“Researchers at the University of Westminster in the UK have found that taking omega-3 supplements may help to reduce muscle soreness after exercise.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
Dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids has declined by around 80 percent over the past century. As a result, many people today are not consuming sufficient amounts of these micronutrients to ensure optimum health. Research in the United States has shown that adults are not meeting recommended intake levels and that almost no college football players get enough. This is unfortunate as, for anyone who exercises, omega-3 fatty acids have multiple beneficial effects. These include reducing exercise-induced oxidative stress and inflammation, positive effects on the health of skeletal muscle, increasing the availability of energy, and reducing joint pain.
Other micronutrients can similarly help optimize athletic performance. Reflecting the growing popularity of vitamin D supplements, recent research has shown that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with a better capacity for exercise. Not surprisingly, therefore, elite athletes are already making use of vitamin D to help maximize their performance. Micronutrients such as carnitine, coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, and the B group of vitamins are similarly essential for the increased energy production in heart muscle cells that is required for sustained physical endurance.
To learn how use of synergistic combinations of micronutrients can help optimize athletic performance, read this article on our website.