Barely weeks after banning the sale of Maggi, a popular noodles brand, the food department of Delhi government is set to launch a campaign against so-called muscle builders which are, in fact, unhealthy food supplements.
A significant number of youngsters, especially gymnasium-goers, consumes these health supplements to nourish their body and enhance their physique.
But several complaints against these body boosters have now come to light, prompting the department to prepare an action plan against such products.
According to health experts, most of the health supplements available in the market are laced with steroids.
Since these items are easily available at any pharmacy, many youngsters are getting hooked on to a wide variety of substances that promise to boost energy, appearance, performance and immunity, even though they have severe side-effects.
“These food items are highly expensive. One has to spend more than Rs 5,000 to purchase a single box of these supplements. It is very important to have proper awareness before purchasing such items,” Jindal added.
Steroids, also known as cortisol, are different from anabolic steroids used by athletes and body-builders.
These help in treating cancer patients, people with arthritis, severe burns, anaemia, delayed puberty and suchlike.
“These are extremely harmful for health. Youngsters should focus on healthy food items rather than opting for unnatural means to strengthen their body,” Dr Girish Tyagi of the Delhi Medical Council told Mail Today.
Consumption of dietary supplements causes side-effects such as abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, increasing weight due to water retention and muscle cramps.
It also affects kidney function and enlarges the heart muscle.
The side-effects of anabolic steroids include damaged liver and kidneys and, in some cases, swelling of the brain.
The use of dietary supplements is being heavily debated across the world for their suspected side-effects, with many countries even contemplating banning them.
The terms ‘steroids’, ‘roids’ or ‘juice’ usually refer to anabolic steroids, which are synthetic (manmade) substances similar to the male sex hormone, testosterone.
The term ‘anabolic’ refers to muscle growth.
According to experts, athletes wrongly believe that these substances will increase their alertness or aggressiveness on the field.
However, negative side-effects — such as decreased concentration, nervousness or not being able to sleep; not to mention some serious health risks — can cause more serious problems to a player’s performance.
For the majority of individuals, the protein needs of their body can be met through a balanced diet.
Therefore, protein and amino acid supplements do not offer any added advantage over eating foods that are sources of protein (such as chicken, meat, fish, eggs, nuts and tofu).
Recently, the Ludhiana police had arrested a man who was preparing fake health supplements in the city.
A team of health department officials raided a house in Raghubeer Park Chandar Nagar and found locally made steroids and fake supplements.
The team found around 250 boxes of fake supplements apart from 3.5 sacks of starch, 2.5 sacks of milk powder, a sack of custard and a box each of vanilla and chocolate flavours.
Two empty boxes of cyproheptadine salt were also found.
The salt is used to increase appetite. Four empty boxes of dexamethasone, a steroid, were also found.
A survey conducted by Assocham in 2012 had revealed that about 78 per cent of adolescents in the country’s urban areas consume at least one dietary supplement such as pills, energy drinks, steroids or high-protein powders.
Also, over 85 per cent of school and college athletes said their coaches and fitness trainers encouraged them to take supplements similar to steroids.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3149606/Government-safety-squad-banned-Maggi-set-launch-campaign-against-muscle-building-supplements.html#ixzz3f8cSv7l1