20 Apr '12, 8pm

Nutrition: Nine questions every athlete should ask before taking a supplement

Has there been any independent research on the supplement? Many supplements have not been researched in healthy athletes, or the research has been done only in-house and not independently assessed. If research has been conducted, has it been published in an independent, peer-reviewed scientific journal? The marketing of some supplements relies on articles written about the product. "An article is not the same as research," Cardwell says. "Before an article is published in scientific journals, experts in the field review it to make sure it is up to a high standard and conclusions are valid." Is the research relevant to athletes? Many supplement manufacturers cite research articles that are unrelated to the claims for the product. "One food bar claimed to assist body fat loss, yet none of the references cited to support its claim were about weight loss," Cardwell explains. "...

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