Is it necessary to use nutritional support in athletes?

In addition to the intense training and competition program, the athletes experience physical and psychological stress due to high performance expectations and their performance decreases accordingly. In addition, many athletes are injured and injured during training and matches. In cases where this process is not managed well, it becomes difficult for the athletes to catch up with their previous performance.

As long as the adequate and balanced nutrition principles specified by health and sports authorities are applied, even a professional athlete may not need support. And deciding on the appropriate support is a difficult task. Not every standard product is suitable for everyone. The first step in choosing nutritional support is to decide why you think you need a support.

In recent years, people have turned to nutritional supplements for the following reasons:

increase muscle mass

Losing excess weight/burning fat

Expectation of increase in physical and mental performance

Strengthening the immune system

relieve chronic fatigue

increase sexual performance

What should be considered when taking nutritional supplements?

If we are talking about an elite athlete, the first rule is that the support to be used should be in accordance with WADA (World Anti-Doping Organization).

In 2000, the products that were said to contain no hormones were analyzed in Germany and it was found that 15% of them contained doping substances even though they were not written on them.

Today, this risk is higher, as this sector is more open to production.

In addition, protein powders and amino acids, which are used extra for people who do sports to be healthy / fit, cause an increase in many risks such as loss of fluid in the body, loss of calcium, increase in kidney and liver load, deterioration of urea balance. Another issue that should not be forgotten is that an amino acid taken as beneficial can negatively affect muscle building and destruction by impairing the absorption of other amino acids.

For example, one of the most used supplements in people who do sports is BCAAs, that is, branched chain amino acids. We know that these amino acids increase muscle strength, endurance and accelerate muscle protein synthesis. However, long-term use of BCAA supplements may reduce the absorption of tryptophan and tyrosine and lead to a decrease in serotonin and dopamine synthesis. It can develop insulin resistance. For this reason, the nutritional supplements to be used should be prepared individually.

As the SPORTOTEAM team, we consider it appropriate to provide personalized nutritional support for people who do sports.

Personalized Amino Acid Supplement:

When is it necessary?

In heavy and long-term exercises, in cases of increased stress

When your body signals such as depressed mood, insomnia, restlessness, loss of appetite

For rapid recovery after injury, injury, surgery and illness

In order to protect your current health and prevent possible risks,

To maximize physical and mental performance


How required?

Even if it is essential, the amount of amino acid to be taken is important. It should be determined according to the needs of the athlete and the balance with other amino acids should be maintained. Otherwise, they can disrupt each other’s absorption.

An excess of amino acids does not mean that the body will benefit from a particular amino acid as much as it should. What determines this is that it is given in the right amount.

It is known that daily intake of 6 g of essential aa is sufficient for muscle protein synthesis.

Which ones are needed?

Amino acids to be taken as supplements should only consist of essential amino acids (which the body cannot produce and must be taken with food) except for special problems (9 out of 20 aa are essential)

Taking amino acids that the body can produce for the purpose of increasing muscle mass or high performance can harm the natural amino acid balance and metabolic processes.

Which amino acids should be given can be determined most accurately by blood analysis.

How is it evaluated?

Evaluates amino acid analysis from blood with modern laboratory methods. Tests reflect your current amino acid profile and needs very well.

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