Fuels for Vegetarian Athletes
Fuels for Vegetarian Athletes Muscle strength and endurance are important for athletes. Proteins are essential building blocks of the body, as well as the foundation of sports nutrition. For athletes, adequate and regular protein intake is important, because their muscles have to be repaired and rebuilt after exercises. Also, the sufficiency of proteins helps maintain the storage of carbohydrates in the form of glycogen, which is an important in efficient energy conversion. Proteins from animals are mostly complete, which contain 8 essential amino acids. However, eating meat is associated with health problems due to the presence of cholesterol and saturated fats. According to a study published by the American Diabetes Association, people who are consuming animal protein are 22% more likely to develop diabetes. For athletes who are vegetarians and concerned about health, it is very important for them to know how to get enough proteins wisely. Puredia has been supplying organic pumpkin seed protein powder, which is one of the most nutritious vegetable proteins. It is obtained by grinding and milling the seeds of pumpkins, which are grown in an organic way. Not only is the plant-based protein content over 60%, but it also offers a comprehensive range of amino acids. On top of proteins, it is rich in minerals and plant sterols. It is thus an ideal source of plant-based proteins for vegetarian athletes. In addition to proteins, certain ingredients exclusively supplied by Puredia are efficient in enhancing the performance of athletes. The first one is Puredia SeaBerry ® Tea, which is mainly made of sea buckthorn leaf. There was a study showing that sea buckthorn leaf extract can protect against oxidative damage caused by exhaustive exercise in rats. Therefore, the Tea should be able to enhance exercise capacity and exert an anti-fatigue effect of athletes. Other ingredients are Puredia SeaBerry ® OPDHA and OmegiaTM DHA: both contain DHA, which could be beneficial for improving tolerance to new and strenuous exercise programs and thereby might facilitate better training adaptations and exercise adherence.