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Questions from the Field

Articles researched and written by HPRC on topics you asked about.

Pills imgThese articles are researched and written by HPRC staff to answer questions about dietary supplements. Making an informed decision about supplement use can be difficult, and a bad decision could adversely affect health.

Synthetic Drugs of Abuse
HPRC takes a look at two examples of synthetic drugs, their legal status, and how they can affect service members.
Raspberry ketone
Raspberry ketone is a food additive and aromatic compound now being sold as a dietary supplement/ingredient touted to reduce fat and weight. Find out the facts and the science behind it all.
Phenphedrine is marketed as a weight-loss product. Where can I go to get information about this dietary supplement?
Ripped Fuel
Is Ripped Fuel safe to use?
Whey Protein
Is there a place for whey protein in human performance optimization?
Does quercetin improve endurance performance?
Can quercetin—one of the most abundant flavonoids—affect endurance?
Caffeine chewing gum
Caffeine is known for its ability to enhance alertness. Can caffeine chewing gum do the same?
What is the appropriate use of creatine by Warfighters?
Creatine is a dietary compound that may help improve muscle mass if used properly in conjunction with proper training.
What should I look for in sports drinks?
Sports drinks are popular products for fueling and hydration during workouts. Learn about what your sports drink should contain and how they stack up to nutrient recommendations for performance.
EPO for altitude acclimitization
A look at the use of exogenous erythropoietin (EPO) for faster altitude acclimatization.