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Jun 29th, 2015

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The word "supplement" means exactly that: a nutrient or group of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats and oils) that are meant to supplement, but not substitute for a healthy diet that you eat on a regular basis. Nutrition supplements come in a variety of forms: pills, capsules, powders, liquids, and even in gel form. The cost of nutrition supplements can range from almost "at cost" to being outrageously expensive
The Good

Proteins have an overall benefit on physical activity and on overall health. In a study with healthy male US Marines, “the protein supplemented group had an average of 33% fewer total medical visits, 28% fewer visits due to bacterial/viral infections, 37% fewer visits due to muscle/joint problems, and 83% fewer visits due to heat exhaustion” than the control, unsupplemented group.2 Furthermore, protein may help reduce blood pressure. A protein mixture, consisting of 20% pea, 20% soy, 30% egg, and 30% milk-protein isolate, reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure in overweight individuals (BMI = 25-35). This research suggests that protein intake might help manage blood pressure and prevent complications associated with elevated blood pressure.

The Bad

Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), protein supplements, like any other supplement, are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that supplement manufacturers do not need to register their products with FDA and they do not need FDA approval before producing or selling dietary supplements. Unfortunately, this lack of a regulation might result in products with contaminants, as it occurred in 2010 with two protein supplements containing unwanted levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic.



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