Dr. Stuart Porter is an expert on supplement intake and how to obtain maximum physical results.
Apart from running his local practice in Provo, Utah, Dr. Porter is an Elite Level Ironman for his age division (All World Athlete Gold Level, to be exact). He is obsessive about his fitness regimen and his supplement intake as he knows they are key to gaining a competitive edge.
We sat down with Dr. Porter to get his take on 3 supplements he recommends athletes and others should take right away:
1. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
"Omega 3's are categorized as essential fatty acids because they are, indeed, essential for optimal health! Most Americans ingest far too many Omega 6 fatty acids from vegetable oils (polyunsaturated fats) and are insufficient of Omega 3's. I recommend a high quality fish or krill oil. The health and function of our cells largely depends on the health of the cell wall. Omega 3's are vital for optimal cell wall health. The benefits of omega 3's include improved brain health, reduced inflammation, better metabolism, pain reduction and even cancer prevention"
2. Probiotic Supplementation
"Some of the conditions I see on a daily basis that can be helped or prevented by taking probiotics include obesity, diabetes, depression, heart disease and irritable bowel syndrome just to name a few. Interestingly enough, over 30 different pharmacologic actions of probiotics have been identified. Some of the symptoms indicating lack of healthy bacteria include gas, bloating, constipation, nausea, headaches and carb cravings".
"Magnesium is an extremely important mineral! It is estimated that 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Health consequences can be significant. Magnesium is critically important for ATP (energy) production in the cell. It is also important for heart health as well as activating muscles and nerves. It is very much a calming mineral, for that reason I usually recommend taking it at night. The recommended calcium to magnesium ratio is 1:1 and at about 700mg daily between dietary ingestion and supplements together. Green leafy veggies are a great source of both calcium and magnesium".