The Best Supplements For Rugby Players

Rugby can be a tough sport in many respects – there is a lot of physical exertion involved, and it requires both strength and speed. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, you should be staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet to ensure you are getting the most out of your performance.

However, if you’ve found your performance flagging, or you’re interested in pushing yourself that bit further, you might want to consider the best supplements for rugby players. Our list includes vitamins and nutritional supplements, designed to give your natural intake some much needed support, and help you to perform to your best on the pitch.


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Do rugby players use supplements?

Whilst everything a rugby player needs can be gained from a balanced diet – the English rugby team recommends a ‘food first’ diet - the use of nutritional supplements is common throughout the sport due to the high physical demands.

There are a variety of different nutritional supplements that can be used to support recovery, immunity and performance.

What supplements should a rugby player take? 

Multivitamins

Everyone, not just athletes, should consider adding a daily multivitamin to their balanced health regimen. Rugby will require intense, frequent training, and to stay at the top of your game you need to ensure that your body has as many vitamins and nutrients as it needs to support your performance. Adding a daily multivitamin can ensure that your body is getting what it needs.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D works alongside calcium in the body to support bone health – crucial for a contact sport like rugby. It comes naturally from exposure to sunlight – however, in the winter months, this can be hard to come by and you might find that your levels wane at this point of the year. Adding a supplement will ensure that your body has as much vitamin D as it needs to support the health of your bones.

Creatine

This is a legal nutritional aid for sports performance, making it ideal for amateur and professional rugby players alike. Creatine is found naturally in seafood and red meat, and is a great supplement in supporting muscle health.

Collagen

Collagen is a protein found naturally in our own bodies – it supports skin and nail health, as well as joint health and bone health. It helps to add structure and strength to skin and organs, as well as to bones, tendons and ligaments. This makes it a particularly great supplement to add to your diet for recovery after training.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice, and has been used for many years in traditional medicinal practices. It contains many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, due to an active ingredient called curcumin – this can help both with joint support and balancing inflammation in the body.

Zinc

Zinc is a vital mineral that is involved in over 300 reactions in the body. It helps to support cognitive function, as well as vision health, both of which will be of great benefit to rugby players when they’re out on the field. Zinc isn’t produced or stored in the body, so must be consumed from our diet – so, zinc supplements might help to ensure that you’re getting what you need.

FAQ

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!