Sports nutrition is a huge and growing market, with an array of products and ingredients authorised to claim that they boost physical performance.

Energy, which is essential for stamina, is produced by the metabolism of food by the digestive system, with several vitamins and minerals involved in the process.

A total of 20 health claims have been authorised in this area and may be summarised as:-

Health claimVitaminMineralOther
Contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolismBiotin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, vitamin B1, vitamin B2,vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C*Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese*
Maintenance of endurance performanceCarbohydrate/electrolyte solution
Enhances water absorption during exerciseCarbohydrate/electrolyte solution
Increases physical performance in high intensity short burstsCreatine
Contributes to the maintenance of a normal immune system during/after intense exerciseVitamin C
Contributes to oxygen transport in the bodyIron
*Claims may be made for a single nutrient or several nutrients

The EU Health Claims Register is dynamic in nature and should be checked for updates

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