Muay Thai Gear and Supplements For all Muay Thai, MMA, Kickboxing and Martial Artists - Naga Muay Nutrition is a one stop resource for your supplement needs.
Founded during 2015 following 18 months of research and development - Naga Muay Nutrition is a UK based Nutritional Supplement Company that has been born out of a frustration regarding the lack of a solid nutritional resource for Combat Athletes; a resource that will provide educational information on Muay Thai Training, Diets and Workouts and also the various diet and nutrition products containing suitable organic supplements that will enhance the performance of competitors and practitioners of the various ring and cage sports.
Our aim is to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for information and education around the nutritional demands and requirements of Combat Athletes together with a trusted source of both naturally sourced and organic supplements that have been proven and tested by our own top class UK based Muay Thai and MMA fighters.
Our mission is to serve the UK & EU market initially and then gradually expand our Organic range and brand to the US.
Why is Supplementation in the Muay Thai diet essential?
Every Muay Thai and Combat sports fighter puts their body under extreme physical and emotional stress in order to achieve their goals. Muay Thai training, whether for the pupose of becoming an active fighter or just to take a few classes as a casual participant for fitness, fun and self defence is extremely demanding. Muay Thai workouts involve striking pads and bags with great physical force and also sparring with other people, regardless of how controlled always results in some bruising and bodily trauma.
Every strike thrown or received during a Muay Thai class or similar combat sport workout causes some sort of internal damage to the body. It is essential that the diet of the participant is high in nutrients that support and also promote effective healing. The trauma associated with Muay Thai and combat sports, even just from a heavy one hour long pad session is immense. The muscles, connective tissues, bones and skin all take a pounding.
The human body can produce massive force and this is clearly evident from the power that is generated when using full contact techniques, these techniques are thrown repeatedly over and over again during a typical Muay Thai training session. The repetition of these strikes that is required to become adept at the various contact sports is unique to that form of training and over time cumulative damage can occurr and go unnoticed. This unnoticed damage can lead to long lasting pain, injury and more serious damage such as stress fractures and torn or ruptured muscles and connective tissue. This can ruin the enjoyment of these combat sports and hinder both the development and performance of fighters and students thus causing frustration and other adverse psychological effects.
Overtraining in Muay Thai and similar sports such as MMA or Boxing is very common with competitive fighters and despite some of the more decent coaches knowing what a fighter should be eating as part of a training program, the fighters themselves often sacrifice good habits with their diets in order to compete at lower weight classes. A lot of coaches are, unfortunately, not very well educated in the nutritional and psychological needs of fighters and whilst they may have been decent fighters themselves previously; the lack of proper knowledge and guidance in the benefits of good nutritional habits has left their fighters and students suffering from illness, stress, pain and injury that is easily preventable.
'You are what you eat' is a good mantra for the fighter or casual combat student to live by; unfortunately the food we are sold today is often nutritionaly deficient, prohibitively expensive and/or needs to be consumed in huge quantities in order to fulfil the nutritional deficit left by Muay Thai training and combat workouts. There are numerous reasons why the food we are now exposed to is nutritionally deficient but a number of reasons are listed below:
Of course there is evidence that suggests the immune system of an average fit and healthy person may be able to handle these excess toxins or indeed manage with the very limited nutritional goodness present in todays foodstuffs. However the demands on those bodily systems of Muay Thai fighters and other combat athletes are massively increased from the 'average person'.
It therefore makes good sense to consider correct supplements in the diet of MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing and Kickboxing athletes. In fact it makes sense for every person to consider supplementation with naturally sourced and organic products for optimal health and well being.
About food form supplements
What's in your supplements?
More and more combat athletes and fighters in the UK and around the world are turning to alternative medicine and natural remedies to support their health and well-being. Indeed correct supplementation is considered to be of paramount importance whilst undergoing the rigourous training required to be a top Muay Thai, boxing or MMA fighter. Even non-competitive particpants use supplements to help them achieve their health and fitness goals.
It is important to remember that as with anything, when it comes to health and fitness supplements you will get what you pay for.
If you walk into any supermarket, health shop or pharmacy nowadays, you will more than likely be presented with a huge and often confusing selection of vitamins, minerals and other supplements, the sales staff will be keen to sell you a package and you may feel overwhelmed with the selection and determining the true value because of the wide ranging price points for what appear to be the same items.
The question you should ask is, are they actually all the same? And, if not, how do you choose between them?
This due diligence is important especially for food supplements that are used in sports where performance is essential to personal safety and long term health. Combat sports such as Muay Thai, MMA, Boxing and Kickbosing require the competitors diet to be exact, as close to nature as possible and to contain only high quality sources of nutrition.
As part of your due diligence used when choosing suitable supplements to help improve or maintain performance it is important to be aware that a differentiating factor between products can be the quality of the ingredients used. It would seem logical that, in nutritional products that are designed to support health that the quality and purity of the ingredients should be of paramount importance. Unfortunately, in many products on the market this is not always the case.
Some less than scrupulous vitamin manufacturers focus more on their profit margins and market competition by selling inferior products at very low or discounted retail prices as opposed to the quality and effectiveness of their products. So, if the supplements you have seen are suspiciously cheap, due a little bit of immediate research and take a look at the ingredients list. This may shock you!
Many Combat athletes, fighters and health conscious individuals choose to support their daily diets with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in supplement form to help ensure that they are meeting our body's daily nutritional requirements especially whilst under the demanding regime of training camps for high level competition.
Combat Athletes such as Muay Thai and MMA fighters, Martial Arts practitioners, Kickboxers and Boxers for example need to fine tune their nutritional intake. Therefore they should understand that there is little point in taking supplements which actually put more harmful substances into your body than the free radicals in the enviroment and the waste products that result from intense physical activity. But, believe it or not, this is exactly what can happen if you are not careful in your selection of nutritional supplements.
For instance, be careful with vitamins, minerals or herbal solutions that are sold in tablet form. Very often, the active ingredients which are the the actual nutrients can make up as little as 15% of the tablet! The remaining 85% may comprise of harmful additives, preservatives and other added 'nasties' such as fillers, binders, excipients, artificial colourings, sweeteners, disintegrants, dilutents and more.
The cheaper the supplement tablets, the more likely it is that a high level of these undesirable harmful ingredients may have been included. Ultimately, as already mentioned you always get what you pay for.
When it comes to your health and performance isn't it worth spending that little extra to ensure that you are getting a purer, healthier and more effective product? Otherwise, you may simply be wasting your time and money on products that either pass through your body with little effect, or worse, could actually be harmful and therefore compromise your health and competitive performance.
Reasons to avoid cheap vitamins and supplements
Apart from the fact that you will be paying for a sub-standard product that can have little or no beneficial effect on the body, there are also other very practical reasons why you should consider totally avoiding cheap supplements,, vitamins and minerals.
There are many reports both online and contained within other media that state occasions where cheap tablets had either passed through the digestive tract undigested (which basically means that there has been no nutritional benefit to the user) or, even more worryingly, that they can get stuck there - neither disintegrating or passing through but becoming a toxic blockage that can cause some very serious health problems.
Another common example is the use of ascorbic acid which is often used in cheap vitamin C supplements. Ascorbic acid is actually a man-made compound, which is manufactured in chemical plants by applying heat, pressure and numerous chemicals to glucose, which mutates and converts the glucose to ascorbic acid.
Contrary to popular belief, ascorbic acid and natural vitamin C are not the same. Vitamin C is a naturally-occurring nutrient, found in a variety of fruit and vegetables, while ascorbic acid is an artificial compound and an artificially reduced form of the naturally occurring vitamin. When it is subjected to heat, the actual vitamin breaks down and can become largely ineffective. Ascorbic acid is actually an isolate, a fraction, a distillate of naturally-occurring vitamin C - basically the “antioxidant wrapper” which protects the functional parts of vitamin C from rapid oxidation or breakdown.
It is only part of the building, think bricks without the cement to hold them together!!
In addition to ascorbic acid, vitamin C must include rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, tyrosinase, ascorbinogen and other components. In addition, mineral co-factors must be available in proper amounts to ensure the efficacy of the vitamin.
If any of these are missing, there is no vitamin C and, more importantly from a health perspective, no vitamin activity. When only some of them are present, the body will draw on its own stores to make up the difference, so that the whole vitamin may be present. Only then will vitamin activity take place, provided that all other conditions and co-factors are present - but this is, of course, a drain on your body's own reserves - not an ideal situation for a Muay Thai and MMA fighter or other athlete whose body is already stressed and defficient in nutrients due to the vigorous training activity undertaken.
Futhermore, isolated ascorbic acid is not absorbed or used by the body in the same way as food sourced vitamin C, and because it is an acid it can actually upset the stomach and irritate the digestive tract, or even worsen certain medical conditions in some cases.
Using the same process as above with Vitamin C/Ascorbic Acid, the active fighter or coach involved in the numerous combat sports should remember then that on their own 'single' compounds such as alpha-tocopherol are not vitamin E and retinoic acid is not vitamin A and so on throughout all the other vitamins.
Another key difference between whole food vitamins (food form) and synthetic or modified supplement is that the former naturally contain within them many essential trace minerals necessary for their synergistic operation. In contrast, synthetic vitamins contain no trace minerals, therefore they rely upon, and also negatively deplete the body’s own mineral reserves which are required for other cellular reparing and metabolic processes within the body.
It is noteworthy that the man who first used the word "vitamin" - Dr. Casimir Funk who was a Polish biochemist actually stated that “synthetic vitamins are highly inferior to vitamins from natural sources and that the synthetic product is well known to be far more toxic.”
Food Form Supplements - sticking as close to nature as possible
The human body is unable to manufacture most vitamins itself. As such, essesntial vitamins and minerals must be obtained from the food we eat.
The best sources of these are obviously natural whole food (preferably organic) which are rich in vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients that are in a form that is easily recognised, absorbed and utilised by the body. This form is known as "food form" or "food state".
Unfortunately, because of over farming and other enviromental factors our farms are often suffereing from soil depletion, mineral depletion, pesticides, air pollution, erosion and other toxins and pollutants in the environment. Studies have revealed that foods grown in farm soil today have only a fraction of the nutrient value of even 50 years ago. That means a large portion of the vitamins and minerals necessary for that normal cell function and overall health and vitality may be missing, even from food sources.
Supermarket produce is often sourced from the cheapest farms and is often actually a choice of empty, 'dead' foods of commerce. This is one of the main reasons why a lot of Muay Thai fighters, MMA fighters, Boxers, Kickboxers and Martial Artists now choose to support their nutrient intake with 'naturally sourced food form supplements' These discerning combat athletes who are often the ones at the top of their game use ford from supplements to be sure of what they are getting and putting itno their bodies.
Natural, unadulterated food is what our bodies are designed to break down and utilise for all cellular activity; in contrast, the human body struggles with synthetic vitamins, chemically polluted and refined / processed foods, these kinds of toxic foods cause numerous health problems and inflamation in the body – not the ideal state of a fighter whose life depends on his health.
A "food form supplement" is simply one which has been prepared to be as similar to real food as possible. This then assists the cellular and metabolic processes, which in turn means that the body can absorb these 'food form' nutrients more easily.
Food form supplements usually come in capsule form. Not only are capsules easier to swallow, they help to increase the absorption of the product and you will not find a good quality capsule being passed through the digestive tract - it is designed to dissolve harmlessly as part of the digestion process. This effectively means that the supplement's nutrients can be efficiently released into the system and absorbed much more easily.
And why not go organic?
In an age when we are constantly exposed to an ever-increasing number of environmental toxins and chemicals, a winning fighter will be better placed by opting for both organic food and food form/organic supplements wherever possible. This is an ideal means of helping a Muay Thai or MMA fighter to reduce their toxic load and get the most out of all the nutrients in their diet.
Produced from organically grown fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains, our organic food form supplements under the Naga Muay brand will not have had any chemical compounds (such as artificial additives and preservatives) introduced into the original plant or food source at any point in the cycle from intial planting, through to growth and then finally to harvest where they are manufactured into our products under strict conditions.
Health supplements such as Naga Muay brand which have been designed specifically for the finely tuned nutritional demands of fighters and combat athletes which are also organic and natural may have a higher useable content of vitamins and minerals and will contain much lower and often zero levels of toxic metals such as mercury, lead, and aluminium than their non-organic counterparts.
Don't obsess about the milligrams!
Remember the body will absorb what it needs so don't overly concern yourself with ingredient milligrams on supplement packaging as the naturally sourced and organic compounds will be more readily absorbed and utilised by the body than the cheaper synthetic and chemically engineered product so whilst it is important to have an idea of the concentration of nutrients in your vitamins and supplements remember that synthetic lab produced vitamins are actually processed and refined high potency chemicals, and therefore may be accurately measured in milligrams, just like drugs in a laboratory. However this 'accurate measurement' has nothing to do with vitamin efficiency, vitamin activity, or nutritional availability except in a negative way!
It is actually much more difficult to measure nutritional composition in natural food form products but this is not a reflection of their efficacy; in fact it is quite the opposite, we don not want to mess about with the compounds we extract from the food sources too much as this reduces the quality, something that we at Naga Muay Nutrition take very seriously. Therefore we have perfected the process of providing our formuals to the least amount of physical steps as possible in order to provide supplements for fighters that are as close to nature as possible.
We wouldnt put rubbish into our products as they are used by our families, friends and our fighters who compete out of our own Muay Thai and MMA gyms, the same as we would not dream of putting rubbish, low quality fuel and cheap oil into a high performance sports car.