Dr. Matthew Shapiro Says . . .
There is a lot of controversy about the use of performance enhancing drugs. Steroids certainly cause remarkable strength and conditioning benefits, but the downside of using them is high, and they are, after all, banned substances. Nutritional supplements are a little less clear. Supplements, including creatine and vitamins as well as chondroitin and glucosamine, are not regulated by the FDA. In fact, they're really not regulated at all. So when you buy a supplement, you can't be certain that what you get is what's on the label. Also, what's in any particular bottle varies from product to product and batch to batch. There's no scientific evidence that they are helpful, and there is some evidence that they can increase cramping, heat stroke, and heat illness. Please use these links to review advisory statements by the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations for more information.
Energy Drink Statement