Most runners want to run at their optimal performance and do everything they can to run faster, recover quicker and prevent injuries. What you eat is an important part of this equation and specific supplements may help you perform at your best. Here are a few supplements science shows that may actually help athletes increase their performance. Click on any of the included links to get 15% off your order.
B-12 is an underrated supplement for athletes. Many runners are deficient in this supplement including those that eat meat. B-12 is vital for producing red blood cells and increasing blood volume. This helps enhance your muscles oxygen carrying capacity which enhances performance, optimizes recovery and increases energy levels. We recommend a sub-lingual B-12 such as Hammer’s Xobaline.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for optimal health. They specifically help athletes reduce inflammation which can reduce pain and enhance recovery. We recommend getting your omega-3’s from plant-based sources such as flax, hemp or chia seeds.
According to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency is the top nutrition disorder worldwide. Iron is important for red blood cell production and increasing blood volume. Sufficient iron levels help you run more efficiently, breath easier and perform optimally. We recommend getting blood tests, specifically your ferritin levels, to see if you are deficient in iron.
Turmeric has been proven to reduce inflammation thus speeding up recovery. How quickly you recover between runs is an important part of your training program. You can put dried turmeric in your dishes or fresh turmeric in smoothies. Tissue Rejuvenator from Hammer is a effective supplement containing turmeric that helps speed up recovery.
Beets are scientifically proven to enhance athletic performance because of their high levels of nitrates. We suggest putting beets in a smoothie before your run or race but be sure to consume it 2-3 hours beforehand. Fully Charged is another product you can use that contains high levels of nitrates from beets.
***Consult your physician before taking new supplements
Lindsey Hintz, M.S. Nutrition for Sports Performance