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New Jockology out today: it’s the first of a two-part series on popular supplements thought to be ergogenic (performance enhancing). Actually, it could have been a 27-part series — there’s a ton of pills and powders out there that people believe in — but I tried to focus on substances with some legitimate research behind them. This week: antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and creatine (read the column here).
Last summer, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California made a splash by announcing an exercise pill that allowed mice to gain the benefits of vigorous exercise – all without setting a paw on their exercise wheels. That era hasn’t yet arrived for humans, but strolling down the aisle of any drugstore makes it clear that we’re very interested in pills whose claims include faster, higher and stronger.
So, which key ones did I miss? Which ones should I cover in part 2?