How to Choose Supplements

Posted: December 20, 2017


Supplements have become a cornerstone in athletics. They can range from whey protein, creatine, pre-workout, iron supplements, beta alanine, etc. Athletes consume supplements to reach their goals of increasing lean muscle mass, increasing strength and power, or recovering quicker; however, it is important to know what all the ingredients are in the supplement. Supplement manufacturers are not required to be approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA); therefore, there is no regulation of the supplement’s purity, effectiveness, or listed ingredients being a banned substance. The FDA is only involved with regulating a supplement if it is proven to be harmful or contain banned substances. If you test positive for a banned substances NCAA drug test, the consequences is at minimum 365 day suspension and a loss of a year of eligibility.

First and foremost before considering adding a supplement to your training program, take a look at your diet first. Supplements cannot improve performance or replace a poor diet. Consuming a well-balanced diet of lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates, and fats will increase performance if it is consistent. As an athlete, it is important to know what you are putting in your body just as much as how you train it. Proper nutrition is what provides you with the fuel to train, compete, and perform at your best.
Websites to consult before adding a supplement to your diet:
NSF International:
United States Anti-Doping Agency:
International Olympic Committee:
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