Some specialists say that young women are more prone than men to nutritional deficiencies, which can impact their energy levels and keep them from fulfilling their athletic potential. A study claims to have found the right supplement mix to address that issue.
Much research lately has been dedicated to showing how changing our dietary habits and doing regular aerobic exercise — such as running or biking — can improve our physical and mental health. Still, some nutritionists say that, despite efforts to lead healthier lifestyles, women's energy metabolism, in particular — their ability to produce energy out of the nutrients they consume — may be impaired, and through no fault of their own.
The mix that makes us faster runners
DiSilvestro and team conducted two consecutive experiments, over a period of 1 month each. The participants' athletic performance was, in each case, measured once at the start, and once at the end of the study period. For the first experiment, the researchers recruited 28 female participants aged between 18 and 30; half of these were assigned to take the supplement, while the other half were given a placebo and acted as the control group.