SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Labdoor, the online supplements marketplace that features reviews based on laboratory testing, announced today that their new Electrolytes Rankings (http://ld2.us/QyWmDrFa) are now published. 16 best-selling electrolyte supplements were tested for quality and safety. Among them were 2 products from market-leader, Gatorade, which commands more than 70% of the sports drinks market. About a third of the products met health recommendations for mineral supplementation. One product failed its screening for lead contamination.
Electrolyte supplements, an adjunct to the $6.8 billion U.S. sports drinks market, restore minerals depleted during exercise without the compromise of high calories and excessive sugar traditionally found in ready-to-drink beverages. However, Labdoor found that most products may not be entirely effective based on health guidelines from the American College of Sports and Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
In order to effectively replace electrolytes lost during sweat, research shows that electrolyte solutions should be standardized to specific concentrations of sodium, and for extreme exercise, possibly potassium as well. Of the 16 tested products, 5 had more than double the sodium and/or potassium they claimed. On top of that, based on their preparation instructions, 11 of the 16 products would not meet effective concentrations.
Heavy metal contamination was also an issue. One product failed its screening for lead and another, which recommends up to 12 servings per day, would have failed its screening for arsenic in 2 servings based on California Prop 65 safe harbor levels. This is especially relevant to performance athletes who depend on safe supplementation options. Fortunately, 5 products, including both Gatorade products, still recorded effective concentrations and passed their purity screenings. For more details, visit the full Electrolytes Rankings here (http://ld2.us/QyWmDrFa).
Labdoor (https://labdoor.com) is a supplements marketplace featuring over 900 products and counting, alongside scientific reviews and lab testing results, so consumers can shop with simple, objective facts about the quality and safety of products they entrust with their health.
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