That being said, I have compiled and grouped several different classes of supplements that may be utilized or marketed to endurance athletes and just put my random (slightly scientific) thoughts in along with them. I think they'll be published in this order. If you can think of any other supplement groups that might be interesting, leave a comment or shoot me an email.
Before we start, I want to emphasize: MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER
1st - Natural Food Supplements (is that an oximoron?)
2nd - Amino Acid Supplements
3rd - Super Starches
4th - Oils
Natural Food Supplements - Dehydrated food stuffs as well as isolated nutrients. Usually chocked full of anti-oxidants including all the new ones such as polyphenols, isoflavonoids, catechins, and other plant phenols. Generally speaking, the marketing behind these compounds is well ahead of the science, but there is at least some evidence that components in these products can be beneficial for endurance athletes.
Of the many compounds found in these products, the most compelling and consistent evidence supports the use of beetroot or beets in these products, as this contains nitrate, which acts on multiple systems which could enhance running performance. Read more here: Dietary nitrate and performance
|Low calorie, but contains tons of nutrients. Also should be a great source of nitrate which has been proven to increase endurance|
|Based on literature, a source of nitrate|
|Not sure what to say. The publication on their website is definitely on the weak side of things.|