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Role of Functional Beverages on Sport Performance and Recovery

Dipartimento di Scienze Motorie e del Benessere, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope”, via Medina 40, 80133 Napoli, Italy
IRCCS SDN, via E. Gianturco 113, 80142 Napoli, Italy
Ceinge-Biotecnologie Avanzate S.c.a r.l., Via G. Salvatore 486, 80145 Napoli, Italy
Dipartimento di Medicina e di Scienze della Salute “Vincenzo Tiberio”, Università degli Studi del Molise, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
Dipartimento di Medicina molecolare e Biotecnologie mediche, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, via S. Pansini 5, 80131 Napoli, Italy
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Ambientali Biologiche Farmaceutiche, Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Via G. Vivaldi 42, 81100 Caserta, Italy
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Nutrients 2018, 10(10), 1470;
Received: 14 August 2018 / Revised: 13 September 2018 / Accepted: 8 October 2018 / Published: 10 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Sport and Performance Nutrition)
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Functional beverages represent a palatable and efficient way to hydrate and reintegrate electrolytes, carbohydrates, and other nutrients employed and/or lost during physical training and/or competitions. Bodily hydration during sporting activity is one of the best indicators of health in athletes and can be a limiting factor for sport performance. Indeed, dehydration strongly decreases athletic performance until it is a risk to health. As for other nutrients, each of them is reported to support athletes’ needs both during the physical activity and/or in the post-workout. In this study, we review the current knowledge of macronutrient-enriched functional beverages in sport taking into account the athletes’ health, sports performance, and recovery. View Full-Text
Keywords: functional beverages; sports drinks; hydration; dehydration; CHO-enriched beverages; lipid-enriched beverages; protein-enriched beverages functional beverages; sports drinks; hydration; dehydration; CHO-enriched beverages; lipid-enriched beverages; protein-enriched beverages
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Orrù, S.; Imperlini, E.; Nigro, E.; Alfieri, A.; Cevenini, A.; Polito, R.; Daniele, A.; Buono, P.; Mancini, A. Role of Functional Beverages on Sport Performance and Recovery. Nutrients 2018, 10, 1470.

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