Australians spend more than $1 billion each year on sports supplements in the quest to become fitter, faster and stronger.
Edith Cowan University (ECU) sports nutrition expert Dr Krissy Kendall says that while research has shown some supplements do provide a measurable benefit, the evidence for many others is dubious at best.
Watch Dr Kendall's latest 90 second video where she explains the science behind five popular sports supplements.
“There are literally thousands of sports supplements on the Australian market and it can be hard to tell which supplements work and which don't stack up,” she said.
“New products are coming on to the market all the time, so because of this it's important that we continue to do the research so we know which ones are safe and effective, and which ones to avoid.”
Dr Kendall identifies those supplements with clear evidence of being effective, such as creatine and whey protein, as well as those to probably avoid, like testosterone boosters and glutamine.
Dr Kendall also recently recorded an episode of ECU's research podcast Body of Knowledge.
In it she explains in more detail who can potentially benefit from sports supplements, what to consider if you decide to start taking one and how to identify products that are safe and effective.
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