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Old 05-07-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default The importance of vegetables for lifting.

What do vegetables do, if anything, for a lifter?

We know we need them ordinarily for their nutritional benefit, but are there any aspects that aid athletes/lifters specifically?

I thought if anything perhaps the vitamins.


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Old 05-07-2014, 07:12 PM   #2
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There are many positive benefits in eating veggies. Potassium from dark greens especially, is good for alleviating cramping. I know during football in the early season when its pretty hot in August and September, getting in those greens and banana's helped me immensely to avoid cramps. Beans are protein sources. Potatoes are great sources of carbs.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:16 PM   #3
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I've heard - from a few sources, over time - that athletes and other very active individuals "burn" more micronutrients in general, and some in particular, though I can't remember which ones.

Whether that's true or not, I think eating a lot of vegetables is a smart way to go, because they're full of all sorts of goodies that would be a pain in the butt - and probably quite expensive, if even possible for some of them - to get any other way. Not just vitamins and minerals, though they are very important, but other stuff that definitely isn't in your typical multi, say. Not to mention fibre...

Plus, if you know even the most basic ways of making food tasty, they're... tasty! So why not.
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One reason I could think of why veggies are important is that they make you fuller and you could really eat a lot of them and not rack up as many calories if you are trying to count macros. Not to mention they taste great when you throw butter on them hahaha. Also, like Dray says, they're cheaper than multivitamins and perfect to get your micronutrients in. I always get more energy when eating veggies with my meals as opposed to when I don't. This could just be me though.
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vitamins, decrease inflammation, put your body in an alkaline state (required for anabolism) makes you shit right (because of fibers), antioxidants.

Just eat them. Lots.
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there are an abundance of reasons why veggies a good! my main reason is most are fibrous carbs that will help in digestion
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Vegetables contain the richest source of micronutrients = vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. These are needed for a healthy life and to fight disease.
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I'm not sure lifters need veggies more than any other group. However, veggies are such a cornerstone for nutrition that it would be mad to neglect them.

Why they're good for us is more mysterious than it might seem, because:

Populations that eat lots of fruit and veggies tend to enjoy long, healthy lives

AND

Anti-oxidants and other micronutrients isolated from veggies do lots of good stuff in lab conditions, such as prevent tumour growth

AND

There is absolutely no difference between micronutrients made by a plant and ones manufactured. Vitamin C is vitamin C regardless of how it's made.

BUT

If you get people to supplement their diet with multivits, there's no strong evidence that it does them any good and in fact some studies point to them causing harm

AND

There are now quite a few studies emerging that have found that supplementing vitamins like vitamin C doesn't benefit athletes and may actually delay recovery.

So veggies (and fruits) are full of micronutrient goodies, and yet if exactly the same substances are put into capsules, they don't seem to have the same effect. Figure that one out.
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Great answers.

So it looks like from what you guys are saying, that there aren't any specific lifting benefits for vegitables, but they're obviously a must for overall good nutrition and health.


I typically eat about 5 cups of vegetables a day.
3 of which are spinach, and for the other two I tend to pick vegetables brighter in color.

However, I also take a 1000mg vitamin C tablet, along with a couple of mult-ivits spaced throughout the day.

To touch on what Tann said, what I and many others probably do is overkill.
That perhaps just the vegetables alone have all the nutrition we need.
Especially if some studies show that tablet form could actually be a hinderance rather than a plus.
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