Supplements and Climbing - Specialty Supplements, Herbals and Botanicals

Hello fellow climbers,

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.

In the last post we discussed what supplements are and how vitamins can help you in your climbing. If you haven't read that one yet you can read it here.

Today we will talk about Specialty Supplements, Herbals and Botanicals. Here we go!

Specialty Supplements

  • Omega-3/ Fatty acids
  • Fiber
  • Glucosamine

Specialty supplements are used predominantly by people of older age. Athletes who use specialty supplements, generally us them to help prevent injuries and stay healthy. Some research suggest that fish oils (Omega - 3/ Fatty acids) helps reduce muscle soreness and has been linked to improved cognitive abilities.

In climbing this can help you to recover after a long session but can also help with route reading, problem solving, and reaction time. Specialty supplements are something to look into as a climber if you find you are lacking, or can improve, in these areas of your nutrition.

Herbals and Botanicals

  • Green Tea
  • Turmeric Extract (Curcumin)
  • Black Pepper
  • Bromalain

Herbals and Botanicals have been used widely in different areas of sport and medicine for various applications. One very well known supplement in this category is turmeric extract (curcumin). Turmeric supplements have been known to “reduce inflammation and possibly delayed onset muscle soreness” according to a study done in the international journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism.

This being said, Turmeric extract (curcumin) is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream and requires the consumption of a digestive supplement like black pepper to help with the digestive process.

Bromalain is another great example of a natural product that helps in reducing inflammation in athletes. Extracted from a pineapples stem, bromalain is widely known for its natural anti-inflammatory and digestive enzyme properties.

These supplements can help with inflammation most commonly found in the elbow region of climbers. (visit our blog post Acupuncture and Climbing if you want more info on ways to treat, minimize and prevent this common injury!)

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If you like this article check out our other continuation posts on the topic of Supplements and Climbing. 

I hope this will help give you a better understanding of specialty supplements, herbals and botanicals, 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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