Sports Nutrition is all about balancing innovation and risk, says NSF

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Adulteration in the sports nutrition industry remains a global issue, says John Travis of NSF International ahead of his talk on adulteration and innovation in sports nutrition at Vitafoods. 

With over 20 years of experience in the dietary supplements industry, Travis knows how important it is for the sport nutrition industry to find a balance between innovation and risk in order to protect consumers whilst still finding new ingredients that will attract consumers.

“Some manufacturers in the sports nutrition segment do an excellent job and are committed to ensuring quality and safety, but there are irresponsible and unscrupulous players out there and their actions can put consumers’ health at risk,” he said.

Travis, who is a senior research scientist at NSF International, will be giving a presentation during the Focus on Sports Nutrition session in Geneva next month.

He will outline his own research into the subject as well as giving background to what NSF International do to help manufacturers, before discussing the issue of banned compounds like DMAA, DEPEA and DMBA, which can often appear under the “deceptive guise of botanical extracts”.

Travis helped with the development of NSF’s screening methods for the Certified for Sport program, testing for more than 270 banned substances and is currently involved the analysis of pharmaceutical agents and illicit drugs, stimulants and other prohibited substances in dietary supplements and functional foods.

The Certified for Sport certification tests products on a lot-by-lot basis for the banned substances and thus, Travis says, ensures athletes that their product is safe for consumption.

Travis says the most effective and efficient way to prevent adulteration is to have independent, third-party testing and certification of dietary supplement and sports supplement products.

“It also helps open up market share opportunities for the more responsible and compliant players in the industry,” he added.

You can catch John Travis and NSF International, among others, at Vitafoods in Geneva, 9-11 May

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Comments (1)

John Wi - 20 Apr 2017 | 08:49

DMAA is in-fact found in botanicals

John Travis is right about much of his assessment in that there are bad actors in the space, but unfortunately he is dead wrong about his position on DMAA. He seems to be regurgitating some talking points that the pharmaceutical industry and their right-hand (the FDA) have spoon fed him. The reality is that DMAA is found in geranium in the same quantities that resveratrol is found in red wine (this was recently ruled by a federal judge to be a fact that it is impossible to deny - that DMAA is found in geranium). There have been billions of doses of products containing DMAA with fewer serious adverse event reports than energy drinks like Redbull and Monster. This is all part of the pharmaceutical industry attempting to remove all ingredients that are effective from the free market of alternative options so that the only companies who can afford to sell products that are effective are big pharma related. Do your own research and question agencies like these. Don't just accept everything they say as gospel. When a product works well and is DSHEA compliant, demand that it remain on the dietary supplement market. This is the same case with Kratom (a natural alternative pain reliever). Big pharma is now lobbying the FDA to regulate high-dosage liposomal vitamin C because it is showing to be so effective as a cancer fighting supplement. What next? "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin

20-Apr-2017 at 20:49 GMT

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