Be Cautious When Adding "Supplements" to Your Fitness Plan

One of the most cloudy areas of fitness today is dietary supplementation.  A dietary supplement, as defined by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, is “a catch-all term that includes substances that the FDA does not consider drugs and also do not fall in the category of normal foods or food additives.  Generally, dietary supplements are highly refined products that that would not be confused with a food.”

Unfortunately, most of the information given to consumers is from the supplement company themselves, or from anecdotal evidence from someone using the supplement that espouses its incredible efficacy.  The truth is, very few supplements  are shown to be effective in increasing  performance , boosting testosterone, burning bodyfat,  improving ones quality of life, etc.

Beware the supplement label claiming anything fantastic like a “1000% increase in testosterone” or “incredible fat incinerating power.” There is no scientific evidence for these claims in ANY supplement.

Furthermore, even in vitamin and mineral supplements which may be effective in enhancing fitness in some people with an extreme deficiency , there is no conclusive evidence that doses ABOVE the daily recommendation further enhances health or performance.  A relatively balanced diet (of food) will satisfy most of a persons vitamin and mineral needs.

So, be careful of suspect label claims or claims of peers that seem too good to be true.  They are.  Save your money, eat a balanced diet, and stick to a smart fitness plan.

If you have any questions regarding any component of fitness, call me (636)399-7049 or get in contact with any Emerge trainer.

Matt Pirtle, MA. CSCS


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