OC Register Story on Supplement Company

Here’s a story on the supplement company AdvoCare, that Jessica Hardy endorses — along with five other U.S. Olympic swimmers who endorse the products they sell — that was written by the Orange County Register in Southern California.

The drug that turned up positive in Hardy’s drug test from the swim trials, clenbuterol, is used mainly for asthma (prescription only) in other countries as well as weight loss, mainly for bodybuilders. Clenbuteral is also given legally to race horses, but is not FDA-approved for human use. You can read more about the drug here.

Considering all the non-pharmaceutical drugs out there, it can be pretty tricky to figure out what health supplements athletes can use and which ones could potentially give them a positive or even a false-positive drug test and put their reputations on the line. I personally use organic vitamin supplements and trust the company they come from, as I’m sure many athletes do with the supplements they use. Unless you have a masters degree in chemistry or biology, you have to believe the company.

According to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Web site, “The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 specifically exempted vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and botanicals, and their extracts and concentrates from evaluation for safety and efficacy by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

I’m sure there will be much more to this story in the coming days.