FDA advises consumers to stop using any supplement products labeled as OxyElite Pro or VERSA-1. Please see the following advisories: FDA -10/08/13, FDA - 10/11/13 and CDC - 10/08/13.

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New article on reporting side effects of supplements
Just published in The New England Journal of Medicine: A recent article brings up dietary supplement issues you need to be aware of and discusses how dietary supplement side effects could be monitored better. A PDF of the April 3rd article is available free online.

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HPRC's human performance optimization (HPO) website is for U.S. Warfighters, their families, and those in the field of HPO who support them. The goal is Total Force Fitness: Warfighters optimized to carry out their mission as safely and effectively as possible.

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Are there any safe supplements to help me lose weight?

    OPSS Answer

    The FDA has found that weight-loss products commonly contain undeclared drugs and prescription medications, which could be harmful, so we advise caution. You may also be interested in reading the Food and Drug Administration article "Tainted Weight Loss Products," which provides additional information about potentially harmful products promoted for weight loss.

    Vitamin and mineral needs can be met while losing weight by eating a variety of foods. Chapter 4 of the Warfighter Nutrition Guide discusses these nutrients along with information about Dietary Reference Intakes and their importance for optimal performance. We also encourage you to visit the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series (NOFFS), which also has some helpful information on nutrition, including how much food to eat at meals, healthy recipes, and advice on the importance of good nutrition for exercise performance. The Fighting Weight Strategies portion of HPRC's website provides joint-service and service-specific programs to help you maintain overall health and body weight.

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