We Americans do love our dietary supplements. More than half of the adult population have taken them to stay healthy, lose weight, gain an edge in sports or in the bedroom, and avoid using prescription drugs. In 2009, we spent $26.7 billion on them, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, a trade publication.

What most of us do not realize, though, is that supplement manufacturers routinely, and legally, sell their products without first having to demonstrate that they are safe and effective. As a result, the supplement marketplace is not as safe as it should be.

Safety should always come first when it comes to supplements. Fake products and dangerous supplements often harm beyond the point of redemption. The labels also make absurd claims at times, and these are beyond any scientific proof. Thus, it’s always better to consult a doctor or sports medicines specialists prior to buying any of the bodybuilding supplement products.



Certain ingredients are actually quite harmful to the human body.  For example, there have been too many cases of body building drugs marketed as dietary supplements containing steroid-like products are extremely dangerous to health, the FDA has warned. Note:  the product labels do not let you know that the product contain steroids!

The problem has become so widespread that the FDA has issued a video to follow up previous consumer warning about health dangers of popular products.  (Click here to access the FDA video.)

Although these products are marketed as dietary supplements, they are NOT dietary supplements, but instead are unapproved and mis-branded drugs.  “Adverse event reports received by FDA for body building products that are labeled to contain steroids or steroid alternatives involve men (ages 22-55) and include cases of serious liver injury, stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary embolism (blockage of an artery in the lung),” the FDA said.
According to several studies that we’ve seen, as many as 20% of the bodybuilding products sold over the counter at health food stores may be spiked with real anabolic steroids!  These products may be sold as protein, creatine, or any number of other product labels.

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