by Beth Adair
Years ago, I was researching the benefits of Lysine, an amino acid. I have been taking it since 2003 & had read an article in a fitness magazine that it’s use would improve athletic performance. Back then, I was training for my third @nycmarathon. I did add it and did notice an improvement in my training with taking it, ( and with taking other vitamins). I have been on a various amount of vitamins since the age of 27.
The article recommended adding iron & other vitamins to metabolize it in my system. Similar to your body being unable to assimilate calcium without Vitamin D, my doctor, Julian Suhrer, MD, recommended the use of vitamin C, & B complex to assimilate iron better. It all vastly made a difference in the way I felt in my training, which was much more energetic.
Over the years, Dr. Suhrer suggested taking CoQ10, which I added in 2006 & his research once suggested taking vitamin E, 400IU. I travel for a living as a flight attendant, maintain a very active fitness lifestyle & try to keep my immunity strong. I am not currently on medications, & I’m not suggesting you take anything (vitamins or otherwise), until you consult with your doctor. If you are on medications, some medications will interact with vitamins & possibly cause issues, so check with a doctor before you take anything to ensure it’s safe for you. Better to pay an insurance deductible or office fee, than to visit a hospital later.
I’ve been saving money by using a protein supplement containing 2,719 mg of Lysine per scoop. The pill form I was using only contains 1,000 mg per tablet & I used take 2,000 mg a day via pill form, With use of protein drinks, the need for pill form is eliminated. I typically do not exceed the use of 2 protein drinks a day, thus totaling 5,438 mg of Lysine. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a recommended dose of Lysine is 3,000-9,000 mg a day. If you intend of taking any vitamins, amino acids or ingesting anything as such, I recommend chatting with a doctor first. I’ve used protein supplements for the last 4 years. Also, if you google Lysine, it’s also been proven to help with issues with the virus causing cold sores.
I’ve embarked on my first bikini competition this fall. Before the Covid mess hit, I had planned to do the contest in the summer & was researching protein amounts for my body weight, and how much water you need daily. I had already been drinking 2 daily qts. of water, but hadn’t always ingested 125 mg. of protein.
I attended the 2nd Annual Healthy Running conference in in January in Tiberias, Israel. I got the invite by Ron Golan, MD an Israeli cardiologist and a mutual friend of Dr. Jordan Metzl, MD, an American orthopedic surgeon who I met through my fitness contacts. During the course of the 9-10 hour seminar, I learned quite a bit. The most useful tidbits came at lunch time. I was out on the patio talking to American Robert Sallis, MD, who practices out in California, and Ron Golan, MD. I asked whether it was safe to ingest 125 mg. or more a day & how much water did I need? Ron asked my weight, (then was 125 lbs, with 1 gram of protein per pound of weight requiring 125 mg of protein at minimum a day). Robert asked if I had normal kidneys. They both said the body would process the protein just fine & recommended I drink 2-3 liters of water a day along with my protein intake. (I had read somewhere you might tax your kidneys if you didn’t drink enough water when ingesting more protein, and I couldn’t remember what the article specifically said about protein intake in grams). The conference was fun, and Jordan & Robert took off for Tel Aviv to chat with another pack of doctors, while I flew back to the United States to go to work.
See a kidney specialist if you have questions on your kidneys. I’m grateful I have not had any issues with my kidneys, as my maternal grandmother used to get kidney stones when she was alive. Obviously, I want to avoid any issues.
I’m a flight attendant and was grateful for open seats on standby (with a “great airline pass”, a gift to all employees from our CEO, Ed Bastian), & I often joke, “I’m not flying solely for my health”, but in that particular case, I was.
I look forward to returning to work tomorrow and will work to Amsterdam. It’ll be great to be back, and I’ve enjoyed little about being off for 2 months.
What’s on your fitness agenda? Have you researched your plan? I hope you have as much fun as I’m having.