This is the year of the Olympics. An important event for many athletes who are training for years to be in optimal shape to compete in the Olympic Park in London. The City is preparing as well. But have a closer look at the athletes and the circonstances. Experience and research shows that many athletes, in despite of all efforts and preparations, are not optimally for their performance. Especially in extreme performance, most athletes lack essential vitamins and minerals. Even elite athletes!
The issue often is that for sports performance, everything around the athletes is considered: the venue, the equipment, in a soccer stadium, the grass and climate should be optimal. The nutrients however get neglected. The evening before, often they will eat a dinner from a restaurant from which they can not control the sources (which was proven by a cyclist failing a doping test apparently caused by the steak he ate which contained restricted hormones). And also lacking minerals like iron, vitamin B, zinc, selenium (which by the way are in our energy drink Winrgy). For athletes, suppletion is necessary for optimal performance, that’s one thing scientists are agreeing on.
Paul Gebbink, sports physiotherapist and former Mr Holland, explains the need for sports nutrition in this movie:
Athletes, take the information and go for quality. Then you will perform!
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