Importance Of Vitamin B
We all know that vitamins are important for proper functioning of our body, but there is a link between vitamin B and the performance of top athletes. The Vitamin B is referred to as a micronutrient and helps carbohydrates and proteins to convert into energy. It also helps in the production and repairing of cells.
As per research conducted by experts at Oregon State University and published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism stated that the lack of vitamin B in an athlete can make them less capable of performing high intensity workouts. Performance, workout recovery and muscle building is also very slow as compared to athletes who consume foods rich in vitamin B.
It has been found that a deficiency of vitamin B even in a small amount can reduce the recovery and performance of an athlete. The requirement of vitamin B differs from athlete to athlete depending on the intensity and types of exercise they perform, the total amount of the nutrient loss through urine, sweat and their varied diet.
The United States Recommended Daily Allowance (USRDA) for vitamin B consumption may be insufficient for an athlete.The athletes who are at a higher risk of deficiency of vitamin B are those athletes who follow restricting, consistent or specialized eating plans or limit their total calorie intake.
You can get vitamins B from enriched and whole grains, nuts, dark leafy green vegetables, and many dairy and animal products. As per some research, the requirement of vitamin B-6 and riboflavin may differ from athlete to athlete depending on their physical activity or exercise, but data for vitamin B-12 and folate are limited. Many experts recommend vitamin B supplements for athletes who follow a restricted or poor diet along with mineral or multivitamin supplements. It is also suggested to consult your health care expert to know the exact amount of multivitamins to be consumed without side-effects.
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