NFL approves supplements

By Alex Guzman  |   Wednesday, May 11, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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The National Football League and the NFLPA has come up with a way to assure players that nutritional products are free of banned substances and true to their labeling. EAS is the only company to make it through the stringent certification process. The Myoplex Sport, Myoplex Original and Precision Protein shakes, bars and powders have been deemed safe for NFL players.

The league and the players' union have been working together since January 2004 to create the Supplement Label Certification Program. The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) is employed to inspect all the batches of supplements produced.

Though the NFL does not recommend supplements, the continued usage of these products put the organization in position to allay concerns of players.

The league lists 34 anabolic steroids, 19 masking agents and 6 stimulants among its banned substances. A first positive test results in a 4 game suspension.

The league added ephedra to its list of banned substances after the death of Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Korey Stringer in 2001. Although no traces of ephedra were found in Stringer after his death, there were supplements containing ephedra in his locker.

Several players who tested positive for ephedra have claimed the ingredient was not listed on the label of any supplement used. Ephedra sometimes is listed as Ma Huang.
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