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FACT OR FICTION: Can Dietary Supplements Enhance Health and Performance?

Santo, Antonio S. Ph.D., R.D., CSSD; Kruskall, Laura J. Ph.D., R.D., CSSD, FACSM

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e318264cae8

LEARNING OBJECTIVE • The reader can expect to learn about updates regarding the dietary supplement regulations established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and how to professionally discuss the use of supplements with his or her clients.

It is important for fitness professionals to give accurate, thorough information about dietary supplements. The fitness professional must be critical of the supplement claims and media headlines. FDA regulation and the safety and efficacy of supplements are critical items for discussion

Antonio S. Santo, Ph.D., R.D., CSSD, is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Exercise physiology and sports nutrition are his main educational foci, while his research interest is in the use of nuclear magnetic resonance for detecting lipoprotein particle size and number. He is also a certified Health Fitness Specialist and a professional photographer.

Laura J. Kruskall, Ph.D., R.D., CSSD, FACSM, is the director of Nutrition Sciences at UNLV. Areas of expertise include sports nutrition, weight management, and medical nutrition therapy. Her research interests include body composition, bone density, and energy metabolism. She is a Certified ACSM Health/Fitness Specialist, and is a nutrition consultant for Canyon Ranch Spaclub and Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2012 American College of Sports Medicine.