Supplements For Runners

Step into any chemist or health food shop and you'll be confronted by a mind boggling array of supplements. If you are thinking about starting to run for charity, here is a guide to some of the key supplements you could consider taking.

Omega 3 fish oil

What: Fish oil contains essential fatty acids. We rely on dietary sources as we cannot make these in the body.

Why: Omega 3 is associated with many benefits and are thought to support protein composition, brain, nervous system and eye function, as well as maintaining a healthy heart.

How: Omega 3 fish oil capsules


What: Branched amino acid chains: the body's building blocks for making protein

Why: Supplementing your protein intake can help aid muscle rebuilding and fuel muscles when you are training

How: Whey protein powder to make protein shakes


What: Vitamins are vital nutrients that our bodies cannot make- so we rely on dietary sources. Vitamins have a huge range of functions ranging from regulating metabolism of minerals in the body, to tissue maintenance, to actions as powerful antioxidants helping to prevent cell damage.

Why: We may not get all the essential vitamins we need from our diet so supplementing helps ensure our bodies have everything they need. Smokers or city dwellers have even higher requiements.

How: Multivitamin tablets. Look for vitamins C, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, D, selenium, folic acid, and niacin.


What: Calcium is an essential mineral and is a major component of our bones.

Why? Our bones are constantly being broken down and rebuilt so we need to get enough dietary calcium to support this.

How? Calcium tablets

Supplements For Runners