Truth Bombs – What You Should And Shouldn’t Believe About Supplements
Many people have concerns about the legitimacy of the supplement industry. Some are warranted, some are not. There’s bad apples on every tree. Usually these are thrown away but in the world of business it’s hard to apply the metaphor, because people are smarter than apples and they lie to keep themselves at the top of pile.
Consumers within the supplement industry have their faith tested quite often, with new products being released all the time claiming to be the holy grail. They get an endorsement and everyone starts taking small doses of snake venom or something similarly ridiculous.
Last year in the U.S the New York State Attorney General's office uncovered a potential case of fraud in the supplement industry. The office targeted four major retailers: Target, GNC, Walgreens, and Walmart, and accused them of selling phony supplements. They claimed that the stores were selling supplements that contained very little, or none, of the advertised ingredients and demanded that the supplements be removed from their shelves as they could potentially cause harm.
Supplement production is actually regulated in the sense that there are legal standards that must be upheld. However, as in all walks of life, not all companies honor them. Corruption is rife the world over and the supplement industry is no different.
The main strategy of the supplement industry is to stay one step ahead of the science. It’s easy to make wild claims about the miraculous properties of fermented Siberian horsetail when no official research has been done (who research such a thing anyway?). Suppliers will act like experts and make you believe they know something you done when really they’re improvising harder than a stand-up comic, and are probably a bigger joke at that. It takes a while for people to catch on that maybe this so called wonder product is a ruse, and by that stage a new one has been invented to take its place.
Despite this the industry has been on the end of some harsh criticism that has no basis on fact. There are many myths within the industry that people still believe, even though they’re categorically not true. They include:
- Whey Protein Makes You Fat – False. Excessive calories make you fat. You could get fat from eating anything providing you ate enough of it.
- Supplements Are A Waste Of Money – Some are, as we’ve already discussed but there are many that have tremendous health benefits, including ours 😉
- I Eat A Good Diet, I Don't Need Supplements – Sure, if you have no desire to get your body into peak physical condition. Additionally, a balanced diet still might not meet your daily nutritional needs.
- All Supplements Are The Same Quality – Nope. Different companies have different standards. Some are grossly lax on the quality of their ingredients. Other, like Half Price Protein only use the best.
- Creatine Is A Steroid – False. Creatine is a natural substance found in the human body and one of the most reliable supplements there is.
- Supplements Improve Your Strength And Muscle Mass Even If You Don’t Train – Well no, that’s just silly. They can improve your overall health but there’s no avoiding the hard work if you want to get fit and strong.
- Supplements Cause Many Side Effects – The majority of our ingredients are found either in the human body or as natural substances in various foods. Thus, there are very minimal side effects.
- Everyone Will Experience The Same Benefits From A Supplement – It’s wrong to assume this and be disappointed when you don’t look like The Rock. Every individual is different, from bone structure and natural body shape to diet and training routine.
- Athletes Do Not Need Extra Protein – Categorically untrue. Exercise wears down and fatigues muscles. Protein is essential for recovery, repair, and growth.
- Fat Burners Are A Waste Of Money – Fat burners actually do a great job of stimulating your metabolism and help you burn calories quicker.
Those are just some of the things that are floating around about the industry that are not based on fact. Realistically not every product is going to work for you and some will be dodgy is hell, that’s why it’s important to do some research and find a brand you trust (nudge, nudge).