Although we agree with the food-first philosophy when it comes to fueling young people, we also realize it is challenging to put the perfect food-fueling plan in place. Time constraints, access to fresh, whole foods and grocery stores, culinary and nutritional knowledge, and underestimating the additional demands of sport, recovery, and growth are all factors that result in many children and adolescents falling short of recommended levels of nutrients. Intakes of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals, and fish containing omega-3 fatty acids, are often missing in recommended amounts in youth diets.
The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests everyone should take a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. A high-quality multi-vitamin/mineral nutritional supplement could be considered "dietary insurance" to be certain that all essential nutrients are being consumed daily. Even greater health benefits can be realized when a healthy diet is consumed in addition to taking a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement.
With proper education and safeguards, such as utilizing NSF-Certified for Sport products, nutritional supplementation can be a complimentary and convenient source of nutrients.
Hydration is part of a well formulated nutrition plan, however, in young people there is a concern about high sugar beverages and sport drinks and their impact on teeth and oral health therefore making proper hydration choices for youths important.
Basic Nutrients 2/Day is a comprehensive multi-vitamin/mineral complex. Its key nutritional features include 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 and 400 mcg of vitamin K (in K1 and K2 forms) per serving, in addition to having mixed tocopherols, bioactive B vitamins, and amino acid-chelated minerals, including calcium and magnesium – all in a two-capsule-per-day delivery system. Basic Nutrients 2/Day makes it easy for individuals to obtain foundational nutritional support.*
Catalyte® is a low sugar, low calorie hydration supplement formulated with the typical ratio of sodium that is found in sweat and is a blend of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and zinc that replaces the primary electrolytes lost in sweat, while also helping to repair and rebuild muscle.* Hydration and electrolyte balance are essential for all levels of exercise and athletic performance. Catalyte combines electrolytes with B vitamins, vitamin C, and D-ribose for broad-spectrum repletion of nutrients and hydration of cells.* Catalyte is lemon-lime flavored and is designed for individualized hydration needs and the avoidance of unnecessary sugars.
Super EPA, an EPA/DHA-containing fish oil supplement, helps maintain healthy heart, brain, and neurological function, while supporting a normal inflammatory response in muscles and joints.* Super EPA contains 425 mg of EPA and 270 mg of DHA per softgel.
FloraSport 20B® is a superior blend of freeze-dried Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and two strains of Bifidobacterium lactis. These strains provide support for individuals who have high demands on their digestive tract or their immune system due to travel, athletic training and competition, and/or chronic stress.* Research has identified these specific strains of good bacteria as helping to ward off traveler’s diarrhea, as well as supporting your respiratory tract.* Each capsule contains 20 billion active cultures.
Because a young athlete needs to know that his or her nutritional supplements are trustworthy and compliant, every batch of a Thorne NSF Certified for Sport® product is tested for compliance with label claims and to ensure the absence of more than 200 substances banned by many major athletic organizations, including stimulants, narcotics, steroids, diuretics, beta-2 agents, and masking agents.