Can Vitamins and Mineral Supplements Improve Sports Performa…

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Vitamin and mineral supplements are among the most popular supplements used by athletes and active people. Athletes use supplements to improve sports performance, prevent illness, recover from hard training, compensate for poor diet, and provide them energy. Is athletes’ faith in micronutrients well placed? This article reviews the effects of energy-producing nutrients (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6), blood-building nutrients (iron, folate, vitamin B12, and copper), bone-building nutrients (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin D), and antioxidants (vitamins E and C) on sports performance.

A look into vitamins for athletes

Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, an associate dean in the College of Health and Human Sciences and a professor in the Division of Nutrition at Georgia State University, conducts research on sports nutrition and nutrition and aging. She is past chair of the American Dietetic Association’s Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN) dietetics practice group. She edited the 3rd edition of SCAN’s Sports Nutrition Manual and recently edited a CD-ROM for the American Dietetic Association titled Sports Nutrition: Client Education Handouts

Correspondence: Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, College of Health and Human Sciences, Georgia State University, PO Box 3995, Atlanta, GA 30302-3995 (e-mail:

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