Do we really need dietary supplements? – Mar 15 – John Worthey


We as a general population simply rely on belief, conjecture or internet advice to determine if supplements are right for you. The supplement industry can be tremendously confusing for a number of reasons. Lets take Holland and Barrett (Bro-Science) shelves full of supplements but where are the displays showing researched evidence leaflets (on how the trials were carried out on humans or animals) or warning signs that certain supplements have not been tested. Firstly, the margins are incredibly high, so there are a lot of unethical weasels with no scientific background making bold and unsubstantiated claims to separate you from your money. Secondly, it’s a constantly changing industry, as new products, brands, and research emerge every single day.


Do you know why you are taking that supplement? Do you know if it actually works? Should you be stacking (taking 2 or 3 supplements together etc)? Do you have a medical condition?

There are websites with truth about supplements that will help you control blood sugar, sleep better, boost your brain power, and achieve other health goals to live a better life.

While many bodybuilders turn to steroids (some 250,000 people are thought to use them in the UK), with various side-effects, which can include mental health damage. Increasingly though a number of gym users are turning to Kigtropin.

A brand name for synthetically produced human growth hormone, Kigtropin is used to replace the naturally produced hormones in the pituitary gland, which slow down as we leave our teens. It was once an expensive niche drug costing thousands of pounds a dose, but is now becoming more common in high street gyms across the UK. In 2007 Sylvester Stallone was ordered to pay £5,400 in fines and costs by a court in Australia for possession of growth hormone. This year, Tiger Woods’s former doctor Anthony Galea was charged with possession of growth hormone and administering it to clients.


Dr Michael Graham, senior lecturer in substance misuse at Newman University College, Birmingham, says: “Growth hormone has extremely therapeutic benefits. It is prescribed privately by Harley Street clinicians who assist in anti-ageing. But it also can enhance muscle growth and promote weight loss by preventing carbohydrate from being turned into fat.

Long-term use can, according to Graham, lead to carpal tunnel syndrome (the compression of nerves in the wrists, which causes incessant tingling), raised blood sugar levels (which can trigger Type 2 diabetes), heart failure and – in excessive doses – gigantism, the disproportionate growth of body parts. The use of growth hormone in the UK is of the scales with users such as Fitness Models, Semi Professional sport players and athletes in Fitness competitions competing for prize money and pride.

There are supplements such as Creatine, Vitamin D and Fish Oils which have all been tested on trials with humans and show benefits to health. There are benefits to supplement use from the non active to the active but do your homework prior to spending your dosh. There are numerous brands out in the open market, you need to read the companies credentials.