Elite athletes rely on their body to perform at it’s peak. They train hard, follow a nutrition plan, and push themselves to the limit. They eat, sleep and drink to win. Our Team USANA athletes trust us to supplement their extraordinary lifestyles with top-of-the-line nutritional supplements. So this brings us to the question… Do athletes really need nutritional supplements? Do I?
Do Athletes Really Need to Take Supplements?
One question that commonly arises is, “If I eat a healthy diet, do I still need to take supplements?”. Let it be clearly indicated that a healthy diet is an essential foundation for any program of optimal nutrition. Realistically there is no substitute for eating healthy. In this perspective, USANA’s nutritional supplements are designed and calculated to complement a healthy diet rather than a replacement. USANA supplements are designed to provide advanced levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are challenging to gain from diet alone – levels that individuals can use every day to promote a lifetime of good health.
Secondly, inadequate vitamin levels may result in poor athletic performances. Athletes deficient in B-vitamins may perform worse during high-intensity exercise and have less ability to repair and build muscle than individuals with nutrient-rich diets. B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, B6, B12, and folate, are required by the body for proper conversion of proteins and sugars into energy. B vitamins are also utilised during the production and repair of cells, including red blood cells.
In a US study (Woolf & Manore 2006, Even a marginal deficiency in these nutrients negatively influenced the ability of the athletes’ bodies to repair, operate efficiently, and fight disease. Exercise-induced stress, changes in body tissues resulting from training, increased loss of nutrients (in sweat, urine, and faeces), and the additional nutrients needed to repair and maintain higher levels of lean tissue mass may all affect an individual’s B-vitamin requirements.
Why Do Our Elite Athletes Choose USANA Supplements?
“In today’s world, I believe it’s extremely hard for me to get all of the nutrients needed to perform at my optimum from food alone. USANA gives me peace of mind that I’m fueling my body with the right nutrients 7 days a week, wherever in the world I am competing.”
– Brooke Neal, New Zealand Hockey
“Using USANA supplements provides great peace of mind that I am getting quality nutrition and therefore giving my body the best foundation to perform. At the top level it’s all about finding the 1% advantages over your opposition.”
– Katie Perkins, New Zealand Cricket
The sports world is consumed by energy drinks, protein bars, pills, powders, and to make things harder for the consumer there are thousands of marketing and research material out there on supplements. USANA’s supplements are easy to take, easy to read, and easy to understand! We aim to fuel the athletes body with the best supplements, after all we are the Cellular Nutrition Company! We understand supplements!