The Best Supplements For MMA

MMA – or mixed martial arts – is a sport which requires a great deal of energy, strength and stamina from those taking part. While you can certainly get all of the nutrients that you need for your MMA practice through enjoying a healthy, balanced lifestyle, some MMA fighters may choose to take supplements alongside this.

There are a selection of vitamins and supplements that can be used to support the qualities needed to effectively practice MMA. Below are our picks for the best supplements for MMA.

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Do MMA fighters need to take supplements?

Whether you’re an MMA beginner or an experienced MMA fighter, you don’t actually need to take supplements to improve your performance in the sport.  

Simply by eating a balanced, nutritious diet and drinking plenty of water, you can keep your body in the ideal condition for taking part in activities such as MMA. However, many athletes choose to take certain supplements to support their MMA practice.

Additionally, if you are a professional athlete there will be restrictions on the sort of supplements you are allowed to take. Therefore, if you are a professional fighter, be sure to consult a nutritionist before supplementing anything, to ensure you are not taking anything illegal for your practice.

What supplements can MMA fighters take? 

Below are a few of the best supplements for MMA fighters.


Taking in Omega-3 is incredibly beneficial when practicing any sport, including MMA. Omega-3 helps to support your vision, your brain and heart health, so everybody should be making sure they get enough of them.

Of course, the most effective way to do this is to consume oily fish, such as mackerel or salmon. However, if you are unable to get enough Omega-3 through eating oily fish, you can take supplements to support your Omega-3 intake.

There are a wide range of Omega-3 supplements on the market, including some which are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K, particularly vitamin K2, is ideal for supporting bone health and decreasing calcium build-up in your blood vessels. This vitamin is found primarily within animal products, in an animal’s liver and other organs, which makes it particularly difficult for vegetarians and vegans to get enough vitamin K2.

If you don’t feel you are taking in the appropriate level of vitamin K2, it could be worth taking supplements to support this.


Creatine is a chemical protein found naturally within muscle cells. It is also one of the most popular supplements amongst athletes and others looking to support their physical performance during sports and workouts.

The reason for this is that creatine helps to produce energy, supporting your stamina levels while exercising.

You can support your physical performance during workouts simply by enjoying a healthy, balanced diet and staying hydrated. However, if you wish to support your MMA progress using supplements, creatine is one of the best supplements for MMA fighters.


Everyone should be doing all they can to keep their iron levels up. This important nutrient supports energy production, as well as supporting growth and development and producing both haemoglobin and myoglobin.

You can get your recommended intake of iron easily by consuming red meats and leafy green vegetables, though athletes may choose to support their natural intake through iron supplements.

If you believe you have an iron deficiency, be sure to consult your doctor to discover if your levels are lower than they should be.


Calcium is an essential mineral, which supports the strength of bones and teeth, as well as contributing to the production of some hormones and enzymes.

You can get plenty of calcium from your diet alone - milk, yoghurt and cheese are all rich in calcium. Leafy greens, edamame beans, tofu and fortified plant milks are a good source of calcium for those who do not consume dairy products.

However, if you are concerned that you aren’t getting enough calcium from your diet, you can take calcium supplements to help support your teeth and bone health. Bone health is crucial to successful MMA practice, making it one of the best supplements for MMA fighters to take if needed.


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

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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!