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Nutritional Supplements for Endurance Athletes

  • Conrad P. EarnestEmail author
  • Christopher Rasmussen
Chapter

Abstract

Endurance athletes often seek nutritional strategies inclusive of dietary supplements to maximize their performance. Effective supplement routines, however, are only beneficial when built on a sound training diet, training regimen, and an appreciation of dietary needs relative to their training schema. While traditional dietary interventions are based on the glycemic index of carbohydrate, coupled with the addition of protein quality and quantity, recent innovations have introduced the potential utility of long chain glucose polymers and dietary nitrates, such as beetroot juice. Consideration is also given to the utility of supplement strategies aimed at attenuating immune responses accompanying training and competition. A key to implementing successful supplementation routines is the appreciation that athletes should be considered on an individual basis and training volume and intensity must be taken into account.

Keywords

Exercise Nutrition Endurance Supplements Ergogenic 

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  1. 1.Woodbolt InternationalBryanUSA
  2. 2.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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