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Benefits and risks of using supplements and sports foods

Group D

Evidence level:
Banned or at high risk of contamination with substances that could lead to a positive doping test
Use within Supplement Programs:
Not to be used by athletes

Given the WADA list is updated on an annual basis, it should be used as the first point of call for confirmation of the current list of banned substances and practices. Consult WADA list for all examples:

  • Ephedrine
  • Strychnine
  • Sibutramine
  • Methylhexanamine (DMAA)
  • 1,3-dimthylbutylamine (DMBA)
  • Other herbal stimulants
Prohormones and hormone boosters
  • DHEA
  • Androstenedione
  • 19-norandrostenione/ol
  • Other prohormones
  • Tribulus terrestris and other testosterone boosters*
  • Maca root powder*
GH releasers and “Peptides”
  • GHRP-1 & GHRP-2
  • CJC-1293 & CJC-1295
Beta-2 agonists
  • Higenamine
Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMS)
  • Andarine
  • Ostarine
  • Ligandrol
Metabolic Modulators
  • GW1516 (Cardarine)
  • Colostrum – not recommended by WADA due to the inclusion of growth factors within its composition

*These products do not appear on the WADA list and are thus not specifically banned. However, they are often found in multi-ingredient products that contain banned ingredients or are at high risk of being contaminated. Therefore, they are not recommended for use.

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