This ongoing question surrounds the safety and effectiveness of supplements.
Although supplement companies are legally responsible for ensuring that their products are safe and labelled correctly, they do not need to provide evidence of data to the FDA to prove this before it’s marketed.
As you can see, this leaves some uncertainty and grey areas around the safety of sports supplements.
If you are unsure and still wanting a proven, unbiased and scientific answer, here's what you need to know.
Different Types of Supplements
Before we can give a true clear cut answer it's important to understand all the different types of supplements around. Here's a basic overview:
Proteins & Pre-Workouts: Most of these are found in powder form, such as whey protein powder or PRE-KAGED. Other types of powders may include specific ingredients such as BCAA, Creatine, Glutamine etc. All of these supplements are the most basic form around and have an extremely good safety record.
Fat Burners: Normally found in pill based form, most fat burners are made up of natural ingredients and can be relatively safe depending on the dose, brand or ingredients. It's always important to check the label when it comes to fat burners as the quality can vary. In addition, many fat burners will contain stimulants and herbal extracts that can cause issues in certain individuals, especially if you are stimulant sensitive or have heart issues. As with most supplements, people also witness health issues or short-term side effects when dosing incorrectly, or, when taking the approach that “more is better”.
Minerals and Vitamins: Also taken in pill form, most vitamins and minerals are safe and effective. In fact, a purposeful and well-designed vitamin or mineral can enhance your health and reduce the risk of disease. There can be moderate side effects such as stomach discomfort or nausea; however this only tends to occur if:
- You take the pills on an empty stomach, although some are best on an empty stomach, some can cause issues.
- You take poor quality products or those that may have passed the safety “use by date”.
- You take too many or misread the label.
As you can see, most supplements are very safe if you dose them correctly and, just as importantly, use the highest quality and 3rd party tested brands.
What to Avoid When Purchasing Supplements
Firstly and most importantly, it’s very important to stay with PROVEN supplements and ingredients, from well-known and high quality supplement companies, such as PRE-KAGED.
It doesn’t take an expert to realize that picking up a random supplement bottle on sale in the back of Walmart may not be providing you with the highest quality, safest or most effective ingredients out there.
If you take a look on the internet or at your local supplement store, you will see 1000s of small supplement companies trying to make an impact on the lucrative supplement industry. As they are trying to go against the reputable brands such as KAGED MUSCLE, they must cut corners to even have a chance of making a profit or a product at a competitive price.
Therefore, just some general common sense suggests you stick with the trusted brands, much like you would when purchasing any electrical product, clothing etc.
What to Look For When Purchasing Ingredients
There are several important steps you should take when purchasing or considering a new supplement.
Firstly, it’s important to look at the list and quality of ingredients. Quite simply, any good quality supplement will list all the ingredients in a clear and concise matter, not hiding their supplements or ingredients behind propriety blends.
In addition to this, if you have a good base level of knowledge, then you will know some of the most proven and beneficial ingredients. These all have extremely good safety records, including creatine, beta-alanine, caffeine, BCAA etc. Therefore, you should always aim to seek out these well-known ingredients, while avoiding a supplement with a bunch of random herbs that may not be effective, or, not have numerous research studies testing their benefits and effectiveness.
Another sure fire way to ensure the safety and effectiveness of a supplement or ingredient is to read the label for 3rd party testing and verification. As you will see in all KAGED MUSCLE supplements, we ensure they are all independently tested for safety and effectiveness by the world’s most prestigious supplement testing organizations and also FDA approval. These include Informed Choice and BSCG Banned Substance Free.
Finally, it’s very important to stick with patent ingredients, which are the individual ingredients that make up a supplement blend such as a pre-workout. By picking the patented products or ingredients, you add another layer of safety, as these single patented ingredients will have also undergone independent and in-depth testing before they even reach the current supplement.
Not only do patented ingredients test and ensure safety, they also ensure quality. In other words, they make sure the ingredient provides the benefits proven in research; this is just one way that KAGED MUSCLE elevates its products above the rest.
Are Supplements Safe?
As always, it depends.
If you stick with a prestigious, independently tested and high quality supplement such as KAGED MUSCLE then the supplements are very safe and have 1000s of research studies proving their effectiveness on a biological level.
Not only are they safe, there are dozens of studies proving that core ingredients such as whey, casein, creatine, caffeine etc. can reduce diseases such as diabetes, obesity, brain disease and certain cancers.
Just like anything else in life, the quality will always vary. Is a brand new car from the showroom safe, yes? Is a 20 year old car that’s not been repaired or maintained safe, not so much?
If you want to ensure safety and effectiveness, stick with a leading brand such as KAGED MUSCLE, which genuinely cares about its customer’s safety, satisfaction and results.