A couple of days ago, I blogged about our new Intense Defense formula and how it is uniquely formulated for endurance athletes in several important ways, because it:
Provides bioavailable forms of essential nutrients and optimal endurance nutrition
Purifies the body by accelerated toxin removal and tissue repair
Promotes fat-metabolism and lean tissue maintenance
In today’s blog, I want to expand a bit on how Intense Defense “Provides” essential nutrients - and why that’s important for you as a competitive endurance athlete.
By “essential nutrients” we’re referring to vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and phytonutrients that support not just “health and wellness” but also peak athletic performance. The Intense Defense blend includes a full complement of highly-absorbed essential vitamins, “fully-reacted” amino-acid chelated minerals, and fatty acids including:
- A full clinically-effective amount of vitamin D (2,000IU) - the amount supported by the bulk of scientific research to be the target daily amount needed to achieve and maintain optimal blood levels of vitamin D.
- Proprietary blend of natural Vitamin E Complex including Annatto Tocotrienols to support cardiovascular health with all 8 members of the vitamin E super-family (alpha- beta- gamma- and delta- forms of both tocopherols and tocotrienols)
- Minerals are provided as fully-reacted amino acid chelates to optimize absorption and improve tolerance (no GI issues)
Optimal Endurance Nutrition
Let’s be honest with each other for a minute - Do you really need a daily multivitamin? From my perspective as both a nutritional biochemist and as a competitive endurance athlete, the answer is an unqualified YES.
As endurance athletes, we generally do a pretty good job of getting the “basics” accomplished when it comes to our diets:
- Getting enough whole grain carbs to support energy demands…
- Eating 5-10 servings of brightly colored fruits and vegetables each day to provide tissue-protecting antioxidants…
- Consuming enough nuts and fatty fish for their natural fatty acids and ability to control inflammation throughout the body…
- Ensuring adequate servings of lean protein to provide the amino acids and other nutrients to build and repair soft tissues such as muscles, as well as provide vitamins and minerals for energy metabolism…
BUT, if you’re NOT accomplishing all of the nutrition strategies above, then you almost certainly need a daily supplement to help you reach your peak level of mental and physical performance. As a professional nutritionist, I find that even when I can eat the “perfect” diet, including a daily supplement is an easy and efficient way for me to “close the gap” between the nutrients my diet provides and those my body needs.
If you eat fewer than 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, it may be difficult to get all of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that your body needs. Even vegetarians, who generally eat plenty of fruits and veggies, may want to supplement their diets, especially because they may not consume enough calcium, iron, zinc and vitamins B-12 and D. Also, if you’re trying to lose weight or shed a few pounds of fat, then you should keep in mind that low-calorie diets limit the types and amounts of foods you eat and, in turn, the types and amounts of nutrients you receive.
Intense exercise training can also lead to depletion in body stores of several vitamins and minerals including calcium, folate, iron, vitamin C, magnesium, B-complex vitamins (especially B1, B2, B6, and B12), iron, zinc, magnesium, and chromium. Endurance athletes (male and female) who want to keep bones strong and decrease bone loss, need extra amounts of magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D — the vitamin essential for absorbing calcium. Male and Female endurance athletes may also need additional iron to replace the iron depleted by exercise training. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, a condition in which blood is low in hemoglobin, the substance which carries oxygen to tissues – and the obvious drop in endurance performance associated with oxygen deprivation.
If you’re looking for a daily dietary supplement, that is balanced between providing enough of each nutrient (but not too much) in an absorbable form, and well-balanced with other nutrients to support the demands of living and playing hard – then take a look at our Intense Defense.
I think you’ll find Intense Defense to be an amazing value in terms of the overall nutrient formula (“Provide” essential nutrients), as well as the “extra” benefits for endurance athletes because we also need to “Purify” our bodies from the toxins and damage of intense training and “Promote” our body’s ability to efficiently burn fat and maintain lean mass.
Thanks for reading - and please look for expanded blogs about the Purify and Promote aspects of Intense Defense in coming days...
Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D.
C.E.O. (Chief Endurance Officer)
Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition
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Draper, UT 84020
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