A recent study from Naval Health Research Center in San Diego found almost half of U.S. troops use dietary supplements. Next month the Marine Corps is planning a campaign to educate its members on safety issues surrounding the use of supplements.
Dr. Tod Cooperman, of the supplement testing firm ConsumerLab.com, told the Marine Corps Times dietary supplements aren't held to the same high standards as FDA approved medications:
“You need to do some homework before you put any supplement in your mouth. Most often, it’s not that the manufacturer is trying to sneak something by you, but they just aren’t making it properly.”
The Naval Health Research Center study found 47 percent of service members used at least one dietary supplement, with 22 percent telling researchers they used multiple supplements. Men used the supplements for bodybuilding, while women used them to lose weight.