Quality and reliability analysis of youtube videos about branched-chain amino acids supplements: a pilot study
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CitationGünalan, E., Turhan, S., Yıldırım, B., Kaya Cebioğlu, İ. & Çonak, Ö. (2022). Quality and reliability analysis of youtube videos about branched-chain amino acids supplements: a pilot study. In U. Acaröz (Eds.). International congress on biological and health sciences. (pp. 342). ICBH
Abstract: The branched-chain amino acids (i.e. leucine, isoleucine and valine) (BCAA) play role in stimulating protein synthesis, recovery processes from exercise and protection of mental health after prolonged exercise. However, unconscious intake of BCAA supplements may contribute to the progression of pathological conditions such as renal failure and cancer, especially in unhealthy people. Social media tools such as YouTube and etc. are effective platforms to promote the use of such supplements. The aim of the study was to determine quality and reliability of branched-chain amino acids supplements related English videos on YouTube. “BCAA” and “BCAA supplements” terms were searched as key words and the mostly viewed 100 videos were obtained for each term. Unrelated to BCAA, non-Turkish and duplicated videos were excluded from study. Following the exclusion criteria, 9 videos were selected from 200 videos. The duration of videos, the number of like, the number of views and job of the person in the video were recorded. The quality and reliability of information on videos were evaluated using DISCERN, Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) benchmark criteria and global quality score. The job of the person in videos was mostly fitness trainer (%88). The mean of DISCERN score was 41.5 ± 13.2, the mean of JAMA score was 1.2 ± 0.4 and the mean of global quality score was 2.6 ± 1.1. There was significantly positive correlation between JAMA score and video duration (r=0.8, p<0.05). According to findings, mostly viewed Turkish videos about BCAA were mostly low and average quality. Sports supplements are products consumed globally, and large-scale studies with much more videos are needed to identify the potential risk.