The Top Six USANA Supplements Used by Athletes

Written by on 10/10/2017 in Team USANA with 0 Comments

Brianna Beahan, Hurdler and Team USANA athlete, holding USANA BiOmega

Your body is smart. Really smart. It was designed to keep you healthy. But with age or other lifestyle factors, such as the stressors athletes are faced with, sometimes things don’t work as well as they used to or they are run down. USANA jumpstarts your body’s health-promoting processes by working with the innate cellular intelligence your body was designed with. This is a whole new approach to smart supplementation: going beyond providing support to using nutrients to activate what your body already does to keep you healthy. As a result, could make you a better athlete

1. Fuel up with CellSentials

The CellSentials® (Vita-Antioxidant & Core Minerals) are designed to provide an essential foundation of optimal nourishment.

Vita-Antioxidant is an excellent source of vitamins B6 and B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid and folate. The vitamins in Vita-Antioxidant are essential to many aspects of our health, including:

  • Metabolising fats, proteins and carbohydrates, which plays a role in maintaining energy levels
  • Supporting healthy immune function
  • Supporting healthy brain and nerve function
  • Supporting normal cardiovascular health
  • Antioxidants help defend your cells against the oxidative stress caused by sunlight, pollution and stress, which can all prematurely age the skin.

 

Core Minerals is an excellent source of magnesium. Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that control various natural physiological processes in the body, including:

  • Metabolising glucose and protein synthesis;
  • Supporting the production of cellular energy;
  • Producing protein, and the synthesis of DNA and glutathione.

It is important for proper calcium utilisation, which contributes to the structural development of bones.

 

“On paper, my daily food intake is usually pretty good. But the reality is that the ‘food’ I buy from the supermarket doesn’t have all the nutritional value it once would have. With chemicals and preservatives many food has questionable nutrient content. This is why I take CellSentials® to help filling the nutritional gap and getting the nutrients it needs to keep healthy so I can keep fighting fit.” – Michelle Duffield, Triathlete

2. Biomega

Omega–3 fatty acids are considered necessary as humans cannot produce these fatty acids; for that reason, it needs to be gained through supplementation or diet. Fish oils are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that offer numerous health benefits for athletes, such as:

  • Support healthy joints
  • Support healthy cardiovascular function

Recent studies have shown an unexpected prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in both Australia and New Zealand. Emerging evidence suggests many protective benefits of vitamin D, in addition to its role in bone health. For Australians to achieve optimal levels of vitamin D without putting themselves at greater risk from increased sun exposure, there would be an increased requirement for dietary sources of vitamin D. As vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, BiOmega provides an ideal delivery medium for vitamin D, to ensure a sufficient daily intake.

USANA’s BiOmegaTM is free of trans-fatty acids, and is guaranteed to be virtually free of heavy metals, organic contaminants and pesticides. Each capsule also contains mixed natural tocopherols to minimise oxidation of the omega-3 fatty acids.

“As an elite athlete, I have to push my body to its limits every day. It’s important to stay alert and keep my body healthy. Taking USANA’s Biomega, provides support for healthy brain function and joint protection. This allows me to train at an optimal level, and allows my body to fully recover.”  – Brianna Beahan, Hurdler

Brianna Beahan, Australian Hurdler

Brianna Beahan, Australian Hurdler

Thus of course leading into our third top USANA supplements for athletes:

3. Gain resilience with USANA’s Vitamin D

Vitamin D is involved in several physiological functions and helps maintain our health in various ways.  Once you begin to list the benefits this fat-soluble vitamin does, you might begin to question if there is anything it doesn’t do.   This amazing vitamin assists in the absorption of calcium. Calcium plays an important role in bone growth and development, immune function, and as we age, muscle mass and strength.

Vitamin D helps maintain a healthy functioning immune system.  This is very significant for athletes with a deficiency in Vitamin D, as they have a tendency to be frequently sick, as they have an intense training schedule. Sick athletes are not winning athletes. Powerful and high quality training could be bettered by improving your immune and bone health.

Diet is a secondary source of vitamin D in that most foods contain only small amounts of this nutrient. It is estimated that average intake of vitamin D for most Australians is less than 100 IU per day from diet alone, leaving a gap in vitamin D nutrition for those with insufficient sun exposure. USANA’s Vitamin D is formulated with maximum strength to help you bridge the vitamin D deficiency gap in your dietary consumption. It provides you with 1000 IU per tablet to support optimal intake of vitamin D.

Stay tuned for our next blog and find out athletes should take the remaining 3 USANA products!

Do Athletes Need Nutritional Supplements?

The Top Six USANA Supplements for Athletes – Part Two

References:

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Vitamin D and adult bone health in Australia and New Zealand: a position statement;

MJA 2005; 182 (6):281-285+

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Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Always read the labels. Use only as directed.

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