28 Mar Elite athletes are beginning to turn away from supplements.
It makes sense, after numerous public scandals with elite and pro athletes getting caught in the quagmire of tainted supplements, many are now starting to shy away from using them altogether.
According to findings published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, supplement use by certain Olympic-level athletes decreased nearly 20 percent between 2002 and 2009.
Since I am very pro-supplement you may ask why I’m sharing this negative info. First, this is reality and no amount of hyperbole will make the facts go away. Secondly, it allows me to explain on why I think it’s a mistake on the athletes’ part.
I don’t blame athletes who are eschewing supplements; they’ve built their entire lives around their sport and don’t want to throw it all away with a tainted supplement. For those of you who follow professional cycling I’m sure you are aware of Alberto Contador being suspended for testing positive for a banned substance in which he argued came from tainted meat. Luckily, for Alberto, he successfully argued his case and was reinstated. Most athletes, however, are not so lucky. If they test positive, regardless of where it came from or if the athlete unknowingly ingested it, they are out. Period!
Supplements really have earned their spot on the training table for athletes of all abilities, and not using them altogether puts the elite athlete at a disadvantage. At the pinnacle of athletics, it’s all about the most minute of details, and all things considered the athlete who maximizes nutritional support will have the advantage over those who don’t.
Athletes must choose their supplements very wisely, from only those manufacturers they know for a fact are diligent in ensuring zero issues with cross contamination. The reputable companies (like us) will support athletes through, GMP and FDA certified domestic manufacturers, letters of guarantee or third party testing. Also, regardless of the claims made on the label, stick with supplements that provide nutrients that you would normally find in foods. This is tricky, they don’t have to be sourced from foods, but you should be able to find the nutrient in a food somewhere. For example, something exotic sounding like cryptoxanthin is found in many colorful fruits or vegetables and does play roles in the body. On the opposite side, you may not even want to touch the bottle if it contains chlorophytum borivilanium.
There really isn’t a reason any athlete shouldn’t take advantage of the products available to them because of a few bad apples out there. Stick with reputable brand, like Bazi, so you don’t lose that gold medal from your next Olympics (or weekend world championship).