On Jan. 24, the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, issued a news release titled, Will supplements help your workout or diet routine? The article talks about the use of supplements by the U.S. population, especially for areas such as weight loss and improving fitness.
“Dietary supplements marketed for exercise and athletic performance can’t take the place of a healthy diet, but some might have value for certain types of activity,” said Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., director of ODS. “Others don’t seem to work, and some might even be harmful.”
The article also draws attention to an ODS facts sheets page on the NIH website.
The facts sheets page includes an alphabetical listing of many dietary supplement ingredients and related topics. Clicking on any of the links brings you to additional resources for that ingredient or topic.
For example, the vitamin A link contains information related to the recommended intakes, sources of vitamin A, information related to the nutritional deficiency of vitamin A, vitamin A and health, groups at risk for vitamin A inadequacy, interactions with medications and references.
A bitter orange facts sheet, directed at health professionals, includes information related to the regulation of weight-loss supplements, information about ephedra (ma Huang), an ingredient banned from dietary supplements since 2006, safety considerations and references.
We encourage you to add this NIH facts sheets page to your own list of resources.