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Updated on October 9, 2009

Supplement Use- Good or Bad?


There is an epidemic going on in America and abroad.  That epidemic is the use of supplements.  Don’t get me wrong some supplements are good to take while others just waste your time and money.  The only way you could know if a supplement is a waste of time is if someone told you.  Then again what people say to sell a product could simply amaze you.  Let’s face some realities here, if you want to have bigger muscles and a more toned physique all I have to do is tell that this supplement contains some scientific sounding ingredient that is known to have this effect on whatever you desire.  You may be saying that “I wouldn’t buy that.”  Well people do and not just a couple of people, a lot of people buy into this garbage.  Let’s go over some good supplements to take and some bad ones.

Great vitamin supplements from A to Z
Great vitamin supplements from A to Z


The Good

There are good supplements out there to take.  Most legitimate pharmaceutical companies spend a lot of time and research to develop vitamins and supplements.  Here’s the kicker ladies and gentlemen…they are FDA approved.  Yes that is right the Federal Drug Administration has approved these supplements for public use. 

Centrum A-Z is an FDA approved multi vitamin that should be taken daily to supplement your diet.  Every mineral and vitamin that your body needs and may lack is found in Centrum A-Z.  This makes this supplement a good supplement.  Any supplement you can find that is FDA approved is a good supplement.

Not all good supplements are FDA approved though.  When a person decided to start a workout routine they often will not have enough intake of protein.  You could eat steaks ten times a day and still not have enough protein to build and repair damaged muscles.  What can you do?  I happen to know for a fact that a protein shake taken twice a day during the exercise or weightlifting period helps replenish protein.  I personally prefer Synthia 6 from BSN, they also offer True Mass. The two protein shake supplements compliment each other or can be used alone.  They are a great supplement to help rebuild muscle tissue after a workout.

I am not going to waste everyone’s time by listing all the good supplements otherwise this would become a journal, no need for that.  Remember the guidelines—if it is FDA approved, it’s ok.  If it is a protein shake meant to recuperate your muscles, it’s ok.

Horse sized tablets that choke you.  No Thanks
Horse sized tablets that choke you. No Thanks

The Bad

There are those “supplements” out there that claim to have your physique that you want in a bottle. If a supplement ad tells you that by taking four or eight of these horse sized capsules you will increase your strength 400%, you can pretty much guarantee that they are full of it. Unless of course if the pill has a level of radioactivity and turns you into a superhero, but I doubt that. Here is a couple of supplements that are a complete waste of time and money: Aplodan, Gakic, Creakic, and Leukic.

These supplements promise you a rose garden and deliver a mine field. First of all, you have to take four to eight at one time. The pill is about the size of the tip of your finger. I don’t know about you but I gag on an aspirin. Anyway, once you choke down all four or eight, then you work out but you have to do so within half an hour. Stop right there. First they got you swallowing eight pills that require about a quart of water each all one right after the other. If you don’t throw up you’re going to from the workout because now you’ve got two gallons of water in your stomach. Besides all that if you do make it you’ll have to pee so bad by the time you start your first exercise. No thanks. Oh and another thing even if you do make it past the first workout the program they suggest last three months and one bottle last two weeks. Sounds to me like a ploy for return customers.

I cannot go through and name every bad supplement out there because there is thousands. You can easily spot them by the ridiculous promises they make. They are advertised in muscle magazines by body builders who, by the way probably don’t even use the crap.


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Hubchallenge number 15

The Ugly


My other rant on supplements is N.O Plasma Core.  N.O stands for nitric oxide which basically boils down to how much blood is pumping through your veins.  The idea is, the more blood flowing the more protein can get into your muscles.  Good concept and BSN nailed it with N.O Xplode and Nitrix.  N.O Plasma Core promises to do the same thing but nobody really knows if it can or not.  I am not sure what flavor they offer but I am sure that it is supposed to taste decent, it doesn’t.  Imagine if you will that you go into your backyard and pick up a piece of dog poop, put it in a blender, add some milk and a little bit of dirt and blend for five minutes.  Well, that is what N.O Plasma Core tastes like. 

Authors Note:

At no time have I ever blended dog poop, added milk and dirt, and drank it…that is a metaphor.

Copyright 2009 by Wesley Cox

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    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Deepak: A multi-vitamin is the best thing to take. When you're working out you have to consume more protein for muscle gain and recovery. I recommend Synthia 6 and or True Mass by BSN. These are great products, fairly priced and they taste good.

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      6 years ago

      i did not understand yet ................... will u tell me that should i take supplement or not & if yes ..... which supplement should i take .......... please reply me on facebook .................. my id is ......... plz

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      7 years ago

      No doubt there are a ton of lousy supplements out there. But there is one good one that I've been using for years now, and I swear by them. It's Muscle Fitness

      I feel has the best muscle building supplements on the market, and in the 33 years of my competitive bodybuilding contest, I feel they have built more muscle and helped me keep it than any steroid I have used (and I've used them all) so I feel this is the best place to get bodybuilding supplements.

      Just my humble opinion.

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      Best Supplements for Muscle Gain 

      7 years ago

      Lol, I've never had dog poop so I probably wouldn't notice the difference when taking N.O. Plasma Core but I believe you when you say it tastes bad. I've never heard of N.O. Plasma Core but it's no surprise that others will copy off of the popularity of N.O. Xplode. Many people swear by that stuff.

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      7 years ago

      FDA approval??? what non-sense. The FDA is full of pharmaceutical money power mongers.

      FDA approved substances like aspartame, MSG and HFCS are causing ALL kinds of health problems in America. The number 1 cause of kidney and liver problems in America is acetaminophen. Ephedra has been safely used for THOUSANDS of years, yet has been banned because the pharmaceutical companies wanted to get their greedy hands on it.

      and I recommend you do a quality test on Centrum and you'll find it almost worthless.

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      7 years ago

      talking about bad supplements you could read my hub on Jack3d which is currently a bestseller in many countries!!

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thank you for reading Health store.

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      Health Store 

      8 years ago

      Nice Hub wesley very informative, I agree with hit training with an abundance of newly developed diet regimen, supplements and what not its hard to distinguish which ones really work one way to do this is check the credibility of the product and of the manufacturer as well as the seller

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Agreed. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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      hit training 

      8 years ago

      Great hub. One should know the pros and cons before using supplements and choose the most appropriate supplement after close analysis of the body.

    • drychean profile image


      9 years ago

      I stick with whey, creatine, and glutamine. I've been using some NO2 lately, but it's too early for me to say how well it's working. I've heard that with the right exercise and nutrition a lot of people are seeing good improvements with it.

      I think the key with supplements is that people forget that if your nutrition and exercise are off the supplements can't really help you.

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      Tommy K 

      9 years ago

      The Dr. MaxPowers is the only HGH spray that has really shown be great results:

      A) Doesn't come from some fly-by-night company

      B) Claims to produce the highest measured (IGF-1) results using an independent, 5 mo. double-blind, placebo-controlled study


      C) Doesn't RIDICULOUSLY inflate the price due to uplines or advertising

      There are many good reasons to be skeptical about HGH supplementation and homeopathy in particular. I've used and sorted through nearly every mood or energy vitamin, herb and supplement out there for the last 11 years. All I can tell you is that when I use this, I definitely feel less tired and grouchy in the evenings and sleep better than I probably have in the last 10 years. My only problem is remembering to use it consistantly 3 times a day (So, I bought 3 bottles - for work and bedside).

      So, if you are over 40, and are considering giving an HGH supplement a trial, this is the only one to consider. It was bit hard to find their website but I found them at

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Shamelabboush: Though centrum is a supplement it is a multivitamin also and anytime you see an FDA approval sticker on the bottle you're golden.

      Expectus: You are absolutely right. Here is a cool fact for ya... N.O Xplode by BSN sold over a million tubs of the stuff in 2008, that's almost 30 million dollars. I used nitrix instead of N.O Xplode because I didn't like it and yes it worked great, it kept your veins open all day, and I took one shake before work-out and one shake after work-out. I packed on a good amount of muscle in short order and have been maintaining that since.

    • expectus profile image


      9 years ago from Land Downunder

      Nice hub, the supplement industry is very scary everyone's selling things with no fda approval , what the heck are we taking :S

      I have tried Nitric Oxide supplements before and they are only good for a pump apart from that it doesn't do much and you deflate once you stop taking them hehe

    • shamelabboush profile image


      9 years ago

      My supplements have always been Centrium. Its good to know that this vit is ok. Thanks.

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thanks for visiting and commenting dohn. Yup, just fifteen more to go. I am one ahead of schedule so it will be just fine.

    • dohn121 profile image


      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you for sharing this, Wesley. My favorite line of yours is:

      These supplements promise you a rose garden and deliver a mine field.

      Nice touch. Most likely, if it's too good to be true than it probably is. In my opinion, if you really do want to build muscle, just spend your money on natural proteins that are food in foods. Protein shakes are definitely good to use. Thanks, Wesley. By the way, great job. You're half way there!

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thank you Lgali.

    • Lgali profile image


      9 years ago

      very healthy hub good info

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thanks, I only have one left. I will be excited to get it finished. Thanks for visiting.

    • I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice group of health hubs your creating!


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