Top 5 Supplements for Runners

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.

1. B-12

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.

2. Omega-3’s

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.

3. Iron

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.

4. Turmeric

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.

5. Beets

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

Happy Running,

Lindsey Hintz, M.S. Nutrition for Sports Performance

Fully Charged & marginal gains

Lindsey and I seek every advantage we can to be more successful and have greater energy and health. We call these benefits ‘Marginal Gains’. They quickly and easily add up to significant benefits that you can see and feel.fc

We recently tested out Fully Charged, a new product that promises to give you more energy, reduce fatigue and boost your performance using plant-based ingredients such as beet and cherry extracts. We were skeptical at first. But we can honestly say that after over a dozen runs using Fully Charged, we see a significant advantage of more energy, better performance and less fatigue. We’re adding this to our list of Marginal Gains!

You can get Fully Charged at 15% off when you click on either picture or go HERE. Try it out and you’ll see a boost in your runs just like we did.

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Damian Stoy is a renowned coach and professional ultra runner. He offers online coaching and nutritional consulting for athletes all around the world.