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15 Apr 2003

I have recently taken up cycling as a fairly serious sport (and love it).I hear and read of so many different supplements etc that one should take.

Could someone please advise me what I should be taking in the form of vitamins,supplements whilst training and during the actual race etc.I have heard of "Vooma" for example,should I be taking this during the race and what should I put in my water.

I hear of lactic acid build up,cramps etc etc so would really like to use something good.

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Rider
To sustain your energy levels you need readily-available carbohydrates, and you also need to prevent dehydration while exercising. So most of the energy drinks on the market that provide energy and liquid are suitable. Research has indicated that most athletes eating a normal, balanced diet do not require additional vitamins, except vitamin C - have a glass of fresh orange juice at breakfast to top up your vit C and other bioflavonoids. You may require additional iron if you train very hard (eat meat, fish, liver, egg yolk and iron-fortified breakfast cereals) and the so-called electrolytes (sodium, potassium and magnesium) if you sweat a lot. You will probably obtain sufficient sodium from your food, but you may require additional magnesium (Slow-Mag or Magnesite) and potassium (Slow K - check with your dr before you take this supplement) - eating lots fo fruit and veg also supplies potassium and some readily available energy in the form of fruit sugars and vegetable starches. You also need to give your body time to rest in between bouts of exercise so that the lactic acid can be metabolised by the body.
Enjoy the cycling
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