Certain essential nutrient requirements are hard to meet, even when following a balanced, nutrition-conscious diet. The unique composition of SPONSER®’s OMEGA-3 PLUS delivers sufficient Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA) and vitamin D3 («sun exposure»). OMEGA-3 PLUS does not require preservatives due to its liquid form and offers a higher concentration of EPA and DHA than conventional capsule products. Just two teaspoons (10 ml) contain 1640 mg EPA and 1300 mg DHA of high-quality and purity. Our fish oil is sourced from sustainable and certified wild fish caught in the cold northwestern marine regions and further processed in Norway. A natural refreshing citrus flavor was added to mask the unpleasant fish taste. The formula is further complemented by vitamin D3, the so-called sunshine vitamin, as many populations suffer from vitamin D deficiency in winter. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are required for numerous body functions i.a. the cardiovascular system and immune defense.
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Nutrition in training camps
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Nutrition in a triathlon training camp: the best tips by Ruedi Wild
Pro triathlete Ruedi Wild has been a top athlete for over twenty years. On his way to countless national and international podiums as well as World and European Champion titles, the Swiss professional athlete has gained a lot of experience when it comes to perfect nutrition. Some of his insights gained and very personal tips for nutrition in the training camp:
One thing right at the front: training camps make it harder! So far I have never come back from the training camp easier, absolutely never. This, although it was not uncommon to have more than 40 hours per week. In my opinion and experience, the weight is generally much more dependent on the diet and its quality than on the amount of training. The training camp is for me not the time to lose weight, but to train optimally!
General nutrition in a training camp
In the training camp I pay attention to good, high-quality food despite high energy consumption. I prefer to eat unprocessed food such as vegetables, meat, salads and high-quality fats (e.g. olive oil, nuts). In addition, there is a higher proportion of carbohydrates in the form of rice or potatoes. Whenever possible, I do without the added sugar in the basic diet. I avoid all sweetened yoghurts, soft drinks, supposedly "healthy" fruit juices and desserts with a high sugar content. The same goes for canned fruits. They all have no effect on my satiation, but on the contrary: further hot hunger far beyond the required amount of energy and associated with it a worse recovery due to increased inflammatory markers in the blood, fatigue and a strongly fluctuating blood sugar level, which is either too high (fatigue) or low (hunger). For many years I had difficulties sleeping through due to my high sugar consumption. A sudden hunger pause at night was the rule rather than the exception. So I practically always had an "emergency snack" on my bedside table.
Not only in the training camp, but also in everyday life I pay attention to a sufficient Omega-3 fatty acid consumption. The many positive health effects have been scientifically confirmed for several years. I notice well that the hardenings in my musculature decrease immediately and lastingly. I personally am very happy with the new OMEGA-3 Plus from SPONSER®! A supplement with a neutral taste of its own, if you may say so for Omega 3. Finally I don't need to swallow tons of capsules anymore.
Travel means stress and also strains my immune system. Several times I became ill either on the outward or return journey and whereby the training camp effect evaporated immediately. The last days before departure are usually very stressful and everyday life is dominated by packing and all the pending things that have to be done at the last minute. On the return journey the body is stricken by the higher training volume. I made good experiences before and during the trip with higher protein consumption and IMMUNOGUARD from SPONSER® to strengthen my natural defences. Tip: When travelling, be sure to take disinfectants with you and use them regularly!
The quality of the food on the plane is usually not too high and the whole trip almost always takes longer than intended. Therefore, make sure you take precautions yourself! My most popular snacks and faithful companions on trips are the LOW CARB PROTEIN BARS. Tasty and with a lot of protein, but practically sugar-free and well satiating.
The more I train, the more specifically and better I have to recover in order to achieve the desired effect. In addition to a high-quality basic diet, I pay attention to a regular and sufficient protein intake. Especially during the days when I skip lunch because of the long bike ride, I make sure that I have a good and sufficient source of protein. Carbohydrates can be found practically everywhere, even with coffee and cake.
I therefore try to take at least one serving of 20-25g protein every four hours. In everyday nutrition I can usually cover this with the basic food. In the training camp, however, I do not manage this so easily, because I usually have lunch on the bike due to the higher training volumes. I prefer to take a high-quality protein bar (PROTEIN 36 BAR), in addition mostly amino acids (AMINO 12500, BCAA or ESSENTIAL AMINO COMPLEX), about every two hours on the bike. Back in the room I immediately consume a portion of protein in the form of a regeneration product. Mostly the PRO RECOVERY (if following a training) or the MULTI PROTEIN (without following a training) is used. Before going to bed it is also an ideal time to take the protein again, as the recovery phase runs at full speed overnight. The CASEIN (night protein) is used at home and without limitation by the luggage. MULTI PROTEIN (with a high casein content) is also an ideal solution for training camps. Mixed with milk, it is also a tasty dessert.
With the correct and regular consumption of protein, I feel a striking difference in my state of recovery during the training camp. In addition, I am less dependent on the protein sources at the buffet, which often do not meet my expectations from a qualitative point of view.
Situational energy supply
The training camp is not the right time to acquire the competition weight! Rather, it is in my foreground to get through the desired training workload well and successfully. This is only possible if I take good care of myself and recover.
Especially during long and hard training sessions I pay special attention to the food. I make hard units with sufficiently filled carbohydrate stores. In units of 3 hours and longer I always consume at least one protein source to protect my muscles from the energy deficit and the "self-cannibalization" (muscle breakdown). I adapt the energy in the form of carbohydrates to the intensity and the training intention. The higher the intensity, the more carbohydrates per hour. I also consciously make the loose units with reduced carbohydrate intake in order to optimize my fat metabolism. Nevertheless, I take in enough carbohydrates that I can complete the unit without compromises.
Buffet and snacks
In my younger years, I often avoided snacks between meals and went to the evening "battle" at the buffet with hot hunger. This is of course unfavourable for various reasons. On the one hand, the body was in a catabolic, degrading state with deteriorated regeneration for a longer time, on the other hand, I still ate much more energetically than intended at the end of the day. I went to bed exhausted and with a full stomach, only to wake up a few hours later with starvation.
Nutrition during long bike rides
During the long bike rides in the basic area I prefer to eat solid food. Especially the OAT PACK BAR and the HIGH ENERGY BAR SALTY NUTS are my favourites as tasty sources of carbohydrates. Because of all the sweating, water is not optimal over the long term, as important electrolytes such as sodium are washed out. That's why I always have a few ELECTROLYTE TABS in my bike bag with me, so that every water bottle can be easily and practically converted into a (energy- and sugar-free) sports drink when you refill it.
I mainly use carbohydrate- or energy-rich electrolyte drinks for more intensive units, as chewing is difficult here, or for particularly long trips. LONG ENERGY 10% is at the top of my list because it contains 10% protein in addition to the acid-free (and therefore tooth-friendly) carbohydrate solution.
Tiredness and mental support
With increasing training camp duration, fatigue inevitably increases more and more. My motivation correlates with this. So I always have a few ACTIVATOR caffeine ampoules in stock. These work wonders during long training days or during hard interval trainings. Low motivation can turn into training euphoria within minutes! I try to use ACTIVATOR in doses, because in the medium term it is important to follow the signals of the body.
My packing list for the training camp
• LOW CARB PROTEIN BARS: Travel and as a snack between meals
• PRO RECOVERY: Regeneration
• MULTI PROTEIN: Swiss protein powder. Increased protein requirement, regeneration, night protein
• PROTEIN 36 BAR: Protein snack during the day and the bike ride
• AMINO 12500, AMINO EAA, BCAA: protein requirement during exercise, recovery
• LONG ENERGY 10%: Energy drink for training
• ELECTROLYTE TABS: (practical) energy-free drink for increased electrolyte requirements
• OAT PACK BAR, HIGH ENERGY BAR: Tasty solid food and carbohydrate source
• ACTIVATOR: Extra motivation for hard and long training days
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Omega-3 fatty acids
Occurence and health significance of Omega-3 fatty acids
Fats and oils are composed of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids which, depending on their origin, in different compositions and ratios. Thus, the polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids occur mainly in plants, omega-3 fatty acids almost exclusively in algae, marine plankton, krill and fish. The omega-3 (n3) fatty acids are further subdivided into alpha-linolenic acid, EPA and DHA (eicosapentaenoic and decosahexaenoic acid). The latter two are well-known because of their beneficial effect on cardiovascular health, while alpha-linolenic acid serves as a precursor of DHA and can be converted into it to a certain degree by the human organism. In the body, n3-fatty acids are mainly built into cell membranes, which makes cells more flexible and supple, but also affects their functioning and can provide various health benefits.
In the western diet, the polyunsaturated fatty acids are mainly ingested in the form of omega-6 (n6) fatty acids, primarily from vegetables and meat. Over the centuries, switching from a hunter-gatherer life to agriculture has resulted in a health-unfavourable n6:n3 fatty acid ratio, which is associated with adverse health effects on inflammatory factors and cardiovascular health. Conversely, in particular the n3-fatty acid EPA is considered to be beneficial to those health issues, while DHA seems to be more important for healthy brain development and function.
In addition to an optimized n6:n3 fatty acid ratio with regard to its general health significance, also the anti-inflammatory effect for recovery promotion is interesting for athletes. A sufficient intake of the necessary n3-fatty acids can only be achieved by an increased intake of the mentioned marine sources, especially of high-fat cold-water fish, or of dietary supplements with fish or krill oil. A daily intake of 1-2 g of EPA + DHA is recommended, preferably in the ratio 2:1. (Mickleborough 2013, Simopoulos 2007). The maximum acceptable daily intake set by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is 5 g EPA + DHA (www.efsa.europa.eu). Human studies have usually been conducted at dosages between 2-5 g daily.
Intense exercise is a challenge for the musculoskeletal system and the immune system. During sports, pro-inflammatory hormones are released. If this happens permanently and in high concentrations, injuries and illnesses can be promoted and the regeneration time after exercise prolonged. An adequate supply of n3-fatty acids, especially of EPA, is therefore recommended for various reasons:
Tsuchiya (2016) demonstrated attenuated loss of power and better mobility in response to sore muscles after eccentric loads. Jakeman (2017) demonstrated that an acute dose of a fish oil supplement improves the functional performance of the muscles after eccentric loads. Furthermore, various review articles (Ochi 2018, 2019) discuss the recovery-promoting effects of n3-fatty acids in terms of muscle function and reduced muscle damage due to physical exertion (e.g reduced soreness). Anti-inflammatory effects of n3-fatty acids also play a role here.
Oxygen consumption during endurance exercise
Endurance athletes benefit from an omega-3 supplementation by an economization of oxygen consumption and thus longer anaerobic stamina (Zebrowska 2015, Mickleborough 2013, Da Boit 2017). A multifactorial effect is presumed, which ultimately leads to an increased stroke volume and a reduced heart rate (Philpott 2018).
Infections of the upper respiratory tract are a common problem in endurance athletes. In a study with 1.1 g n3 fatty acids, 10 μg vitamin D and 8 g whey protein daily, reduced frequency and duration of infection were found in young athletes (Philpott 2018). Since vitamin D is central to a healthy immune system, its combination with n3-fatty acids seems advisable.
DHA is an important component of brain neurons. Since physical training also brings about neuromuscular adapations, increased DHA availability can additionally support these adjustments. This seems especially meaningful with ageing with regards to a muscle-preserving effect (Philpott 2018), when the body's neuromuscular functions diminish.
Muscle protein synthesis
More recently, studies have also found an anabolic effect of n3 fatty acids on muscle protein synthesis. Specifically, EPA was recognized as the anabolic and anti-catabolic component (Kamolrat 2013, see graph). However, this applies primarily in the case of insufficient protein intake (McGlory 2016), and thus especially for seniors, where also an age-related "anabolic resistance" comes on top. For this population the muscle protecting/preserving effect is therefore of particular importance. Also, in clinical situations such as In cancer patients, the intake of n3-fatty acids could reduce muscle mass loss (tumor cachexia) (Murphy 2011).
Also in the context of muscle build-up, vitamin D is an important additional micronutrient as it plays a role in cell division and can increase muscle protein synthesis in response to an anabolic stimulus (Salles 2013).
Triglycerides or phospholipids?
In addition to the well-known fish oil capsules, supplements based on krill oil have been available for several years. Krill are small crustaceans that feed many fish and are also the source of their n3-fatty acid content. In krill, however, the n3 fatty acids are to a large extent bound as phospholipids, whereas in fish these occur in the form of triglycerides. While some studies have indicated improved bioavailability of phospholipidically bound n3-fatty acids, the opposite has been noted in other studies. One study showed better bioavailability of EPA + DHA from a fish oil concentrate (triglycerides) compared to krill oil (phospholipids), and also to salmon oil with a reverse EPA:DHA ratio (Laidlaw 2014). In particular, an increased EPA concentration by factor 4 (!) was found in the subjects with fish oil concentrate compared to krill and salmon oil.
OMEGA-3 PLUS from SPONSER
SPONSER® offers its own omega-3 supplement coming in a liquid form. OMEGA-3 PLUS is a mixture of cod liver, sardine and anchovy oil with a uniquely high EPA content and concomitant high ratio of EPA to DHA. The fish oil used is obtained from controlled, certified sustainable wild fish. The lack of the typical fishy taste, flavoured with a mild citrus flavour, is evidence of the maximum freshness of the fish oil raw materials. One daily ration is 1-2 teaspoons (5 or 10 ml) and delivers 1.5 g, or 3.0 g n3-fatty acids, respectively, of which 820 mg (1640 mg) EPA and 650 mg (1300 mg) DHA. Since n3-fatty acids must be incorporated into the body cells, a multi-week intake is needed until they can develop their effect. It is recommended to take omega-3 supplementation in the evening (detached from physical exercise) and not immediately before exercise. Like this the oxidation of fatty acids for energy use can be reduced and the incorporation into the cell walls can be facilitated.
Mickleborough et al, 2013: Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in physical performance optimization. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 23, 83-96.
Simopoulos et al, 2007: Omega-3 fatty acids and athletics. Curr Sports Med Rep 6, 230-236.
Tsuchiya et a, 2016: Eicosapentaenoic and Docosahexenoic acids- rich fish oil supplementation attenuates strength loss and limited joint range of motion after eccentric contractions: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group trial. Eur J Appl Physiol116(6),1179-88.
Jakeman et al, 2017: Effect of an acute dose of omega-3 fish oil following exercise induced muscle damage. Eur J Appl Physiol, 117(3), 575-582.
Ochi et al, 2018: Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) in Muscle Damage and Function. Nutrients, 10, 552.
Ochi, 2019: Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid Exercise Performance. Nutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance (2nd Edition), 715-728.
Zebrowska et al, 2015: Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation improves endothelial function and maximal oxygen uptake in endurance-trained athletes. Eur J Sport Sci 15, 305-314.
Da Boit et al, 2017: Fit with good fat? The role with ω3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on exercise performance. Metabolism 66, 45-54.
Philpott et al, 2018: Applications of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for sport performance. Res Sports Med, DOI: 10.1080/15438627.2018.1550401
Kamolrat et al, 2013: The effect of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid on protein synthesis and breakdown In murine C2C12 myotubes. Biochem Biophys Res Commun, 432(4):593-8.
McGlory et al, 2016: Fish oil supplementation suppresses resistance exercise and feeding-induced increases in anabolic signaling without affecting myofibrillar protein synthesis in young men. Physiol Reports, 4(6), e12715.
Murphy et al, 2011: Nutritional intervention with fish oil provides a benefit over standard of care for weight and skeletal muscle mass in patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer receiving chemotherapy. Cancer, 117(8), 1775–1782.
Salles et al, 2013: 1,25(OH)2‐vitamin D3 enhances the stimulating effect of leucine and insulin on protein synthesis rate through Akt/PKB and mTOR mediated pathways in murine C2C12 skeletal myotubes. Molecular Nutr Food Res, 57(12), 2137-46.
Laidlaw et al, 2014: Comparative bioavailability of omega-3 fatty acids from four different omega-3 supplements. FASEB Journal, 272.6.09. 03. 2019
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