Banned substances testing gives OmegaFlex supplement seal of approval


With less than 700 days to go before the start of the London 2012 Olympics, it is not surprising that athletes all over the world are training hard in the hope that their efforts will be rewarded with a gold medal or, at the very least, a respectable bronze.

Modern Olympics have changed dramatically since they were first founded in 1894, and with the 2012 Summer Olympic programme due to feature 26 sports and a total of 36 disciplines, the ability to gain competitive advantage is now more important than ever. OmegaFlex is a unique combination of glucosamine, omega-3 EPA, omega-6 GLA and oleic acid, formulated to provide such benefits as increasing performance and endurance, health maintenance and the prevention and repair of injuries, making it the optimal supplement for all athletic disciplines.

With the increasing competition that is established within any sporting field comes an increased knowledge of the impact that extreme sport has on the body, both physiologically and mentally. Athletes are now turning to supplements, hoping to find herbs, vitamins or minerals, fats and proteins for their actual or anecdotal physiological effects. However, with the development of new highly sensitive, reliable and reproducible mass spectrometric methods that complement urinalysis and blood testing to facilitate improved doping testing regimes, it is no wonder that many athletes have quite legitimate concerns about contaminants that may exist in over-the-counter nutrition supplements1,2. Indeed, competitive sport operates under strict regulation, and adherence to the ever-growing list of prohibited substances is expected from all high performing athletes at all times.

Accidental ingestion of even microgram amounts of a prohibited substance in a nutritional supplement could cause an athlete to fail a dope test, leading to considerable financial losses, as well as a significant detrimental impact on the personal and professional character of the banned athlete, which could then impact on the sporting event itself.

The rigorous testing of OmegaFlex for substances banned by WADA (the World Anti Doping Agency) provides the highest level of assurance that this product is safer for athletes to use and, as such, athletes can choose OmegaFlex confidently, knowing that it is has this seal of approval in contrast to those supplements that have not been tested.

OmegaFlex offers a myriad of health properties including immune support, which not only facilitates recovery but also protects against oxidative damage, which occurs as a consequence of exercise-induced stress. The unique combination of glucosamine hydrochloride and omega-3 EPA provides the highest form of anti-inflammatory precursors to ensure a speedy response to any exercise-induced injury, whilst providing the necessary building blocks needed for support and repair of both joint and tissues.

An increasing numbers of sports nutritionists are currently recommending OmegaFlex, not only because it provides the necessary health benefits required by endurance sports, but also because it is one that can be taken with confidence, as it is free of any substances banned and tested for by WADA.

1. Geyer H, Parr MK, Koehler K, Mareck U, Schänzer W, Thevis M. (2008) Nutritional supplements cross-contaminated and faked with doping substances. J Mass Spectrom. 43:892-902.

2. van der Merwe PJ, Grobbelaar E. S Afr Med J. (2005) Unintentional doping through the use of contaminated nutritional supplements. S Afr Med J. 95:510-1.

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To interview Dr Nina Bailey, or for case studies and samples, contact Diana Varbanescu on 01223 358600

Dr Nina Bailey is a nutritional scientist who regularly holds training workshops, both with the public and practitioners, and speaks on a variety of health related topics. Dr Bailey has authored peer-reviewed articles in leading science journals, as well as having written for national trade magazines. Dr Bailey received her PhD in Cell Biology from Cambridge University. Her doctoral research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Sheila Bingham at the Dunn Human Nutrition Unit, Cambridge.

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