Tag: Supplements

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Episode 105 of the Guru Performance ‘We Do Science’ podcast! In this episode, I (Laurent Bannock) discuss “To Supplement, or Not to Supplement” with Professor Craig Sale (Nottingham Trent University, UK).

In this session we get into:

  • Defining Supplements
  • Food vs Supplements
  • Do Sports Supplements Work?
  • The Evidence Base for Supplements
  • Effectiveness of Supplements
  • Doping and Contamination Risks

Key Papers / Resources:


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Download the Full PDF article >> Guru Performance Position Stand #5 Supplement Use in Sport


  1. Introduction
  2. The for first approach
  3. Identifying the need to supplement
  4. Considering supplementation case-by-case
  5. Supplement safety
  6. Context statement
  7. References and research
  8. Authors





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The use of supplements in both elite and recreational level sport has grown tremendously in recent years (Knapik et al. 2016). Opinions are clearly split as to whether supplements are a necessary component of the athlete’s diet, and the reasons for using supplements are broad. Whilst there is a time and place for supplements, we believe in a simplistic yet discerning approach to advocating them. Moreover, the choice of which supplement brand to use has become more difficult than ever due to the demand of aesthetic focussed supplements containing banned substances or manufactured in third party labs where contaminants may spoil a ‘clean’ supplement. This position stand will address topical issues surrounding supplement use in sport and provide a clear outline of the practical considerations for utilising supplements in a safe and effective way.


Download the Full PDF article >> Guru Performance Position Stand #5 Supplement Use in Sport

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You most likely take a supplement or two (i.e. multivitamin, fish oil etc). You may take a bunch of supplements! You might not take any at all. You’ve probably heard some pretty impressive claims that some products make with relation to health, performance or even fat loss by taking their products. Taking supplements has become a multi-billion dollar industry just in the US and not far off it in the UK and Europe generally – so this is an important question to ask: ‘do we actually need to take supplements?’

How important are supplements, do we really need to take supplements? Watch this video to see what Laurent Bannock from Guru Performance has to say about this: