Issues Warning on Workout Supplement

by Vanessa Séfriou on June 15, 2013 - 11:44pm

This article basically warns us about workout supplements as Jack3d and OxyElite that contain “a stimulant known as dimethylamylamine, or DMAA for short” (Singer and Lattman). In fact, this stimulant can be highly dangerous and causes important health consequences as “raising blood pressure, potentially causing heart attacks and other health problems” and even leads to death (Singer and Lattman). “Since early 2008, [the Food and Drug Administration] agency has received reports of 86 health problems, including at least five deaths, in consumers who used DMAA products” (Singer and Lattman).

I choose this article because I found the ethical issue really interesting and warning. In today’s society, people try harder and harder to be in shape, and I think that it sometimes go a little too far. Boys try to be more and more muscular to look like these “perfect” models that we saw on TV and ads, but it is evident that some of them do not do it in the healthiest way.

The ethical issue raised by the article is: Should all workout supplements be removed from the market even if they do not necessary contain the specific DMAA’s stimulant?

I deeply think that all workout supplements should be removed from the market. People have the right to want muscles, but it should be done in a natural way. Go to gym and work as hard and as long as you want, but do not use those supplements. A person should be proud of is shape thanks to is hard working, not thanks to these supplements. Also, an athlete’s performance should be a result of long efforts and good heart’s will, not of supplements.

On the other hand, people in favor of workout supplements can defend them by saying that you can become muscularly bigger, faster. Plus, they can argue that the health’s problems felt by some people are caused by an over use of the product and that when it is used properly, there are no big risks linked to it.

Do you think that workout supplements are in a way, as bad as steroids? Are accepting workout supplements meaning accepting steroids as well?


Work Cited

Singer, Natasha and Peter Lattman. “F.D.A. Issues Warning on Workout Supplement.” The New York Times. 12 April. 2013. Web. 15 June. 2013. <>



To begin with, I was really appealed by this article because fitness and workout supplements have become very popular these days and they are part of everyone’s life. It is a trend to be big and muscular for guys and, slim and fit for girls. (It’s the only thing we see on instagram! Fitness accounts are so popular!)
Though, I personally think that supplements of any form are steroids because they overstimulate your body so that you can achieve things you wouldn’t be able naturally. People should simply show off themselves if they have achieve their goal (being fit or anything else) through hard work, dedication and effort. Though, if people show off and they have abused of supplements, they are simply showing off the power of science and technology, now their own achievement. In my point of view, supplements should not even exist. People should simply eat more proteins in their meals or have a better alimentation. Though, we could argue against this ethical choice of banning supplements by involving the freedom of choice idea because people should do what they want with their bodies. Who are we to decide about other people’s lives? Of course supplements help you grow muscles faster and perform better but they also allow you to keep eating not very good meals which simply destroy yourself… bad eating in addition to a huge amount of supplements is probably not the best nourishment for your body!

What if that combination could kill you? It never happened yet but this next article is intriguing!

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