There are none. In case you didn’t get the memo, supplements are not approved by the FDA, are virtually unregulated, do not have the protections afforded foods and drugs, are not recommended by the US National Institute of Health, do not require any testing, are often contaminated, may not even be what the label says, usually contain cheap ingredients, are often over priced scams, have been known to be dangerous, and can have numerous adverse or unwanted side effects. The A students don’t take supplements because they’re a waste of money, a scam, and potentially dangerous.
If you’re trying to build muscle, lose fat, add weight, or just be healthy, supplements can only make your daily intake worse unless you have poor diet. And if you have a poor diet, you should work on your diet and stick to eating real food.
Dietary supplements are poorly regulated in the US. They do not have to conform to the stringent standards applied to pharmaceuticals or food products by the FDA. The result of this absence of oversight has been a scammer’s dream and the scammers have made the most of it. A huge and powerful supplement industry has grown up around this lack of government oversight which was designed to give people the freedom to explore homeopathic, naturopathic, and alternative remedies.
Because supplement makers do not have to follow the same stringent FDA regulations which are applied to food and drugs, it is impossible to know which supplements are scams without testing by independent laboratories. It is, however, quite easy to be fooled by common myths and expensive advertising. For this reason, supplements should be avoided unless recommended by a legitimate health care professional. The US National Institute of Health warns….
“Always check with your health care provider before taking a supplement, especially when combining or substituting them with other foods or medicine.” Ref: Http://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information…
Many manufacturers buy cheap supplements from foreign countries with no regulations which contain toxins and poisons including heavy metals, pesticides, detergents, etc. Others add stimulants such as caffeine to an otherwise worthless product to provide the hapless buyer a sense that the product is doing something. Still others cut the supplement with fillers so only trace amounts get to the customer keeping their cost down so they can put more money into garish and bloated advertising which promises what they know they can’t deliver. And, there is no testing required by the government. For these and other reasons you cannot know what you’re getting when you buy a supplement.
And, because most supplements are provided by scammers instead of credible major food or pharmaceutical companies such as Bayer of Pfizer, their advertising is often bogus as well. Most supplements review, blogs, scientific white papers, and articles are just advertising in disguise. Many supplements providers have dozens of websites promoting their products in fraudulent ways as you’ll see if you watch this investigative report by CBS News –> Http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5… (Note: You may have to sit through a quick commercial message first)
Check out all these supplements from GNC which have warnings from the FDA —> Http://search.usa.gov/search?query=gnc+w… and ask yourself, why would any company make so many concoctions when the giant pharmaceutical companies don’t want to touch that market? Think about it. They’re driven by one thing…profit. And a credulous, ill-informed, and ignorant public makes that money available. Don’t be one of them.
Humans evolved over 100,000 years without supplements by eating natural food. There is no reason why we need supplements today if there are no special health considerations and ample natural wholesome food is available to us.
Here’s the memo you didn’t get –> Http://www.cspinet.org/nah/09_07/mfj_sup…
Be smart. Save you money and eat real food. It’s all you need.
Good luck and good health!!