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Vitamin Supplements Conway AR

Vitamin supplements include amino acids, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, dietary minerals, and many more. They can be found in foods and natural health products. See below for local businesses in Conway that give access to vitamin supplements and learn more about how vitamin supplements can help athletic performance.

Renew Wellness Center
(501) 328-0212
2425 Prince St Ste 3
Conway, AR
 
Education Area Services
(501) 329-7412
950 Hogan Ln
Conway, AR
 
Nutritional Sports & Health Discount
(501) 327-3434
813 Oak Pmb
Conway, AR
 
Natural Healing Center
(501) 327-2273
602 Oak St
Conway, AR
 
Ann's Health Food
(501) 835-6415
9800 Highway 107
Sherwood, AR
 
Smoothie King
(501) 336-9555
985 Carson Cv
Conway, AR
 
Kitchen Store
(501) 327-2182
704 Locust St
Conway, AR
 
Liz' Health Market
(501) 932-0505
508 Oak St
Conway, AR
 
Golden Apple Health Foods & More
(501) 834-2800
8122 Highway 107 Ste A
Sherwood, AR
 
Cashwell's Natural Health
(501) 477-2211
2 Davis Dr Ste 1
Morrilton, AR
 

Vitamins and Supplements - men vs women

 



Dietary supplements are often used by competitive cyclists with the hope that they will improve their physical performance. A list of commonly used vitamins, minerals, and other herbal and organic compounds (with the editor's comments) can be found in the section on nutritional supplements . Do male and female athletes have different needs for supplements? Are supplements used differently in men and women athletes?

Before answering this question, remember that one should be skeptical about unbelieveable claims for all these products. And unless they are proven in well designed, blinded studies, assume that a claim which sounds too good to be true, probably is. There are few shortcuts for a well designed training program supported with sound nutrition. And although there may be little risk in trying supplements in addition, there is a monetary cost for those on a limited budget for their athletic pursuits, as well as the potential to lose focus on the need for a good training program.

Based on the scientific and nutritional literature (double blind studies not annecdotal or personal experience) only two supplements (both minerals) have been shown to be needed in differing amounts by men and women - calcium and iron.

Calcium is the major mineral involved in bone growth and repair. There is no evidence that calcium supplements are needed by male athletes. The same is true of the average female involved in regular, vigorous physical activity. The exception is the female athlete who, because of the intensity of her training, has become amenorrheic. Amenorrhea is the abnormal suppression of the menstrual cycle and is associated with hormonal changes that can affect bone formation. Recent evidence has suggested that the positive effects of exercise on bone formation noted in all athletes will act to minimize the effects of amennorrhea in this specific group as well, and at this time there is still a lack of consensus as to the absolute need...

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