Questions About Dietary Supplements? The NIH Can Help


Two new fact sheets from the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aim to reduce public confusion about whether supplements can boost nutrition and physical fitness. Dietary Supplements for Exercise and Athletic Performance and Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss provide info about the effectiveness and safety of ingredients found in dietary supplements promoted for fitness and weight loss.

The first fact sheet covers products that claim to improve your strength or endurance, increase your exercise efficiency, help you achieve performance goals more quickly, or raise your tolerance for more intense training. The second attempts to guide readers through the often-confusing marketplace options for weight loss.

In all, the resources cover more than 44 ingredients, including:

  • African mango
  • Antioxidants
  • Beetroot
  • Caffeine
  • Chromium
  • Creatine
  • Garcinia
  • Green tea
  • Hoodia
  • Protein
  • Raspberry ketones
  • Tart cherry

Sourced from: National Institutes of Health