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Micronutrients Boost Performance

Most athletes understand that proteins repair and rebuild muscle, while carbohydrates provide energy. Some even calculate to the gram the quantities of these macronutrients they consume on training and non-training days. A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition now illustrates the important role that micronutrients play in physical performance.

Researchers supplemented the daily diets of 7 to 10 year olds with 19 vitamins and minerals. After 120 days, their capacity for exercise was tested through 20-metre shuttle runs, grip strength and forearm hangs. Compared to baseline measurements and a group of subjects that received no micronutrient support, the supplemented students exhibited significantly improved aerobic capacity and endurance.

True Strength Moment: As an active adult, your protein and carbohydrate needs exceed those of less active people. That’s because you’re burning more calories and using a greater amount of nutrients than the average Jane or Joe. This study shows that vitamins and minerals also play a vital role in helping you stay on top of your game. Winter diets can sometimes lack these nutrients, so remember to include a daily multi-vitamin boost.