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Don’t get scammed by “all natural” claims
FDA warns consumers about the dangers hidden in “all natural” dietary supplements, as well as products marketed to treat or cure certain conditions.

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The results are in: 2011 Health Related Behaviors Survey
The results from the 2011 DoD Health Related Behaviors Survey show that active duty service members excel in many areas with regard to their health, but there is still room for improvement.
DMAA products’ downward spiral
HPRC’s updated list of DMAA-containing products shows the impact of FDA’s announcement in April that dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal.
Dendrobium in dietary supplement products
 What is dendrobium, and why is it being used in dietary supplement products?
Announcing the 2013 Strong B.A.N.D.S. campaign
The Army’s yearly Strong B.A.N.D.S campaign, set to run in May, focuses on providing education and activities that support “Balance, Activity, Nutrition, Determination, and Strength.”
What’s the story with carnitine?
Carnitine, a component that occurs naturally in red meat (and sometimes is added to dietary supplements and energy drinks), may help reduce complications associated with heart attacks, but new research suggests it also may contribute to heart disease.

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