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Supplement Choices – Do you have Paralysis by Analysis?

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by Serious Supplements

It was only the other day I was reading another article from an underground, 60kg bodybuilding “expert” on how the supplement industry continues to pull the wool over customer’s eyes by having pro bodybuilders promote products without scientific backing.

The article got me thinking... while I agree with the author that consumers need to be diligent when it comes to product selection. I also know that if a supplement doesn’t have unquestionable scientific backing, shouldn’t necessarily mean it should be forbidden from your shopping cart.

Too often authors and so called experts are too quick to write off a product that has no human science or backing.

Take for instance D-aspartic Acid. Currently, there is no question that this compound is the best scientifically backed natural testosterone booster for humans.

But wind the clock back a couple of years, if I had suggested to that you should ingest this particular amino acid (or the product DADAVIT as it was marketed as at the time) for bodybuilding, libido or performance enhancement; the so called experts would have laughed, claiming that it had no scientific backing for humans.

Fast forward to today; no one would question the use of this supplement for this purpose based on the results of an individual study.

The point?

There is no doubt that user’s of the product DADAVIT in Italy (where the product is sold) would have reported improved libido, strength and bodybuilding progress prior to the scientific validation of D-aspartic Acid.

And most importantly, they would have been right!

Bodybuilders all around the globe probably spend more time experimenting with new supplements and evaluating their effects in the weight room, bed room and mirror than anybody else.

One of the most common traps I see from the lightweight supplement critics is paralysis from analysis.

They spend so much time convincing themselves of why things DON’T work; they forget to try things that might. They also forget that mind is a very powerful determinant of you body’s behaviours.

The take home message?

Most certainly be diligent in your product selections. There are a lot of snake oil salesman who are looking to part you from your money with bogus claims on muscle building potential and promises of ergogenic aid. Scientific journals are the best and most objective source for supplement efficacy information.

But don’t discount empirical evidence i.e. if somebody you know, or an author you trust claims that a product works, then there is actually a good chance that it might, don’t get caught suffering from paralysis by analysis, sometimes you have just got to give things a chance.