The importance of diet based on antioxidants

The Professional Master’s Degree in Sports Nutrition of TECH supply updated information about antioxidants and how to recommend a nutritional guide for athletes

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The importance of recommending a diet based on antioxidants

At present, the relevance of taking care of health has become so important in people who practice physical sports or exercise, consequently TECH University has created the Professional Master’s Degree in Sports Nutrition that delves into the relationship between antioxidants and the immune system.

During the last years, antioxidants have been noted for protecting cells, but in addition to that they are in charge of strengthening the immune system in an effective way. The sources of antioxidants can be naturally produced by the body, which are endogenous antioxidants, or artificial antioxidants named exogenous that come from certain plant-based foods.

One of the properties that antioxidants have is to protect against cell damage caused by free radicals, known as oxidative stress, caused by mitochondrial activity, excessive exercise, trauma to tissues, ischemia and reperfusion injury, consumption of ultra-processed foods, smoke, environmental pollution, radiation, exposure to chemicals, among others. The above can cause an increase in enzymes that generate free radicals, disruption of electron transport chains, and excessive release of free iron or copper ions.

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Also, is necessary to say that “antioxidant” is not really a name of a substance but describes what a variety of substances can do like vitamin A, C, E beta carotene, lycopene, lutein, selenium, manganese, and zeaxanthin that can be found in different food such as dairy products, eggs and liver, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, green leafy vegetables, rice, corn, wheat, and whole grains. As an additional tip, foods with intense and vibrant colors usually contain the highest number of these components.

Professional Master’s Degree in Sports Nutrition

TECH Technological University designed this specialized program focused on the preventive needs of the population in matters of food and health specifically in professionals who practice intense physical sports, by having into account this population increases energy needs and some nutrients based on physical activity, so eating a balanced diet based on a wide variety of foods with the right selection criteria are particularly important.

In this way, a nutritionist must have the knowledge to guide the athlete and advise them on nutritional matters so that they continue to keep their health. People who include physical activity more frequently require specific energy needs that must be guided by a health professional because is the ideal person to provide advice related to nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, nutrition and obesity, hospital dietetics, nutritional trends, and specific needs of elite athletes.

The academic plan has been created by leading experts in this field with the main objective of deepening and updating knowledge in Sports Nutrition, using the most current educational technology. Addressing topics such as invisible training, proper diet for athletes, nutrition before, during and after exercise, new advances in nutrition, specific populations, nutritional assessment, functional recovery, disease prevention and muscle and metabolic physiology in exercise, among others.

Re-Learning method

The Professional Master’s Degree in Sports Nutrition of TECH is developed entirely online. During the 12 months of training, the student has access to the program’s contents at any time and from any device, allowing them to self-manage the study time with maximum flexibility and adapt to each student’s schedule.

It has its own learning method, ‘Re-Learning’, based on asynchrony and self-management. The contents are presented in an attractive and dynamic way in multimedia capsules that include audio, videos, images, diagrams, and conceptual maps to corroborate knowledge.

TECH Technological University

TECH Technological University, the world’s largest university, is also the official online university of the NBA (National Basketball Association) in Latin America. It belongs to the TECH educational group, a Spanish-owned multinational recognized by the Financial Times as one of the 200 fastest-growing companies in Europe. The company, founded and directed by Manuel Sánchez-Cascado de Fuentes, has also been considered the most highly valued Spanish technology company in the last 15 years.

Thanks to its fully digital learning system, it supplies training to students from anywhere in the world. An international trajectory has allowed it to become a benchmark in distance learning, with a catalogue of over 10,000 programs, over 100,000 new students each year, and 500,000 graduates from over 150 countries.

Specialized highly qualified postgraduate programs, they offer their students the best training programs at an international level, being leaders in employability with 99% of their students working in the first twelve months, according to data from the consulting firm KPMG.

*The contents of this article are based on inputs from TECH Technological University and nothing pertains to Nutri4Verve.