The sports nutrition product industry has boomed in recent years with a host of bars, drinks and gels now available to endurance athletes. But are these energy and recovery sources a benefit or a bane?
Specialist nutrition products come at a price, the question is whether it’s a price worth paying. 

There is always a good to the bad, a yin to the yang. Before getting your hands full with sports supplements while at your local gym equipment store, let’s take a look at some of their pros and cons.

PROS


○   Source Of Energy
There are times when we just need that extra boost to get over the hump of our workout. Sports supplements with substances such as caffeine, B-vitamins and carbohydrates are all used to enhance performance and give you the juice to power through your reps.

○   Abundant Proteins
Protein is a building block for the muscle mass in the body. It contains numerous amounts of amino acids for the body. Protein is the first and the most important thing that every athlete and fitness-related person needs in their body. Protein sports supplements that come in the form of powders and tablets fulfills this need for the protein in your body.

○   Fulfill The Need For Vitamins
If you are suffering from any kind of vitamin deficiency, then you can take supplements for that. These supplements are really helpful in fulfilling any deficiency in the body of the consumer.

○   Help Your Body Recover
Our muscles are fibres and the more they’re used, the more they loosen, rip and tear. That’s where sports supplements come in. The protein-rich powders in sports supplements are what our bodies use to rebuild our muscle fibres to be bigger and stronger next time around.

○   Keep You Full, But Not Too Full
Every once a while, you baffle between the struggle of trying to lose weight when your body is dying to go to an all-you-can-eat restaurant right after your workout. Supplementary shake’s ingredients fill you up much faster than, say, stuffing your face with ice cream so as to keep you full while also letting your body know when to stop. That is to avoid when you do eventually have an “off day” and eat like crazy after a workout.

CONS

○   Health Concerns
Unlike the rest of our food and drug products which are inspected regularly through top food inspection agencies through the provisions of the Food and Drugs Act, sports supplements are subject to little if no inspections by public health officials. Chemical additives such as synthetic food dyes have been found in sports supplements sold on store shelves. Other chemicals such as silicon dioxide which are used to keep the powder from sticking together may be harmful in large quantities when inhaled.

○   Overdose Of Protein
By regularly consuming well over the amount of protein you need in a day, you may be at a higher risk of constipation, increased bowel movements, nausea, cramps, bloating, reduced appetite and more. When it comes to putting things in your body, know your limits. If something is “good” for you, it’s only up to a certain point.

○  Side Effects
Sports supplements, for all their initial charm, may be hiding a dark secret within. Consuming an excess of protein has been linked with worsening kidney problems as well as increased risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. Meanwhile, creatine, another common substance in sports supplements, has been linked to weight gain, anxiety, nausea, and kidney problems.

○   Lack Whole Foods’ Range Of Nutrients
Sport supplements often displace real food in an athlete’s diet, which means athletes miss out on all the other great nutrients fresh foods would have delivered. When athletes turn to and put their faith in supplements they pay less attention to the quality and variety of their food choices, which is always detrimental in the long run.

○   Contains Sugar & Additives
Most protein isolates taste awful unless you add flavoring and sweetener to them. In some cases, that means adding as much sugar per serving as a candy bar, soda, or big slice of birthday cake. In a study, 50% of the protein powders contain unsafe levels of contaminants, including heavy metals. Although, contamination in protein powders is, unfortunately, nothing new.

Pros and cons of sports supplements.