What Helps Improve Athletic Performance


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Natural Remedies That May Help Improve Athletic Performance

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Beet Root


Effectiveness
25%


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2

Hydroxymethylbutyrate (Hmb)


Effectiveness
57%


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3

Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B Complex contains all eight, water-soluble B vitamins that play a key role in cellular metabolism. Including Vitamins B1, Thiamin;  B2, Riboflavin; B3, Niacin; B5, Pantothenic Acid; B6, Pyridoxine; B7, Biotin; B9, Folic Acid; and B12, Cobalamin the supplement may contain 100% of the recommended daily allowance of every vitamin, however brands vary. Pregnant women, vegetarians, vegans and the elderly may benefit from supplementation.


Effectiveness
43%


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4

Iron

Iron is a mineral naturally present in foods including meat (beef, lamb, pork), seafood (clams, shrimp, oysters, mussels, tuna), poultry (turkey), vegetables (spinach, sweet potatoes, peas, broccoli, kale, chard), fruit (strawberries, watermelon, figs), and beans & legumes (lentils, black beans, navy beans, kidney beans).  Iron is essential for blood production, oxygen transport and DNA synthesis. 


Effectiveness
45%


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5

CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant produced naturally by the body, but levels generally decrease with age. CoQ10 is present in many foods including vegetables (spinach, cauliflower, broccoli), fish (trout, mackerel) and organ meat (heart, liver, kidney). It plays an important role in cellular growth and maintenance.


Effectiveness
20%


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Creatine


Effectiveness
79%


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7

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, is the root extract of the Withania somnifera plant. The herb boasts a horse-like odor, hence the Sanskrit name meaning “horse-smell”. Native to India, Africa and the Mediterranean, this small, woody shrub has been prescribed in Ayurvedic medicine for over 3,000 years. It’s anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory properties have been used in the treatment of stress, fatigue, gastro-intestinal issues, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep disorders, as well as, topically as an analgesic.


Effectiveness
18%


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8

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin found in foods including fish (salmon, trout, sardines) and mushrooms (morel, chanterelle, oyster, shiitake), but more substantially from sun exposure, as the sun’s ultraviolet rays trigger synthesis. 


Effectiveness
61%


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9

Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral for the human body absorbed through foods including nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts), beans (black beans, edamame) and vegetables (spinach, potatoes). It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body helping maintain nerve and muscle function, a healthy immune system, blood glucose levels, as well as, aiding in energy and protein production.


Effectiveness
26%


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10

Omega-3 Fish Oil

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats absorbed through food including fish (mackerel, salmon, seabass), vegetable oils (flax oil, soybean oil), nuts (walnuts) and seeds (flax, chia, hemp). There are three main Omega-3 Fatty Acids: ALA also known as Alpha-Linolenic Acid, EPA also known as Eicosapentaenoic Acid and DHA also known as Docosahexaenoic Acid. ALA is found naturally in plants, while EPA and DHA are found in fish. Omega-3 Fatty Acids maintain heart, vascular, lung, brain, immune and endocrine system health, while reducing inflammation.


Effectiveness
25%


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Whey Protein


Effectiveness
59%


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12

Soy Protein

Soy Protein is isolated from nutrient-rich soybeans, Glycine max. Native to eastern Asia, these antioxidant-rich legumes are protein powerhouses containing all ten essential amino acids. Soy Protein is derived from dehulled, flaked and defatted soybeans that are washed to remove fiber and sugar, dehydrated, and milled. Soy Protein contains naturally-occurring phytates, which may decrease mineral absorption.


Effectiveness
57%


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Caffeine

The most common drug in the word, Caffeine is a naturally-occurring stimulant found in more than 60 plant species native to South America and East Asia. Acting as a natural insect pesticide, Caffeine is found in coffee beans, tea leaves, dola nuts, cacao beans, guarana seeds and yerba mate leaf. In humans, it affects the central nervous system and is associated with a reduced risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases, restoring alertness, fighting fatigue, weight loss and migraine treatment.


Effectiveness
61%


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14

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)


Effectiveness
71%


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15

L-citrulline


Effectiveness
28%


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L-Glutamine

L-Glutamine is an amino acid produced naturally in the human body that serves as a protein building block. Proteins are required for the structure, function and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs. L-Glutamine is naturally present in foods including meat, poultry, seafood (sardines, crab, lobster), dairy (milk, yogurt, eggs), vegetables (cabbage, spinach, kale, parsley) and seeds (pumpkin, chia). It serves as a fuel source for immune cells and contributes to intestinal health.


Effectiveness
51%


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