Examples of Potential Research Questions on the Dietary Supplements Selected for Committee Evaluation
Of the supplements selected for review, the committee found no compelling reason for the military to make research on the following dietary supplements a high priority at this time: chromium, dehydroepiandrosterone, garlic, ephedra, ginseng, melatonin, valerian, and Ginkgo biloba. For the remaining dietary supplements reviewed by the committee, further investigation into the following specific questions may be warranted:
special needs of military subpopulations. The military has unusual access to its members’ medical records, and its population is in better general health and includes fewer individuals at risk for certain diseases and drug interactions, all of which should facilitate the identification of potential concerns and possible benefits associated with the use of dietary supplements by service members.
In conducting research of interest to the military, it is critical that the efficacy and safety of dietary supplements be tested with representative subjects engaged in training that is similar to combat and in specific military