Stear, S.J., Castell, L.M, Burke, L.M., Jeacocke, N., Ekblom B., B., Shing, C., Calder, P.C. and Lewis, N.
A-Z of nutritional suppliments: dietary supplements, sports nutrition foods and ergogenic aids for health and performance-part 10
British Journal of Sports Medicine, 44, (9), . (doi:10.1136/bjsm.2010.075218).
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One enjoyable aspect of our A–Z series is that an issue often comprises a real assortment, such as occurs here. We have: citrulline, a non-essential amino acid; coenzyme Q10, a coenzyme that is part of the total antioxidant system; colostrum, the initial milk produced by mammals after giving birth, with bovine colostrum being a popular supplement among athletes because of its reported immune benefits; this is followed by conjugated linoleic acid, a series of structural and geometric isomers of linoleic acid which may play a role in optimising body composition; and, finally, copper, a mineral with multifunctional uses that may require monitoring in athletes at risk. We are grateful to our invited reviewers for their excellent contributions giving impartial advice on the value of these individual nutrients and supplements. They are establishing that, for some, performance evidence is limited or simply does not yet exist.
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