Why Most Dietary Supplements Are Useless...But There's A Few Exceptions

It Seems So Simple

It Seems So Simple

All you've really got to do to keep fit and get that body you always wanted is to exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, get some sleep, and top it off with a few supplements to give it that extra kick and move things along a bit, right?

It might not be so simple. Sorry.

A recent study backed by the US Government (who else are you going to trust?) suggests that some, perhaps most, of the supplements you're taking could be a big pile of "no, you're wasting your time", or even worse - they can actually be harmful!

X & Y

X & Y

The study actually linked supplements sold under names like Hydroxycut, Xenadrine, and various others with an obscene use of the letters "x" and "y", are responsible for tens of thousands of visits to the ER each year.

These are the products that are used to "supplement" a healthy lifestyle and see you on your way to achieving heath and fitness goals. If anything, they're supposed to keep you out of hospital - not put you in it!

Protein Powder

Protein Powder

The most basic thing we associate with supplementation; protein powder. Do you need it?

Probably not. Most of us living in the Western world get plenty of protein in a normal diet (unfortunately, along with a lot of other crap). Things like meat, fish, beans, nuts, and tofu, are usually more than enough to provide all of the protein you will need for building muscle.

If you need another reason to avoid protein powders - there have been a handful of companies found to be cutting their products with cheap fillers - you really don't know what it is you're putting in your body!

 

Placebo and Efficacy

Placebo and Efficacy

What else might you decide to avoid?

Advocates of homeopathy claim that these diluted meds can solve a whole array of problems, and far be it from us to argue...

But certain sections of the scientific community might. Most studies (and there have been too many to list all of them) have proven homeopathy to be akin to placebo where efficacy is concerned.

Anything That Souds Like The Name Of A Motorbike Event

Anything That Souds Like The Name Of A Motorbike Event

Any of those products which have names which instantly make you hear a nu-metal band playing over footage of a motocross rider doing some insane move... avoid those things!

We're talking about workout 'boosters" like Jack3d or Oxy Elite Pro, which have been proven to have links to ill health. Liver problems are common, and there's even been a death attributed!

For most healthy, "normal" people, a balanced diet is all the supplement you'll need.