In 2016, the global dietary supplements market was valued at USD 132.8 billion and was expected to reach USD 220.3 billion in 2022. Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals, amino acid, and various other products. The FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering “conventional” foods and drug products.
To meet the growing demands of athletes, coaches and all those concerned about banned substances in sports supplements, NSF International created the program. The program certifies that what is on the label is in the bottle and that the product does not contain unsafe levels of contaminants, prohibited substances or masking agents. Certification also means that supplement manufacturers and their suppliers meet stringent certification guidelines developed through a consensus process involving regulatory, sports industry and consumer groups.
Understanding this mega industry can be confusing, especially with the tremendous amount of marketing dollars spent trying to influence your decisions. That’s why we recommend living INFORMED! If you are a coach, athlete, and/or consumer looking to make educated decisions when choosing sports supplements, we highly recommend choosing a product that is Certified.