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Dr. Oz refers to THF for Performance Enhancing Substance Information

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Beware Performance-Enhancing Substances

One of the most remarkable things about the great golfer Bobby Jones was that he never played golf as a professional. He was a lawyer by trade and won all of his 13 major championships as an amateur.

Now, nobody today is expected to walk out from behind an office desk and qualify for the U.S.… Continue Reading...

Supplements: If you have an adverse event, report it

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“Adverse events” are unfavorable or unusual reactions/effects/illnesses that can occur with the use of some dietary supplements, just as they can with over-the-counter and prescription medications. Examples of adverse events include anxiety, headaches, increased blood pressure, vision problems, and stroke. Such adverse events may be due to one supplement taken alone or to combinations of supplements or to interactions between drugs and supplements.… Continue Reading...

Is whey protein the way to go?

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Protein supports muscle growth and repair. People often turn to protein supplements (such as whey, casein, and soy) to optimize those effects, especially after a workout. However, whole foods, not dietary supplements, should be your first choice for protein. Whole-food protein sources such as lean meats, fish, dairy products, legumes, nuts, and seeds are just as effective as (in some cases more effective than) protein supplements.… Continue Reading...

Is DMAA coming back?

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DMAA has been illegal for use as an ingredient in dietary supplements for more than 3 years. It still is, but just when you think it would be disappearing from the market, it seems to be on a slight rise again. Our online search of available dietary supplements with DMAA turned up 11 products we had never encountered before, in addition to 34 products still on the list since before DMAA became illegal.… Continue Reading...

Energy drinks: different labels, same risks

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Most energy drinks are now labeled with Nutrition Facts instead of Supplement Facts, but that doesn’t automatically make them safe. The most popular energy drinks contain about 80–120 mg of caffeine per serving (8 oz.)—about the same amount of caffeine in an 8-ounce coffee. Caffeine isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When used appropriately, caffeine can boost mental and physical performance.… Continue Reading...

Supplements: Can you spot a red flag?

Some dietary supplements on the market can contain unsafe ingredients and might even contain ingredients not listed on the label. If you are currently using or considering using a dietary supplement, ask yourself these questions to minimize your risk of consuming potentially harmful products.

Is it a high-risk dietary supplement? High-risk product categories include:
  • Bodybuilding
  • Weight loss
  • Sexual enhancement
  • Pain
  • Cognitive enhancement
Is the label missing a third-party certification/ verification label?
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Chilling out with relaxation drinks?

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If you’re feeling stressed, don’t rely on liquid relaxation products to relieve your tension. While energy drinks are promoted to give you an extra boost, relaxation drinks* are marketed to do just the opposite and help you, well, relax. These products commonly contain the amino acid theanine, as well as several different plant-based ingredients.… Continue Reading...

Why do some protein powders have Nutrition Facts labels while others have Supplement Facts labels?

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has specific definitions for conventional foods and dietary supplements, but protein powders can fall into one or the other. There are no definitive guidelines for protein powders, and a product’s category (and, thus, label) depends on how the manufacturer intends the product to be used.… Continue Reading...

2 14-year old girl weightlifters test positive for steroids!

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Egypt faces the possibility of being banned from weightlifting for up to two years by the sport’s governing body after five teenagers, including two girls aged 14, tested positive for steroids — a charge the head of the country’s weightlifting federation has rejected as “a conspiracy”.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) confirmed that the five, and two 20-year-olds, tested positive at the African Youth and Junior Championships in Cairo last December.… Continue Reading...

What are anabolic steroids and how do they affect men?

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IF YOU’VE SPENT at least 10 minutes in a hardcore gym or ever skimmed the headlines of the local sports page, you’re probably aware that anabolic steroids have a reputation for giving athletes a (completely jacked) leg up over their peers. 

But how much of an advantage do anabolic steroids really offer?… Continue Reading...