SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - When it comes to looking for and purchasing supplements for athletic activity, it is always better to be safe than sorry. You should always do the proper research before you leave the house.
Ed Wyzumaila is the General Manager of NSF International . It is an independent non-for-profit organization that is based in Ann Arbor. They help people by certifying products and writing standards for dietary supplements.
Ed says, "no high school athlete or parent should purchase supplements like protein, creatine or energy drinks without speaking to a doctor or nutritionist first."
Ed also says that several products make over-the-top claims about what they can do for a person body or strength. That is why he says you need to make sure a product has been tested and certified by NSF. Products that have not been certified can contain controlled substances like steroids, illegal diaretics and harmful ingredients.
Linda Amick, owner of Healthy Jones in downtown Northville, says everything starts with a solid diet. Linda agrees that you must do your homework but beleives that a supplement can really help with athletic activity.
She says "most people seem to know good nutrition but when we go over their diet, they are not really eating what they ought to be."
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