Originally Posted by RonTheSavage
I get what you're saying about eating whole foods and everything because thats what I do. Im 6'3 and weigh 174lbs. But since I work in an office and dont get enough sunlight my vitamin D levels are low. So low I had to take Vitamin D pills for about a month. So supplements arent all about shortcuts........alot of them are but not all.
If supplements were only about shortcuts then it wouldn't be a shady business. The problem with supplements is that about 90% of what supplement companies sell are snake oil in modern day form with fancy packaging. It's not even a matter of shortcuts, it's that they don't do what they advertise they are supposed to. Protein, creatine and multi-vitamins have proven lab results as being effective at what they are advertised to do but within limits.
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Most of the test boosters on the market are pure garbage. I had my testosterone levels tested before starting cycles with many of the popular test boosters - net effect was zero. The ones that did work in the past were found to contain banned substances or were banned, such as Andro. Patrick Arnold (who I know very casually) created Andro, "The Clear" and 1-AD did jail time for his part in BALCO. He has had at least 2 supplement companies that sold OTC supplements. Some of his more effective products have been banned or pulled off the shelves after it was discovered they contained trace amounts of steroids. He blamed the manufacturing company that produced the supplements for contaminating his products with steroids the plant was producing legally for another company. Bottom line, you want to increase your testosterone, go to a doctor and get a prescription.
NO supplements give you a nice tingly feeling when you take them and the sense that you can work out longer with less effort. There is a placebo effect that lasts a while in combination with the natural effects that L-Arginine produces but long term they are useless unless you continue to increase dosages to unsafe levels. L-Arginine and 2 cups of Starbucks would simulate most of the effects of NO supplements at 10% of the cost.
Fat burners are a huge industry, most now contain (since ephedrine was banned for weight loss drugs) combinations of yohimbe extract and caffeine. The last decent fat burner was OxyElite Pro which contained DMAA and it was banned after there was a link between it and acute liver failure. Like test boosters, if you want to lose weight using a pill, go to the doctor and get a prescription, it will be cheaper and more effective.
Multi-vitamins mostly pass through your system without being absorbed but as you found in your case, enough can be absorbed to resolve an deficit.
MusclePharm is one of the better supplement companies out there. They are / were endorsed by the UFC who has also been very selective about who they endorse. If I had to pick supplement companies I'd endorse, MusclePharm, Gaspari Labs and Cellucor would be the ones. This doesn't mean all of their products work as advertised but they are more realistic about their benefits.