Best Recovery Supplements for Fighters

Whether you are a boxer, MMA fighter, or wrestler, it is important to make sure that your body is always in top form. One of the ways to do this is to not only make sure that your body is prepared before fighting but to make sure that you take care of yourself after the fight. Taking natural supplements is one way to help with recovery.

Calcium

Many people know that calcium helps to provide bone strength; this helps to prevent breaks and other fractures that may occur when fighting. However, calcium has some lesser-known benefits fighters can also use to their advantage. 

Taking in enough calcium (ask your doctor about the recommendations for your age, weight, and medical conditions) can also help your body to retain more water. This means that you would run a lower risk of becoming dehydrated. Other benefits of taking calcium include having a more regulated metabolism and improved cardiovascular health.

Magnesium

Sports drinks often brag on their labeling that they contain electrolytes. Electrolytes can be either electrically charged minerals or other compounds. Magnesium is just one of many natural electrolytes. Electrolytes are so important for fighters because they help to produce energy in the body, as well as support muscle health. This is especially true for people who put constant wear and tear on their muscles. Magnesium does this by improving oxygenation in the muscles.

Taking magnesium on a regular basis can help to reduce fatigue and to help you get a better night’s sleep. This does not work as quickly as melatonin supplements, which are often taken to help with sleepless nights. Instead, magnesium works more gradually, so it does not necessarily need to be taken right before bed.

CBD

As anyone might expect, one of the biggest side events of fighting is generalized pain. Of course, this can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, but there are other natural solutions as well. One great natural painkiller is CBD oil, CBD syrup, and some (non-THC) CBD gummies. 

Some fighters may worry about taking CBD products because of rumors that CBD will make them “high” like cannabis, the plant CBD is derived from. However, CBD itself does not produce a high. It is the THC in cannabis that gives people a high. So long as a CBD product does not contain any THC, users will not become high. This difference should be clearly labeled on the packaging of any CBD product. If the CBD product does not contain any THC, its use will not show up on a drug test. This is because drug tests check for THC, not CBD.

Omega-3

Omega-3 is a natural fatty acid that has many health benefits, both inside and outside of fighting. One of the best fighting-related health benefits is omega-3’s anti-inflammatory properties. Almost any injury a person gets is going to come with a healthy dose of inflammation. However, this can sometimes make the healing process more painful. While taking omega-3 supplements won’t get rid of inflammation entirely, or right away, it can help to reduce inflammation over time.

When taken with calcium, omega-3 helps to boot the mineral’s effects. This is because omega-3 boosts the amount of calcium in the bones. This can help to improve bone strength, reduce the risk of fractures and osteoporosis, and reduce generalized joint pain. Joint pain and osteoporosis are often accompanied by inflammation, to begin with. 

Many supplements work better when used together. Of course, make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any new supplements or before mixing supplements. While most supplements are safe for most people, some supplements can have negative reactions when mixed with prescription pills or alcohol. Even if you are not currently on any medications, it is still a good idea to talk to your doctor before taking supplements. Sometimes, people get enough of a certain vitamin or mineral through their diet and do not need to take supplements to get in the daily recommended value.

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