Role of functional beverages on sport performance and recovery

Stefania Orrù, Esther Imperlini, Ersilia Nigro, Andreina Alfieri, Armando Cevenini, Rita Polito, Aurora Daniele, Pasqualina Buono, Annamaria Mancini

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1470
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 10 2018


  • CHO-enriched beverages
  • Dehydration
  • Functional beverages
  • Hydration
  • Lipid-enriched beverages
  • Protein-enriched beverages
  • Sports drinks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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