Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Some Vitamin Supplements to Enhance Your Ironman Training Diet


There are a host of choices for supplementing your Ironman diet. I'll give you descriptions of a few that I found helpful to my Ironman training and racing. I won't delve too deeply into the world of vitamins. This is an area best left to the experts. As I said earlier, if I have not used a product or diet or anything else concerning Ironman training, I won't recommend it. Here are a few of the supplements I had good success with.

I always made a point of including the anti-oxidants vitamin C, Vitamin E and Selenium to my list of vitamins. Actually I would buy the vitamin C with Selenium added. Their main function was to act as a deterent to the forming of free radicals in your body when you eat unsaturated fats.

It seemed that every few years, Ironman Canada featured a "really" cold swim. It doesn't bother a lot of people, but I had quite a hard time with it. Being super low in body fat has its disadvantages. I came across the vitamin supplement pantothenic Acid that plays an important role in energy production. I also discovered that pantothenic acid is a key antioxidant for athletes who compete in extreme conditions, especially cold water. I added it to my vitamin choices and never had problems with cold water again. If the location of your first Ironman is in a part of the world where warm water is no guarantee, I would highly recommend using it. Otherwise it probably isn't a necessary choice for you. If you do purchase it, what you ask for is calcium pentathonate, the calcium salt of pantothenic acid.

I also noticed an improvement in energy levels when I used branch chain amino acids. Amino acids, the molecules that make up every protein in our foods and bodies and can also function as anti-oxidants. I believe this vitamin supplement would be valuable to almost anyone doing the intense training demanded to prepare properly for an Ironman Triathlon. It also compensates if your diet is a bit lacking in protein. I was on such a high carb diet, that this choice was ideal for me.

My all-time favorite for a supplement is L'carnatine. I could take this one and three weeks later be five pounds lighter. I also notice a marked impovement in my energy level and recovery from training. Every Ironman hopeful should give this a try. Its "very" expensive, but well worth it. If you can find it, I would use it. I believe its available over the counter in the U.S.

So there you have it. Thats the vitamin package I use leading up to an Ironman. It took years of hit and miss to finally come up with this combination. All the doses except for Vitamin C and Selenium were 500 mgs. I would take more (1000) vitamin C with 50 mgs of Selenium added.

I also had a lot of success with algae products and its something I would certainly look into.

Regardless, anyone doing the demanding training needed to impove their Ironman chances should seriously consider vitamin supplements.

NOTE: Don't fall into this trap.......If something works really well for you, don't assume that more will be even better. Stay with the amount that seemed to make a difference.

Training for Ironman competition over a 20 year period gave me the opportunity to try many vitamin supplement combinations. My hope is that you find this information useful in preparing for your first ironman triathlon.

The name of my website is "Ironstruck."

My address---http://www.triathlon-ironman-myfirstironman-ironstruck.com


MORE RESOURCES:

cleveland.com

FDA warns of hidden drugs in OxyElite, Seven Slim weight loss supplements
cleveland.com
The FDA is warning consumers about more weight loss supplements that contain pharmaceutical drug ingredients-- OxyElite Pro and Seven Slim. They are just the most recent examples in a trend of weight loss and sexual enhancement supplements, which ...
Pulled twice from exchanges, OxyElite Pro supplement now found to contain ...Stars and Stripes
FDA Issues Warning on Four Tainted Weight Loss SupplementsMonthly Prescribing Reference

all 10 news articles »


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Theater supplements August Wilso...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August Wilson, left, and Todd Kreidler, the playwright's friend and protege who is directing "How I Learned What I Learned." Share with others: 0 inShare. Related Media: bullet. American theaters' fascination with Wilson on display. By Sharon Eberson ...

and more »


Jackson Clarion Ledger

The doctors: The real facts about vitamin supplements
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Headlines have declared that it proves we're overdosed on supplements. But if you read what the author, Catherine Price, is saying, you'll see the real headline: that our food supply and eating habits make most North Americans undernourished, even as ...

and more »


Genetic Literacy Project

Vitamin and mineral supplements: Miracle potions, silent dangers or both?
Genetic Literacy Project
Together with other CHOP leaders, Offit is helping to expose the dark side of the supplement industry–a $22 billion per year market–for its opposition to regulation of its products and its tactic of scaring consumers about non-existent health dangers ...
Vitamin-Packed With PromisesNew York Times

all 3 news articles »


TIME

8 Things You Don't Know About Supplements
TIME
In early February, the New York Times reported that New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman launched an investigation into some of the largest supplement retailers. DNA testing revealed that 79% of supplements tested did not contain what the ...
Vitamin BSThe Atlantic

all 10 news articles »


New York Times

Herbal Supplements Without Herbs
New York Times
An investigation of herbal supplements by the New York State attorney general's office carries a sobering message for the rest of the nation as well. The investigation looked at the store brands of well-known herbal products sold by four prominent ...
New York State Clamps Down On Herbal SupplementsNPR (blog)
Americans are ignoring the science and spending billions on dietary supplementsWashington Post (blog)
Cease-And-Desist Orders Hit Walmart, Walgreens And Others For Herbal ...Forbes
NJ.com -Huffington Post
all 675 news articles »


CBS Local

FDA Warns About Overuse Of Testosterone Supplements
CBS Local
The market right now is about a $2 billion market with nearly 3% of men over 40 taking it for low energy and low libido. This is despite the fact that studies have not supported — except in severe cases — the necessary use of testosterone as a ...
FDA warns doctors about prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for menMorning Ticker

all 61 news articles »


Care2.com

4 Natural Supplements That Are as Powerful as Drugs
Care2.com
In fact, a few supplements are so effective that they are comparable to pharmaceutical drugs. Here are 4 natural health boosting supplements that are as powerful as drugs (if not more). 1. Berberine Drastically Lowers Blood Sugar Levels and Improves ...



Well | Knowing What's in Your Supplements
New York Times (blog)
Last week, the New York State attorney general's office uncovered another example of what appeared to be widespread fraud in the dietary supplement industry. The office accused four of the country's biggest retail stores of selling herbal products that ...



CNN

The potential danger of dietary supplements
CNN
Dietary supplements are not miracle pills. Extremely few of the claims are supported by good science, even when the substance on the label is actually in the bottle (which we've learned we don't know for sure), and many others have been proven ineffective.
Americans ignore science, spending billions on dietary supplementsBuffalo News
The danger of herbal supplementsGant Daily
Seres: The danger of dietary supplementsKESQ

all 7 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.