Train Like a Champion: Supplements Used by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
Inspiring, incredibly talented, and of course, world champions. There is no shortage of words to describe the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) as they have led the United States to back-to-back world championships.
As a proud partner and the exclusive nutritional supplement provider of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, here are several of their favorite Thorne products they used during training.
Basic Nutrients 2/Day (NSF Certified for Sport®)
A comprehensive formula in a convenient protocol. For athletes (or anyone really) who is tired of taking the six or eight capsules of other high-performance-nutrition multis, there is Thorne’s Basic Nutrients 2/Day. It provides an excellent nutritional foundation to supplement a healthy diet,* but does so with just two capsules per day. This simpler protocol makes it easier to pack for the gym or travel.
Fast Fact: Since January, the USWNT has used 237 bottles of Basic Nutrients 2/Day.
Thorne Shaker Bottle
For the huge number of protein shakes they consumed, the USWNT needed an easy solution. That is where Thorne’s shaker bottle came in. It’s a convenient way to mix powdered formulas and protein shakes. And – whether heading across town to the gym or across the world to compete at the highest level of soccer – it is great for travel.
Fast Fact: Since January, the USWNT has used 235 Thorne shaker bottles.
Catalyte® (NSF Certified for Sport®)
Maintaining electrolyte balance and adequate hydration is always a main point of focus for athletes, especially those competing for a World Cup soccer title. Vigorous physical activity always causes sweating, which leads to fluid and electrolyte losses.
A fluid loss of as little as 2% of body weight can impair athletic performance, and fluid loss of more than 5% of body weight decreases by 30% the capacity of the body to do work.
Athletes and coaches love Thorne’s Catalyte because, as more than an electrolyte formula, it also includes water-soluble vitamins that are lost in sweat (B vitamins and vitamin C) and D-ribose (which slows lactic acid buildup and supports energy recovery).* And it doesn’t hurt that the lemon-lime flavor tastes great!
Fast Fact: Since January, the USWNT has used 162 containers of Catalyte.
Iron Bisglycinate (NSF Certified for Sport®)
Iron is an essential mineral that is especially important to support red blood cell formation and help fight fatigue and other symptoms of low iron in athletes and others.*
However, conventional iron supplements often cause gastrointestinal side effects – including nausea, vomiting, and constipation – because many conventional forms of iron are poorly absorbed.
This is where Thorne’s Iron Bisglycinate is unique. It provides iron that has been reacted with glycine for optimal absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, therefore minimizing the typical gastrointestinal side effects.* Bottom line – Thorne’s Iron Bisglycinate provides the benefits of iron without uncomfortable side effects.*
Fast Fact: Since January, the USWNT has used 161 bottles of Iron Bisglycinate.
D-5,000 (NSF Certified for Sport®)
Vitamin D is another important nutrient that many of us do not get enough of. In addition to supporting healthy bones and muscles, vitamin D also supports cardiovascular health and immune function.*
Those are important benefits for elite athletes and non-athletes alike. So what makes Thorne’s Vitamin D-5,000 stand out? Unlike many vitamin D supplements, Thorne provides an optimally absorbed form of vitamin D because it contains no hidden lactose or preservatives like BHA, BHT, or sodium benzoate.*
Fast Fact: Since January, the USWNT has used 153 bottles of D-5,000.
Super EPA (NSF Certified for Sport®)
Thorne’s Super EPA supports both brain and brawn.* This premium fish oil supplement contains the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA, two crucial omega-3 fatty acids primarily found in oily fish, such as salmon, tuna, and trout.
So if you – like many individuals – are not eating enough of the right kind of fish, then your diet could be lacking in these important omega-3 fatty acids, which is unfortunate because, in addition to brain health and heart health, EPA and DHA support healthy muscles and joints.*
Fast Fact: Since January, the USWNT has used 151 bottles of Super EPA.
Whey Protein Isolate Chocolate (NSF Certified for Sport®)
Whey is an easily-digested complete protein, meaning it contains all of the body’s essential amino acids. It’s an especially good source of the branched-chain amino acid, leucine, which is necessary for muscle recovery after intense exercise.*
One serving of Thorne’s Whey Protein Isolate contains the necessary amount of leucine that triggers the muscle recovery process.* This makes it a popular choice for elite soccer players or any active individual.
And while the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team seems to prefer chocolate, Thorne also offers this same formula in a delicious vanilla flavor.
Fast Fact: Since January, the USWNT has used 141 containers of Whey Protein Isolate Chocolate.
FloraSport 20B® (NSF Certified for Sport®)
When you think of which supplements best enhance athletic performance, a probiotic might not be the first product that comes to mind. But supporting an athlete’s digestive health is just as important as any other part of her training routine.*
And that is exactly what Thorne’s FloraSport 20B does.* FloraSport 20B is a unique blend of freeze-dried Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and two strains of Bifidobacterium lactis.
These specific strains have been shown to support individuals who have high demands on their digestive tract or their immune function due to travel, athletic training, competition, or chronic stress.*
And FloraSport 20B comes in individually-sealed blister-packs, which provides humidity and temperature control, and provides a convenient way to supplement for athletes or individuals on the go.
Fast Fact: Since January, the USWNT has used 139 packages of FloraSport 20B.
NSF Certified for Sport® – For the athlete in all of us
Thorne's mission is to provide high-quality nutritional supplements that every athlete at every level can trust. As the proud partner of 12 U.S. National Teams, Thorne puts the athlete's health and safety above all else, which it is why we have the most comprehensive line of NSF Certified for Sport® products on the market. See which products your favorite USA Teams use.
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