Despite the challenges of removing illegal products from the market, regulators do occasionally catch up with the people who own and run fraudulent supplement businesses.
TrueSport is excited to announce the release of a new resource to help parents and athletes make healthy choices when it comes to nutrition and dietary supplements.
By supporting legislation and initiatives to protect athletes and consumers, USADA has demonstrated its commitment to educate athletes & consumers about supplement risks.
When it comes to supplements, there is a spectrum of risk for a positive anti-doping test or adverse health event. There are numerous red flags to look out for as an athlete or consumer considering the use of supplements.
While athletes should consult health professionals about the use of supplements, it’s equally important for athletes and their support personnel to understand that supplements and medications are very different in terms of regulation and safety.
Dietary Supplement Industry and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Warn Consumers about Dangerous, Illegal Ingredients Known as SARMs
The dietary supplement industry’s leading trade associations and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) today joined in support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent actions to protect consumers from body-building products containing Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) illegally marketed as dietary supplements. SARMs are dangerous and illegal, and they pose an immediate risk to consumers, jeopardize the careers of athletes, and have no place in any sports nutrition regimen.
Given that they are both used for health purposes, it would be easy to assume that medications and supplements are regulated the same way and produced to the same standards, but unfortunately this is not the case. Unlike medications, supplements are regulated post-market, which means that no regulatory body evaluates the contents or safety of supplements before they are sold to consumers.
Ostarine is the trademarked name for a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) that is not approved for human use or consumption in the U.S., or in any other country. Ostarine is also prohibited at all times under the S1. Anabolic Agent category of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
When companies label food or supplements as “all natural,” they may be hoping that you will assume their products are safer and better than other products. However, in the context of foods or supplements, it is very difficult to know what is meant by “all-natural.”