Speaking before an audience of nearly 100 Congressional staffers and guests, Dr. D’Adamo, a nationally-recognized nutrition research expert, presented a scientific perspective on advancements in sports nutrition and the role supplements play in optimal health and wellness. Dr. D’Adamo also provided luncheon attendees with helpful hints for navigating pitfalls that may interfere with improving health and achieving fitness goals.
“There is no shortcut to success,” advised Dr. D’Adamo. “However, dietary supplements can play a vital role in fitness regimens of all levels.” Providing an overview of the most popular supplements in the sports nutrition space, Dr. D’Adamo noted four ways these products support the foundations of optimal fitness: enhancing physical performance, providing micronutrient support, helping to avoid injury and promote recovery, and fostering restorative sleep.
“The overwhelming majority of sports nutrition supplements are safe,” continued Dr. D’Adamo. “But if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. ‘Fitness in a bottle’ is a concept exploited by shady supplement manufacturers, but every responsible athlete knows hard work and dedication are the only ways to reach your fitness goals—supplements play a supporting role.”
Dr. D’Adamo shared ways to identify dangerous or illegal products marketed as sports nutrition supplements and noted red flag ingredients, including Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs). This portion of the presentation echoed recent warnings from both FDA and responsible industry that products tainted with SARMs or other unapproved drugs that are illegally marketed as dietary supplements, pose serious health risks to consumers and can sabotage the careers of athletes.
The luncheon concluded with Dr. D’Adamo highlighting best practices for consumers looking to make evidence-informed decisions when shopping for dietary supplements. “There are three major steps you can take,” advised Dr. D’Adamo. “First, obtain clarity on the contents of products by looking closely at the supplement facts label. Second, understand the evidence supporting the use of individual ingredients and consult peer-reviewed research on finished products. Third, ensure the purity of product ingredients by looking for a third party seal or certification.”
Continued Dr. D’Adamo, “Remember: there are no shortcuts around the cornerstones of fitness, but working with your healthcare practitioner to develop a supplement regimen that’s right for you can help you reach your fitness and wellness goals.”
The educational event was sponsored by the bipartisan, bicameral Dietary Supplement Caucus with help from trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry—the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the Natural Products Association (NPA), and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).