The Truth Behind Supplements


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Within the past 2 years I have been taking and experimenting with several different supplements. I have taken pre-workouts with testosterone boosters, nitrix oxide, and creatine. I have taken vitamins and fish oil pills. I have also taken protein. This is all in the hope of keeping my body healthy and in shape. My thoughts were that these products wouldn't be on the market if they were unsafe.astronutrition.com-German-American-Technologies-Nitraflex---300-gr-31.jpg
The fact of the matter is that these supplements are considered natural, so they don't have to be approved by the government. Manufacturers don't necessarily have to prove that the supplement is safe. All they have to do is put the ingredients on the label. I have learned of a few names such as arginine and creatine hydrochloride, and I know what they are doing to my body. (arginine is the "tingly" feeling you get in your body when you lift weights) But, I don't have a clue if these products are safe.
There was a case of a product titled Total Body Formula. It was a dietary supplement meant to help with weight loss. People who used the product began to experience hair loss, heart problems, stage 3 kidney failure, unfathomable joint pain, and even having there nails fall off. This product contained an extremely dangerous product called selenium dioxide. This is just one of the many products recalled over the past years (in one of the fastest growing markets).
Dateline NBC did a great piece on supplements where they actually created there own supplement company and made a product filed with EXTREMELY dangerous poisons and acids. They then had it tested by companies whose job it is to test the product to see if it is safe. What some companies were accused of doing was receiving the sample, not testing it, and then sending out the certificate that it is safe without it ever being tested (sounds like a money saver to me). The crew from dateline gave the testing company the product, along with a paper that said the amount of each of the contents that were in the blend. 
The result was astonishing. They spiked 200 ppm of arsenic, and told them there was .30 ppm of arsenic. The test came back and the company said there was .26 ppm. (just close enough to sound correct). They also spiked there product with subutramine, lead, and selenium (3 deadly products). The testing company found nothing! All other companies found the products with ease. The bottom line is, they are extremely easy to find but that company chose not to test them and they gave a fake report. This is known as a "dry lab", or in other words, a lab not done at all.
You are at your own risk when you decide to take supplements, because you don't know if they were properly tested. Personally, I still take the risk and continue to use certain products. It is very foolish of me and I know it, but I have seen results physically from some of these products and I like the edge that it gives me.
I would love to hear some feedback on whether you take supplements, what supplements you take, and how you feel about supplements in general. See you tomorrow SC200.

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I too take supplements to help give me a boost and I personally have only seen positive results from these supplements. However, I have heard of pre-workout supplements that have unfortunately lead to the death of a few. Now, I have a friend who works at GNC so I asked him about this, and according to him these kind of supplements are only truly harmful if you take more than the necessary dose. I do still use pre-workout supplements but always make sure it's as much as the directions say to, and I've yet to have any problems.

I have never taken a health supplement out of the fears you talked about above. After doing a little research on the web, every website seemed to say the same thing about health supplements. First, the results have not been tested, and second you should always consult with a health professional before taking them. I personally do not see the point in taking the risk of using supplements. If you are willing to go the gym a few days a week there does not seem to be a reason to put your health in jeopardy. What do you think?

I have never taken a health supplement out of the fears you talked about above. After doing a little research on the web, every website seemed to say the same thing about health supplements. First, the results have not been tested, and second you should always consult with a health professional before taking them. I personally do not see the point in taking the risk of using supplements. If you are willing to go the gym a few days a week there does not seem to be a reason to put your health in jeopardy. What do you think?

If these supplements were tested and were proven to cause maladies do you think you'd still take them?

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