Throughout the ages, athletes have sought to augment training and diet with substances that are ergogenic or work producing. Today's athletes have a wide variety of supplements to choose from, and a new, improved supplement is always on the horizon. This article reviews 4 popular ergogenic aids: creatine, caffeine, epigallocatechin gallate, and nitric oxide, and discusses the science behind the supplement and the potential benefits and risks of using these supplements
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Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSD, an associate dean in the College of Health and Human Sciences and a professor in the Division of Nutrition at Georgia State University, provides nutrition counseling to the athletes at Georgia State University and conducts research in sports nutrition.
Michele Rosbruck, MS, obtained her graduate degree from the Division of Nutrition at Georgia State University and is currently completing the dietetic internship.
Corresponding author: Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSD, College of Health and Human Sciences, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303-3965 (firstname.lastname@example.org).