Top Performing Micronutrients

Top Performing Micronutrients There are only three macronutrients. You know them as protein, carbohydrates and fats. But there are numerous micronutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals and other compounds. A deficiency in one or more can impact the performance of elite athletes and weekend warriors alike. Consider the findings of a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Researchers took blood samples from thousands of teenagers across Europe. These same subjects also performed two physical tests: The 20-yard shuttle run to determine their level of cardiovascular conditioning, and a standing long jump to measure lower body muscle power. Higher blood levels of hemoglobin, retinol and vitamin C were associated with greater cardio fitness while hemoglobin, beta-carotene and retinol concentrations were a pretty good indicator of muscular strength.

True Strength Moment: Hemoglobin is an iron-containing oxygen transporter and retinol is a form of vitamin A. These are just two of the multitude of micronutrients that your body needs only a little of to produce sizable results. Because it can be difficult to get the full array of micronutrients from daily dietary intake, a high-potency multivitamin can provide valuable nutritional support when you're aiming to knock down another performance goal.
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