Did you know doping can end your career even before it starts? Although there is immense competition in every sport one plays, there is the increased use of protein, rehydration, vitamins, minerals, and other supplements that help to support athletic performance. This is true for both elite athletes and future sports players wanting to reach the next level of performance. Unfortunately, people having the supplements may unknowingly have substances that are banned by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) such as a stimulant, hormones, and other substances.
The repercussions of being caught with banned substances result in years or months of being banned from sports and even being banned for life in case of repeated offenders. No need to add the negative effects on health physically and mentally as well. The question also arises of the integrity of the sports when a sportsperson is caught with banned substances.
It is quite disturbing to know that as per statistics assessed by the Times of India(TOI), in 2019 NADA’s anti-doping disciplinary panel (ADDP) handed out a record number of punishments to 147 athletes for having performance-enhancing drugs, which apparently all-time high figure since the inception of NADA in 2005.
There are umpteen reasons for contamination:
Additionally, few supplements use herbal ingredients that have either poor quality control or have compounds that are naturally present that may be prohibited in sports. There are high chance that trace levels of contamination end up in genuinely legitimate supplements. Athletes are tested at levels as low as parts per billion, contamination may result in a positive drug test which will have a significant and negative impact on their careers.
Before we jump to why let us understand what is Informed Sport. Informed Sport is a UK-based quality assurance program for sports nutrition supplements. The program helps athletes select the best supplements that are banned substance free and of good quality. Any product that bears the logo of Informed Sport has undergone rigorous checks by Informed Sport and every batch is tested for banned substances by LGC’s world-class sports anti-doping lab.
Fast&Up Plant Protein Isolate is India’s first Informed-Sport plant-based protein supplement that is banned substance tested and helps athletes perform. This Sports protein powder is recommended and used by elite athletes like Mayank Agarwal and was used by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) - IPL 2020 as their official nutrition supplement.
So there are numerous vegan protein supplements available in the market that one can use, but it is safe to use the ones that are certified and recommended by the elite and not the ones that are easily available. One wrong choice can end a successful and beautiful sports career.
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