What is orthomolecular medicine?
The American Linus Pauling is considered the founder of orthomolecular medicine. He was a two-time Nobel Prize winner and was mentally and physically fit well into old age. In the USA, orthomolecular medicine has been recognized as an official healing method since 1978. We at nutri+ also rely on orthomolecular medicine, because Hippocrates (around 460 - 370 BC) already knew:
"Your food shall be your medicine. Your medicine shall be your food."
What does “orthomolecular” mean?
The orthomolecular approach assumes that many diseases are the result of an imbalance of nutrients in the body. The term “orthomolecular” is made up of the Greek wordortho(right) and the Latin wordmolecular(particle). This is intended to express that the “right particles” (nutrients such as Vitamins and minerals) are the focus. In contrast to conventional medicine, which often only addresses the symptoms of illnesses, orthomolecular nutritional medicine focuses on combating the causes and thus eliminating the nutrient imbalance through optimal nutrition and with the help of food supplements in the foreground. An important role is played by the fact that the use of synthetic drugs that are foreign to the body is avoided and only substances that occur naturally in the organism are used. Dietary supplements are taken preventively or therapeutically - i.e. in addition to conventional medicine.
Do I need orthomolecular products?
Orthomolecular products do not replace a complete diet, but rather simply supplement it. Although we in Germany actually have a sufficient supply of whole foods, there are still deficiencies in the supply of some nutrients such as iodine, calcium, vitamin D or iron. In addition, in certain life situations the need for nutrients can be increased and can no longer be adequately covered by the diet. For example, the skin's own synthesis of vitamin D decreases from the age of 50.
Therefore, you have to consume more of the vitamin with your food. The nutrient requirement is increased for pregnant and breastfeeding women because the child's organism is also supplied. An increased need can also be the result of a chronic illness or higher physical strain. However, with some intolerances or alternative diets, the choice of food is severely limited. Certain nutrients are then no longer supplied sufficiently (e.g. Vitamin B12 in a vegan diet).
Adapted to different situations in life where there is an increased need for nutrients, they offer all the micronutrients that the body needs to stay healthy. The nutrients contained are present in a form that the body can optimally absorb and use and their composition corresponds to the body's physiological needs.
Orthomolecular sport – influence of certain nutrients on athletic performance
Sports activities are very strenuous for the body. The energy requirement is increased in people who do sports (depending on the physical exertion). Physical exertion increases the body's performance. This means that various metabolic processes in the body occur more frequently. In addition, many vitamins and minerals are excreted in sweat or urine. In order to cover the increased requirement, some of these nutrients must be consumed more with food or in the form of supplements.
If you want to get the most out of yourself while exercising, you have to pay attention to an appropriate diet. The supply of nutrients is one of the most important factors for strength, endurance and speed. Competitive athletes in particular are particularly dependent on the additional requirements. By covering this additional requirement, optimal performance can be guaranteed and regeneration as well as defenses of the body can be promoted in the best possible way.
Overview of nutrients contained in nutri+ Orthomolecular Sport:
L-Carnitine is found in 98% of skeletal and cardiac muscle . It is responsible for the transport of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria of the body's cells, where they are then burned into energy. However, a lack of L-carnitine can lead to disorders in fat metabolism.
L-Arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid strong>, the need for which is often increased in certain situations such as stress or sport. It is the only precursor of nitric oxide, which leads to vasodilatation and increased blood flow, among other things, to muscle tissue. In contrast to L-Arginine HCL, L-Arginine Base consists of almost 100% pure L-Arginine.
Leucine is anessential amino acid. Essential means that the body does not produce this amino acid from other substances and is therefore obtained through food or appropriate supplements.
Leucine is one of the branched-chain amino acids, also known as branched-chain amino acids ( BCAAs). These are not metabolized in the liver, but directly in the muscle cell and therefore play a central role in the supply of muscle energy.
Of the three branched-chain amino acids, Leucine is the most important. Because it supports the body's own protein synthesis and therefore means a lot for building and maintaining muscle. The daily requirement for leucine is therefore twice as high as for the other two branched-chain amino acids. Since leucine is particularly found in dairy products, vegans should pay particular attention to this amino acid.
The positive effects of leucine are linked, among other things, to insulin levels in the body. Leucine stimulates the release of insulin. Insulin promotes the absorption of amino acids into the muscles and accelerates the absorption of glucose into the muscles. This intake leads to increased use of glucose for energy production and promotes muscle building.
Leucine therefore serves the body as an important energy supplier in the provision of glucose in the organism. It is of great advantage to take leucine or BCAA supplements if you follow a low-carbohydrate diet.
Leucine also has positive effects on the regeneration of muscle protein synthesis and thus promotes the healing of joint or muscle diseases.
Due to the greater stress and the associated higher energy supply, athletes should make sure they have a sufficient intake of vitamins:
Vitamin B complex
The group of B vitamins includes a total of eight vitamins that play a crucial role in many metabolic processes. The vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12 and niacin play a role in the Energy metabolism. Vitamin B6also contributes to normal protein metabolism. Folic acid and vitamin B12are also involved in the formation of red blood cells.
Physical stress such as sport leads to an increased formation of free radicals. That's why the athlete depends on a well-functioning defense system. A sufficient supply of antioxidants such as vitamin E and vitamin C is therefore necessary to protect the body's cells from oxidative stress. to capture the free radicals again and render them harmless. A combination of both vitamins is particularly effective. Vitamin E can regenerate used vitamin C into its original form.
Physical stress leads to an increased formation of free radicals in the body due to the increased metabolic turnover. That's why a well-functioning, antioxidant defense system is extremely important for athletes. Even if the body can quickly adapt to high levels of stress, it is still necessary to ensure an adequate supply of antioxidants. Vitamin C is considered one of the most important antioxidants .
It captures the free radicals formed in the body and renders them harmless. It is therefore essential for the normal functioning of the immune system. Vitamin C also promotesollagen formationand therefore plays an important role in healthy bones.
But: It doesn't mean that sport weakens our immune system: Regular training improves the body's own protection. The activity of antioxidant enzymes is upregulated and antioxidant vitamins are increasingly released from the tissues.
Approved statements about vitamin C (Health Claims a>):
“Vitamin C contributes to normal energy metabolism”
“...contributes to the normal function of the immune system during and after intensive physical activity”
“Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for normal bone function”
In addition to vitamins, an adequate supply of minerals is also important, as these are increasingly excreted in sweat. The minerals sodium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium are particularly affected:
Magnesium is essential for muscle work and an important component of our bones. It is also of great importance in energy provision. Typical symptoms of too low a magnesium intake are muscle cramps.
Calcium is the main component of our bones. In the event of a deficiency, the body falls back on its own reserves - the bones. This can lead to reduced bone density and increased bone fragility. Calcium also regulates muscle contraction and contributes to normal energy metabolism.
Ironis primarily for the Responsible for the formation of red blood cells. As a component of hemoglobin, it plays an important role in the transport of oxygen to the muscle and the provision of energy there. Since women lose large amounts of iron during menstruation, women in particular should make sure they get enough iron.
Zincis component of a number of enzymes and therefore important in many metabolic processes in the body. Among other things, it is involved in a well-functioning energy metabolism.
The working muscle loses large amounts of potassium during contraction, which must be replenished into the body. Potassium also supports glycogen synthesis and thus promotes regeneration and performance
nutri+ Orthomolecular Sport
Our product In addition to the nutrients mentioned, a> contains many other vitamins and minerals that are important during physical exertion. All the vital substances contained support the performance, the regeneration and the immune system
3 capsules dailysupply the body with all the necessary substances!
nutri+ Orthomolecular Sport is 100% vegan and without the addition of aspartame, sweeteners, colors or preservatives. It was manufactured in Germany under the strictest quality standards.
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