Hello fellow climbers,
Today we will be discussing what supplements are and how they can benefit you and your climbing goals. This will give you a better understanding of the various types of supplements and provide a basis for your own research. Let’s dive in and i’ll try not to bore you too much.
What are supplements?
The big question, what are supplements? Supplements have been explained in many different ways, but in its simplest form it is “a thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it”. (en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/supplement) This perfectly sums up the biggest misconception of supplements. They are not meant to “replace” but merely to “enhance”.
A supplement can also be used “to remedy a deficiency in a person’s diet” (en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/supplement). Also a great way to explain that if a person’s diet is lacking, a supplement can be used to help rectify the situation.
When an individual engages in a high intensity sport like climbing, their bodies may require more nutrients than the average person, which many people know and feel on a regular basis. This must be offset by increasing ones intake of protein, carbs, vitamins/minerals, and fats. Increasing food consumption and adding supplements to your diet can help make this process easier and more convenient.
Types of Supplements
So what are some types of supplements? By categorizing them we can better understand what they are used for and have a basis for the types of supplements we might personally want to know more about. For simplicity purposes we will use four categories:
- Vitamins and Minerals
- Specialty Supplements
- Herbals and Botanicals
- Sports Nutrition and Weight Management
Vitamins and Minerals
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B/ B complex
Vitamins and minerals are necessary for our general health. Like our mothers always told us to “eat your veggies”, but did you know low amounts of vitamins could negatively effect performance during climbing? A study published in the international journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism suggest that exercise may increase the requirements for Ribofaven ( a type of B vitamin) and vitamin B-6. This means that without the proper amount of B vitamins our performance can suffer significantly.
If you are cutting weight for climbing or engaging in a high intensity training regimen, you should consider supplementing with B vitamins or a multivitamin.
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I hope this will help give you a better understanding of vitamin supplements and how they can help you in your climbing. If you have a comment or question, you can leave it in the comment section below.
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