The term supplements can be defined as products designed synthetically in laboratories, that make claims that are generally classified into categories such as “Increase Muscle Mass”, Decrease Body Fat” or the ever so popular Vitamin and Mineral pills for overall health. These products are sold in health food stores or companies directly, and are usually advertised in bodybuilding or health and fitness magazines by the manufactures that produce them.
Supplements are typically purchased by people who are determined to improve themselves, but are usually unsure if the products actually work. There is not a definitive answer to this, because of a few influential factors. First, the placebo effect, second is the body’s need, and lastly is wording of advertising.
The results of supplement usage are often times not measurable, due to the placebo effect. If a suggestion is put into your mind that something works, this suggestion can actually influence you and contribute to that claim. If you believe you have that extra edge you will most likely strive more to obtain your goal. This is the theory of mind over matter.
Another point to this is will your body utilize the supplement as intended? For example does it make it to the place in your body where it is used, or does it get digested before it reaches that point. Also, if you have a plentiful supply already, do you just excrete the rest?
The wording of advertising can also play a part in the effectiveness of supplements. Yes it’s true. Here is how. Companies pay advertisers to develop ideas and concepts that will attract you, the consumer. Often if you really look at and read an advertisement carefully, it may not be making a claim at all. For example: If a product reads “Anti Catabolic Formula”, you might think, “Hey, this will help me prevent muscle breakdown”. Will this supplement now keep you in an anti catabolic state? No! Not if you don’t consume a sufficient amount of protein, carbohydrates and calories.
Prior to 1994 there was not much worry about supplements, because more often then not they were food derivates, and were relatively harmless. Then in 1994 The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act enabled the sale of other substances that were much more powerful to be classified as supplements. This concept changed the industry dramatically. Companies began using prohormones and herbs that were closer to pharmaceutical based drugs in weight loss products and bodybuilding supplements, with limited monitoring by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering “conventional” foods and drug products. Manufacturers do not need to get FDA approval before producing or selling dietary supplements and the responsibility is on the manufacturer to ensure a supplement is safe. Manufacturers must also make sure that product label information is truthful and not misleading.
The FDA’s responsibilities include monitoring safety and any adverse event reporting, product information, such as labeling, claims, package inserts, and accompanying literature.
InnerTrition Supplements have been uniquely developed and provide quality metrics to ensure the highest level of purity. We will only carry products that fit within the concept of providing optimal health
Mark T. Cuatt