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Effective Vitamins for Cyclists

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author image Leland Gordon
Leland Gordon has been working as a newspaper writer for over 10 years, mostly in the sports area. He has written every type of story one could imagine. He has previously worked for the "Mountain Democrat," "Chico Enterprise-Record" and the "Redding Record Searchlight."
Effective Vitamins for Cyclists
Cyclists on the road. Photo Credit saintho/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Cycling requires stellar physical strength and endurance. Riders have to do all they can to keep their bodies in top physical condition to prevent injuries and fatigue. In addition to physical training and proper nutrition, taking vitamins is also another way cyclists can keep their bodies going at the best pace possible. Effective vitamins for cyclists are not hard to find and are affordable, making it easy for cyclists to find another way to stay healthy.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is considered to be one of the most effective vitamins that cyclists can take in, as it helps with cycling-specific processes. According to Trails.com, vitamin B6 breaks down proteins and helps the body's ability to transport red blood cells and oxygen to muscles. Another benefit is that vitamin B6 helps the body release serotonin, a substance that makes the person feel good. Vitamin B6 can be purchased in pill or powder form, and is also prevalent in bananas.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is considered as a lifelong-benefit vitamin that can stave off diseases like heart disease, strokes, arthritis, senility, diabetes and cancer, according to Ubbvitamins.com. There are also cycling-specific benefits. Riders who take enough vitamin E, or more than the recommended amount, can see an increase in their stamina and endurance capabilities. The vitamin also protects cell membranes from free radicals with its antioxidant effect.

Vitamin C

Staving off viruses and other types of sickness will aid a cyclist in the quest to stay in top physical condition. Vitamin C does that, and is a very common vitamin that is found in many types of easy-to-find foods as well as in capsule form. According to Trails.com, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits contain helpful amounts of vitamin C, as do juices made from those fruits. Tomatoes and bananas also have large amounts of vitamin C. Another major cycling benefit from vitamin C is that it helps build collagen, which is the building block for tendons and arteries. Vitamin C also helps remove free radicals that can damage cells.

Vitamin B1

Riding long distances on a bicycle takes massive amounts of energy, and the body converts carbohydrates to energy. According to Healthguidance.com, vitamin B1 is an essential part of the process the body uses to convert carbohydrates to energy. Also, cyclists that do not get enough vitamin B1 put themselves at risk of losing physical coordination in the larger muscle groups like the legs. Vitamin B1 deficiency can cause an enlargement of the heart which can lead to heart failure or lung congestion.

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