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Supplement Helps Women Run Faster

Supplement Helps Women Run Faster
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Friday, 19 January 2018 11:34 AM

Women athletes who took a newly developed supplement saw their 3-mile run times drop by almost a minute. In addition, those who took the blend of minerals and nutrients saw improvements in distance covered in 25 minutes on a stationary bike and a third test in which they stepped on and off a bench, according to research from The Ohio State University.

Participants were recreational athletes 18 to 30 years old who were also runners. An initial group of women who took the supplement twice a day for a month found that their 3-mile run time dropped from 26.5 minutes to an average of 25.6 minutes when compared to women who took a placebo.

In addition, the amount of distance they covered on a stationary bike in 25 minutes increased from 6 miles to 6.5 miles, and their steps in the step test increased to almost 44 from 40.

A follow-up test found similar results.

The minerals contained in the supplement used in the study included forms of iron, copper and zinc along with two other nutrients —  carnitine (derived from an amino acid) and phosphatidylserine (made up of fatty acids and amino acids).

"We know that young women, in particular, often have micro-deficiencies in nutrients and that those nutrients play a role in how cells work during exercise," said Robert DiSilvestro, lead author of the study and a professor of human nutrition at Ohio State.

"They tend to eat less meat than men, and menstruation also plays an important role in mineral loss," he said.

"I decided to start with minerals that are commonly low — or thought to be low in many diets —  and brought in some of the supporting cast. These two nutrients, which are needed for cell function, are made by our bodies but also come from food we eat," DiSilvestro said.

"The run-time drops in people at this stage of life were pretty large when they took the supplement. And in the placebo group, we saw little change," DiSilvestro said.

DiSilvestro is working toward developing and selling a supplement, based on this and previous research. It's expected to cost between $35 and $40 for a month's supply.

The study was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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