Sports Supplements Articles

A supplement is any product that delivers nutrients to the body in addition to those supplied by food. A balanced diet is sufficient for most people, but many athletes take supplements to improve their training results and athletic performance. Popular safe supplements include multivitamins to correct nutritional deficiencies and products containing protein, creatine or glutamine to increase muscle strength and size and to enhance performance. Learn about safe and effective supplements by following advice from today's top experts and nutritionists.

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Do You Need a Probiotic Supplement?

Contrary to what Erin Andrews' latest probiotic commercial would lead you to believe, there is nothing "cute" about your gut (i.e., your digestive s...

Iodine: An Overlooked Essential Mineral for Female Athletes

Calcium, iron and zinc get the most recognition as vitamins and minerals necessary for female athletes to include in their diets. However, don't ove...

Powder Hour: Is It Time to Add Protein Powder to Your Diet?

From 4-mile runs to 400-pound Deadlifts, every form of exercise damages your muscles. Your body uses the amino acids in protein to repair them and mak...

Does Creatine Improve Swimming Performance?

Creatine is a great way to get more out of your workout and build lean muscle. But is it appropriate for swimmers? Swimmers need immense muscular...

3 Tips on Choosing the Best Post-Workout Creatine

With creatine use increasing, it appears the anecdotal and experimental research is in agreement: creatine works. More important, research suggests ...

Creatine Supplements: Benefits, Concerns, Types and Dosage

Creatine is one of the most popular supplements among athletes. Why? It is one of the few supplements that has been scientifically proven to safely ...

Ask the Experts: What's the Difference Between Whey and Casein Protein?

Q:  What is the difference between whey and casein protein? A: The two types of protein for athletes are whey and casein, and although they ar...

How to Select a Healthy Protein Bar

As a registered dietitian, I'm an advocate for real, whole foods. (See Iron Chef Michael Symon: Eat Natural Foods for Improved Performance.) Howev...

The Lowdown on Performance Enhancing Drugs

Athletes spend hours and hours training because they want an edge on their opponents. Unfortunately, sometimes athletes turn to performance enhancin...

True Nutrition: Possibly The Best Protein Supplement

Remember when your training buddy told you to try a particular protein powder, claiming was the best tasting supplement he ever used. You purchase i...

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