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USA Fencing Partners with Thorne Research

08/25/2016, 2:00pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

USA Fencing National Governing Body Taps Thorne Research for Its Safe, Efficacious Nutritional Supplements

Today, USA Fencing announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Thorne Research to be their exclusive nutritional supplement partner, providing its national team members with effective and safe nutritional supplements to support athlete health.

USA Fencing is the latest member of the National Governing Body family to partner with Thorne, following related announcements by USA Gymnastics, USA Triathlon, USA Rugby and USA Modern Pentathlon in recent weeks.

As part of the NGB partnership, Thorne Research will provide USA Fencing athletes with products that have the highest level of certification, baseline nutritional level testing through WellnessFX, educational materials, and risk protection. In addition, athletes will have access to reliable health information from Mayo Clinic, which has been compiled for easy access on the Thorne Research web site.

This content helps athletes evaluate supplement usage and understanding of supplement labels, manufacturing and regulations, all provided by an objective resource. Thorne Research also is embarking on several clinical research studies at Mayo Clinic including the effect of nicotinamide riboside on brain NAD+ in collegiate football players, the effect of nicotinamide riboside on altitude acclimatization and team cohesion during a Mt. Kilimanjaro ascent, and a study of the microbiome in elite athletes.

USA Fencing is the recognized NGB for the sport of fencing in the United States.  USA Fencing is a growing NGB, supporting over 35,000 member athletes nationwide.  USA Fencing core values foster quality standards in training, development and support for fencers at all levels.

USA Fencing members also will have access to purchase Thorne products at https://usa-fencing.thorne.com/. In addition to the currently listed products, Thorne will be adding at least a dozen additions to the lineup that have been identified as beneficial to fencing athletes.  

As athletes reach the highest levels of competition and become more efficient in their sport, they stress specific groups of muscles day in and day out. This daily process of stress and repair requires that their bodies receive very specific ranges of vitamins, minerals, and botanicals in order to perform optimally. For example, competing in a high-stress environment requires nutritional supplement products such as amino acid supplementation that has been shown to decrease fat synthesis and promote energy production, lean muscle mass, and muscle strength.

“We are honored that USA Fencing has chosen to partner with us to help provide safe and proven nutritional supplements to contribute to the well-being of the competitive and elite athletes in the sport,” said Paul Jacobson, CEO of Thorne Research. “Major advances in the development, medical research, and monitoring of nutritional supplements have enabled us to provide safe, clean supplements that are scientifically formulated, rigorously studied, clinically researched, and NSF Certified for Sport." 

Thorne Research maintains certification by NSF International Good Manufacturing Practices, as well as NSF Certified for Sport® for nutritional supplement products designated for USA Fencing athletes and members.  NSF Certified for Sport® products must be individually tested – batch by batch by NSF – to verify label claims and the absence of all U.S. and internationally banned substances.

According to Nutrition Business Journal, it is estimated that 70 percent of Americans take nutritional supplements on a regular basis. Prevalence in elite athletes is assumed to be higher, making Thorne Research’s participation, in collaboration with NGBs’ coaches, doctors, and sports science specialists, integral to the health and wellness programs within these prestigious governing bodies.

Thorne Research will also be partnering with several other national governing bodies beyond USA Fencing.  "We think there is tremendous value in direct partnerships with the national governing bodies and are happy to see Thorne Research support so many athletes working to earn a place on Team USA," said Lisa Baird, USOC Chief Marketing Officer. 

About USA Fencing

USA Fencing is the recognized National Governing Body for the sport of fencing in the United States. The organization’s mission is to serve and foster the growth, participation and development of domestic fencing at all levels and to achieve sustained international success. USA Fencing is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d’Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing. A 501-c- 3 non-profit organization, USA Fencing is based out of Colorado Springs, Colo. and has a membership of more than 35,000 individuals, including grassroots, elite and veteran fencers.

About Thorne Research, Inc.

Thorne Research is a personalized health solutions company dedicated to improving individual outcomes through science and technology. For 30 years, Thorne Research has led the nutritional supplement industry in providing researched-based, high-quality natural products, including foundational vitamins and minerals, therapeutic-focused nutritional supplements, and soon to include botanical drugs. By leveraging cutting-edge research and personalized data through affiliate WellnessFX, Thorne Research offers customized preventive health solutions for practitioners, their patients, and athletes. Thorne Research is a majority shareholder in WellnessFX, a San Francisco-based personalized wellness company providing home kit testing and actionable recommendations from the analysis of blood chemistry, genetics, and microbiome.

Thorne Research is headquartered in New York City, with a manufacturing facility in Sandpoint, Idaho. Further information on Thorne Research is available at Thorne.com.

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