While omega-3s are riding a wave of popularity in the sports world, especially for protection against traumatic brain injury, choosing which omega-3 supplement to buy for your team is not a clear or easy decision. Using the available research and science, sports nutritionist Katie Mark delves into the factors and variables that determine the efficacy of omega-3 supplements, especially for concussions. After all, if you’re going to invest in supplements, you want them to have value.
There are big differences between nutritionists and sports nutritionists, and those differences can impact athletic performance. If you are a pro athlete or team looking for a high-value nutritionist or a coach looking to outsource nutritional programming, read this article first.
Sports nutrition has a clear problem—we need to do more than just ensure athletes get calories. We’re missing out on fueling for memory, speed, reaction time, vision, and longevity. DHA supplementation rewires the athlete so they can react quicker, increases visual processing speed, and serves as a neuroprotective shield for future brain, eye, and cardiovascular health.
While the data is still being collected on all parts of health and respective mechanisms to determine how probiotics work, there is enough research to support saying: Athletes should take a probiotic daily to get the extra edge in performance and health.
The key to harnessing an athlete’s power potential is optimizing gut health. By increasing the quality and diversity of gut microbiota, we can increase the power of overall health. This power output propels an athlete to the top of the game via stronger immunity, lower inflammation, enhanced nutrient metabolism, and resilient brain function and behavior.
In this installment of our Freelap Friday Five interviews, we talk to sports nutritionist Katie Mark about the impact of diet and nutrition on the gut, and how gut health affects athletic performance. We also discuss sweat rate and salt intake, recovery drinks, exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC), and new developments in sports nutrition.
Sports nutritionist Katie Mark explores the research and science on citrulline’s effects on exercise and athletic performance. This includes looking at the effects of citrulline and arginine on the body, the studies on the benefits of citrulline supplementation on exercise, and the difficulties involved in applying the science.