Runners don't need to take supplements but it certainly helps. I've been using Endura products for 10 years and they have definitely helped me with my running.
I've used all kinds of products from Endura over the years, but the products that I keep going back to are the rehydration drink, Optimizer, and Pro body bar. The rehydration drink is a magnesium electrolyte drink that is best used during a workout. It's easy to stomach and is refreshing. Optimizer is a blend of protein and carbohydrate and other minerals that replaces what you've lost. I use this straight afters workout to begin the recovery process. The Pro body bar is best used in conjunction with the Optimizer as a recovery aide, to rebuild the muscles that have just been broken down.
By no means am I crazy on supplements. I don't take special pills to make me run faster, I just take a few Endura products to help with my recovery. There are plenty of other brands out there, but I find Endura the best on the market and they have a great association with running and triathlon.
I received an email the other day from a sports' governing body saying that supplements were too risky to take and that there was no actual scientific proof that they worked. This is difficult for me to read because I'm sure there are athletes taking performance enhancing drugs all over the world. In a sport like athletics, the clean guys are up against it already, so there's no point making it even harder for yourself by saying no to something as safe as an Endura recovery drink. The athletes that test positive for performance enhancing drugs are taking all the legal supplements, as well as the illegal ones too. I think it's smart and completely ethical to be utilising supplements that are above board.
When people are told that supplements are too risky, they mean that we never really know what's in them. In some cases, prohibited substances can be mixed up with legal substances on the manufacturing line. My advice for this is to find a trustworthy and reputable company to purchase your supplements from. Make sure they do in-house testing on their products. If you do a bit of research and stick with mainstream brands, I'm sure you will be OK.
I hope this helps and all the best with your recovery.
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