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Anti-Doping Agency warns athletes about dietary supplements

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Posted 11 August 2014

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) maintains a Web site that challenges myths about dietary supplements and discourages their use. Among other things, the site warns:

  • Navigating the supplement marketplace and supplement issues is difficult. No one person or organization can provide all the answers.
  • Many people have hastily jumped to the conclusion that supplements are safe, effective, and a necessary part of being an elite athlete.
  • It is very unlikely that healthy people will be unable to get the nutrients they need from diet alone. There is simply no substitution for eating a proper diet.
  • The majority of supplements have not been proven to improve performance.
  • Certain dietary supplements contain exorbitant amounts of nutrients that are unnecessary, unusable by the body, or even potentially harmful.
  • The best option may be to not take dietary supplements.

The site also contains the Supplement 411 High Risk Read the rest

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