If you’re a regular here at SuppWithThat.com, you’re probably well aware that the supplement industry is absolutely riddled with unethical practices, deception, and scams. While some of the more high profile instances have received some consumer attention, the vast majority of these activities are ongoing, perpetrated by supplement companies of all kinds.
How is this possible? It’s possible simply because the average supplement consumer knows nothing about supplements, making it just about impossible for them to determine when they’re being ripped off and when a supplement may actually be worth it.
In recent years, however, we’re at least begun to see the demise of proprietary blends. Many brands have realized that not telling their customers how much of a particular ingredient they’re consuming is not an effective way to build a trusting relationship in the long term. As a result, many companies which historically utilized the proprietary blend method of labeling have switched to a fully transparent label with full disclosure.
Why proprietary blends are even legal, who knows? You’ll have to check with the FDA about that. But the good news is that thanks to consumers becoming more educated, proprietary blends are well on their way to extinction.
Transparency Is Just Part Of The Issue
While it’s great to see many brands switching over to fully transparent labeling practices, transparency doesn’t guarantee an effective supplement. It merely provides the information needed to make a more educated purchase decision.
If you’ve read a lot of articles and/or reviews on SuppWithThat.com, you’ve probably come across the term “Clinically Dosed” or “Clinical Dosing” here and there. For those who aren’t familiar, a supplement is “Clinically Dosed” when it contains ingredients which are dosed in accordance with scientific studies in which that ingredient showed efficacy. It is essentially the dose at which a given supplement can actually be considered effective, as opposed to either ineffective or maybe effective.
In other words, Clinical Dosing is the only way to ensure that a supplement does what it’s supposed to do. Many supplement companies will advertise their products using data obtained from scientific studies, but the products contain sub-clinical doses of key ingredients.
Watch Out For Transparent Under-Dosers
Since transparency has become a hot issue in the supplement industry recently, it makes sense that tons of brands are switching over to a transparent label, even if they have something to hide.
You see, the average supplement consumer hasn’t done the type of research necessary to identify clinical doses of particular ingredients. This lack of education allows supplement companies to under-dose their products but be transparent about it. Think of it as hiding in plain sight.
They’re telling you exactly how much of each ingredient you’re getting, but banking on the fact that you don’t know anything about supplements and assume that, since they’re telling you how much of each ingredient there is, the ingredients are dosed appropriately.
The reality is many supplement companies are under-dosing their supplements and admitting it right on the label. The average consumer just doesn’t know enough to avoid those products.
How To Know If A Supplement Is Clinically Dosed
Fortunately, the vast majority of scientific research is available for free on the internet, offering the opportunity for anyone who cares enough to learn all about supplements and effective dosing.
Unfortunately, you have to actually do a little research when it comes to ensuring that your supplement is clinically dosed.
Here are a few popular supplements though and their corresponding clinical doses (or ranges):
- Creatine (any form) – 5g/day
- Beta-Alanine 3-6g/day
- Betaine – 2.5g/day
- Citrulline Malate – 6-9g/day
- Forskolin – 50mg/day
- Synephrine – 50mg/day
- Citicoline – 250-500mg/day
- L-Carnitine L-Tartrate 1-2g/day
- Melatonin – .5-5mg/day
- Glycine (for sleep) – 3g/day
- Yohimbine – 20mg/day
We could go on and on listing supplements but you get the idea. If you want to learn more about supplements and stop getting ripped off, you need to take some initiative and learn a little about ingredients, dosing, etc. A great place to start would be signing up for our Newsletter and perusing some articles.
It’s Time We Demand Clinically Dosed Supplements
As a consumer, you vote with your dollars. Virtually all brands used to use proprietary blends, but stopped doing so when consumers became aware and stopped buying the products. The only way to force supplement companies to start clinically dosing their products is to stop buying those that aren’t clinically dosed.
You can count on us as a resource for weeding out under-dosed ineffective supplements and introducing you to the ones that actually work. Check out our Top Ranked Lists for regularly updated lists of the best supplements in each category.