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What is NSF Certified for Sport? Tested Supplements for Athletes

High-quality supplements for athletes are a top priority. Learn what the NSF-Certified for Sport badge means and what goes into obtaining it.

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When it comes to dietary supplements, ensuring you are choosing high-quality ones should be a top priority. Research examining dietary supplements has found some to be contaminated with banned substances including steroids and illegal stimulants. [1,2,3,4] In some cases products have been found to contain synthetic stimulants that have never even been tested for safety in humans.[5] On top of these issues, some supplements have been found to have microbial contamination, heavy metal contamination, and contain substituted herbs replacing the ingredients listed on the label.[6]

As a consumer looking to take a supplement to improve their health and performance, the last thing they would want to do is unknowingly contain harmful ingredients. Fortunately, one way you can make safer choices as a consumer when shopping for sports nutrition supplements is looking for those that come with the NSF® Certified for Sport® certification.

What is NSF®?

NSF® stands for National Sanitation Foundation; it was founded in 1944 to help standardize sanitation and food safety requirements. NSF is an independent accredited organization that continues testing, inspecting, and certifying products. Its mission is to protect and improve global human health. NSF is widely recognized as the “gold standard” organization when it comes to inspecting dietary supplements.

What is NSF® Certified for Sport®?

Certified for Sport® is a program created by NSF® to certify that what is on the label is in the bottle, and that product does not contain unsafe levels of contaminants, banned substances, or masking agents – this is especially important for professional athletes. The Certified for Sport® program verifies that products do not contain any of the 280 substances banned by the major athletic organizations.

The Certified for Sport® certification is recognized by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Major League Baseball, and the National Hockey League.

NSF® Certified for Sport® Requirements

To get the Certified for Sport® certification, there are key steps that must be taken, these include:

1) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Registration: GMP registration validates that a product is made, packaged, and stored in a facility that is audited twice a year for quality and safety that follows federal regulation GMPs for dietary supplements

2) Product Contents Tested and Certified: NSF experts evaluate product contents. This step involves testing the finished product to ensure what is in the product matches what is on the label, the product is free of contaminants (think microbiological, heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides). This step also involves ongoing testing and evaluation of a product to ensure it stays compliant.

3) Certified for Sport® Certification: In this step, product lots are tested to ensure they are free from 280 banned substances. The NSF® team continuously monitors newly banned substances to stay on the forefront of banned substance testing.

NSF Certified Process

What This Means For You?

The NSF® Certified for Sport® certification provides all types of consumers the peace of mind to make safer decisions when choosing supplements. This certification program is trusted by major sporting bodies and considered essential for many athletes, coaches, dietitians.

C4 & Cellucor NSF® Certified for Sport® Products

While all our products are made in the same GMP facilities as our NSF® Certified for Sport® products, which means they must adhere to the same quality and safety principles, we have a specific line-up of products specifically made for athletes. Our Sport series of products proudly wear the NSF® Certified for Sport® certification.

C4 Sport: With ingredients for explosive energy, strength, and performance - and proudly wearing an NSF® certification, C4 Sport Pre-Workout is the choice of athletes both on and off the field.

C4 Sport Ripped: With ingredients that support elevated energy, fat burning, and cellular hydration - and proudly NSF® Certified for Sport®. C4 Ripped Sport Pre-Workout is the choice of athletes both on and off the field.

BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) Sport: As the perfect choice for all-day hydration and recovery, BCAA Sport Hydration Powder has been the go-to for athletes both on and off the field. With a blend of BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids), amino acids, and electrolytes alongside incredible flavors plus an NSF® Certified for Sport® certification, BCAA Sport continues to raise the bar with every scoop.

Whey Sport: As a perfect all-in-one post-workout solution, Whey Sport Protein Powder is the go-to for athletes seeking a delicious high-quality protein powder with added ingredients for strength & performance. With incredible flavors and an NSF® Certified for Sport® certification, Whey Sport is the choice of athletes of all types - both on and off the field.

C4 Energy: There’s energy drinks…and then there’s C4 Energy. While many of the others tap out at caffeine and sugar, C4 Energy is infused with performance ingredients from the makers of the #1 Global pre-workout brand*

C4 Energy (Non-Carbonated): Resealable, ready to drink, and ready to go. Reach for a C4 Energy Non-Carbonated anytime you need to elevate your energy.

C4 Smart Energy: Elevate your energy and mental focus with C4 Smart Energy. This one was built for overachievers.

C4 Smart Energy Natural Zero: It's time to rethink energy drinks. C4 Smart Energy Natural Zero is a naturally sweetened, sugar-free drink that unlocks your Zen by tapping into naturally derived caffeine from green tea alongside citicoline to support mental focus.

*Based on Euromonitor data from 2020 to the present"

References

[1] https://journals.humankinetics.com/view/journals/ijsnem/25/1/article-p54.xml
[2] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1678813
[3] https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-2004-819955
[4] https://analyticalsciencejournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/dta.1976
[5] https://analyticalsciencejournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/dta.1735
[6] https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1060028019900504#abstract

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