Certified for Sport

Nordic Naturals offers a selection of high-performance products that are Certified for Sport by NSF International. Designed specifically for the nutritional needs of active adults, athletes, and professional sports teams, Certified for Sport products are what the champions take. They guarantee you’re getting the purest, most effective nutrients for fitness and recovery without inadvertently consuming unwanted substances. Whether you’re training for competition, or simply wanting to support an active lifestyle, Certified for Sport products are designed to help you achieve your fitness and performance goals.

Below are some of the championship teams across professional sports that rely on Nordic Naturals NSF Certified for Sport products for their performance and recovery needs.

MLB
San Francisco Giants
Boston Red Sox
St. Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees

NFL
New England Patriots
New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers

NBA
Golden State Warriors
Miami Heat
Chicago Bulls
Houston Rockets

NHL
Detroit Red Wings
Colorado Avalanche
Anaheim Ducks

MLS
Columbus Crew
Real Salt Lake
U.S.A. Men’s Team
U.S.A. Women’s Team

 

Ultimate Omega®-D3 Sport

Omega-3 fats are best known for their role in cardiovascular health. However, active individuals benefit from these nutrients in a number of important ways.* Omega-3s are present in the membranes of virtually every cell in the body. Within muscle cells they support the efficiency and strength of muscle contraction, and help tissues recover more quickly from physical stress.1* They may also help cognitive functions like reaction time, and promote greater coordination between the brain and the muscles by supporting the normal structure and function of nerve cells.2–4*

Vitamin D3—the active form of vitamin D—has also been shown to offer fitness benefits, with evidence that combining omega-3s and vitamin D is ideal for athletes. Thanks to vitamin D’s role in the maintenance of calcium and phosphorus by bone cells, athletes with sufficient vitamin D may be less susceptible to overuse injuries like stress fractures.5* Mood support and mental health are also advantages of getting adequate amounts of vitamin D, something that every athlete can benefit from during times of heightened stress and focus.6*

Deficiency in either omega-3 or vitamin D can undermine the physical and mental components of optimal fitness and performance. Unfortunately, lifestyle practices like working or training indoors (away from sunlight) or dietary preferences that exclude fish contribute to these deficiencies. Supplementing with an omega-3 product with added vitamin D3 can prevent deficiency and help the body achieve its greatest fitness potential.*

 

Nordic CoQ10 Ubiquinol Sport

CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) ubiquinol is particularly important for the cardiovascular and muscular systems, as this nutrient is present in the blood, within cells throughout the body, and within the membranes of mitochondria, where it serves its greatest role for athletes by helping generate energy for muscle contraction.* Older athletes and athletes with significant muscle mass or high energy output may particularly benefit from CoQ10.* Studies on athletes have shown that supplemental CoQ10 can support energy production, performance, and recovery from fatigue, and can lower the incidence of muscular injury due to exercise.7–13*

 

Nordic Probiotic Sport

Supplemental probiotics may be the most underused nutritional resource for improving fitness and overall athletic performance. Probiotic agents (i.e., bacteria) are naturally found within the human intestines and promote a range of healthy functions like vitamin synthesis, production of amino acid compounds (e.g., serotonin), and detoxification.* Supporting normal immune function is also a critical role of probiotics, especially under stressful conditions.* Research has documented the benefits of probiotics—including respiratory, intestinal, and antioxidant benefits—among many different types of athletes.14–19*

 

References

1. Weber PC, Fischer S, von Schacky C. Dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and eicosanoid formation in man. Health Effects Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Seafoods. Simopoulos AP, Kifer RR, Martin RE, Editors. 1986, Academic Press: Orlando. p. 49–60.

2. Bazan NG, Molina MF, Gordon WC. Docosahexaenoic acid signalolipidomics in nutrition: significance in aging, neuroinflammation, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Annu Rev Nutr 2011 Aug 21;31:321–51.

3. Chang CY, Ke DS, Chen JY. Essential fatty acids and human brain. Acta Neurol Taiwan 2009 Dec;18(4):231–41.

4. Alessandri JM, et al. Polyunsaturated fatty acids in the central nervous system: evolution of concepts and nutritional implications throughout life. Reprod Nutr Dev 2004 Nov–Dec;44(6):509–38.

5. Moran DS, et al. Vitamin d and physical performance. Sports Med 2013 Jul;43(7):601–11.

6. Patrick RP, Ames BN. Vitamin D hormone regulates serotonin synthesis. Part 1: Relevance for autism.
FASEB J 2014 Jun;28(6):2398–413.

7. Sun M, et al. Mitochondrial nutrients stimulate performance and mitochondrial biogenesis in exhaustively exercised rats. Scand J Med Sci Sports 2012 Dec;22(6):764–75.

8. Gul I, et al. Oxidative stress and antioxidant defense in plasma after repeated bouts of supramaximal exercise: the effect of coenzyme Q10. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2011 Jun;51(2):305–12.

9. Gokbel H, et al. The effects of coenzyme Q10 supplementation on performance during repeated bouts of supramaximal exercise in sedentary men. J Strength Cond Res 2010 Jan;24(1):97–102.

10. Kon M, et al. Reducing exercise-induced muscular injury in kendo athletes with supplementation of coenzyme Q10. Br J Nutr 2008 Oct;100(4):903–9.

11. Bergamini C, et al. A water soluble CoQ10 formulation improves intracellular distribution and promotes mitochondrial respiration in cultured cells. PLoS One 2012;7(3):e33712.

12. Karlsson J, et al. Muscle ubiquinone in healthy physically active males. Mol Cell Biochem
1996 Mar 23;156(2):169–72.

13. Okudan N, et al. Effects of CoQ10 supplementation and swimming training on exhaustive exercise-induced oxidative stress in rat heart. Bratisl Lek Listy 2012;113(7):393–9.

14. Lamprecht M, Frauwallner A. Exercise, intestinal barrier dysfunction and probiotic supplementation.
Med Sport Sci 2012;59:47–56.

15. Martarelli D, et al. Effect of a probiotic intake on oxidant and antioxidant parameters in plasma of athletes during intense exercise training. Curr Microbiol 2011 Jun;62(6):1689–96.

16. Shing CM, et al. Effects of probiotics supplementation on gastrointestinal permeability, inflammation and exercise performance in the heat. Eur J Appl Physiol 2014 Jan;114(1):93–103.

17. Haywood BA, et al. Probiotic supplementation reduces the duration and incidence of infections but not severity in elite rugby union players. J Sci Med Sport 2014 Jul;17(4):356–60.

18. Kekkonen RA, et al. The effect of probiotics on respiratory infections and gastrointestinal symptoms during training in marathon runners. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 2007 Aug;17(4):352–63.

19. Gleeson M, et al. Daily probiotic’s (Lactobacillus casei Shirota) reduction of infection incidence in athletes. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 2011 Feb;21(1):55–64.
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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.