Supplements

The military’s obsession with energy drinks is contributing to PTSD

Getting adequate sleep is increasingly rare among the active duty military population, as frequent deviations from the body’s natural circadian rhythms due to a demanding operational tempo pit personnel in an ongoing struggle against the ever-persistent sandman.

To combat the sleep deprivation unique to this demographic, service members often turn to energy drinks, a prominent component of combat deployments that has become as paramount to mission success as any piece of protective gear or weaponry.

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Deaths due to tainted herbal medicine under-recorded

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A University of Adelaide forensic pathologist is warning that potentially harmful substances found in herbal medicines may be playing a bigger role in deaths of ‘health tourists’ than previously thought.

Professor Roger Byard is calling for closer checks during post-mortems for the presence of drugs and adulterants that originate from herbal remedies.

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Unregulated Dietary Supplement Could Damage Your Heart

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New research suggests many “natural” weight loss and athletic supplements aren’t worth the risk, including higenamine, which is actually banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency

Ten years ago, Dr. Pieter Cohen noticed some of his patients were becoming ill because of the weight loss pills they were taking.

Cohen, an internist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard University, had some of those supplements tested and found that some of the pills and powders contained substances his patients didn’t even know were in there.… Continue Reading...

The Dangers of Taking Kratom

The popular herb may act like a prescription opioid, and could be addictive

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A new report from the Food and Drug Administration says that the popular herbal substance kratom acts like a prescription-strength opioid. What’s more, the FDA says, kratom has been responsible for at least one death and is suspected of contributing to many others.

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FDA issues consumer warning on sports products that contain SARMs

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The Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer warning against supplement-like body building products that contain SARMs, or selective androgen receptor modulators.

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Unlabeled Ingredients in ‘Herbal’ Supplements (body-building, weight-loss products) Causes Liver Injury

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WASHINGTON — Herbal products and supplements are frequently mislabeled and may contain unlisted ingredients that are harmful to the liver, researchers said here.

Of 272 herbal dietary supplements analyzed, 51% had inaccurate labels in which some or all of the listed ingredients were not detected in the product, Victor Navarro, MD, of the department of transplantation at the Einstein Healthcare Network, in Philadelphia, and colleagues found.… Continue Reading...

Supplements: What is third party certification?

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Third-party certification organizations provide independent testing to evaluate supplements and their ingredients. Although this does not ensure the effectiveness of a product, certification programs do verify that a product is of high quality, consists of the ingredients listed on the label, and does not include any undeclared ingredients. Note that such testing is essentially a snapshot in time of a particular product and is no guarantee that future batches will be the same.… Continue Reading...

Diet of protein shakes and supplements contributed to female bodybuilder’s death

Ms Hefford’s mother says protein supplements need to be regulated better.

Meegan Hefford, a mother of two and bodybuilder, died after an overconsumption of protein shakes, supplements and protein-rich foods.

Hefford was found unconscious in her apartment in West Australia and was quickly transported to the hospital, where she was declared brain-dead.… Continue Reading...

Anabolic Steroid Derivatives Lead to Dietary Supplement Recall

Sten Z and M1 Alpha capsules by Andropharm: Recall—contains derivatives of anabolic steroids.

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Andropharm is voluntarily recalling all lots of Sten Z and M1 Alpha capsules to the consumer level because these products contain derivatives of anabolic steroids rendering them unapproved drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established and therefore subject to recall.… Continue Reading...

Research tackles contaminated dietary supplements’ impact on athletes

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Contaminated dietary supplements may cause health problems in users and render athletes ineligible to play, according to a Clemson University professor.

Bryan Denham, Campbell Professor of Sports Communication and chair of Clemson’s communication department, writes in a series of journal articles that the problem often lies in the inclusion of methylhexaneamine, or DMAA, an amphetamine derivative banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).… Continue Reading...