By James Goodwin, PTA, CSCS
Can eating good ol’ spinach make you test positive for banned doping substances in sports?
German scientists out of the Institute of Pharmacy in Berlin found that spinach contains a steroid-like chemical called ecdysterone which significantly enhances human performance. The study examined 46 athletes over the course of a 10-week strength program, and found a three-time greater increase in strength gains compared to their placebo-taking counterparts. For this reason, ecdysterone is recommended to be put on the list of banned doping substances.