Thursday, August 17, 2006

Nutritional Supplements

Vitamin supplements have come under fire in the press, with their safety and efficacy being questioned. Although the multitude of vitamin pills are used safely every day, every now again people can become ill by taking too much of a particular pill, or consuming one whilst on other medication. It is because of this that I would take caution if you decide to use supplements as part of your training. If in doubt, consult your doctor.

The extra processes your body goes through during your training creates the need for extra nutrients and vitamins but these can generally be consumed by eating a healthy balanced diet. If you feel you would like to take any supplements, there is little risk in taking a good multivitamin tablet and extra vitamin C.

Vitamin C plays a number of roles in the body such as regenerating tissue and helping iron absorbency, but the main reason to take it is to keep your immune system in check. After a training run, your immune system is depressed slightly for a few hours. It is during this time that you are likely to pick up a cold. By supplementing with vitamin C, you can give your immune system a boost and protect against bugs.

It is advisable to check with your doctor before you take supplements. Graeme Hilditch

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