Various dietary supplements, in the form of vitamins, minerals and other substances, which are freely popped in to improve the food intake or tone the body, may just do users more harm than good.
The food and drug administration of US, an agency within the US department of health and human dervices responsible for protecting public health, brought to the knowledge of food safety and standards authority of India that there is a possibility that some products containing steroid or steroid-like substances are making way into India markets as ‘dietary supplements’.
“These days everyone who walks into a gym aspires to have a body like Salman or Hrithik, without really bothering about the means. Weigh proteins are not bad, but one must check the ingredients, as there is a huge variety available and not all products are healthy,” said Subhash Nagar (Preet), a fitness trainer who owns a gym in Kalkahi, Delhi.
These products were subject to class-I recall in US, as some of these were marketed without an approved new drug application or a generic drug application. Most of these products were marketed as ‘dietary supplements’. However, the products were found to contain steroid or steroid-like substances making them unapproved new drug.
Apart from the risk of acute liver and heart injuries, steroid based product users can have serious long-term health problems like male infertility,masculinisation of women, breast enlargement in males, short stature in children, adverse effect on blood lipid profile, stroke and even death.