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.
An Honest Look at Bulletproof Coffee (aka "The Bulletproof Diet")
Add butter to a cup of coffee and "watch the fat melt off your body?" Is that really possible? Is Bulletproof coffee a result of savvy marketing and hype...or real science? I did the math - and the fact-based research on our diet-obsessed culture's latest fad for you. See if David Asprey's fat-burning coffee recipe holds water...
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...
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?
Should You Take Branched-Chain-Amino-Acid (BCAA) Supplements Before Your Workouts? (UPDATED)
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?
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?
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...
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!
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...
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
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.
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?
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...
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?
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