Dietary Supplements: Do We Need Them?

… or can we get all our nutrients from food? Tuesday’s timely article in The Washington Post is a preview for my upcoming Next Jump University (NJU) course this Wednesday about Dietary Supplements.

Article: Facts and Figures

– Half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements, mostly multivitamins

– Dietary Guidelines concentrate on four “nutrients of concern” that most of us need more of via food versus supplements to maintain good health: potassium, Vitamin D, calcium and fiber.

– Food first: Take a “snapshot” of your diet, then determine where to supplement.

NJU: What to Expect

#1 Motivation. We will discuss the motivations for supplement use and learn about why supplements are not regulated.

#2 Specific Supplements. We will then move into the supplements that interest Next Jumpers (including the above “nutrients of concern”).  From the survey a few weeks ago, the following is a general list of supplements we will discuss.  Please email me directly by end of the day Friday if you want to add another to the list:

–      Dietary supplements: Caffeine, Jack 3d, Beta-Alanine, Hydroxycut, NO-xplode, Wheybolic Extreme 60, Creatine, Glucosamine, BCAAs, D-ribose, L-Glutamine, Diet Pills

–      Vitamins, minerals, oils and herbs: Calcium, Melatonin, Iron, Prenatal Vitamins, Redoxon, Cod liver oil, Vitamin C, Borage oil, Omega-3s, Vitamin D, Bee Pollen

#3 Sports Pharmacology: What’s Safe? How do we determine what’s safe and effective.  What are some supplements we should think about adding to the diet?  What are some products that are safe to explore based on goals?

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