to Evaluate New Ergogenic Aids
Douglas Andersen, DC, DACBSP, CCN
A yes answer
to the following questions is a positive sign.
1. Are the studies quoted on humans?
(Helping animals does not guarantee it will work on people).
2. Are those subjects of similar age, gender and
health of the target consumer?
(Helping someone twice your age or the opposite gender or someone
who has never worked out before does not guarantee it will work on the
3. Is the study published in a scientific journal?
(For example: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise or
International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Physiology as opposed
to an in-house magazine or newspaper.)
4. Does the ad quote raw data rather than percentages?
Gaining or losing 10 pounds in 8 weeks is straightforward. Gaining or
losing twice as much is impressive but without raw data twice as much
could be two pounds verses one pound. Or a 50% improvement sounds great
but if the raw data shows three seconds faster verses two seconds faster
in a 5 mile run after 8 weeks of using their product your opinion may
5. Is the dosing in the study the same that is recommended?
It is not uncommon for a positive study to have used much more
than the label recommends. When a companies recommended dose is much lower
than the study they quote, rest assured the low amount is due to a worry
about the side effects or toxicity. Conversely if the product were completely
safe you would expect the company to over recommend since the more you
take the more money they make.
>> Beware of any
product that is a “long held secret”, “works better
than steroids” and uses words like miracle, unbelievable or exclusive.
Before and after photos can also be misleading. (Flex, get a tan, shave,
oil up, break a sweat and improve the lighting and you too will look much
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