Ever notice how women seem to tire out more easily than men? Sometimes it’s simply the burnout from dealing with the kids on top of twenty other hats we wear, but there may be something else to this. Some health specialists believe that young women are more at risk for nutritional deficiencies than men are. And we all know that a lack of nutrients impacts energy levels. Now, one study is revealing the optimal mix of supplements for women when it comes to raising energy levels.
Robert DiSilvestro, nutritionist and researcher at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, published these findings in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. According to this research, a mix of these minerals and nutrients can give women the daily energy boost they need:
The Ideal Mix of Supplements for Women Who are Looking for More Energy
- Zinc: found in red meat, poultry, and fish
- Copper: found in beef liver, sunflower seeds, lentils, almonds, dried apricots, dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and asparagus
- Carnitine: found in meat, fish, poultry, and milk
- Phosphatidylserine: found in soy lecithin, bovine brain, atlantic mackerel, chicken heart, atlantic herring, tuna, chicken leg, and chicken liver
Apparently, women tend not to absorb enough of these essential nutrients. But when they have enough, it makes for faster runners and better athletic performance in other areas. Women in the study who took these supplements in a drink twice daily ran significantly faster than before and they also performed better in two other types of exercises, namely the stationary bike and their number of steps in the step test.
Now, researchers are examining whether this same mix of minerals would provide the same energy benefits for other physical activities.