Nutritional Supplements That Promote a Healthier Game

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Updated: August 21, 2009

Although most tennis enthusiasts work hard to maintain a nutritive diet it can be a challenge with packed schedules and limited time to focus on eating right.

Most primary care physicians recommend a simple multi-vitamin supplement to insure that basic needs are being met. Joints however, need tending to (especially as we age) and in addition to regular stretching, there are a range of nutritional supplements designed to help your body stay healthy and ready for your tennis game.

Nordic Naturals Ultimate OmegaI’d tried fish oil capsules in the past but stopped because of the really unpleasant odor and feeling in my belly after. Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (www.nordicnaturals.com) has changed my mind. Nordic Naturals makes omega oil capsules that are as pure as they get. No fishy taste or smell and, according to reports, unparalleled purity and efficacy. Extra low peroxide levels are the reason. Rigorous European regulations assure the product’s purity and freshness. They really don’t smell, especially those flavored with lemon or berry essences.

The omega -3 fats, EPA and DHA found in fish and fish oil have been said to help reduce the chance of a heart attack by slowing the progression of atherosclerosis and improving overall cardiovascular function. They have also been touted as mood and cognitive function improving as well as having an anti-inflammatory affect, reducing joint pain. Nordic Naturals has a full range of products to suit your body’s needs: heart health, anti-inflammatory joint health, cognitive and more. If you’ve had trouble taking fish oil in the past give these a try. A recurring pain in my shoulder has definitely subsided after a couple of weeks on these.

Joint Juice Glucosamine and Vitamin Enhanced WaterJoint Juice Glucosamine and Vitamin Enhanced Water (www.jointjuice.com). Kevin Hunt, a long-time tennis pro at the Manasota Beach Club in Florida packs his court-side fridge with Joint Juice. This is a ready-to-drink glucosamine and vitamin enhanced dietary supplement water focused on joint health. Glucosamine, in a nutshell, keeps cartilage hydrated and functioning properly.

Joint Juice reports that 1500 mg of glucosamine per day (the amount in one bottle) is the amount shown in some studies required to increase joint function and mobility. Each bottle has ten calories and comes in sucralose sweetened lightly flavored berry, lemon and kiwi-strawberry varieties.

If you are taking glucosamine anyway this is a good hydrating alternative to pills.

CherryFlex Fruit SupplementCherryFlex Fruit Supplement (www.fruitfast.com). For the estimate 27 million+ Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis, pain relief may come with a cherry on top. Researchers at Winona State University in Minnesota found that tart cherry soft-gel supplements significantly altered muscle soreness, oxidative stress and C-reactive protein (a marker of coronary artery disease) over time compared with a placebo receiving group (2009). For those trying to avoid over-the-counter anti-inflammatories these might be worth a try. Made from Montmorency tart cherries, this preparation is made up of ground whole cherries and given as a soft, small gelatin capsule. My ibuprofen addled stomach feels better already.

And finally, not joint related but a great tasting multi-vitamin supplement:

Oxylent Oxygenating Multivitamin DrinkOxylent Oxygenating Multivitamin Drink (www.vitalah.com). According to the 2000 Physicians’ Desk Reference only 10-20% of vitamins and minerals in pill form are absorbed by your body. Oxylent’s effervescent powder form provides nearly 100% bioavailability. One pre-measured packet, when mixed with 4-8 ounces of water provides a tangy, slightly fizzy, equivalent of a daily multi-vitamin with nothing wasted.

The product is said also to oxygenate, hydrate, circulate and rejuvenate efficiently delivering a full range of vitamins and minerals as well as L-arginine for circulation and SOD and Catalase to promote the conversion of toxins into beneficial oxygen and water. If you can’t stand taking pills, this is a great solution. These are also easy to throw in your travel bag – always fresh.

Please consult your personal physician regarding any dietary changes you might consider making especially if you are taking regular medication of any kind.

Karin Burgess is editor of Tennisidentity.com a site devoted to what’s new in tennis, tennis fashion, gear, essentials and more.

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  1. Robert Taylor

    October 20, 2009 at 3:36 am

    These are great products. You’ll find several forms of glucosamine available in joint supplements but so far glucosamine sulfate is the only form of glucosamine that has been used in significant research studies and is reported to support cartilage repair and joint maintenance. Other nutrients and herbs for supporting joint health include green lipped mussels, hyal joint and interhealth collagen type II, boswellin, white willow bark. For supporting joint health, I prefer to take a comprehensive joint health formula, like GoFlex, which supports joint repair, mobility of range, flexibility and helps to reduce pain and inflammation associated with joint discomfort.

  2. jjones444

    January 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I’m glad that health awareness is on the rise, but not it seems like a war between different nutritional supplements and companies. I’m glad there are options out there because I don’t think any one vitamin or supplement is right for every person. It’s really a matter of research and trial and error to find what exactly works for you.