Dr. Murray was a co-founder of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and is now the managing principal of Sports Science Insights, LLC, a consulting group that provides sports nutrition and exercise science expertise to companies. Dr. Murray outlined 5 things to keep in mind about supplements.
1. Some ingredients are illegal and banned by a sport governing body such as the International Olympic Committee or NCAA.
2. Some ingredients are legal but banned by a sport governing body.
3. Many ingredients have aliases. There are over 40,000 chemical “aliases” for substances that are used in supplements, making it more difficult to evaluate and regulate supplements.
4. Some ingredients are dangerous. He gave an example of Oxy-Elite Pro, which contained the banned stimulant DMAA and was linked to acute hepatitis.
5. Supplement use may make the jump to performance enhancing drugs more attractive to athletes.
Dr. Murray offers the following advice to athletes:
· Want zero risk? Take zero supplements.
· Okay with minimal risk? Use certified supplements. Work with qualified professional who can do the homework. Get approval from team official.
· Like to live dangerously? Take whatever supplement you want.
For more information about supplements check out the SCAN fact sheets on dietary supplements and their regulation.
© 2015 Kathleen Searles, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN