healthier life, exercise and nutrition are a powerful combination. As the famous American fitness guru Jack LaLanne used to say: “Exercise is king, nutrition is queen. Put them together, you’ve got a kingdom.”
For optimum performance when exercising, ensuring proper nutrition is vital. Micronutrients such as carnitine, coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, and the B group vitamins are essential for the energy production in heart muscle cells that is needed for sustained physical endurance.
The increased metabolic rate that occurs during exercise increases oxygen consumption and exposes the cells to near-constant oxidative stress and damage. Therefore, antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E, carotenoids, and the mineral selenium are needed. Supplementing these antioxidant micronutrients along with specific plant extracts – such as quercetin, green tea extract, resveratrol, and curcumin – reduces muscle damage, inflammation, and pain, while increasing muscle repair after injury.
To learn more about the importance of micronutrients for exercise and athletic performance, read this article on our website.