Post-workout gummy bears. Biotin warning. Kratom recall. It’s all top trending supplement news. Supplement stories dominated headlines this week, but if you’re anything like us, you found it hard to catch all the news you wanted to. Here’s our weekly roundup of the trending supplement stories you might have missed over the last few days.
Childhood sweet resurface as fitness-friendly food
We all know the importance of pre and post-workout nutrition. That’s why your fitness arsenals are likely stocked with the best protein powders and pre-workout supplements known to man. And if they’re not they should be.
But, the latest trend for refueling may be as close as your local grocery store’s candy aisle. The humble gummy bear may be about to take the fitness world by storm.
Why gummy bears? Well, you’ve probably heard that chocolate milk is an effective recovery drink after a hard workout. That’s because the carbs and protein content are great at helping your muscles replenish the nutrients you lost during your workout. Though they lack protein, gummy bears and other sweets pack a high-glycemic punch that gives your muscles what they need in the post-workout phase—fast.
Because your body is trying to replenish itself, the sugar goes to work immediately instead of being stored as fat. One study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, reported that high-glycemic carbohydrates eaten after a workout can help refill glycogen stores in the body. Since the sugars are immediately used, they help your body recover for your next workout. Eating something sweet right after a workout can satisfy your sweet tooth as well so that you don’t nosh down on sweets later in the day, when it does matter.
However, before you go all out on gummies, be sure you have some protein on hand. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends consuming 0.5 to 0.7 grams of carbs per pound of body weight, along with 20 to 40 grams of protein.
Before you decide to eat a piece of fruit in lieu of the candy, we laud your healthy intentions. But know this: fructose (a majority of the sugar in fruit) doesn’t get absorbed as quickly as dextrose or maltodextrin, minimizing its ability to refuel muscles, and increasing the risk of it turning to fat in the body.
FDA issues biotin warning
Biotin supplements have been all the rage in the natural skin and hair vitamin markets. While there may not be a whole lot of scientific research behind them, there is some evidence that shows that biotin (vitamin B7) supplements work. How? Those same vitamins are already at work within the body, so the supplement is simply helping the body do better what it’s already doing.
While biotin supplements are generally considered safe, a new case-report shows that the supplements may produce misleading test results when taken at levels above the recommended dosage. The recent case led the FDA to issue a warning to biotin users, physicians, lab personnel and lab test developers on the potential interference of the supplement.
The recommended dosage for adults over the age of 19 is 30 mcg per day. The Journal of the Endocrine Society reported that the patient in this particular case-report was taking 5000 mcg of biotin daily when she received her startling test results.
The misguided results launched a stream of tests (and stress) for hypercortisolemia or a testosterone-producing tumor. The patient nearly went through an invasive procedure that was completely unnecessary since the test results were false.
Scare aside, the case-report provided much-needed data for physicians to better understand the interaction between supplements and traditional medicine.
Kratom supplements recalled after a salmonella outbreak
Several months ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that products that included kratom may be contaminated with salmonella. Now, Badger Botanicals has issued a recall on four of its supplements for anyone who purchased between Jan. 1 and April 12 of this year, including Green Suma, Red Suma, Green Hulu 2 and Red Hulu 2 kratom dietary supplements.
While the FDA doesn’t regulate the supplement industry, it has been known to pull reportedly dangerous products from the shelves after risks surfaced.
The botanical plant native to Southeast Asia has been used for hundreds of years as a tea or powder to boost productivity. Depending on dosage, kratom can have mild stimulant or sedative effects.
Today, scientists believe that it may help stave of withdrawal symptoms of opioid addicts—and aide in their recovery. But the FDA doesn’t agree. The agency, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are on hyper-alert against kratom. The FDA urges consumers to avoid it in any form.