A recent study has found that a high proportion of nutrition professionals working with elite soccer teams would recommend nutritional supplementation, highlighting the crucial role of nutritionists in enhancing player performance through well-informed supplement advice.
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It is well known that elite athletes take supplements such as vitamin D to help maximize their performance. This makes sense, as research shows that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with a better capacity for exercise. For optimum physical performance, however, additional micronutrients are needed.
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 necessary for sustained physical endurance. Magnesium plays a particularly vital role as it regulates the levels of other key minerals such as sodium, potassium, and calcium within the body’s cells. Excessive loss of these minerals through perspiration is one of the main reasons for exercise-induced muscle cramps and injuries.
Ensuring a sufficient supply of alpha lipoic acid is especially beneficial for anyone who engages in regular exercise. Playing a key role in the production of energy in the body, alpha lipoic acid supports the muscles during training to help avoid fatigue and build endurance. Supplementing with antioxidant micronutrients and plant extracts such as quercetin, green tea extract, resveratrol, and curcumin is also important as these substances work synergistically to reduce muscle damage, inflammation, and pain, and increase muscle repair after injury.
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