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April 07, 2003
What's in that pill you're about to pop or that drink you're ready to chug? A guide to some common ingredients in sports supplements and their potential dangers
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April 07, 2003

The Inside Story

What's in that pill you're about to pop or that drink you're ready to chug? A guide to some common ingredients in sports supplements and their potential dangers

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SYNEPHRINE

An extract taken from orange peel and used as a substitute for ephedra; sometimes called bitter orange

FOUND IN
Weight-loss, energy-boosting and bodybuilding products marketed as "ephedra free," including Stacker 2 Ephedra Free, Xenadrine EFX Ephedra Free and Metabolite Ephedra Free

POTENTIAL RISKS
Pharmacological and toxic properties similar to ephedra; could cause an athlete to test positive for ephedra, depending on test methodology

WHO BANS IT
NCAA

HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE BOOSTER

Chemically produced enhancer of hGH (a substance made by the pituitary gland for growth and cell repair) used by those seeking to build strength

FOUND IN
Products like Ultimate HGH and Secretagogue-One contain substances such as amino acids said to help the body release hGH

POTENTIAL RISKS
Elevated hGH levels can damage heart and liver, and promote growth of jaw, forehead, hands and feet. May also cause diabetes

WHO BANS IT
NFL, NCAA, WADA

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