Friday, February 3, 2017

12 steps to evaluate a supplement: Is it too good to be true?

Recover faster! Burn fat! Increase energy!

What athlete wouldn't want to do all of these things and more?! And when it seems so easy to just take a pill or powder to get there, it is no surprise that so much money is spent on these products each year.

With so many products out there, how can an athlete know which have potential to actually be beneficial and which are dangerous and unnecessary? I love the 12-step checklist by Bob Seebohar MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS. Check out his video to learn more!

If the product passes the above 12 steps, it is important that athletes remember to take only products that are certified as clean of banned supplements. Two such certifying agencies, NSF Sport and Informed Choice, provide lists of certified supplements on their websites. However, all athletes need to remember that when supplements are taken, there is nothing that is 100% guaranteed free of banned supplements. So, to have zero risk of a positive drug test, zero supplements should be taken.

Your Nutrition Coach,