[6:56 PM] Devendra Thakur
Performance Enhancing Ingredients in Sports
Performance enhancing substances in sports is a topic that always raises a few eyebrows and justifiably so! The history of sports, even at the highest level, is laced with examples of scandals arising due to use/miscue of performance enhancing substance, whether deliberately or inadvertently. A quick look at the numbers by WADA tells us that this problem is universal in nature.
Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) in Sports as per WADA (2019):
1. 1,537 samples (57%) were confirmed as ADRV (Anti-Doping Rule Violation)
2. 83 sports/disciplines
3. 115 nationalities
4. 67% cases relates to Athletics, Cycling, Weightlifting, Bodybuilding
Plant based ingredients
Not surprisingly, plant based performance enhancers have increasingly found their way into sports ingredients. Backed by clinical and safety studies, they present a strong case for themselves. Some of the common natural sports ingredients are Ashwagandha, Ginseng and Tribulus. Lately, Pine bark extract has emerged as a creditable alternative. Due to its superb anti-oxidative properties and ability to improve microcirculation in body through production of Nitric Oxide, pine bark extracts is being used in multiple products for various indications.
Pinorox, for example, is an Indian pine bark extract that has been clinically tested for improving athletic performance. More information on Pinorox can be published by clicking here: Science Direct Article