Listening to Dr. Oz is Not the Answer
In no way am I coming at Dr. Oz negatively because he has done some good by helping thousands of people, but I strongly suggest you question some of his nutrition and supplement protocols. At any given time of the day, sometimes multiple times a day, I get asked the same question without fail by individuals that have watched the Dr. Oz show or read some magazine ad…
“What supplements should I take?”
While I don’t mind answering the question and I do my best to answer it, sometimes it just amazes me how many people want the “magic pill.” My answer is usually something along the lines of, “Well, that depends on your goals.” There are a select few supplements I do recommend to everyone such as Fish Oil and Vitamin D3 because the research is SO strong to back them up that it may be a necessity more than a supplement. Let’s keep in mind that a supplement is just what the term implies: a supplement to your existing diet/nutrition and training protocol. One should have a solid foundation on nutrition first before just delving into supplementation but that’s another story.
One of the most appalling issues that threatens the integrity of the fitness industry is the promotion of overly-priced, ineffective supplements. According to Forbes, the supplement industry produced a whopping $32 billion in revenue in 2012 and is expected to double by the time 2021 rolls around! That is an absurd amount of money! But hey, you gotta make a dime to get by, right? Too often this happens at any cost without regard of the health of the consumer.
Being a strength and conditioning professional, I’ve been approached on several occasions by friends and colleagues to join a multi-tierd supplement program to sell to my clients with promises of making passive or accessory income all at the expense of my credibility. Each time I have respectfully declined. No offense to my friends or colleagues that are climbing the commission tiers of Body by Vi, Vemma, Shakeology, Advocare, Isogenix, Herbalife, etc. It’s just not my style. I do not have an issue with trainers or coaches recommending supplements to clients to make a commission as long as you’ve done your research thoroughly, can back it up with peer-reviewed references, be aware of counter actions , and know how effective it may or may not be.
Let’s be honest. How many times have you looked up a supplement’s nutrition info label to individually break down it’s proprietary blend (see concoction) of ingredients? Don’t worry i’ll wait. Simple Google searches don’t count nor do magazine ads that list references for a research study done on a single ingredient out of the 30 listed in the proprietary blend. Oh and also add the fact they may have cherry-picked information from the study but missed the main point ENTIRELY. Supplement companies will regularly take any piece of info from a study to push a product, even if the study was performed in rats. Don’t you think some human data is kind of important?
On a serious note though, who has time to go to Pub Med and dig up the latest data on rasberry ketones and green coffee bean extract (save your money)? Abstract scientists are everywhere. Don’t be that guy/gal that opened the study but didn’t read it in its entirety. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. Most people aren’t going to spend hours deciphering what looks like code to them to get to the ultimate conclusion of the study (I do because i’m a nerd).
What if you had a resource that could give it to you straight? How about something to point you in the right direction of deciding whether a given supplement is bogus or worth your hard-earned coin? Wouldn’t an encyclopedia of supplements be handy? Great news!
After two and a half years of hard work, the guys at Examine.com (an independent, unbiased source of supplementation and nutrition information) have put together the Examine.com Supplement Goals Reference Guide to give you the answers you need. Here are the details of the guide:
- references from over 20,000 scientific papers
- 750+ pages of pure reference material
- critically categorization and evaluation of over 300 supplements
- identification of 180+ health goals and listed the supplements in order of effectiveness based off of research for that goal
All supplements are ranked on a graded scale from A to F based on their overall effectiveness, additional comments, and the details of the studies. The entire guide with unlimited updates (details below) is discounted to a one-time payment of $29 this week only since it launched TODAY. Wait…there’s more.
The guide is a downloadable PDF file that is updated automatically whenever Examine.com is updated. Imagine having a life-long, up-to-date reference on supplements next time you walk into the GNC or Vitamin Shoppe as they’re trying to sell you the latest, greatest fat burner. Think about how much more effective and efficient your training and nutrition will be when you actually know what to supplement with!
The guide is for reference only and isn’t meant to be read all at once since it is nearly 800 pages long. Simply open it, find your supplement to look up or health goal you’re wanting to achieve and everything is linked together, taking you to the page you need to get to. Imagine not wasting your money on another useless, overly-hyped supplement again.