Supplements : Dietary Supplements, As Defined By The Fda ( U.s. Food And Drug Administration

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IETARY SUPPLEMENTS

Dietary supplements, as defined by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), are products intended for ingestion which contain any ingredients which add further nutritional value to the diet. Dietary supplements fall under the food category and consist vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, metabolites, extracts (U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA), 2015). Supplements are taken by many people to assist in the building of muscle and to assist in recovery after workouts. Creatine is a popular supplement which is taken by both professional and amateur body builders to assist in the delivery of energy to the muscles. There are some dietary supplements which provide energy but have very serious side effects. These supplements contain steroids.

There are two types of steroids which are naturally present in the body: Corticosteroids and androgenic/anabolic steroids. Corticosteroids are produced in the adrenal gland above the kidney and androgenic/anabolic steroids are made by the body to regulate the production of testosterone in the male and female gonads (Wedro MD FACEP FAAEM, & Stoppler, MD, 2014) . Anabolic steroids are taken by body builders to enhance the growth of muscle. While steroids can provide that extra size that bodybuilders desire it also can have numerous side effects on the body. Some of these side effects are listed in the illustration (Figure 1). Even with the potential to experience these side effects, some bodybuilders still…

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