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Supplements Exposed: Real Athletes Share What Works and What Doesn't

Posted Jul 20 2009 3:58pm
Athletes are frustrated by the number of inferior supplements on the market today. Many are disappointed to find these products make impossible claims yet fail to deliver any noticeable results. With over six thousand supplement reviews, some evident winners and losers are emerging on TheSupplementRating.com. According to TheSupplementRating.com President Tom Noonan, consumers are now spending more time researching supplements before opening their wallets, instead of blindly trusting label claims.
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Supplement manufacturers are free to say almost anything they want on their product's label, as long as they include the familiar "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration" notice. The regulation of these statements is very loose, and manufacturers are pushing their limits. One reviewer made it clear they made a purchase based on label claims: "The box promised strength and mass gains". They went on to show their disappointment: "I felt nothing. I want my money back".

Some products are actually proving to do the opposite of the label claims. Several pre-workout supplements are doing more damage than benefit to users' workouts. One reviewer couldn't even make it to the gym: "Never got to see if the product worked because I felt sick to my stomach after every dose". These product labels often fail to mention the possible side-effects or provide ample warning to the consumers.

The most unethical practice of all is the "Free Trial" offer. The victim gets a month's supply for a nominal shipping charge, but is not warned that they enrolled in an automatic subscription which charges their credit card every month. Even a product that Oprah recommended is guilty of this practice: "They keep sending me this and will not answer the phones so I can cancel. I am one step away from contacting my lawyer. I only tried this stuff because I heard about it on OPRAH".

While several products prove to be disappointments, there are still many that demonstrate effectiveness. "Don't be discouraged by a few bad eggs", says Noonan, "there are plenty of products out there that will help you achieve your fitness goals". Tom recommends that consumers check supplement reviews before making a purchase: "Visitors can also post questions they have about specific products, and receive answers and recommendations from experts".

TheSupplementRating.com was established in 2006 to provide a source of unbiased consumer reviews for various bodybuilding, fitness and weight loss supplements. The site offers detailed supplement reviews from actual users, product questions and answers, and retailer price comparisons.

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