BBC Totally Misleads on Sports Nutrition...Again!
Today, they were interviewing an “expert” on the morning program and they were talking about the tragic death of a young girl who was trying to drum up donations for charity by running the London Marathon. The medical report yesterday found that she took the banned stimulant DMAA (also known as “geranium” and most famously found in the product Jack3d).
I’ve been warning about this stuff long before it was banned because it was obvious from my research that it caused very large increases in blood pressure (when combined with caffeine as it usually is). The kicker for me was that DMAA doesn’t even improve performance or fat loss, so it would be one thing to take a very small risk of side effects for a product that actually works but this stuff, if anything would “decrease” exercise performance because it actually restricts blood flow...some readers may know that pre-workout products are designed to increase blood flow (by increasing nitric oxide – “NO”, a product category that I first helped bring to the sports nutrition industry - United States Patent 7795204).
Anyway, this morning, the “expert” first correctly stated that DMAA had been pulled from the market a while back and that supplements are actually quite safe – good so far... BUT THEN he states that “sports supplements are unregulated”. OK, so if sports supplements are “unregulated”, then who banned DMAA? Also, why over the years have I spent up to 20 hours or more each week advising sports nutrition companies and industry on how to conform to the plethora of regulations that have recently more than doubled due to the ridiculous levels of legislation imposed by the European Union?
In fact, the MHRA pulled DMAA and several other strong stimulant and hormone products off the market just at the end of last year?!?!? So unless I’ve been hallucinating, there is plenty of regulation on supplements and the MHRA is actively policing the industry!
I could go on and on about this and of course some unscrupulous sellers sell banned stuff but the BBC has been in trouble lately for putting out incorrect information. I personally talked to a dietician who made some comments about sports supplements on a prominent BBC show and in the course of my emails to her, she retracted every negative thing she said about the product - that's just ONE example. In a perfect world the BBC would make a full retraction with their tail between their legs but in reality, WE as supplement users have to insist on an end to all the lies that give this industry a bad name and ensure information is disseminated by proper experts!
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Mark Gilbert B.Sc. (Nutrition)
Nutritionist and Supplement Specialist
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