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Jan 16, 2024

A limited series on sport science hosted by student athlete Sophie and featuring two experts: Dr. Christopher Labos, cardiologist and regular co-host of this podcast, and Nick Tiller, who holds a doctorate in exercise physiology. Together, they will answer Sophie’s questions while dispelling myths that athletes—and anybody getting into fitness—are likely to hear.

This is part 3 of 4. The topic: supplements. Which dietary supplements have been proven beneficial through scientific studies? Is caffeine a fat burner? And are supplements even safe to take?

(0:29) Intro

(1:09) Vox pop

(4:28) The 5 or 6 dietary supplements supported by science

(6:20) What outcome are you interested in improving?

(7:32) Will caffeine help you burn fat?

(8:56) The food first approach

(13:28) Chris wants to bench-press 10 lbs, which supplements should he take?

(15:33) The quick fix mentality of supplements

(16:08) Supplements are sometimes contaminated or adulterated

(19:55) How supplements are regulated (or not)

(25:05) Can supplements burn fat?

(29:20) L-carnithine

(30:21) Boosting your immune system with vitamin C

(32:05) Can you boost your metabolism?


Opening music: “Energetic Upbeat” by WinnieTheMoog

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End title music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.


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