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.