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  1. Arensberg, Mary Elizabeth PhD, RD, LD, FADA
  2. Costello, Rebecca PhD
  3. Deuster, Patricia A. PhD, MPH, FACSM
  4. Jones, Donnamaria PharmD
  5. Twillman, Gwen


The use of dietary supplements to enhance human performance among active individuals, athletes, the military, and other tactical populations is an increasingly popular topic that often is not well understood. There are important differences in nutrient needs between the general public and active adults. The United States has an established regulatory framework for dietary supplements, and the safety and quality of dietary supplements can be strengthened through education, third-party certification programs, and increased attention to serious adverse event reporting. This summary highlights these key issues, as well as research needs, areas for future consideration, and other topics that were discussed during the Human Performance and Dietary Supplements Summit, held August 9 to 10, 2012, in Bethesda, Maryland.