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We interviewed Zooki’s nutrition expert, Sarah Carolides, to find out how supplements can support your exercise routine, and which are the best supplements for runners to take.
Exercise supplements support runners for two reasons - they help prevent or correct any deficiencies and can support the increased stress that training puts on their bodies.
Runners use up more of certain macro and micro-nutrients when they train consistently. Ideally we’d get everything we need from foods but key requirements for runners include adequate energy and protein intake to support bone and muscle mass, and to optimise recovery after exercise.
Aside from protein, the best exercise supplements I recommend for runners include vitamin D, turmeric, omega 3, probiotics, collagen, B vitamins, magnesium, iron and a good multi. Finally, nucleotides are a fairly new area of research that are showing some good results for stress or sports performance and recovery.
Vitamin D is key for muscle maintenance, as well as being an NHS-recommended supplement during the winter months to regulate the immune system.
Turmeric can aid recovery and reduce DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) by optimising antioxidant and anti-inflammatory pathways.
An essential fatty acid found in oily fish, omega 3 reduces inflammation by dampening down inflammatory reactions and reducing pro-inflammatory cytokines and eicosanoids. It’s most commonly used for supporting the joints and bones, as well as brain and heart health.
Running can put a lot of physical stress on the body, which can take its toll on the gut.
Probiotics will restore balance to the gut microbiome while collagen works on the gut lining.
Collagen is popular amongst runners for its effect on muscle growth, digestive health and support in exercise recovery.
This depends on the supplement. Some don’t matter time wise, as they build up and have a consistent effect on the body. I’m thinking about vitamin D, omega 3, probiotics and iron for skeletal health, immunity and mental wellness.
Turmeric within 2 hours before or after exercise has been shown to attenuate DOMS and promote muscle recovery. You need a professional grade, highly absorbable one, like Turmeric Zooki, to achieve best results.
Probiotics are best taken on an empty stomach, before food or in the evening.
I would increase the intake of post exercise supplements which actively enhance recovery, certainly. The other daily supplements shouldn’t need to increase. However, more exercise can lead to other issues such as gut problems or decreased immunity, so you may need to work on those as well. Finally, as training increases you need to make sure you are keeping up with your macro requirements first. Underfueling is a common mistake we see a lot in practice.
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