The British Sailing Team is midway through its preparations for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. Due to various reports about the water quality at the Brazilian venue, Paul Mullan, the team’s Head of Sport Science and Sport Medicine, has chosen to look to supplements to support the sailors’ recovery and immunity strategy.
The Rio 2016 organisers have expressed their concerns about water pollution in the sailing venue, however they have assured that the Games will be delivered "on time".
The main cause of the problem is that about 48% of sewage pumped into the Guanabara Bay is untreated. Mario Andrada, the Rio 2016 Director of Communications, said that “it [the state of the sailing venue] is a concern because the water is not fully clean, but it will be safe for the Olympics.”
However, this may not reassure the sailors who noted seeing floating debris and dead animals in the water when they competed in the Rio test event last August. Reports in December also highlighted another issue of drug-resistant "super-bacteria" being found in the water. Additionally, Brazilian government officials announced in January that they would miss their target of an 80% reduction in water pollution by the start of the Olympics next August.
Paul’s nutrition and supplement strategy for the sailors will support their diet to combat any illness they may come across during the Games, which could potentially end their hopes of a medal. Alongside Multivitamins and Probiotics, Omega 3 is considered by Paul as a daily essential.
“Omega 3 fish oils have been shown to have so many different effects from promoting adaptation, preventing muscle breakdown, supporting cognitive function and supporting immune function, so it’s a great all round supplement to take on a daily basis.”
The health benefits of Omega 3 reach beyond elite level athletes, playing a supporting role in the normal function of the brain and heart, as well as contributing to the normal maintenance of vision.
Paul explains that “ideally we’d consume enough Omega 3 through our diet in the form of oily fish, however only a third of the population manage to meet the recommended amount, with many eating none at all. We believe that nutrients best come from a balanced diet, but in the situation where a deficiency exists, supplements provide an effective way of bridging this gap.”
The British Sailing Team members are supplementing their diets with a Multivitamin, Probiotic and Omega 3 fish oil on a daily basis.
1. Multivitamin Gold A-Z is one of the most comprehensive multivitamins available and is considered a daily essential to fill any gaps in nutrition.
2. Omega 3 Pure EPA 1g provides the highest level of the beneficial nutrient, EPA, to help reduce inflammation and support the normal function of the heart and brain.
3. High Strength Probiotic is an advanced probiotic blend carefully selected to support digestive health and immune function.