Diet, Nutritional Supplements and Performance.
It has been identified that several leading researchers recently joined forces to publish a review article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on dietary supplements in high performance athletics.
It was noted that many dietary supplements can play a role in an athlete’s nutrition plan and may be beneficial. A key point the article highlighted is that although nutritional supplements have reports to be beneficial, athletes have a lot to consider when deciding whether to add them to their regimen since the decision to do so may involve risk. Some of these factors include whether the supplement will improve or have negative impacts on their performance (directly or indirectly), whether it will be effective for the intended purpose, whether the supplement is needed, whether the supplement may be contaminated with banned substances, and whether the potential benefits of taking supplements outweigh the risks. Because a considerable amount of knowledge is needed to make an informed choice and to properly integrate the appropriate nutritional supplements into an athlete’s nutrition plan, it is highly recommended that high performance athletes choose the right supplements. Many supplements are of poor quality and with added bulking agents. Furthermore, the way the supplements are processed to determine quality and performance benefits.