Should I be taking supplements?

Let’s start with two very simple nuggets of information, firstly if you are not going to use it, don’t buy it, and secondly don’t indulge in supplements unless you have your diet right.
Supplements are by their nature available to assist in aiding your dietary requirements, not to substitute or a quick fix solution.

The Sport supplement industry is a largely new phenomenon of the last 15 years, especially in Ireland and it has led to mass buying of protein supplements, weight loss products and creatine

Poor regulation of the supplement industry allows athletes and exercise enthusiasts to be bombarded with marketing hype that exaggerates or completely invents unproven benefits.

Unlike medicines, sports supplements are not licenced and regulation regarding their production is limited.

Education and appropriate information is important when making an informed decision to ensure supplements are safe to take and also have some benefit. Why using something, unless it works?

Some clients have used a diet pill with a bulking protein powder by simplistic logic even sounds counterproductive.

The sales of creatine soared in the late 90s/early 00s, when it was revealed Arsene Wenger encouraged his players to use it in Arsenal training programme.

A number of athletes have died from the misuse of supplements, while numerous others have suffered seizures. In 2013, a fit and healthy young man died following a "perfect storm" of a reaction to sports supplements and ibuprofen, causing him to collapse as he ran the Brighton marathon.

Contrary to popular belief, high protein intakes and protein supplements are not essential, and a varied diet generally supplies more than enough protein for most sports people. If their diet is failing to meet protein requirements, then examine the reasons before turning to a quick fix solution.

Supplements should not be used by young athlete, except where medically indicated. Young athletes should focus on good eating and drinking practices, adequate recovery, sleep and structured training.

There is no substitute for good nutrition and on over-reliance on supplements may lead to neglect of proper nutrition and training practices.

Experts recommend a solid intake of calcium, iron, Vitamin E and Potassium