Hockey is a demanding sport that requires quick thinking, stamina, strength, power and athleticism. A well balanced diet with proper supplementation can significantly improve a players ability to react quicker, play better, and recover faster. Through experience and basic lab work the following tests have commonly indicated deficiencies in athletes.
- Red Blood Cell (RBC) Zinc test
- RBC Magnesium Test
- Lipid profile testing
- Vitamin D testing 25 (OH) D
This supplement will provide someone with a wide range of vitamins and minerals. There is a full spectrum of compounds that we must take in to maintain cognitive health, fatigue, and recovery. Multivitamins have become a staple recommendation to athletes, because of potential health benefits for anyone who may be deficient in a vitamin or mineral.
- To support bone health by aiding in the absorption of calcium
- Improved immune health if deficient
- Can improve athletic performance in those who are deficient
Athletes are especially susceptible to Vitamin D insufficiency. The combination of high stress and demand for higher than average bone strength, require adequate vitamin D supplementation.
68% of Americans are deficient in Magnesium and athletes may be more susceptible to magnesium loss because sweat contains magnesium. This important mineral assists with sleeping, decreases stress/anxiety, regularity of cravings and insulin regulation. Symptoms of deficiency include low energy, early fatigue, muscle cramping, and irregularity. We highly recommend the supplementation of magnesium for athletes, because there is a high potential for deficiency.
High DHA (Fish Oil)
Fish oil is recognized for its ability to improve cognitive function (relaxed and focused). It is also proven as a a natural anti-inflammatory, and is a simple way to get healthy fats into your diet. For a comprehensive review on what Fish oil can do for you check out this article.
Low zinc levels are associated with reduced testosterone, slow muscle growth decreased immune function, as well as related skin issues. If you are deficient in Zinc, testosterone production may be limited and there will be benefit in taking it. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults is 8 mg/ day for women and 11 mg/day for men. A deficiency with Zinc is easily reversible with supplementation and can go a long way for improving athletic performance.
All of these supplements are available for order and can be great gifts ideas for lifters!
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