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Greens: A good thing for athletes

Leading Performance Nutritionist Nigel Mitchell explains his interest in greens supplements, why all athletes should take them and why he chose to work with Healthspan Elite in the development of Performance Greens.

During my early career in clinical nutrition working closely with immuno-compromised patients, I developed an interest in the contributory role of gut health on a person's overall health and wellbeing. We now understand more closely how the two are intrinsically linked.

Diet and in particular alkaline forming foods have an important role to play in helping to balance the gut. Greens drinks provide a convenient means for athletes to consume these alkaline forming fruits and vegetables without filling up with a great deal of bulk.

It can sometimes prove difficult to find good quality greens supplements. Often products are unpalatable, laced with artificial sweeteners or come from a questionable source. It is for this reason that I have worked closely with the product experts at Healthspan Elite in the development of Performance Greens. In the past I have used greens supplements with Grand Tour cyclists and they proved an excellent choice particularly during travel, when food can be unfamiliar or good quality fruit and vegetables hard to come by.

In the development of Performance Greens I have found it preferable to any other greens supplement I have used in the past. Whilst I will be recommending the product to the professional athletes that I work with, the convenience and quality means that the product has a role to play for amateur athletes as well. In summary it provides a great way to top up your 5-a-day, support your gut health and your immune system.

Why Nigel recommends Performance Greens

  1. An effective means of supplementing your 5-a-day, supporting your gut health and maintaining immunity
  2. Free from artificial sweeteners and flavourings
  3. Individual sachets, convenient for travel
  4. Informed-Sport accredited
  5. Palatable lime flavour

Nigel Mitchell is Technical Lead for the English Institute of Sport. He currently supports athletes including Olympic middle distance runners, cross country skiers, triathletes and Olympic sailors, and an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.

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Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace
medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.