While manufacturers promote the benefit of creatine and the best testosterone booster to many male adults, many young teen athletes are encouraged by these adverts and promotions despite the fact that these products are not recommended for their age.
Sales of Creatine & Testosterone Boosters To Young Teens
Even if the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that teens stay away from creatine and testosterone boosters, research encouraged many teens to take these types of supplements. The objective of the research is to see what food stores would actually sell these supplements to teens as young as 15 years old.
The research was carried out by a research staff who claimed to be an athlete at the age of 15 years old. The staff contacted via telephone a total of 244 health food stores in the United States. The researcher inquired in his phone call what would the sales attendant recommend (supplement) to increase muscle strength.
If the attendant didn’t mention creatine or testosterone boosters, the researcher asked about these supplements specifically. The researcher also asked if a 15-year-old customer can make a purchase on his/her own. The responses were then recorded.
The results were overwhelming as most of these food stores, 164 out of 244, recommended creatine. 24 out of 244 food stores recommended testosterone boosters, and 101 out of 244 food stores said a 15-year-old boy can make a purchase without problems.
Parents should be aware that employees of Health food stores, in general, suggest creatine and testosterone boosters regardless if the person purchasing is at their teens. In this regard, pediatricians should be more aggressive in informing parents (of athletes) and teen athletes about safe and healthy ways to improve their performance.
The use of creatine and testosterone boosters must be discouraged. There should be a law passed in each state that specifically bans sales of these products to minors. And that these laws should be strictly adhered to by retailers.