What vitamins have been found to offer benefits for restoring electrolytes and athletic performance?
There are a variety of nutrients shown in studies to provide benefits for restoring energy and improving athletic performance. Of course, taking a good multivitamin - one formulated with optimal amounts and forms of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, herbs and amino acids - can help to ensure your overall health, from head to toe.
Multivitamins can provide benefits for countless health concerns, including immune, cardiovascular, vision, muscle, bone, and nerve health. And in regards to energy and endurance, these supplements have been shown to provide effective support. But for individual nutrients, the following vitamins have been shown to provide valuable sources of energy and endurance benefits:
o Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) - considered essential for general health and well-being, this multi-functional antioxidant may hold properties for energy and endurance. Deficiencies of this nutrient may be linked to feelings of malaise and generalized fatigue. Several published studies show that after several days of taking vitamin C (400-3,000 mg) daily before and after intense exercise, pain was reduced and muscle strength recovery was rapidly increased. It is thought that as antioxidants may neutralize free radicals before they can cause bodily damage, supplementation of these nutrients may aid in exercise recovery.
o Vitamin E (tocopherol, tocotrienol) - this thoroughly researched antioxidant has been found to slow cellular aging. Additionally, various published studies suggest that daily vitamin E supplementation (800-1,200 IU) may reduce free radical activity and muscle damage caused by strenuous exercise.
o Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - considered vital for every cell, this water-soluble (dissolves in water) B vitamin is essential for producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the body's fuel source. It processes carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and is crucial for generating metabolic energy. In addition, thiamine is needed for the functioning of the muscles, heart and nervous system. It also promotes growth and good muscle tone.
o Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - this multi-functional nutrient displays antioxidant properties, and helps convert carbohydrates into the fuel ATP. In addition, riboflavin plays a vital role in metabolizing carbohydrates, fats, amino acids and protein, and also activates folic acid and vitamin B6.
o Vitamin B3 (niacin) - besides playing a vital part in the production of ATP, this essential nutrient helps in more than 200 bodily processes. These include the release of energy from fats, the processing of alcohol, and the formation of hormones and blood cells. Vitamin B3 is crucial to energy metabolism and nervous system health, as well as for regulating cholesterol.
o Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) - a necessary factor in cellular energy production, this nutrient also contributes to the production of ATP, the body's energy source. Pantothenic acid is required for the production of lipids (fats), steroids and neurotransmitters. It is also essential for growth, reproduction, and normal physiological functions, such as the activation of the adrenal glands, which help to combat stress.
o Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) - shown be vital for preventing anemia, this nutrient is crucial for energy production, metabolizing carbohydrates, fat and proteins, and for promoting healthy growth and nervous system function. Plus, it may increase energy and promote growth in children.
o Biotin (vitamin H) - this essential B vitamin helps utilize protein, folic acid, and vitamins B5 and B12, while also metabolizing fat and carbohydrates. And, it has been shown to play a part in the production of ATP, the body's fuel for energy.
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