Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Food Supplements That Work

The addition of food supplements to the list of products sold by fitness companies in the 1950's was an economic one. After someone bought a barbell they had little reason to be a return customer. Barbells last pretty much forever. This lack of cash flow was remedied by selling protein supplements. Supportive literature recommended that trainees could not possibly get adequate protein from diet. Strength athletes from that era were used as proof through product endorsements. This gave birth to the multi billion dollar supplement industry. Most modern fitness magazines are literally catalogues with advertisements for food supplements that will fix almost anything. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I will focus you on several sources of common sense talk on food supplements.

First, two articles by Lyle McDonald. Very nice overviews of the subject.
Part One
Part Two

Next is a virtual guidebook of useful supplements and sources by Martin Berkhan.
Supplements and Sources

The last article is a refreshing piece by Alan Aragon. He compares the popular fruit juice that is sold through "multi network marketing", and cheap wine. This shows you how ridiculous most claims are. 
MonaVie versus Two-Buck Chuck.


  1. Trader Joes finally opened a store in Omaha late last year, so I finally got a chance to try the famous "Two Buck Chuck". Not bad at all, especially for the price.

    Crane Lake Petite Syrah is better than any of the TBC varietals and typically only costs $3.99 a bottle, but it's getting increasingly hard to find around here as people find out how good it is and buy up all the stock in stores around here, so TBC is a good alternative. And a MUCH better alternative to paying $40 a bottle for something that has yet to actually be proven to aid in human health and longevity.

  2. It is important to note that before taking any supplements you should consult your doctor for advice since not all supplements will work for all people.
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