Category Archives: Sports Supplements

Ginger and Stomach Ache

Some runners report suffering from stomach aches / cramps after running. To ease the stomach ache, runners try different therapies e.g drinking water, salt pallets, electrolytes drinks etc. Another little known home therapy for upset stomach is Ginger.

Ginger’s is well known for its ability to calm an upset stomach. See article (ginger herbal benefits)

Ginger and Muscle soreness

Better still, scientist now believe its soothing effects might extend to sore muscles. see article, (NYTimes Ginger and your muscle)

Supplements for Knee Joint Pain

Knee joint pain is a popular runners injury. Some of the treatment for knee joint pain are icing the knee joint, using an anti-inflammation spray and giving the joint maximum rest.

In addition to the three treatment methods above there is evidence that shows use of supplements can help in treatment of knee joint pain.

Popular Supplements for Knee Joint Pain.

  1. Glucosamine
  2. Chondroitin

A recent Internet poll at runnersworld.com showed that 94.5 percent of respondents said they had tried one of the supplements. What’s more, 79.8 percent reported that their symptoms “somewhat improved” or “greatly improved” after taking glucosamine and/or chondroitin. Less than one percent reported that “things got worse” with the supplements.

Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate are the most common supplements used to treat knee osteoarthritis.

The two supplements can be purchased from a pharmacist or online.

Importance of Calcium Supplement For Runners

Calcium and vitamin D help keep bones strong. Strong bones can keep you on your feet, and prevent falls that can damage joints. Dairy products and green, leafy vegetables like broccoli and kale are good sources of calcium.

Because of the hard impact nature of running all runners should ensure they consume food rich in Calcium. If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet, ask your doctor about supplements.

Ryan Hall Sports Drink Supplements

Ryan Hall uses two sports supplements to sustain energy, to train harder and build stamina to achieve superior results. I found this information from Ryan Hall official Asics blog. 8 Things Ryan hall will carry to 2010 Boston marathon post.

The two supplements are Cytomax powder and Muscle milk.

Cytomax Powder Athlete supplement.

On the official site it is described; Cytomax® Performance Drink is made for a different brand of athlete. Its blend of complex carbohydrates and sugars work to sustain energy, so you can train harder, build stamina, and achieve superior results – Proven Results!

Muscle Milk Sports drink Athlete Supplement

I loved how it is described on their site. Simply put it is the protein! This is a protein sports drink that is designed to promote the development of lean muscle. It promises to increase endurance, fat burning and strength.

Do they work? The proof is in how well Ryan hall performances

Lindsey Vonn Sports Energy Drink of Choice

I was wondering why Lindsey Vonn is such a fast skier, then I learnt that she is sponsored by Red Bull, the drink whose slogan is “It gives you wings”

Lindsey Vonn official sports energy drink is Red Bull. Apart from the performance enhancement she gets from the drink, Red Bull also provides Lindsey Vonn with two trainers who travel with her around the world ensuring she sticks to her regimen. Plus she also gets real American dollars from her sponsors.

Red Bull Energy drink Key Ingredients are

1. Taurine – helps to remove harmful substance from the body e.g Lactic acid, i.e my guese

2. Glucuounolactone – Works just like taurine, removing waste substance from the body

3. Caffeine – Said to improve reaction speed, alertness and concentration.

4. B – Group vitamins

5. Sucrose

6. Glucose

7. Water – You need it to mix all the above.

Source ; Red Bull site

Supplements To Build Muscle : How Creatine Works

For some people just eating a balanced diet and doing resistance training is not enough to bulk up, they need a nutritional supplement to provide a lift.

Consuming a Creatine supplement can give a person 2 to 3 times the amount that could be obtained from a very-high-protein diet.

Some personal trainers recommend nutritional supplements to their clients. In this New York Times article a personal trainer explains how Creatine works.

If you’re looking to bust through a plateau, taking five grams of creatine before your workout might help you do that,” said Steve Hoffman, a trainer in Cherry Hill, N.J. “It adds water weight to your muscle and helps you lift more.

Creatine Supplement : Top 5 Creatine Side Effects

Creatine nutritional supplement is for anyone who dreams to add size and defination to his muscles and to see results as quickly as possible.

Most experts warn users of creatine supplement to take it with caution because taking more than the recommended doses of fitness supplements can be harmful. Too much creatine in the system can lead to side effects.

Negative Side effects of creatine supplement

According to this wikipedia article some of the side effects of creatine may include:

  1. Loss of appetite,
  2. Stomach discomfort,
  3. Diarrhea,
  4. Nausea.
  5. Muscle cramps

The important thing when taking creatine or any other supplement is to stick to recommended dosage.

Sources of Quercetin : Foods With Quercetin

Quercetin is an energy boosting supplement that was made famous by FRS Energy drink. The energy boosting drink was endorsed by Lance Armstrong and everyone in cycling and running community became curious on what was inside.

One of the ingredients inside FRS Energy drink is Quercetin. In a lab study, Quercetin was been shown to increase energy expenditure in rat which made some people to suspect it might have a similar effect on humans. Although FRS claims it works, many people disagree but some swear by it.

If you believe in it or want to give it a try, you can get it naturally or take the supplement.

Natural Sources of Quercetin

To get more quercetin you can increase your intake of the following foods that are thought to have quercetin: –

  • Apple skins
  • Onions,
  • Tea,
  • Red wine.
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Berries
  • Herbs such as ginkgo and St. John’s wort

Quercetin Supplement

One advantage of buying a supplement is ;  Quercetin is available in higher amounts in dietary supplements than would typically be found in food sources. I guess you would need to eat a basket of Apples just to get the same amount of quercetin in a tablet.

Supplements are sold as capsules or tablets or in drink form like in the case of FRS energy drink.

A word of caution, before taking any supplement consult with your doctor.

Michael Phelps Sports Energy Drink : Carnation Instant Breakfast

I was surfing around the internet when I found this interesting piece on cbs news

During a 2004 Summer Olympics awash in controversies over steroids and supplements, one sportswriter wryly noticed that top American swimmer Michael Phelps was playing it safe — he preferred to drink Carnation Instant Breakfast between races.

I wondered whether Carnation Instant Breakfast supplement had any special ingredient that made Phelp’s swimmer faster than competition.

One fact about Carnation Instant breakfast is that it contains key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, in quantities that sports drinks like gatorade can’t match.

The carnation instant breakfast also contains alot of calories, it adds 130 calories to a single glass of milk.

All this benefits of carnation instant breakfast helps to hasten recovery.

Dara Torres Supplement Diet

Dara Torres has defied age, at 40 she swims faster that she did at 20. According  to Dara Torres her one secret is Amino acid supplements.

She takes amino acid supplements developed by German swimmer Mark Warnecke, who won a world championship in breaststroke at the age of 35.

The amino acid is said to speed recovery.

Amino acid supplement composition

On his Web site, Warnecke does not offer a full list of ingredients and their proportions. He does name several amino acids, including glycine, proline, and especially arginine. He says arginine is responsible for increased blood circulation, which “significantly reduces regeneration time” of muscles. In America, he adds, it’s known as “natural Viagra??????”