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Aegis Sciences Corporation

July 09, 2015 09:00 ET

Aegis Shield Helps Athletes and Consumers Avoid Unwanted Stimulants in Dietary Supplements

Mobile App and Website Can Assist in Identifying Dietary Supplements Containing Prohibited and Dangerous Substances

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - Jul 9, 2015) - Fitness professionals are acutely aware of the body and how it responds to exercise as well as to food and supplements that fuel it. Dietary and performance-focused supplements can be a part of an effective fitness regimen, but if supplements' labels do not accurately reflect what they contain, some supplements can cause harm rather than good. Aegis Sciences Corporation will be on hand at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference in Orlando, Fla., on July 8-10, 2015 and at the IDEA World Fitness Convention in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 15-19, 2015, to discuss Aegis Shield®, an effective tool that increases the transparency of contents in dietary supplements and helps athletes and fitness professionals avoid products with stimulants and other unwanted ingredients.

"We created Aegis Shield to be a powerful and useful educational tool to help keep athletes clean and in the game," said Bob Murray, Ph.D., Scientific Director for Aegis Shield. "It's unfortunate that well-intentioned athletes can test positive for a banned substance simply because they choose to consume a dietary supplement." 

Recent media reports on the contamination of some dietary supplements with designer stimulants such as DMAA, DMBA, DEPEA, and BMPEA have drawn attention to a longstanding and continuing issue in the dietary supplement industry: purposeful or accidental contamination of supplements with substances prohibited in sport and potentially dangerous to people's health.

Recent studies in Drug Testing and Analysis showed some supplements marketed for weight loss, brain enhancement or sports nutrition contained varying amounts of stimulants such as DMBA and Acacia rigidula, amphetamine analogues. These studies prompted articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets, correctly indicating that BMPEA and DMBA are both stimulants that have not been tested for safety or efficacy in humans, even though the drugs were first developed in the 1930s and 40s.

Stimulants are one of many categories of substances prohibited for use by athletes. Sports governing bodies such as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Football League (NFL), and others have exhaustive lists of prohibited substances for which athletes are periodically tested to help protect the rights of clean athletes. A daunting challenge for athletes and consumers who wish to use supplements is to choose products that do not pose real risks to their sports eligibility or health.

The Aegis Shield mobile app and website (www.aegisshield.com) reduces the risk of unintentional consumption of banned substances by identifying prohibited substances listed on the labels of dietary supplements, over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs. The Aegis Shield database currently contains more than 140,000 products and is programmed to identify the aliases often used to obscure certain ingredients. For example, DMAA has more than 80 different aliases, all of which would be next to impossible to recognize at first glance. 

In addition to its extensive and constantly growing product database, Aegis Shield is regularly updated whenever the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, WADA, or scientific publications generate new findings related to supplement contamination. Aegis Shield has been aware of BMPEA since 2013 and has long provided a cautionary notice for supplements containing Acacia rigidula.

The success of Aegis Shield led Aegis to expand its testing services to supplement manufacturers and develop a dietary supplement certification program, Aegis Shield Certified™.

Murray noted, "To help supplement manufacturers produce clean products, we created Aegis Shield Certified to directly test supplement products to help assure consumers that they are buying products that have been thoroughly tested for prohibited substances. Consumers can feel confident if it's Aegis Shield Certified."

About Aegis Sciences Corporation

Aegis Sciences Corporation is a laboratory sciences company headquartered in Nashville, TN. Aegis offers programs for all categories of drug testing and forensic science including professional and amateur sports, healthcare providers, medical examiners, and workplaces. Aegis' highly educated and experienced team is dedicated to helping others through state-of-the-art scientific expertise and technologies. Aegis has been involved in sports drug testing for over 25 years and that heritage and close association with athletes and sports organizations led to the development of Aegis Shield® and Aegis Shield Certified™.

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