In descending order, by date published.
Carbohydrates are one of the most important nutrients an athlete can consume. Carbohydrates provide the energy needed to help an athlete reach their peak athletic potential during a vigorous training session or when competing.
When someone hears the word fat they usually think of body fat. However, the fats we eat can serve an important role in our health and physical fitness. Fats that we eat (also called lipids) are more than just fried food and butter. Other sources can provide benefits that are especially important in athletic performance.
The best performance enhancer for athletes that doesn't cost money is water. However, many athletes overlook the importance of this essential nutrient.
Whether you are a powerlifter, endurance athlete or somewhere in-between, all athletes need to be sure they are eating enough protein. When engaged in intense physical activity, the body needs protein to repair and grow damaged muscles and build more muscle tissue.
Most supplements advertised to enhance athletic performance do not work and their claims exceed reality. The few products that do work typically only do so when an athlete is lacking nutrients from their diet and taken carefully. Also, some supplements are banned by the NCAA and can be very dangerous if not used properly. Some of the more popular and safe supplements are discussed below, with tips to help you decide if taking them is right for you.
he main source of vitamins and minerals come from a fruits and vegetables. However, certain vitamins and minerals are especially important for athletic performance. These include B-vitamins, iron, zinc, selenium, and the electrolytes including sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.