Natural Supplements!!!

According to Williams, (1998) supplements dietary are tAny substance, not classified as a harmful drug, that can be found in the form of vitamin, mineral, amino acid, herb, except tobacco, or macronutrient concentrates (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats) with different proportions, and that can be used to complement the usual diet.

Classification of supplements.

According to the function provided, quantity and type of nutrients provided, nutritional supplements can be classified into 4 fundamental groups:

1) Functional.

2) Diet optimizers

3) Stimulants

4) Performance and recovery optimizers.


In this group, there are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients such as essential fatty acids, polyphenols, isoflavonoids, which are substances to which positive effects on health are attributed. Its consumption is recommended to correct possible deficiencies in the usual diet.

Diet optimizers.

They improve the quality of nutrition, they constitute preparations with different concentrations of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats), and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements). These preparations can be divided into two categories:

Those who contribute the greatest proportion of carbohydrates.

Those who contribute a greater proportion of proteins.


They are substances that modify the neuroendocrine and metabolic response which will be treated from a strictly medical point of view.

Performance and recovery optimizers.

They are substances that promote the availability of energy and recovery processes. Within this group are carnitine, amino acids, creatine, and other products such as glucosamine to which benefits have been attributed to joint structures.

Bibliographic reference:

Williams, M. H. (1998) The Ergogenic Edge, Human Kinetics,Camping IL.

In the next Blog we will continue talking about this topic but delving deeper into a diet optimizer, “Protein Preparations”…

See you soon..

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