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“Natural substances, if you take them in unnaturally high concentrations like caffeine pills, it's not natural anymore.

“It is effectively the Maria Sharapova problem"

Caffeine abuse common among English Premier League footballers

By Shane STARLING

Follow-up investigations to recent widespread doping allegations attached to a UK-based doctor have found caffeine gel and pill abuse common among professional footballers in England.

Does optimising performance and health via training and nutrition make illegal substance abuse more likely?

ESSNA: “Thousands of people engaging in sport and activity at all levels use and benefit from legal sports nutrition products."

Euro sports nutrition sector: Supplements no gateway to doping

By Shane STARLING

Consuming sports supplements is not a step on the slippery slope to doping, the European sports nutrition sector has said in response to a US sports coach turned whistle blower who questioned their use.

Mountain Fuel owner Darren Foote: “I honestly don’t know how this has happened.

Cambridge Commodities: “There was no contamination in any of the tested products or ingredients.”

Mountain Fuel drink maker says ‘doped’ products tested clean

By Shane STARLING

The third party manufacturer of the Mountain Fuel sports drink that has been blamed in a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) independent panel ruling for the ‘inadvertent’ steroid doping of two Welsh track Olympians, says the products were tested after the UKAD adverse...

Back in the game: CAS agrees Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle's DMAA doping infringement was most likely caused by a contaminated foodstuff

DMAA doping or contamination?

Food supplements fingered as German doping ban reduced

By Shane STARLING

A German Winter Olympian has had her doping ban reduced from two years to six months, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), agreed the DMAA in her system had likely come from a contaminated food supplement.

Sochi doping bust: German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle (pictured) blames supplements but ESSNA says, “Athletes continue to talk tosh about contaminated supplements”

Special edition: Sports nutrition

Offside! ESSNA blows whistle on athletes’ doping excuses

By Shane STARLING

Europe’s sports nutrition sector today launched a stinging attack on elite athletes who blame doping infringements on contaminated sports supplements as happened multiple times at the recent Winter Olympiad in Sochi, Russia.

“This elevates the ingredient to the ‘big leagues’...

MSM added to sports nutrition safe list in the UK

By Shane STARLING

A form of joint health and sports nutrient, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has made it onto the approved list of UK third party testing service Informed-Sport, a “big league” promotion according to an American supplier.

UK FSA on aegeline-containing products:

UK warns against another USPLabs pre-workout supplement

By Shane Starling

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned consumers off VERSA-1, the second pre-workout sports supplement made by Texas-based manufacturer USPLabs containing the disputed ingredient, aegeline.

MHRA: “OxyElite Pro is a potentially dangerous sports supplement and people should not use it.”

UK medicines agency issues OxyElite Pro 'no-no'

By Shane Starling

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has joined the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) in warning consumers off pre-workout sports supplement, OxyElite Pro.

DMAA blamed for London marathon death

DMAA in the dock

DMAA blamed for London marathon death

By Shane STARLING

A single dose of the banned stimulant DMAA was the most probable cause of the heart attack that killed Claire Squires in hospital after she collapsed during the final metres of the 2012 London marathon.

Olympic Games throw light on supplement contamination

Industry hopes Olympics will torch supplement contamination concerns

By Shane STARLING

The Olympic Games have in the past brought the food supplements industry to the edge of its collective seat – but not necessarily in fevered anticipation of the world-class sporting fare on offer as anti-doping scrutiny has raised contamination issues.

DMAA flares at heart of English rugby scandal

DMAA flares at heart of English rugby scandal

By Shane Starling

The controversial stimulant, DMAA (1,3 Dimethylamylamine) has reared its increasingly ugly head again, this time in the UK, where use of DMAA-containing supplements have provoked bans for several professional rugby players.

DMAA debated on prime time Italian TV

DMAA debated on prime time Italian TV

By Shane Starling

An Italian TV news programme featured USP Labs’ pre-workout supplement Jack3D this week, exploring the safety and origin concerns growing around the stimulant constituent, DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine).

Food supplements setting up for golden London Olympics

Food supplements setting up for golden London Olympics

By Shane Starling

Improved anti-doping testing methods will make it almost impossible for athletes to blame contaminated food supplements if they are caught for doping at next year’s Olympiad in London, a science congress has heard.

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