Performance Improving Supplements, Knowledge base for Parents

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Young sporty kids can improve their sports skills by focusing on the basics. Calories, Training, Fluids, rest and conditioning. Performance enhancing diet-supplements can be beneficial or harmful.

Protein and Creatine

Youngsters occasionally take nucleic acid supplements (Creatine) and protein supplements to increase their sports performance. However, research has not shown these dietary supplements help improve sports performance in youngsters. 

However, vegetarians may be at danger of not taking sufficient protein and may benefit from meal planning with a listed dietitian.

Energy Drinks and Stimulants

Caffeine is a part of most of foods and drinks. About three out of four kids takes caffeine on any given day.

The authorities regulate the size/amount of caffeine in items sold as foods and drinks. However, it does cannot be control over items sold as food dietary supplements, such as energy drinks. It is very tough to know how much caffeine is in many of these foodstuffs. Taking too much caffeine can be a serious danger for kids.


Vitamins and Minerals

Sportspersons do not require vitamins & supplements if they are taking healthy and best well balanced meals. Low iron levels are related with reductions in athletic performance, but high amounts of iron, or of any other vitamin or mineral, does not been improve sports performance.

 Anabolic Steroids

Anabolic steroids are drugs that are illegal without a doctor's prescription. Athletes sometimes use anabolic steroids to enhance muscle strength and size. Body Builders may use anabolic steroids no other reason but to look more muscular. However, there are very huge side effects. Anabolic steroids break growth in children and teens who are still attaining height. They may also effect long term problems with the organs, skin and heart that can be serious and may be irreparable.

 So dear parents avoid such supplements and do not buy for yourself or for your kids.

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