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anyone seen the NFL list of approved supplements?

Discussion in 'Nutrition & Supplements' started by fitn50, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. fitn50

    fitn50 Active Member

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    First post on this forum, I've been impressed with the quality of the discussions here.

    As for the NFL, I've only seen a couple of EAS protein products listed. The idea was to certify the purity of the products so there aren't more incidents like Shawne Merriman getting nailed for nandrolone. Believe him or not, could it be a dirty little secret that supplements are sometimes tainted with forbidden ingredients? You would think most are fine. One interesting one was the sexual enhancement supp Stamina-RX, which the FDA found to contain Cialis. No wonder it worked great, not that anyone on this forum would need it ;) I'd like to be sure of what I'm taking but at the same time do we want the FDA regulating the industry? Merriman hasn't said what the supplement was that may have been tainted. If he's telling the truth there may be some interesting litigation ahead for an as yet un-identified company.
     
  2. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Here is the list of banned substances.

    http://www.nflpa.org/pdfs/RulesAndRegs/ProhibitedSubstances.pdf

    As of now, the NFL has only "approved" eight supplements (all EAS products) through its partnership with NSF. The approval process simply certifies the product is produced "cleanly" (without any non-listed on non-authorized ingredients).
     
  3. JeremyLikness

    JeremyLikness Well-Known Member

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    I think it is great to see them taking steps for the purity of the product. A huge culprit is multivitamins. Most undereducated consumers simply go for the cheapest, 1-a-day vitamin they can find. Unfortunately, these typically have inferior formulations and have been found in many third-party studies not only to have far less than the claimed label amount, but in some cases to have excess amounts of the nutrients that are potentially toxic in larger doses.

    So, I don't think mandatory regulation really makes sense, but more like what many companies do, which is willingly submit to third-party testing and qualification standards such as pharmaceutical grade GMP, USP guidelines for dissolutions, etc.

    That way you at least know what companies are putting quality first and can make a more informed decision. For those who purchased based on cost, they'll still go for the cheap second hand supplements that promise 100% of the RDA without explaining that this is actually the minimum amount for survival as opposed to an optimal for good health, while those who purchase based on value will go for the supplements that may be more of an investment but commit to use quality ingredients, to test the integrity of those ingredients and also balance them based on the latest knowledge of what the body needs.

    One banned substance for Olympic athletes, for example, is caffeine, which more than a few supplement manufacturers have stuffed in their multivitamins. Why? So when someone takes them, they feel a "kick" and think, "Hey, this is working" when in fact all they really are getting is a caffeine buzz.

    For example, ConsumerLabs does it's own screening of products for quality and to ensure they are free of banned substances, here is their published list:

    http://www.consumerlab.com/results/bannedsub.asp

    Again the biggest problem they found wasn't steroids in drugs but added caffeine and other stimulants to create a false sense of the old "I feel it syndrome" that so many people use to evaluate products rather than actually keeping a detailed journal and seeing quantifiable results.

    Jeremy
     
  4. Banditfist

    Banditfist Well-Known Member

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    I actually heard on NFL Sunday this past week that the reason why the NFL recommends specific brands to its athletes is that they performed analysis on different brands. A HIGH percentage of them came back with steriods in them. Merriweather out in San Diego believes that he is the victim of this. He took some supplements that were not on the approved lists. He has appealed and has provided samples of the supplements that he took. It will be interesting to see the results.

    But, the NFL is by no means a beacon of hope of even athletic competition. They put up a great front and you hardly hear about NFL players getting suspended for steroid use. The NFLPA has only agreed to urine testing. From what I have heard, HGH is not detectable in urine. You have to have a blood test for this.
     
  5. MannishBoy

    MannishBoy Senior Member

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    I saw that on BB.com supplement board, but then read that they'd released it and it didn't turn out to be true.

    *shrug*

    Of course, in that kind of business, that is actually probably good press..."we're so good, the FDA thinks we're illegal".
     
  6. fitn50

    fitn50 Active Member

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    I'd love to know which one it was. I can't imagine his list of supplements is much different than many people's on this forum. I'm not subject to testing but I wouldn't be overjoyed to learn I'd been taking a steroid unwittingly.
     
  7. SwoleCat

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    My opinion is that he screwed up and shot Deca at the end of their season last year or the end of the testing period last year, not realizing that Deca (nandralone) can be detected for up to a year or more after cessation of use.

    Supplements my (__!__). Baseball players are geared up like crazy, to think football players aren't would be, well, hilarious. :cool:

    ~SC~
     
  8. 1esotericguy

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    I heard there were also WMD's in some supplements. :lol:

    Seriously though, does anyone 'accidentally' take Patrick Arnold stuff? (if that's what Merriweather is referring to)
     
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    Its Shawne Merriman and I'm actually think the NFL is beginning to step up its policy going after stars. You can't take yourself seriously until you go after the big stars of the game.

    Also regarding Merrimans claim it was in a vitamin is weak. These guys are trained athletes and Merriman especially is very up to date on all this stuff from what I hear. He was under investigation coming out of Maryland too.

    Also the buzz going around the NFL right now is he might drop his appeal and begin serving his suspension.
     
  10. bradh

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    Cool! I might be on steroids! NOT. I don't believe that for a second. There's not too many people around getting too big.

    I'd say alot of NFL players are on HGH and also this newer IGF thingy, which is actually legal has we speak, probably for not much longer.
     
  11. beachbumnwfl

    beachbumnwfl Well-Known Member

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    Supplements are laced with steroids? I doubt it. I am in the US Air Force and we are tested at random. I worked twice at the drug testing clinic, and around 200 people a day on our base are tested. They test for everything, including all forms of steroids. I would guess about at least half of us troops take some kind of supplement. You think that if supplements were laced, then you would hear about it quite often in the service. Just my opinion.
     

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