Sports supplementation is a multi-billion pound industry that offers a multiplicity of products designed for dietary replacement and enhancing athletic performance and body composition. Supplements are taken at all levels of sport and with so many products available to the public from an ever increasing number of suppliers, there is a real cause for concern for supplement safety.
Untested supplements are of risk of containing contaminants that may cause severe health implications, and leaves a higher risk for athletes who undergo random drug testing subject to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations. Doping is a serious issue in sport and regulating nutritional intake is imperative to keep an athlete healthy, protect the integrity of clean athletes and the reputation of the sport.
“Products that do not bear the Informed-Sport logo cannot offer this level of assurance”
Informed-Sport is a quality assurance program for sports nutrition products, suppliers to the sports nutrition industry, and supplement manufacturing facilities. The program certifies that all nutritional supplements and/or ingredients that bear the Informed-Sport logo have been tested for banned substances by the world class sports anti-doping laboratory, LGC. Therefore this rigorous process is important for any sports nutrition company to certify that their products are of the highest quality. Products that do not bear the Informed-Sport logo cannot offer this level of assurance.This is why Nutrition X chooses to have their entire product range tested and approved by Informed-Sport, so professional athletes across the world recognise all Nutrition X supplements to be safe and reliable. If supplementation is sought to complement a diet then there are 3 things you should think about when considering your options:
Will it do any harm?
Has it been batch-tested and is it Informed-Sport approved?
What does the literature say about it?
Does the research support the product or is it a ‘magic bullet’ that is too good to be true? (e.g. fat burners)
Do you need it?
Have you analysed your diet and corrected any potential nutrient deficiencies before resorting to supplementation?
Even if all of these boxes are ticked it is still recommended that you contact a qualified Nutritionist before taking Informed Sport supplements or WADA approved supplements to ensure it will actually be beneficial to your health and performance. There are websites that offer athletes, coaches and parents the necessary anti-doping guidance and support to prevent inadvertent doping and promote clean sport.
UK Anti-Doping – www.UKAD.org.uk
Education programmes for athletes – 100% clean.
WADA – www.wada-ama.org
Find the prohibited list and anti-doping code.
GlobalDRO – www.globaldro.co.uk
Check your medications as readily available products may contain prohibited substances, or may exceed a certain threshold of certain substances. E.g. Asthma inhalers contain ephedrine which is prohibited (in-competition) when urinary concentrations exceed 10 mg/ml.
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Article by Danny Webber