What are Vitamins?
Vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients are like support heroes. They don’t get a lot of credit when everything is going right, but you definitely miss them when they’re absent.
Vitamins and minerals are found in different foods and are responsible for helping you have maximum energy, recover from illness, heal your wounds, digest your food, and a plethora of other things that go on behind the scenes. As gamers we know that being able to focus for long periods of time, and keep our reflexes sharp is important because let’s face it - we want to win.
Many people, gamers included don’t realize the massive impact that insufficient vitamin and mineral levels can have on their health, their mood, and their abilities, whether in game or out.
Why Do Gamers Need Vitamins?
Many scientists link cognitive decline and aging with a decrease in new learning.
But gamers are constantly learning and absorbing new information. Memorizing new sequences, combinations, and maps create a demand on mental cognition. For this reason gamers actually need to be more conscious of getting enough and the right type of vitamin.
Vitamins are important for us because:
- The help transfer memories from short to long term storage (faster learning)
- They increase mental acuity (better decision making)
- They create energy from the food we eat for our body and brain (greater alertness)
- They allow focus over a long game (no brain fog)
- They strengthen bones, joints, skin, and eyes (insurance for the whole body)
We’re Not Getting Enough Vitamins. Period.
In an ideal world, we would get all of our micronutrients from our diet. However the standard high carbohydrate diet does not include anywhere close to enough of these important resources to keep our bodies at 100% HP.
WebMD estimates we’re missing more than 50% of our daily recommended dose of Vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron - and these recommendations are for a person who weighs 150 and lives in a “temperate climate” (read: doesn’t sweat a lot). (1)
Can’t I Just Eat Veggies?
The fruits and veggies we are eating in 2019 have a far lower nutrient density than the fruits people ate 50 years ago. So even though we are able to go to the store and buy an apple as big as a pokeball, that apple will have the nutrients of a much smaller fruit - due to our advanced farming practices and GMOs.
Luckily with advancements in modern nutrition science we don’t have to go foraging for free range berries and mushrooms in order to get our daily allotment of vitamins and minerals, and can simply supplement our diet with the missing pieces, rather than having to eat 3 lbs of carrots to get our vitamin C.
What are the Key Vitamins and Minerals?
Found in fruits, veggies, grains, meat and dairy, there are 13 essential vitamins that keep your eyes skin, and vital organs healthy.
There are also 16 different minerals found in plants and animal products from fish to kale to goats milk. Many of these are related to brain activity, sleep quality, and total body function.
Here are some of the most important for improved neuro function, better sleep (especially if you don’t get 9 hours), and more wins.
Vitamin B - B is responsible for making sure that the tissues of the body get enough oxygen, which results in more physical energy, and mental focus and more actions per minute.Restoring a normal level of this important micronutrient can make a huge difference in your energy and mood. (2)
Vitamin C - C helps produce collagen, which will help wounds repair themselves as well as keeping teeth and gums healthy. This vitamin also keeps blood vessels healthy and flexible, which gives us some insurance if we’re doing things that can compromise our health (staying up late to play “one more match”, eating a sleeve of Oreos, or occasionally forgetting to floss) (3)
Vitamin D - D is responsible for the health of the immune system and fighting off harmful bacteria that could get you sick. If you don’t get enough sunlight (and most of us don’t) this is a great way to protect against disease and maintain our energy levels.
Calcium - Calcium keeps bones and teeth, healthy and strong and can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis. You can find calcium in dairy products and dark leafy green veggies. Getting enough calcium keeps our hands, wrists and spine healthy especially if we’re on our 10th match and haven’t changed position in a Fortnite. (4)
Iron - Low iron results in loss of energy, pale skin, feelings of weakness, and decreased function of the extremities - especially fingers and toes. Too little iron and your finger nerves wont respond as quickly to signals from the brain. IMPORTANT: Take Iron at the same time as vitamin C, so make sure that your multivitamin has both in the correct quantity (which login does). (5)
Magnesium - Magnesium ensures that you can sleep deeper, regulate your blood pressure, and keeps inflammation at bay. Very important if you’re a night owl and need to maximize the quality of your sleep. You can find small amounts of magnesium in foods like avocados, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and chard. (6)
Most of us are lacking certain vitamins and minerals, and don’t even realize how much better we would feel if we were able to normalize these levels. One way to figure this out is to have a full blood panel done at your doctor.
You could also begin to eat more fruits and veggies at every meal. The easiest and cheapest option is just finding a multivitamin that has the vitamins and minerals you need to maintain the mental focus you need for your day, whether you’re working, with friends, or going for a 25 kill streak in CoD Deathmatch.
Written by Nate Palmer
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1. WebMD. 7 Vitamins Your Diet may be Missing: https://www.webmd.com/diet/7-nutrients-your-diet-may-be-missing#1
2. Examine.com. Vitamin B12
3. Examine.com. Vitamin C
4.Examine.com. Summary of Calcium
5 Examine.com. Summary of Iron
6 Examine.com. Summary of Magnesium