In an ideal world, you could get all the macro and micronutrients you need from food alone. Unfortunately, that is not always possible. There are often biological and lifestyle factors that may limit you from getting the proper nutrients needed to optimize your health. Let’s take a look at when these situations are likely to arise and how supplements can help.
1) Filling Holes in Your Diet
Every few months there seems to be some new diet craze that promises a more complete, well-rounded, and health-promoting approach than the last. Yet while most offer some benefits, few if any are truly perfect.
This is where supplements can come in. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you might find it difficult to get sufficient complete protein (meaning sources that contain all nine essential amino acids that your body can’t make by itself). Or perhaps, like Minnesota Vikings All-Pro tight end Kyle Rudolph, you find out that you’re intolerant or allergic to dairy. In any of these cases, a plant-based protein supplement like Momentous AbsoluteZero can help complement your dietary intake and ensure you’re getting enough high-quality protein.
2) Addressing Age-Related Body Changes
As you get older, your body undergoes physiological alterations that can change your nutritional demands and might mean you need something that you didn’t before. When you’re young, your knees, ankles, and other joints can take just about anything you throw at them. But in recent years, research has shown that collagen levels start to decline as early as your mid-20s, a timeline that might be accelerated if you’ve played a lot of high-impact sports. As a result, the cartilage in your joints begin to degrade and ligaments and tendons start to lose their elasticity, which can lead to compromised function and predispose you to pain.
A supplement like Momentous Collagen Peptides can help restore your connective tissues, speed injury recovery, and slow or even reverse joint degradation. A study conducted by a German research duo found that taking one of the key ingredients, FORTIGEL®, increased collagen production in Achilles tendons and certain ligaments 1.2-fold.
3) Getting More Out of Your Training
Combining optimal programming with sufficient rest and recovery can help you make the most of your workouts, whether you’re a power or endurance athlete. Eating clean as part of a well-balanced diet can go a long way, but there are also some beneficial micronutrients that it’s difficult to get enough of even if you’ve got your nutrition down.
Take creatine, for example. Along with protein (which you might also do well to get more of if you’re training hard on a regular basis), creatine monohydrate is arguably the most heavily studied supplement around, with more than 20 years of research demonstrating its safety and efficacy. A study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research concluded that daily creatine supplementation improved athletes’ anaerobic output and strength in both upper and lower body exercises. Momentous Performance Creatine, which is NSF Certified for Sport ®, includes Creapure®, a pure form of creatine monohydrate sourced from Germany.
4) Helping You Buffer Stress
Have you noticed that when you’re feeling stressed, you don’t seem to think as clearly? It turns out that this isn’t just a subjective experience or an assumption. A study of youth basketball players found that when participants were mentally fatigued, they not only performed skill-based drills less effectively, but also experienced detrimental effects in both their endocrine and autonomic nervous systems.
While making lifestyle changes like improving sleep hygiene, utilizing relaxation techniques such as breathwork and mindfulness, and making more time to relax can help, sometimes you might need a little extra help to deal with additional stress from the inside out. That’s when a product like Momentous Brain Drive can help. In a study conducted on behalf of the US military, scientists discovered that one of its ingredients, tyrosine, can help your brain mitigate stress at the cellular level and may also help overcome the long-term effects that can contribute to adrenal fatigue.
5) Delivering Optimization
Another solid use case for supplementation is when a product can provide something that your body needs faster, in a more readily digestible form, or as part of a unique blend that you’d be hard pressed to find in your pantry or refrigerator.
As Momentous founder and CEO Matt Wan said in a recent interview, “The ability to supplement with a highly digestible protein powder immediately after training allows you to optimize the muscle repair process, and recover more effectively than if you had waited several hours to refuel with a protein-rich meal.”
Another example is when a supplement offers multiple evidence-backed ingredients in one convenient package. When we were figuring out the formula for Momentous Elite Sleep, that’s the approach we settled on, bringing together rest-promoting melatonin, nervous system-soothing wild jujube seeds, and Magtein®, the only form of stress-busting magnesium proven to cross the blood-brain barrier.
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