In today's times, with so many different products and brands available in the health and fitness market, it can get a bit confusing on what to actually take.

The basics, which is what most athletes use, include whey protein, bcaa & aminos, caseins, pre-workouts, gainers and supplements for weight loss.

Whilst there’s no doubt that these are all essentials depending on your goals, few people actually realize that vitamin supplements can significantly help as well, particularly by preventing some of the common ailments associated with heavy training. In fact, many supplement retailers don’t even sell health supplements. Supplement Mart of course does - click here to see our range of vitamins.

So, what are the top 4 health (not sport) supplements for athletes?

1)   Omega 3 (Fish & Krill Oil) – is the most common supplement for a very good reason – and that is that it’s probably the best value for money supplement. Fish Oil ticks all the boxes, and is relatively cheap – all things considered. It may assist your training and results by improving cardiovascular health and function. And considering our heart is our body’s battery, it’s not hard to understand how any why a healthy heart will benefit an athlete. Fish Oil also improves brain function and acts as an anti-inflammatory, improving recovery and reducing pain.

2)   B group of vitamins – increase energy as well as reducing stress & anxiety. The process of building and repairing muscle (processing protein) depletes your body of B-vitamins, so if you’re lifting heavy or damaging your muscle tissue in your workouts or job, you need to supplement additional Vitamin B in your diet to assist muscle repair and recovery. Look for Riboflavin-5’-Phosphate (B-2), methylcobalamin (B-12), Pyridoxal-5’-Phosphate (B-6), and Benfotiamine (B-1) on the label as they are the absorbable forms your body can use. Avoid B vitamins in cheap HCL form, which is not absorbed as efficiently by your body. Amino Acid L-Glutamine also assists with muscle repair and recovery.

3)   Magnesium – is highly recommended as it’s often the one essential mineral which most athletes are deficient. Magnesium not only regulates heart rhythm (which if important especially to those leading an active lifestyle), but also relaxes muscles and reduces cramps. Magnesium is also used by the body to produce ATP, the main source of energy in our cells.

4)   Vitamins D - what we get from sun, is more like a hormone than anything else. Many of us, even in Australia, don’t produce enough Vitamin D per day. D improves bone density, reduces inflammation, improves mood and allows the brain to release melatonin so we can fall asleep easier – like when you’ve been out in the sun all day and are tired as soon as night falls.

5)   Glucosamine – another essential which should be used daily. Glucosamine repairs the cartridge between your joins. If your destroying your workout, chances are you’re doing the same to your joints, which is why you should supplement around 1,000 to 1,500mg of Glucosamine into your diet every day. It’s often taken with fish oil to reduce joint pain, and comes in tablets, capsules or powder form.

Always remember, sports supplements will assist you in getting results, but health supplements will ensure you stay healthy and fit long after your workout. 

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