Many, many of our young people are going to their local health food store to purchase over-the-counter supplements to help them achieve their goal of “getting bigger”. Â When they start to see positive results, they are so pleased that they tell all of their friends about it and soon all of their buddies are using some new product that is available at the corner health food store.
UnbeknownÂ to most people, is that the muscle gains they achieve as a result of their use of a supplement is most likely from anabolic steroids, NOT from the protein in the protein powder!
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning manufacturers to stop spiking their products with steroids, prescription drugs or other prohibited substances.Â
Ashton explained, “(The problem) when you are talking about dietary supplements, even if they are ‘natural products,’ is that the FDA does not have to police their safety before they come to market. They are only responsible for ascertaining their safety after they are on the shelf.”
The FDA, Ashton said, is concerned about three popular categories of supplements that are available both on the Internet, and in some cases in retail stores, for weight loss, sexual enhancement and bodybuilding.
With bodybuilding products, Ashton said, “They sometimes promote on the packaging it is a legal alternative to anabolic steroids, which we know have very dangerous side effects, liver problems and can really have serious hormonal consequences.”
She added, “The other issue talking about anabolic steroids, sometimes the package will give a warning saying you may test positive on drug testing. You have to realize that if it works to build muscle and can give you a positive drug test there, that there are substances in there that can work as anabolic steroids do, which is potentially very dangerous.”
Ashton advised talking with your doctor about any products you are taking, even if they claim to be “natural.”