In competitive sports where an extra breath or a millisecond quicker neural response can spell the difference between fame and mediocrity, a number of myths have persisted around the impact of what might be considered megadoses of various vitamins and trace elements. We do know that a growing body of research indicates that work capacity, oxygen consumption, and other measures of physical performance are affected by a deficiency or borderline deficiency in specific vitamins or essential trace elements. However, when it comes to providing larger doses, the research is conflicted
The second edition of Sports Nutrition: Vitamins and Trace Elements, edited by two of the most respected experts in sports nutrition, provides an updated critical review of these reports. The latest volume of this highly popular work includes a collection of chapters written by top researchers from several academic disciplines. Applying their expertise in specific vitamin or trace element nutrition as it relates to exercise and sports, they weigh in on the full alphabet of vitamins as well as a variety of trace elements, incorporating the most recent research. This edition adds chapters on choline and iodine. It also emphasizes new findings on vitamin and mineral metabolic reactions and provides in-depth discussion on the overuse of vitamins to toxic levels and its effect on physical performance.
Sports nutritionists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, researchers, exercise physiologists, students, health practitioners, as well as those lay-persons interested in optimal nutrition will find this book especially timely and highly helpful in sorting myth from truth.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: Luke R. Bucci and Amy A. Turpin
Ascorbic Acid: Robert E. Keith
Thiamin: Enas K. Al-Tamimi and Mark D. Haub
Riboflavin: Susan H. Mitmesser
Niacin: Edward M. Heath
Vitamin B6 Christine M. Hansen and Melinda M. Manore
Folate: Wayne E. Billon
Vitamin B12 : Kenneth E. McMartin
Pantothenic Acid and Biotin: Gabriela Camporeale, Rocío Rodriguez-Meléndez, and Janos Zempleni
Choline: Patricia A. Deuster and Jamie A. Cooper
Vitamin A: Maria Stacewicz-Sapuntzakis and Gayatri Borthakur
Vitamins D and K: Douglas S. Kalman
Vitamin E: Angela Mastaloudis and Maret G. Traber
Iron: Emily M. Haymes
Zinc: Henry C. Lukaski
Copper: Philip G. Reeves and W. Thomas Johnson
Iodine: Christine D. Thomson
Chromium: Michael G. Bemben, Debra A. Bemben, and Michael J. Hartman
Selenium: L. Mallory Boylan and Julian E. Spallholz
Boron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, and Vanadium: Forrest H. Neilsen
SUMMARY - Vitamins and Trace Elements in Sports Nutrition: Judy A. Driskell
"The objectives are met with clarity and precision, making this a must-have book for any
student or researcher in the sports nutrition field. …Very well organized and user-friendly, this book reviews relevant literature and is an excellent resource for anyone interested in sports nutrition and optimizing care for active individuals. While specific in its focus, the topic appeals to a variety of readers and is a valued component of any sports medicine library."
-Doody's Review Service
"…No aspect of nutrition related to performance has been excluded. This text is a must for a wide spectrum of individuals who deal with exercise and sport from the professional practitioner to the exercise or sport participant."
-- Catherine G. R. Jackson, PhD
Professor of Kinesiology
California State University, Fresno
"This book will be a valuable compendium of information for sports nutrition and would be a good reference book to have on the shelf for any sports nutritionist."
-- Wayne Askew, PhD
Professor and Director, Division of Nutrition
College of Health, University of Utah