Do Athletes Need Nutritional Supplements?

Written by on 29/09/2017 in Team USANA with 0 Comments

Team USANA athlete, Deon Kenzie.

Athletes are high-performance machines; they wake up every morning with only one goal. To win. These warriors devote hours on day building their strength, mobility and achievements. Whether that be improving their sprint by tenths of a second, or powering through a solid backstroke. Such concentration and intense training requires a flawless nutritional plan. Athletes need to fuel their body with the “good stuff” to perform at an exceptional level.

So now the question ponders, 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 don’t we hear from Team USANA themselves to find out why they use supplements?

Deon Kenzie – Rio Para-Olympic Silver Medallist, and world record holder in 1500m T38 Track and Field.

“USANA has been an essential part of my routine leading up to and during the Paralympic Games. USANA products give me peace of mind that I can maintain good nutrition whilst traveling and competing”

Sawan Serasinghe – Badminton, Olympics

“I found using USANA Supplements during training and in between sessions very helpful during my Pre-Olympic training camp in Melbourne, especially as the training load was so high. These products kept me energised during the long sessions.”

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!

We’ve outlined the top 6 USANA supplements taken by TEAM USANA!

  1. CellSentials® (multi-vitamins and minerals providing potent levels of B-Vitamins)
  2. Biomega (Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids EPA and DHA from natural fish Oil)
  3. Vitamin D
  4. Proflavanol C 100 (grape seed and Vitamin C)
  5. Coquinone 100 (Coenzyme Q10)
  6. Procosamine® (glucosamine)

Check out why these supplements have been picked as the top six:

The Top Six USANA Supplements Used by Athletes

The Top Six USANA Supplements for Athletes – Part Two

Kathleen Woolf; Melinda M. Manore. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 2006 16:453-484.

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



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