The Best Supplements For Athletes

All we really need to support the health of our bodies is a balanced diet, enough water, and a good night’s sleep. However, when participating in activities like athletics, our bodies are pushed to their limits in order to achieve peak performance.

There are plenty of vitamins and supplements to support the health of athletes, offering their bodies all they need to achieve athletic greatness. Here are some of the best supplements for athletes.

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Do athletes need supplements? 

Athletes can focus on a variety of different performance specialisms. But, whether you’re a speed or power athlete, or a mix of both, you won’t necessarily require any dietary supplements. By eating well and ensuring you remain hydrated, our bodies can get everything they need.

However, if you’ve found that you aren’t getting the most out of your workouts, or you have specific goals in mind, it might be a good idea to consider adding some vitamins and supplements to your diet. The best vitamins for athletes are ones that will already be found in your diet, but adding an extra supplement can help to support nutritional levels.  

What are the best supplements for athletes?

B vitamins

B vitamins help by assisting the body to release energy. Low levels of vitamin B12 in particular can produce feelings of weakness and tiredness. So, adding a supplement into your diet can help to increase your levels. B vitamins can be found in multivitamins, or specific B12 vitamins are also available. 

Calcium and vitamin D 

Calcium and vitamin D work together, helping the body by supporting bone health. It’s crucial to ensure that we have enough of these nutrients whether we are athletes are not – but it is especially important in a sport where strain is placed on our bodies. Calcium and vitamin D work together; calcium is found in dark green vegetables as well as dairy products, or fish with soft bones. Vitamin D, on the other hand, comes from exposure to the sun which can be more limited during the winter months. 

Coenzyme Q10 

Q10 is an enzyme that resides within the mitochondria, the component within cells that generate energy. Adding a Q10 supplement to your diet can help to support physical performance by assisting our bodies in processing energy. 


This supplement is derived from a herb, and helps to support the body’s response to stress, as well as helping to support concentration. It is extracted from the root or leaf of the plant, and is commonly used in tinctures or teas. Ashwagandha can help to support energy levels, and is consequently one of the best supplements for athletes. 


Iron is a crucial nutrient for everyone, not just for athletes. It ensures that the body has enough energy, and can be found naturally in red meats and leafy green vegetables. You should contact your doctor if you believe you have symptoms of iron deficiency – they will test your iron levels and recommend taking a supplement if they believe you require it. 


Creatine is a legal nutritional aid for sports performance, and can be found naturally in seafood and red meat. It is a great supplement when it comes to supporting muscle health, and is one of the best nutritional supplements for athletes. 


Our R&D process usually takes around 12-18 months, but can take up to 2 years with lots of to-ing- and fro-ing to get the formula just right.

Our formulas are created based on the latest research and scientific understanding. Only those ingredients known to be safe through historical use and clinical research are selected for use in our products.

Many of our formulas contain natural extracts from food or plant sources, such as curcumin, ginger, artichoke, berberbine, ashwagandha, milk thistle and broccoli to name just a few. Other examples include calcium from algae and vitamin K2 from chickpeas. Many of our supplements also contain nutrients known as “nature-identical” – manufactured to be a perfect replica of the same nutrient found in food, an identical structure with optimal purity and absorption. Unlike “food grown” supplements, our formulas are backed by real science, allowing us to include higher, more therapeutic levels of nutrients, as well as botanicals, in the forms known to be better assimilated by the body, and are standardised for consistency across our range.

Often it’s necessary to include additional ingredients in our products to make them effective. These are also known as excipients, and include ingredients such as anti-caking agents which stop lumps from forming in powders, flow agents which help with the manufacturing process, or coating ingredients used to help make the tablet easy to swallow. Whatever the product, we aim to use as few excipients as possible, from the safest, most natural sources available. Over the last few months we have been busy working through our entire product range to see where we can make changes to the additional ingredients we use, reducing the number of excipients or even switching to “pure-fill” capsules (where no excipients are used at all), and you will see these changes filtering through over the next year. With complex formulations containing lots of ingredients, this process is a tricky one, but we are committed to making improvements to our products where we can. For more information on the excipients we use, click here

Products are sent to us with Certificates of Analysis or Certificates of Compliance which we hold on file here at Nutri Advanced. We also hold extensive information on the ingredients and allergen status of our products – so if you have a question about our products, please do call our customer service team. We are always happy to help!

GMP means “Good Manufacturing Practice”. GMP describes the minimum standard that a medicines manufacturer must meet in their production processes, and ensures that products are of a consistently high quality, are appropriate for their intended use and meet any authorisation requirements. Food supplements are not medicines, and so are not required to be manufactured in GMP-certified facilities, but by using suppliers who are manufacturing to GMP standards, we are happy that our products are being made to the highest quality. We ourselves at Nutri Advanced hold a Wholesale Dealers Authorisation, meaning we are certified to GDP – “Good Distribution Practice”. GDP ensures that the quality and integrity of products are maintained throughout the supply chain.

Products are sent to us with Certificates of Analysis or Certificates of Compliance which we hold on file here at Nutri Advanced. We also hold extensive information on the ingredients and allergen status of our products – so if you have a question about our products, please do call our customer service team. We are always happy to help!