Supplements: Do I Really Need Them?
Next Level Podcast with Host Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LD
Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN
Host and Presenter
Co-founder of My Sports Dietitian
Why do Athletes Take Supplements?
Dietary supplements are also known as a food supplement or nutritional supplement. They are intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person’s diet. In a research study we conducted analyzing 25,000 high school athletes, over 55% were taking a dietary supplement to improve health and performance. Of the products listed, the top two products being used were protein powders and a multivitamin. In addition to improving health and performance, athletes turn to supplements to increase muscle size, strength, and improve muscle recovery. A supplement is not a magic pill that will result in an immediate increase in performance. On the other hand, there are supplements we believe can improve the health of an athlete, protect their body, and help it recover from the day to day stress it experiences from practice, weight lifting, and game day performance.
1) Do athletes need supplements to enhance performance?
2) Do athletes need to be concerned about supplements on the market?
3) What are the concerns with young athletes and dietary supplements?
4) Research on Supplement Use in 25,000 Athletes
5) Are there any supplements that may be beneficial for athletes to take?