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USOC Dietary Supplement Factsheet


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What is a dietary supplement?

A dietary supplement is a pill, capsule, tablet, powder, liquid or other food form intended to supplement a whole food diet by providing any combination of the following:

 Vitamins
 Minerals
 Amino acids
 Herbs and botanicals (leaves, bark, stems, berries, roots, seed of plants)

Sports supplements are a classification of dietary supplements, often designed to have an “ergogenic benefit” by increasing nutrient intake, lean mass, energy levels, or recovery.… Continue Reading...

What’s at Stake as an Inquiry Into Russian Doping Wraps Up?

Detailed accounts of state-sponsored doping in Russia have unsettled global sports this year. On Friday morning, another investigation into Russian doping will wrap up.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, the primary international watchdog on the use of performance-enhancing substances, will publish the results of a new inquiry into Russian sports.

We read all about this over the summer, didn’t we?

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Body Image Disorders and Abuse of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids Among Men

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Harrison G. Pope Jr, MD1; Jag H. Khalsa, MS, PhD2; Shalender Bhasin, MB, BS3

During the last several decades, the image of the idealized male body in many countries has shifted toward a substantially higher level of muscularity. Bodybuilding competitors, male models, and even children’s action toys (eg, “G.I.… Continue Reading...

Do people who weigh more require more protein?


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The response of muscle protein synthesis following whole-body resistance exercise is greater following 40 g than 20 g of ingested whey protein.

Weight training causes muscle damage, and protein is needed to stimulate the growth and repair process. Although protein consumption alone can activate muscle protein synthesis (MPS) to a certain extent, protein in combination with resistance exercise is superior.… Continue Reading...

D’Qwell Jackson suspended four games for violating PED policy

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The NFL announced Tuesday that Colts inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been suspended for four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

Jackson, 33, leads the Colts in tackles. He’s in his third year with the team after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Browns.

Jackson previously has never missed a start with the Colts.… Continue Reading...

Injecting natural oil to increase muscle mass can be harmful

These are often less costly than other synthetic compounds (Photo: AFP)

Steroid use among bodybuilders to bulk up muscles is well known. Other compounds may be used, including natural oils.

London: Gym-goers, take note! Using natural oil injections to improve muscle definition may harm your body, warn doctors including one of Indian origin who reported a serious complication experienced by an amateur bodybuilder in the UK.… Continue Reading...

Steroids found inside ISIL training center

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MOSUL, Iraq — The bunk beds that fill the rooms sleep more than 80 recruits of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On the walls, posters detail the components of Russian Kalashnikovs and American assault rifles.

One sign reminds the trainees that victory comes from long fights and pain – rewards come later: “Remember that we didn’t come for this life, we came for the afterlife.”

Spread across several large houses, the “Sheikh Abu Samaya Ansari Camp” was discovered this week by Iraqi forces as they pushed deeper into the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, which ISIL militants have been fighting bitterly to retain.… Continue Reading...

Amateur Bodybuilder Treated After Injecting Himself With Coconut Oil

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This obsession with body image is getting really crazy!

Doctors are warning about the practice among bodybuilders in the UK of injecting substances such as coconut oil to enhance their muscle shape. The extent of the practice is only coming to light due to the case of a young man being admitted to hospital with loss of function in his right arm, but medics are warning this is potentially only the “tip of the iceberg.”

“Alarmingly, this practice used for the short-term enhancement of muscular appearance seems to come at a significant cost,” write the authors of the case study published in BMJ Case Reports.… Continue Reading...

Horse Trainer disqualified for 3½ years over steroid use in stable

DEVASTATED Wodonga trainer Brian Cox plans to fight a three-and-half-year disqualification imposed on Tuesday by the Racing Appeals and ­Disciplinary Board.

Cox, 63, plans to lodge an appeal with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Unless VCAT grants him a stay of proceedings subject to his appeal being heard, he must clear his stables of the 25 horses he has in work by midnight on Tuesday.… Continue Reading...

Superstar Aamir Khan Body Transformation For Movie Aided By Steroids?

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Aamir Khan body transformation from 213 pounds to a fit and fabulous six pack was not an easy task for the 51-year-old actor. The Bollywood superstar has been making headlines for his upcoming wrestling movie “Dangal.” Even though the actor has mentioned following a strict diet plan, transforming the body with only diet and a heavy workout is not enough to reach the goal in a short amount of time.… Continue Reading...