CorePlex Multi-vitamin from AdvoCare
The New York Times reported in 2004 that in the past 3 decades, the number of calories in the average American diet had increased by nearly 200 calories per day. Although we’re eating more, our consumption of nutritious foods is not increasing in proportion. We’re surrounded by processed foods with little nutritional value, and it can be hard to stay on track.
None of this negates the incredible amount of vitamins and minerals athletes need to keep their bodies running like a well-oiled machine. A deficiency even one nutrient can cause noticeable side effects, from muscle weakness to fatigue and even trouble concentrating. Now imagine you’re deficient in several nutrients.
AdvoCare’s CorePlex multivitamin (Amazon.com) is a great source of 36 vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed to meet the daily amount recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences. These provide a great baseline to make sure that any holes in your diet are adequately covered.
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What do vitamins and minerals do?
There’s so many benefits that it’s hard to list! They help support the following systems in your body:
- Immune system Cardiovascular
- Muscle and connective tissue
- Hormone Production
- And more!
Let’s look at a few of the nutrients up close to get a better idea of how this complex formula can help you maintain your health and fitness levels.
This vitamin helps strengthen your bones and your immune system. Vitamin A also helps your eyesight, thanks to its role in producing rhodopsin, the protein in your eye that absorbs light. It is also involved in the cellular growth processes of the heart, lungs, kidneys and other vital organs.
These vitamins are crucial in energy production. They not only help convert and transport energy at the molecular level, but they can make you feel more energetic as well. B vitamins help repair body tissue, including those sore muscles. They are also thought to be involved in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter found in the brain associated with relaxation. B12, specifically, is needed to get oxygen to your muscles. Vitamin B3, also called niacin, supports both anaerobic and aerobic performance, making it great for athletes in any sport.
Vitamin C is best known for helping the immune system, but it has many other jobs. It helps protect cells from damage and can help repair them if it’s too late. If you’ve ever cut your hand or torn a tendon, it was vitamin C that came to the rescue. Vitamin C helps close the wounds and form the scar tissue that protects the area. It also has antioxidant properties that help maintain the body’s sensitive balance of free radicals, which when present in excess may play a role in the development of heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other health conditions.
These are a popular duo known for working together to strength bones and teeth to prevent breaks and fractures. But they do so much more than that! Calcium and vitamin D are also used to ensure the blood clots normally. They even help nerve endings function properly.
This is a mineral that makes up a surprisingly large percentage of our body. 1% may not sound like a lot, but just know that phosphorus is inside every single one of your cells. It helps in the formation and repair of bones and teeth, but it also helps us use the carbohydrates and fats we eat by converting the food to ATP, our body’s usable form of stored energy. Phosphorus works in conjunction with B vitamins to support normal kidney function, muscle contractions, nerve signaling and regular heartbeat.
This is a mineral that is sometimes used alone as medicine. It can help people with osteoporosis, anemia and even PMS symptoms. At its core, it is an energy production assistant, and it helps activate enzymes in the body that speed up chemical reactions in the cell.
Green Tea Extract
A product of the Camellia sinensis plant, green tea extract has been used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes. It can improve alertness and clarity. It can also help preserve bone density, ease stomach disorders, relieve headaches, and more.
This short list covers only 15 of the 36 key nutrients present in AdvoCare CorePlex. It really is a one-stop-shop for all your body’s core needs.
Here are a few words of wisdom from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition regarding multivitamins:
Some health professionals note that most people do not consume an optimal amount of vitamins by diet alone and indicate that it appears prudentfor all adults to take vitamin supplements.
Obtaining adequate vitamins, including use of supplements, may also be prudent behavior for some athletes. Melinda Manore noted that athletes involved in heavy training may need more of several vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin and B6 because they are involved in energy production.
However, in a recent scientific round-table exchange, several sport nutrition experts indicated that some athletes may be at risk for a vitamin deficiency, such as those in weight-control sports and those who for one reason or another do not eat a well-balanced diet.
Others note that the prudent use of antioxidant supplementation can provide insurance against a sub-optimal diet and/or the elevated demands of intense physical activity, and thus may be recommended to limit the effects of oxidative stress in individuals performing regular, heavy exercise.
Roger Lockridge from BodyBuilding.com gave his view of the importance of a good multivitamin:
Without the multi, I am convinced that the other supplements you take will not be as effective. Not only is the multi the foundation of a great supplement strategy, it should be the first thing you take care of.
First thing when you get up in the morning, take your multi. Done. You are now ready to go with whatever it is you have to do for the day. If you are in serious training, then you’ll find support for faster recovery by taking your multi as soon as you finish working out.
We don’t often see a supplement with this huge range of nutrients, especially at this price. It’s formulated to be gentle on the stomach, which is a nice bonus if you forget to take them with a meal. It can be hard to get the recommended daily intake on all of these vitamins and minerals on a consistent basis, especially with the temptations of so many nutritionally void, processed foods. And when you see the basic functions they help your body perform and multiply it by the needs of an athlete’s body, it’s not worth the risk of relying on a perfect diet.
To ensure you never become deficient, CorePlex is the way to go.
Godwin, Christopher. “Vitamins for endurance athletes.” Livestrong.com. 16 Aug. 2013. http://www.livestrong.com/article/127701-vitamins-endurance-athletes/
Rodriguez, Nancy R. “Nutrition and athletic performance.” Medscape. 1 March 2010. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/717046_8
“Vitamin needs of athletes.” Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Jan 2013.http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=7087
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