Supplement 411 is USADA’s dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource. Congratulations for taking the initiative to educate yourself regarding this important topic. As you may already know, the answers are not straightforward. No resource can protect you completely. The reality is that the use of dietary supplements can be risky, and that awareness, caution, education, and common sense must be exercised when considering their use.
Supplement 411 will help you gain a better understanding of the dietary supplement issue and cover topics including how to:
- REALIZE there are safety issues with dietary supplements.
- RECOGNIZE risk when you see it.
- REDUCE your risk of testing positive and experiencing health problems by taking concrete steps.
Dietary supplements are regulated in a post-market fashion, which means that no regulatory body approves the accuracy of the label or safety of the contents before they are sold to consumers. As such, no dietary supplement can be guaranteed to be 100 percent risk-free. If athletes choose to use supplements despite the risks, USADA has always recommended that athletes use only dietary supplements that have been certified by a third-party program that tests for substances prohibited in sport. USADA currently recognizes NSF Certified for Sport® as the program best suited for athletes to reduce the risk from supplements.