Supplementation plays a very specific role in an athlete’s nutritional plan. All athletes utilise supplementation to improve performance and recovery during competition and training and as a convenient addition to a healthy diet, or to make up calorific shortfalls. The nutritional needs of any individual can theoretically be obtained by consuming natural foods. However, the reality is that the nutritional requirements of elite athletes are significantly greater than their sedentary or recreationally active counterparts. As such, it is difficult for the elite athlete to ingest their full nutritional requirements using normal foods due to:
Supplements therefore offer a more convenient and often a more effective solution than whole foods at specific feeding times. Supplement used strategically by athletes at all levels of competition are therefore likely to increase as our lives become more congested and the higher demand of sporting performance continues to increase.
Elite and professional level athletes mostly participate in sports that are regulated by The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which promotes, coordinates and monitors the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. Most sporting codes adhere to the WADA code of conduct with regards to banned and prohibited substances, a fundamental and universal document upon which the World Anti-Doping Program in sport is based. The WADA code places strict liability on the athlete. It is therefore the athlete’s onus to ensure that they do not ingest any substances which are prohibited by WADA.
As from 1 January 2017 Oxilofrine (methylsynephrine), as contained in Advantra Z® and other Citrus Aurantium versions, is on the WADA prohibited substance list (sports banned substances). Please refrain from using products containing Advantra Z® if you are a professional athlete who gets tested by the Anti-doping Agency.
It is important to note that the supplement industry is not regulated in South Africa, although huge strides have been made in establishing a local LGC/HFL contact office to improve the service level to manufacturers like EVOX, so that supplementation can be validated as being free of contaminants or WADA prohibited substances with those brands making use of the service. It is therefore up to the manufacturer to take an ethical stance and ensure that their products are safe to use. However, the final responsibility lies with the athlete who needs to evaluate their individual requirements and to ensure that they purchase a reputable product.
EVOX utilises the expertise of top Sports Physicians, Exercise Physiologists, Nutritionists and Laboratory Scientists to evaluate their product range at regular intervals to ensure that the ingredients conform to the latest scientific research with respect to efficacy and safety and in conjunction with the latest WADA regulations. As such, the products manufactured are both cutting edge and safe.
EVOX raw ingredients are sourced from globally reputable suppliers and a certificate of analysis is issued for every batch procured.
Final products are not manufactured by EVOX, but by third-party, independent pharmaceutical laboratories who are MCC and GMP guided and registered. EVOX’s Research & Development team also conducts internal audits at the manufacturing sites to ensure a highly professional and clean environment.
EVOX conducts a high number of third-party SANAS accredited lab tests on final products to ensure labelling versus nutrient content is 100% correct.
EVOX uses a 3rd party to do all warehousing and logistics. EVOX’s operational partner specialises in the logistics of the pharmaceutical environment and products are kept at the correct temperature, handling is limited to the bare minimum and transport is via safe and secure vehicles.
An auditable chain-of-custody is kept from the point of manufacture to the end customer.
As a final safety net, EVOX products are sent to LGC/HFL Sports Science in the UK to undergo final screening against a number of prohibited substances on the WADA list (against at least 146 banned substances on the list). LGC/HFL Sport Science is an internationally recognised and accredited laboratory providing high quality testing for athlete healthcare and nutritional supplements. Their aim is to give athletes, coaches, and national federation’s confidence in supplement manufacturers and suppliers, and to provide analytical services relating to biomarkers of fitness and nutritional health. HFL’s Informed Sport Programme is recommended as a process for teams and athletes by certain International Sporting Federations and UKAD (United Kingdom Anti-Doping) and uses internationally recognised standards in their testing processes. EVOX presently tests all batches of product that are provided to sponsored athletes at the HFL Sport Science laboratory. EVOX was the first South African supplement manufacturer to tests their products for WADA prohibited substances. Although this is currently restricted to products manufactured for sponsored athletes, the feedback from LGC/HFL Sports Science provides valuable re-assurance that other EVOX products found on the retailer’s shelf are safe.
EVOX advises all professional athletes to use only products tested through the LGC/HFL Sports Science screening program if they compete at a level where drug-testing will occur. This supplement screening is batch specific and it is very important that only stock from the tested batches is used by such athletes.
Please contact EVOX directly for more information on the quality process. The following products have been tested recently via LGC/HFL Sports Science in the UK. Please note the specific flavour, size and batch specifications on each certificate.