we “How do you achieve your dream body?” Which would you rather hear between the following?
“Well, that’s hard to say. For most people it takes years and years to make incremental progress. You’ll have to consistently train hard, eat well, get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and over time you’ll see significant process, but even then i’m sure your goals and perceptions will evolve over time. It’s a moving target so I think it’s important to fall in love with the process, appreciate your body unconditionally, and be proud of how far you’ve come.”
“If you dump this 60 dollar powder into your drink before you workout, you should be ripped in no time! Three weeks tops. Worked for me bro, look how jacked I am!”
Ah, so THAT’s why the vitamin and nutritional supplement business pulls in 31 billion dollars a year.
Hope in a tub. With a scooper you can never find.
There are of course numerous supplements out there that appear to be safe and effective, but unfortunately, there are also companies that have been caught putting out false claims, fabricating studies, or cutting costs with filler ingredients in order to stack those dollars high.
How do we know what’s safe? Who do we trust?
Introducing labdoor.com. We are in no way affiliated, but I very much appreciate the work they do.
Labdoor is an independent company that buys supplements off the shelves of retailers and tests them in an FDA-approved laboratory. They grade and rank products based on label accuracy, product purity, nutritional value, ingredient safety, and projected efficacy.
You’re able to search for products by name, category, or rank based on their Labdoor score for vitamins, pre-workouts, protein bars, fish oil, creatine, you name it! And again, the fact that they are an unbiased third party company in my opinion solidifies their credibility.
For due diligence, I will point out that they are a for-profit company and they make their money from Labdoor certifications that brands can apply for and also through affiliate links (they let you shop for all of the products directly through their site regardless of score and they receive a portion of the profit).
I went ahead and listed out the top 5 best and worst ranked products from categories that I find to be of most interest: protein, protein bars, pre-workout, and multivitamins. They are each linked so you can see their score breakdown in detail.
All scores are based on a 0 to 100 scale calculated by the average of their label accuracy, product purity, nutritional value, ingredient safety, and projected efficacy.
Protein Powder (81 total products tested)
- Muscle Feast Grass Fed Whey Isolate – 91.3
- Myprotein Impact Whey – 91.2
- Muscle Feast Whey Protein Isolate – 90
- Integrated Supplements Whey Isolate Protein – 89.7
- NOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate – 86.6
Protein Bars (21 total products tested)
Pre-Workout (51 total products tested)
Multi Vitamins (66 total products tested)
- Garden of Life Vitamin Code for Men – 83.9
- Garden of Life Vitamin Code Perfect Weight – 83.7
- Nature’s Way Alive Max Potency Multivitamin – 82.6
- Rainbow Light Men’s One – 82.2
- Garden of Life Vitamin Code for Women – 82.2
I’ll close by saying if you can get all of your nutrient needs through food, that’s probably a better deal. Always remember that supplements are in fact supplements. They supplement the rest of your diet. They can be helpful, address some deficiencies, and even be performance enhancing, but always be cautious and review thoroughly before purchasing!
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