Monday, April 28, 2014

App-solutely Awesome Supplement Apps

Corny title aside, a lot of athletes want to know what’s going on in their favorite pre-workout, over-the-counter multivitamins, or drinks.  The following two apps help consumers debunk ingredients.


The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) has created a free mobile app for consumers called My Dietary Supplements (MyDS).

This app features:

  • An easy way to keep track of the vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products you take—right in the palm of your hand.
  • Access to science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.
  • General information about ODS—who we are and what we do.

Simply enter the names and amounts of your dietary supplements, and they'll be stored for your use anytime, anywhere—for example, when seeing your doctor or shopping. With MyDS you also can email your personal list of dietary supplements to yourself or to your health care providers and print it out for reference.


Aegis Shield’s motto: HELPS KEEP ATHLETES CLEAN AND IN THE GAME  by providing a web site and mobile app designed to identify the presence of banned ingredients in dietary supplements.  This is an up-to-date database that enables the consumer to scan bar codes or search products to see if a supplement has banned ingredients. 
According to their website: “Aegis Shield® is an extensive, up-to-date database that enables you to search products or product bar codes to determine if your supplement’s ingredients (as listed on the label) contain substances banned by your designated sport's Banned Substance List (e.g., WADA, NFL, MLB, NASCAR, College).”

Additional features:
  • Download on Apple and Android
  • Securely search our database of more than 100,000 products by name or bar-code scan
  • Product searches result in an Okay, Caution, or Banned rating based on your organization’s banned substance list
  • Decide on supplement use with the help of trustworthy information that has been analyzed and reviewed by Aegis Experts
  • Cost?  Less than a cappuccino.  $2.99 annual subscription when you create a user account to access the content. 

Gina Lesako RD, LD is the SCAN blog coordinator. Those interested in contributing to SCAN can contact her at

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