[CQ-Contest] Contesting Supplements
Robert L. Shohet
kq2m at earthlink.net
Thu May 21 17:43:15 PDT 2009
I am just wondering what your definition of "safe" is, with respect
to the supplements and other things that you have taken.
I ask this since quite a few so-called "safe" supplements, nutriceuticals,
have been discovered to be quite harmful long after they were considered
As you probably know, the FDA does NOT test the safety of nutriceuticals,
herbs and other supplements so there is no "official" word on many of the
that are sold over the counter for use by the public.
In addition, quite often, herbs, supplements and neutriceuticals can affect
absorption and metabolism of prescription meds with quite unpredictable
and potentially disasterous consequences, not even considering the added
from a weakened body and mind as a result of sleep deprivation PLUS
the stress of contesting!
As a veteran of more than 150 48 hour SOABHP All band contests with less
than 2 hours of sleep, and who has (unfortunately) experienced
cardiac arrhythmia and other scary effects WITHOUT using anything stronger
than caffeine or No-Doz, the last thing that anyone should consider is
an unknown to the equation when they are most vulnerable medically.
Less risky alternatives would be a good multi-vitamin plus B-Vitamin
combined with some extra Vitamin C. But even this is not necessarily safe
Safer, and far more effective, is a natural low-fat and low sodium diet with
of low-carb and protein rich foods, with plenty of Cranberry juice, fruits
green leafy vegetables. Easy to digest, and with plenty of energy.
What you eat and drink during a contest has a far greater effect on
and the ability to stay alert than most people realize; and there is NO risk
kind of natural performance enhancement. Of course, dropping 20-30 lbs
before contest season starts can be just as effective. :-)
If someone is already taking prescription meds for high blood pressure,
cholesterol reduction, diuretics, diabetes, etc., then they should refrain
using anything without consulting a knowledgeable pharmacist and their
B.S. Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell Univ.
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