As a highly trained athlete crosses the finish line of an elite endurance competition, there is a lot that can go on in the body from exhaustion and cramps to nausea. While these are very normal and visible reactions to extreme sports, athletes should also be aware of the more invisible responses as well, including the depletion of the essential nutrient choline.

Choline is a compound that supports normal muscle function during exercise

Research shows that nearly 90 percent of the population lacks the recommended amount of choline in their diets, making supplementation essential. Choline is known for its impact on proper cell structure, function and signaling, as well as cardiovascular, liver and cognitive health. It’s also a precursor to the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, which is important for the central nervous system, contributing to things like muscle contraction, blood vessels and even slowing the heart rate.

“It’s clear that choline, just like omega-3 fatty acids, can be of benefit to high-performing athletes. However, we see that after intense exertion, levels of the choline in the body go down significantly,” explains Andreas Berg Storsve, PhD, Director R&D, Aker BioMarine.

look at krill oil and athletes

Aker BioMarine is the producer of Superba Boost

, a daily krill oil supplement known for being rich in omega-3s and choline. The company, in partnership with a team from Oslo University Hospital, came together to answer the question: Is krill oil effective in reducing the depletion of choline after high intensity exercise?

Together, the team set up a study, now published in Frontiers in Nutrition, to measure the effects of krill oil on serum levels of choline. The participants were selected from the Ironman-distance Norseman Xtreme triathlon and the Oslo Triathlon.

Ranging from 24 – 61 years of age, a total of 47 athletes were divided into two groups

One test group received four grams of Superba Boost

krill oil daily for five weeks prior to the race. The other group received a placebo consisting of four grams of mixed vegetable oil daily. The athletes’ blood was taken immediately prior to the race,

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By: Dick Benson
Title: Choline important for maintaining athletic endurance
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Published Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:35:26 +0000

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