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NASM Nutrition Series: Making Sense of Supplements

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No matter how hard you try, there is no escaping the endless stream of advertising for all the nutritional supplements out there. From protein and creatine, to caffeine and other more-controversial performance aids, there is something tailored to every health, wellness, and fitness goal. Since each one claims to be the best and most effective, how do you separate research-supported hope from marketing hype?

This course will help you make sense of the common trends in supplements. It was created by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), which for over 30 years has built its reputation on evidence-based recommendations that adhere to rigorous scientific standards. More than 20 experts in nutrition, psychology and behavior change were consulted to provide the most reliable guidance for people of varying ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, food preferences, and goals.

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of supplements across various goals
  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of the supporting evidence for commonly used supplements
  • Communicate the pros and cons of using supplements

The content in this course was developed for NASM’s Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) program. If you’re interested in learning more about nutrition, check out our online nutrition courses.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Dietary Supplements
Prevalence of use, regulations, guidelines for supplement selection, dietary patterns to optimize health, multivitamin and mineral supplements

Lesson 2: Supplements for Muscle Gain and Recovery
Creatine monohydrate, protein, whey, essential amino acids (EAAs), and HMB (Hydroxy-Methylbutyrate)

✔ Lesson 3: Supplements for Fat Loss
Stimulants, caffeine, capsaicin, starch/fat blockers, and meal-replacement formulas

✔ Lesson 4: Performance Enhancing Supplements
Creatine monohydrate, caffeine, beta alaine, and sodium bicarbonate

 End of Course Quiz

 4 In-Depth Lessons
Introduction to Dietary Supplements, Supplements for Muscle Gain and Recovery, Supplements for Fat Loss, and Performance Enhancing Supplements

✔ 1 Video on "Fat Burner" Supplements

✔ Visual Learning Aids, Including Charts and Infographics

✔ 1 End-of-Course Quiz

✔ Certificate of Completion

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