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Supplement Reviews

The vast majority of "expert" sources in the diet and fitness supplement industry have hidden agendas based on selling supplements. Most fitness magazines are owned by supplement companies, athletes are paid for their endorsements, and research is often funded by the product patent holder or parent company.

Because of these types of bias, it can be incredibly difficult to find objective, neutral research and experience-based information about what supplements have value, which ones are hype, and which ones might even be dangerous.

Here at the Inner Circle we do not sell supplements and we never will. We have no connection whatsoever to any supplement companies and our mission is to provide honest, unbiased and well-researched information about supplements so that you can make more informed decisions.


Rice vs Whey: Are Rice Protein Powders a Good Choice For Vegans?
By Tom Venuto
Rice vs Whey: Are Rice Protein Powders a Good Choice For Vegans? Are vegetarians doomed to suffer from less than desired muscle development because they don't eat animal based foods? Is it impossible to get enough protein from plants? Do you have to use protein supplements? Are plant protein supplements like rice protein worthless compared to the ultra-popular whey protein? If you're vegetarian, or even if you're not, but you're eating less meat and you want a muscular body, there are some critical priorities you need to know about... . . . keep reading
The Truth About Sensa: FTC Says "Weight Loss Sprinkles" Are a Scam
The Truth About Sensa: FTC Says "Weight Loss Sprinkles" Are a Scam Sensa, a supplement that was advertised as a weight loss miracle ("simply sprinkle it on your food and lose weight without dieting or going to the gym") has been sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and ordered to paid $26 million to refund defrauded consumers . . . keep reading
Can Green Coffee Bean Supplements Help You Lose Weight? A Burn The Fat Investigative Report and Expose'
By Tom Venuto
Can Green Coffee Bean Supplements Help You Lose Weight? A Burn The Fat Investigative Report and Expose' Can green coffee supplements help you burn fat, or is this just the latest weight loss scam? I spent days tracking down and reading the peer-reviewed research so I could see the science with my own eyes... I then compared that to the claims you may have heard on the Internet, in magazines, or on daytime TV, and wrote this eye-opening investigative report. You're going to be shocked at what I found... . . . keep reading
Should You Take L-Tyrosine Or a Pre-Workout Energy and Mental Focus Drink Before You Train?
By Tom Venuto
Should You Take L-Tyrosine Or a Pre-Workout Energy and Mental Focus Drink Before You Train? Millions of people take all kinds of pre-workout supplements for a lot of different reasons. Two big ones are energy and mental focus, so it's no surprise that caffeine-loaded "energy boosters" are a billion dollar business! But what about other over the counter supplements like the amino acid L-Tyrosine? In an industry where most products are a waste of money, many people are talking about this one... and taking it. Should you? . . . keep reading
Should You Take Branched-Chain-Amino-Acid (BCAA) Supplements Before Your Workouts?
By Tom Venuto
Should You Take Branched-Chain-Amino-Acid (BCAA) Supplements Before Your Workouts? Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) supplements are getting very popular in bodybuilding and sports nutrition... You may have read articles or ads which said that BCAA's are special because they're metabolized in your muscle tissue and that the BCAA leucine is an anabolic trigger! BCAA's are reputed to increase protein synthesis, boost immune response, improve recovery and prevent muscle loss. Should you be taking BCAA before your workouts or is all the hype too good to be true? . . . keep reading
Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements: Do They Help With Fat Loss?
By Tom Venuto
Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements: Do They Help With Fat Loss? QUESTION: There are plenty of academic articles to be found about health benefits for ALA (antioxidant, blood sugar, etc), but I'm having trouble finding evidence that ALA helps with fat loss. I'm curious because I just started using it and I have absolutely no appetite now. It's very strange, I'm forcing myself to eat and that is very unlike me - and I don't think this is placebo effect. There's info everywhere on the web about ALA but I like factual info - Is there any scientific research on alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and weight loss? . . . keep reading
Women And Creatine: Is The World's Most Popular Sports Supplement Safe and Effective For Females?
By Tom Venuto
Women And Creatine: Is The World's Most Popular Sports Supplement Safe and Effective For Females? Creatine Monohydrate is the most popular and the most researched sports supplement in the world. But even today, it is used mostly by men. Many women say they're worried about possible safety and side effects. Does creatine help women get stronger and gain muscle or just cause water bloat? Does it cause cramping? Are there any risks? If creatine is safe, are most women missing out on "the one muscle supplement that actually works"? Read on to find out... . . . keep reading
Burn The Fat Supplement Reviews: Cortislim, Relacore Supplement Review: The Truth About Cortisol, Stress And Body Fat Revealed
By Tom Venuto
Burn The Fat Supplement Reviews: Cortislim, Relacore Supplement Review: The Truth About Cortisol, Stress And Body Fat Revealed "Pop a pill to burn your belly fat?" When researchers discovered a correlation between cortisol and abdominal fat, cortisol was blamed as the latest culprit in the obesity problem, and cortisol-suppressing pills were touted as the "miracle solution." There is a correlation between the hormone cortisol and belly fat, but there's a lot the ads aren't telling you... . . . keep reading
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs): Can This Fat Make You Thin?
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs): Can This Fat Make You Thin? MCT, which is short for medium chain triglyceride, is a unique type of fat that has repeatedly popped up in the nutrition and fitness world for more than two decades. Interest in MCT has resurfaced lately with the popularity of coconut oil, which contains MCTs. Proponents claim that eating this fat will help you lose weight and some of the research actually looks compelling. But could eating this fat really make you thin? The conclusions of this in-depth research review of the "fatless fat" might surprise you! . . . keep reading
What Is The Best Form Of Creatine For Muscle And Strength Gains?
By Tom Venuto
What Is The Best Form Of Creatine For Muscle And Strength Gains? Creatine Monohydrate is one of the most well-researched supplements in the history of the industry. It has been shown safe, effective and inexpensive, and yet thanks to marketing hype, consumers are clamoring for more expensive and poorly researched forms of creatine such as creatine ethyl ester, just because supplement salesmen tell them their new fangled formula is better. Read on to learn the truth about the best type of creatine to help boost your muscle growth and increase your strength... . . . keep reading
Irvingia Gabonensis Supplement Craze: In-Credible Weight Loss from an African Tree?
By Tom Venuto
Irvingia Gabonensis Supplement Craze:  In-Credible Weight Loss from an African Tree? The latest weight loss supplement to saturate the internet with advertising, ignite forum discussions and flood my in box with questions is called Irvingia Gabonensis. In the weight loss marketplace, this may gain the nefarious distinction of becoming the next hoodia or acai (scam), but I'll just present the facts, make my case for skepticism and let you judge for yourself. Learning the lessons in this story could save you from ever wasting money on weight loss supplements again . . . keep reading
Tribulus Terrestris: Can This Herb Build Muscle, Burn Fat And Boost Male Libido?
By Tom Venuto
Tribulus Terrestris: Can This Herb Build Muscle, Burn Fat And Boost Male Libido? Tribulis Terrestris is a supplement (an herb) promoted as a testosterone booster and libido enhancer. Tribulus allegedly works by increasing your body's production of Luteinizing hormone (LH). LH, in turn signals the body to release more testosterone. Tribulis does seem to have a cult following, and some people swear they notice some positive effects. With claims like "bigger muscles AND a better sex life" it's no wonder that men are running to the health food store to snatch this stuff up. But don't get too excited yet. You should research this a little more before you jump to conclusions.

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10 Questions You Must Ask Before You Even THINK About Taking Appetite Suppressant Drugs or Supplements
By Tom Venuto
10 Questions You Must Ask Before You Even THINK About Taking Appetite Suppressant Drugs or Supplements Rimonabant, another supposed "miracle" obesity drug based on the endo cannabinoid system (the same receptors in the brain that cause the munchies when someone smokes marijuana) has bitten the dust. Rimonabant was withdrawn on safety concerns including severe depression and anxiety. This has raised many questions about what the next drug target will be and research is continuing in earnest in search of the next multi-billion dollar wonder pill. But is everyone asking the wrong questions and looking in the wrong places for solutions? . . . keep reading
The Truth About Brown Seaweed And The Fucoxanthin scam: Thin evidence for weight loss claims and no Human Research!
by Tom Venuto
The Truth About Brown Seaweed And The Fucoxanthin scam:
Thin evidence for weight loss claims and no Human Research! Re: Fucoxanthin and brown seaweed advertising claims versus research (do you smell a "rat?"). It started in september 2006 with a BBC news story and a headline that said, "seaweed anti-obesity tablet hope" I started reading and didn't get even three words into the story when I saw the writing on the wall: Rodent study! We are not rats and rat research does not transfer to humans. So then I went to the pub med data base and found two abstracts... didnt bother to read full text studies... To learn the full scoop on this supplment click here... . . . keep reading
Udo's Choice Essential Oil Blend (And Flaxseed Oil): Complete Unbiased Product Review
By Tom Venuto
Udo's Choice Essential Oil Blend (And Flaxseed Oil): Complete Unbiased Product Review Dr. Udo Erasmus is an international authority on dietary fats and oils and a respected author in the health and nutrition field. As a result of extensive research on the importance of consuming the right kind and the right balance of dietary fats, Dr. Erasmus developed his own essential oil called Udo's Choice oil blend. Having heard about the countless health benefits of omega-3 fats and fish oil, many people are confused about essential fat supplements. Should Flaxseed or Udo's choice be your choice or is fish oil better? . . . keep reading
The Facts About Fish Oil And Fat Loss: A Scientific Research Review And Consumer Protection Guide
by Tom Venuto
The Facts About Fish Oil And Fat Loss: A Scientific Research Review And Consumer Protection Guide We've known for years that the omega-3 fats in fish are heart-healthy and have dozens of other potential health benefits. Could fish oil help you burn fat as well? If so, what is the scientific evidence? How does it work? Should you just eat the fish or do you need to take fish oil supplements? How much should you pay? What's the optimal dosage? Should you worry about mercury contamination? See what the science says inside this brand-new cutting-edge research report. E-book format, 23 pages, 83 research citations. Non members: $17. FREE for inner circle members . . . keep reading
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