Using nutrition to enhance athletic performance

A well-prepared, varied, and nutrient dense diet should meet most of the micronutrients the athlete requires for optimal health and wellbeing and provide enough protein to promote muscle growth and repair.

However, there are some noteworthy superfoods that research shows boast exceptional nutrient profiles as well as offering performance enhancing benefits to the professional athlete. They include:

Panax ginseng: Numerous studies have shown that long term supplementation with Panax ginseng improves endurance performance and other physiological measures in the professional athlete. One study for example demonstrated that after male athletes were given a dose of 200mg of Panax ginseng daily for six to nine weeks, this significantly improved their uptake of oxygen, endurance capacity, recovery heart rate and pectoral and quadriceps muscle strength. It also improved the volume of air that was exhaled as well as vital capacity. Vital capacity (VC) is a measure of the maximum amount of air that can be inhaled or exhaled from the lung, an important factor in sports performance (1).

Guarana: Scientific studies have shown that guarana can improve physical endurance in sport and also enhance cognition in athletes undergoing intense exercise. These studies have been carried out in settings of various sports. The research on guarana is in its infancy but appears to show that guaranas power lies in its ability to improve memory, mood, speed up reaction times, and the accuracy of performance tasks (2). This is significant in fast paced sports such as basketball, skiing and football when cognitive demands are high. The administration of a vitamin and mineral complex alongside guarana has been shown to reduce mental fatigue and improve performance overall during cognitively demanding tasks (3).

Noni fruit: A review of published human studies investigating the effects of noni juice, suggests that the noni fruit can provide protection against systemic inflammation, improve joint health, increase physical endurance as well as increasing immune activity. Furthermore, research points out significant antioxidant activity in noni juice, which may account for the benefits observed in its beneficial interaction with the immune system and improvements in inflammation pathways (4).

Maqui berry: Maqui berries boast an impressive level of disease fighting antioxidants, boasting three times more antioxidants than blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. They are particularly rich in anthocyanins, a unique plant substance which protects human body cells from inflammation, damage, and oxidative stress. Studies indicate the maqui berry has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, enhances heart health, improves blood sugar control and has shown ability to reduce inflammation in the lungs, all important for supporting the professional athlete.

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References:

1. Ping, FW, Keong, CC, & Bandyopadhyay, A, (2011). Effects of acute supplementation of Panax ginseng on endurance running in a hot & humid environment. The Indian journal of medical research,133:1:, 96–102.

2. Konstantinos F & Heun R, (2019). The effects of Guarana (Paullinia cupana) supplementation on the cognitive performance of young healthy adults – a Systematic Review, Global Psychiatry;2:2.

3. Meeusen, R., & Decroix, L. (2018). Nutritional Supplements and the Brain, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 28(2), 200-211.

4. West BJ, Deng S, Isami F, Uwaya A, Jensen CJ, (2018). The Potential Health Benefits of Noni Juice: A Review of Human Intervention Studies. Foods; 7(4):58

Using nutrition to enhance athletic performance