When figuring out the best supplements for runners, cyclists, and endurance athletes, the common denominator is recovery. Certain, high-quality supplements contain specific ingredients (and in optimal quantities) that help accelerate muscle repair and the overall recovery process.
Mindful supplementation allows athletes to train more often and more effectively at target intensities. Not only can such products provide a nutritional edge for elites and professionals, but they can also be helpful tools for age groupers and average joes.
Kaged is a brand that checks all of the boxes, from world-class quality to science-driven engineering. In exploring beyond your conventional whey and vegan protein powders and pre-workouts, below are three of the best supplements that fit the bill for runners, cyclists, and endurance athletes alike.
Outlive 100 with Super Nutrients
We don’t toss around terms like “superfoods” and “super nutrients” loosely. But Outlive 100 is a nutritionally stacked supplement from Kaged that lives up to its name. It’s a carefully-designed cocktail of alkalizing greens, antioxidants, fiber and digestives, adaptogens (Ashwagandha), and a cleanse & detox blend.
For elite-level endurance athletes, Outlive 100 offers far more than your favorite plant-based greens powder. It takes your mineral and nutrient intake to the next level with vitality-boosting plants like wheat grass, alfalfa grass, matcha leaf, kale leaf, beetroot, chlorella, and spirulina; as well as anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric root and ginger root.
Outlive 100 also support a healthy gut microbiome with two unique forms of prebiotics. The first, Actazin®, is a cold-pressed kiwi powder concentrate that supports digestion. The other is ACTIValoe®, a purified aloe vera extract also shown to support prebiotic gut health. These ingredients combined can help strengthen your immune system and restore balance to your daily nutrition.
When we’re talking about protein and how to determine its quality, the conversation always seems to circle back to aminos. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which is why you need all “essential amino acids” for optimal balance.
BCAAs, or branched-chain amino acids, are three particular types that are integral for muscle repair and overall recovery. They include l-leucine, l-isoleucine, and l-valine, and together in the right combination, they offer a powerful recovery supplement for endurance athletes.
What separates Kaged brand BCAAs from the competition is that it’s 100% plant-based, non-GMO, and fermented. It also utilizes a 2:1:1 ratio of l-leucine, l-isoleucine, and l-valine, and offers an abundant 5.5 grams of vegan BCAAs total per serving. For runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes looking to ramp up their recovery supplementation, this vegan fermented BCAA 2:1:1 is top shelf.
Clean Burn with ACV
Clean Burn Powder with Apple Cider Vinegar is a no-frills fat-burning supplement that’s effective in helping athletes achieve an optimal body composition. Without compromising strength (and even muscle mass which can be mitigated with amino acid supplements), runners and cyclists are generally more efficient when at their leanest.
This is why you’ll often see high-performing endurance athletes being very skinny. Any excess fat is added weight. But even for average joe athletes and weekend warriors, supplementing with a fat-burner like Clean Burn provides a cardio-friendly option that can help stoke your metabolism and boost your energy levels.
In addition to Apple Cider Vinegar, Clean Burn contains caffeine (green coffee bean), L-Carnitine, and other thermogenics like Capsimax. It’s also vegan-friendly, non-GMO, and gluten-free.
Endurance athlete, professional off-road cyclist, and avid blogger, Tyler Tafelsky participates in long-course multisport and cycling events. Today, Tyler competes in ultra-distance cycling races at the professional level. Since starting Better Triathlete in 2014, he has been the head of content for the site's editorial team. Learn more about Tyler