The supplement industry is big business, with multi-billion dollars of sales per year in the US. Most supplements are crap. How do you prevent yourself from being ripped off? Here are some hints.
Beware of supplements claiming to be “homeopathic” or manufactured “according to the homeopathic pharmacopoeia”. In traditional homeopathy, a toxic substance is diluted over and over again until there is less than one molecule of the substance per dose, so that only the “essence” of that toxic substance remains (unless you get the dose that has the one molecule). People who follow homeopathy believe that your body will react to the “essence”, perhaps build immunity towards it, so that when in the future you encounter the real toxic substance your body will be ready for it.
The problem is that there is no scientific evidence of “essence”. Water will less than one molecule of a chemical is just water. Most water has been around for billions of years. Over those billions of years, the water has come in contact with all sorts of chemicals. If there was such a thing as “essence”, then all water should contain the essence of millions of chemicals.
However with regards to bodybuilding supplements, the term “homeopathic” has been bastardized even further. Rather than ingesting the “essence” of something that you want your body to build immunity towards, homeopathic dose of bodybuilding supplements are things that you supposedly want. In reality, you’re buying something so diluted that its really just water.
The Strongest Legal Potency Available
If a substance is regulated by the US FDA and DEA, that it requires a prescription from a medical doctor, then more often than not, the strongest legal potency available without a prescription is zero. If its also called a homeopathic preparation, then you know this is the case.
Misspellings of real drugs
I’ve seen ads for more than one supplement that use this technique. The ad shows a picture of a real drug describing its use and effects. Then half way down the ad they start talking about their product that has almost the same spelling as the real drug. They’re hoping that you won’t notice that they’re talking about two completely different products, and that you’ll assume that you’ll achieve the benefits of the real drug from their product.