1.1 Categories and uses of food supplements for sportsmen and women
Food supplements are concentrates of various substances (vitamins, minerals, plant extracts...) in edible or drinkable form, having an effect nutritional or physiological as defined in the Directive 2002/46/EC of the European Parliament. They are located between food and medicine, supposed to complement the former while avoiding the latter
Athletes and casuals often have a much more demanding lifestyle. Their daily needs, including minerals, protein and carbohydrates, are higher than those of inactive people. The supplements allow them to:
- Filling their nutritional gaps
- Improve their performance before, during and after exercise
There are 3 main categories of food supplements for athletes:
- Those having an effect on the healthiness they provide the body with nutrients that the body may lack as a result of unbalanced nutrition
- Those consumed during the effort they are used to maintain or even improve performance over a period of time
- Those that allow for a better recuperation
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