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Why do teenagers use supplements, and where do they get their advice?

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Posted 27 November 2017

We have previously pointed out that USN, a company selling “sports supplements”, targets primary and high school children through it’s allied brand, SportsMax. The school selling the most sports supplements would get a free Bobby van Jaarsveld music concert. We made the point that this was unconscionable behaviour.

A study has been published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour, addressing the issue of why teenagers use supplements.

A commentary in NutraIngredients.com, makes the following points:

“Many adolescents use dietary supplements in an attempt to increase sports performance or improve immunity, finds a new study that also suggests supplements are frequently used despite a lack of knowledge about possible harmful effects”

“According to the existing information, adolescents are the most susceptible and misinformed group of customers; thus this population is the target market for dietary supplements” (Lead researcher)

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Sports supplements sold to children

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Posted 12 May 2017

This article was published in Huisgenoot. The article tackles the serious issue of companies such as USN targeting children to sell supplements to. This deplorable issue. We addressed this issue in CamCheck on the 21st April 2016.

In this previous article, we highlighted Elaine Swanepoel’s article, published in Die Rapport, where she wrote: “Yet says Albe Geldenhuys, head of USN, to Die Rapport, that primary school children should not under any circumstances be using supplements”. Yet the Sportsmax website clearly advertises and markets to children. SportMax products include MassMax (SportMax recommended dose is only for people older than 12 years) and Vitamax (12 years).  As we noted in the original posting, the product, ToneMax, contains Garcinia cambogia, an ingredient never tested in children, and associated with reports of liver failure!

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Garcinia Linked to Liver Damage

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Posted 28 April 2017

Garcinia is found in a number of USN and Herbex products, as well as other weight-loss products. This abstract from Natural Medicines, Integrative Medicine Newsletter of 25 April 2017, points out the risks of liver damage.

Garcinia contains the constituent hydroxycitric acid (HCA) which is purported to have a role in weight loss. Taking garcinia extract in doses providing up to 2800 mg of HCA daily has been used with apparent safety for up to 12 weeks; however, there is concern about liver damage. There are several case reports of liver toxicity in people who have taken garcinia alone or in combination with other ingredients for as little as one week. It’s unclear if garcinia is the actual cause of liver problems in these reports or if it is due to other factors.

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Teens Receiving Inaccurate Information on Supplements

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Posted 19 April 2017

A new study shows that teenage boys are frequently encouraged to use creatine and testosterone boosters by sales attendants at health food stores, despite American Academy of Pediatrics’ warnings.

Researchers pretending to be 15-year-old high school athletes asked sales attendants at 244 health food stores across the United States for advice on how to increase muscle strength. Creatine was recommended by 67.2% of the stores, 38.5% of which provided the recommendation without being asked specifically, while 28.7% recommended creatine when asked directly if it was not initially suggested. Furthermore, 74.2% of sales attendants stated that a 15-year-old could purchase creatine without a parent. Testosterone boosters were recommended by 9.8% of sales attendants. Study authors suggested that pediatricians should be educating teenage patients, particularly athletes, about these products and discourage their use.

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Herriman M, Fletcher L, Tchaconas A, et al. Dietary Supplements and Young Teens: Read the rest

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USN linked to company promoting sport supplements in children

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Posted 21 April 2016

Readers of CamCheck will be aware that USN and owner, Albe Geldenhuys is suing Dr Harris Steinman for R2 million Rand for the latter calling into question the questionable actions of USN/Geldenhuys.

The journalist, Elaine Swanepoel, has drawn attention in the recent Afrikaans Sunday newspaper, Die Rapport, to USN targeting and marketing to sport supplements to children. Bizarrely, according to the report: “Yet says Albe Geldenhuys, head of USN, to Die Rapport, that primary school children should not under any circumstances be using supplements”.

SportmaxThe claim is made that “The range of products have been tested by the MCC (Medical (sic) Control Council) and are manufactured in Gauteng”. However, the MCC does NOT test products! The product, ToneMax, contains Garcinia cambogia, an ingredient never tested in children, and associated with reports of liver failure!

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