Alerts

FDA warns consumers about caffeine powder. 

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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Announcements

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.

3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance
August 18-21, 2014
The ICSPP delivers innovative scientific programming on soldiers’ physical performance with experts from around the world.

DMAA list updated for April 2014

Fueling Performance Photo Campaign
Share photos of how you fuel your performance and be featured on our Facebook page!

Dietary supplement module
Earn continuing education credits (if eligible) for this two-hour online module.

Operation LiveWell

Performance Triad

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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.

Question

What is IGF-1 and is it banned by the military?

OPSS Answer

Insulin-like growth factor type 1—commonly known as IGF-1—is a hormone produced naturally in the liver and involved in the human body’s growth and development. It is present in colostrum, the milk produced by mammals (including humans and cows) the first few days after giving birth. IGF-1 is at its highest level in the body during childhood and adolescence. It can also be made in a laboratory, but synthetic IGF-1 is a drug, so it is not a dietary supplement and cannot be obtained or used legally without a prescription. The United States Anti-doping Agency, World Anti-doping Agency, and most professional sports organizations specifically ban products with IGF-1.

Oral sprays, lozenges, and other products with IGF-1 are promoted as dietary supplements, and sometimes IGF-1 is represented as “deer velvet extract” (see OPSS FAQ on deer velvet). But not all dietary supplements with “IGF” in their name actually contain IGF-1, so it’s important to read labels carefully.

With regard to the military stance, please see the OPSS FAQ on banned supplements.

FAQ updated 19 May 2014