DO ATHLETE’S NEED MULTI-VITAMINS?
With the US Open now upon us, we have fielded numerous questions about our philosophy on multivitamins. Tennis, like many sports, requires frequent travel across many states and continents. Most of these athletes are road-bound for nearly 40+ weeks per year, so we have to prepare them with a high quality multi-vitamin that helps stimulate energy production, focus, recovery, immune function and nutrient delivery. Vitamins need to be viewed as a supplement to healthy eating, never as a replacement. Most vitamins cannot even be utilized without energy derived from the macronutrients in food.
As mentioned in previous articles, it has been shown that a serving of spinach in the 1940’s contained nearly 200 mg of Iron. Now, the average serving of spinach by conventional farming techniques contains as little as 10 mg of iron. Our soil has been so depleted over time that most of our conventionally grown crops depend solely on the fertilizers that they are exposed to.
Therefore, the consumer is virtually consuming food that is devoid of nearly all trace minerals. This decline in nutrient value over the decades has real consequences to the consumer. This not only affects our athletic performance and our ability to recover from the grueling physical, mental and emotional trauma we expose our bodies to daily, but it affects our quality of life as we age.
Therefore, we strongly recommend all of our athletes consume a high quality multivitamin on a daily basis. When determining which multi-vitamin to take, the consumer choices seem endless. Peruse any store and you can find an overwhelming selection of multi-vitamins.
Without a trained eye, you may select your vitamins based on packaging or marketing, rather than substance. With such competition in the marketplace, companies are forced to compete in quantity of nutrients rather than quality.
Too many times, consumers think more is better, so they look at the back of the label and determine their choices by which brand has the highest quantity of Vitamin C, E or D. A better determination is to choose your product based on the type of food that is delivering these nutrients.
Yes, the overall amount of the vitamin may be less, but the bodies ability to recognize those nutrients and absorb those nutrients becomes much more effective. Vitamins and nutrients work together synergistically, not in isolation. Therefore, some vitamins will not be absorbed without other specific nutrients available.
Choose a mulitvitamin that is derived on an organic food matrix consisting of water-soluble nutrients and micro-nutrients,essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive enzymes and probiotics. This type of multivitamin is manufactured by 100% organic plant sources, and is abundant in bio-available mineralcomplexes. Go to www.elementznutrition.com to see examples of this type of multi-vitamin.
Choose a multivitamin that is derived on superfooods like seaweed, organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, spirulina, chlorella, and organic fruit and vegetable matrix’s. Make sure to read the label for cheap fillers that may decrease the potency of your multivitamin and potentially cause health problems in your future. Some fillers that you might recognize would be partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, magnesium stearate, lecithin, silica and rice bran.
Avoid these choices:
Most of your mass produced vitamins are inundated with fillers and low quality synthetic ingredients. These multivitamins, although cheaper than many alternatives, are not only less effective, but may pose long-term health consequences.
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