Essential and nonessential micronutrients and sport

Kristen M. Beavers, Monica C. Serra

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The purpose of this chapter is to review the role of micronutrients in sport. Attention is given to the function of micronutrients in the body, examples of quality dietary sources of each micronutrient, and an assessment of the literature examining how the recommended daily intake of a micronutrient may or may not change with exercise. The discussion includes plausible biological mechanisms of proposed performance enhancement and current research to support or negate these claims. Water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, macrominerals, and select microminerals are discussed in detail, and a comprehensive table reviewing all micronutrients recommendations for the athlete is provided. Practical applications for professionals working with athletes conclude the chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNutritional Supplements in Sports and Exercise
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages45
ISBN (Print)9781588299000
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Ergogenic aid
  • Micronutrients
  • Minerals
  • Performance
  • Physical
  • Vitamins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry


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