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Biogen Peptan Collagen – Does it work?

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Posted 28 November 2017

Biogen (a Dischem brand) has been advertising Biogen Peptan Collagen extensively on Cape Talk, among other. This product is essentially hydrolyzed collagen. 

Does taking collagen have any benefits?

Here is a good review published in Time magazine online, which gives the low down on this ‘supplement’.

“There are many preliminary trials showing potential benefits for everything from osteoarthritis to skin improvement,” Moyad says. Research has also linked collagen supplements to improved skin elasticity and skin moisture. But Moyad emphasizes that all of this research is preliminary. “The studies are weak in general,” he says—meaning small in scope, short in duration or not yet replicated by follow-up experiments.

Another recent review of the claims is dissected in an article in Business Insider: It’s supposed to help your skin, improve joint health, and assist with gastrointestinal distress.

“Verdict? The cheapest way to get the supposed benefits of Read the rest

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Fighter faces tough bout against supplement maker

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Posted 10 July 2017

This is a real disgusting story, if the reporter is correct.

Demarte “The Wolf” Pena was suspended for using steroids, resulting in him being dumped by the sport supplement company (Biogen) for which he worked as brand ambassador. It turns out that he tested positive from steroids present in a Biogen product which he was using. In addition, there have been a number of ASA rulings against unsubstantiated claims being made for product, which Biogen continues to do in spite of the rulings.

“Biogen marketing manager Brandon Fairweather said Testoforte was not part of the company’s sport supplement range and that it was “not unusual” for products containing complex botanical materials, especially those designed to support healthy testosterone, to give rise to “a trace finding of steroidal precursors”.”

If this was true, then the product automatically becomes a Schedule 5 Category A drug!

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SAIDS Advisory on the herbal supplement ‘BIOGEN TESTOFORTE’

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Posted 07 July 2017

An advisory from the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), released yesterday.

[Response from Dischem/Biogen in a Times Live article]

Independent laboratory [1] analysis of the herbal supplement ‘BIOGEN TESTOFORTE’ revealed the presence of the following anabolic steroids, not listed on the product label: 4-Androstene-3,17-dione, 5alpha-Androstanedione and 5beta-Androstanedione.

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Biogen Testoforte found to contain ‘roids’

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Posted 07 July 2017

This article in Times Live, reports that Biogen Testoforte was found by the SA Doping Control Laboratory to contain steroids, and reported in a South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport SAIDS release.

It is incredible the ‘spin’ that Dischem/Biogen are putting on the findings.

For example: ““It is not unusual for products containing complex botanical materials – especially those designed to support healthy testosterone – to give rise to a trace finding of steroidal precursors in laboratory tests‚” Epstein said.

NO, no, no! This is NOT what the lab has demonstrated.

“The product remains on sale in Dis-Chem stores‚ but an extra warning had been added “as a precautionary measure” to products containing Tribulus Terrestris‚ Epstein said.”

This is not acceptable. This is akin to saying because your breakfast cereal has been found to have cocaine in addition, instead of removing the product, Read the rest

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Denmark warns over online sports supplements

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Posted 30 June 2017

The Danish Food Administration has issued a warning on a range of sports and nutritional supplements sold on Swedish­ and Gibraltar ­registered website, as it says they contain substances that may affect the central nervous system. The Danish regulator has identified the presence of Tribulus terrestris L, Huperzin A, or the combination of caffeine and synefrin in some, which it says may affect the central nervous system, as well as cause other ill­ effects. Tribulus terrestris L, for instance, can also affect the liver, while Huperzin A can cause acute muscle tremors and incontinence, even in small doses.

USN marketed a ‘testosterone booster’ products containing Tribulus terrestris, with claims that it could not support resulting in an adverse ASA ruling 1. and ASA ruling 2. USN is suing Dr Harris Steinman for defamation, following the latter’s contention that Albe Geldenhuys/USN are selling products with … Read the rest

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Collagen

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Posted 05 January 2017

The latest advertising craze appears to be claiming that drinking/eating a collagen supplement, will improve a range of aspects of your body, in particular wrinkles.

The UK ASA received a complaint against one similar product: “A poster for Gold Collagen, seen on 7 January, which stated “More and more women are waking up to GOLD COLLAGEN what about you? Younger-looking skin Healthier hair Stronger nails”. A footnote stated “*Based on UK clinical trials on 108 voluteers [sic] taking PURE GOLD COLLAGEN daily (Double Blind, placebo controlled, randomised clinical trial). Results published in leading medical journals. Includes vitamin C which contributes to normal collagen formation and the normal function of cartilage and skin. Includes zinc which contributes to the maintenance of normal skin, hair and nails. Includes biotin, which contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and normal hair”.

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Dis-Chem pulls fitness supplement Jack3d from shelves

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Posted 03 December 2015

Health24 investigates why the pre-workout supplement Jack3d, manufactured by USPlabs, is still being sold in SA after being indicted in the US for using false certificates of analysis and false labeling.

South African consumers are in the dark after Dis-Chem promptly removed the pre-workout fitness supplement Jack3d from their shelves on 26 November.

This just days after Health24 initiated an investigation into whether the version of Jack3d on sale online from a number of SA vendors, as well as the Dis-Chem group of pharmacies, contained the illegal ingredient 1-3-Dimethylamylamine – DMAA or Methylexaneamine, also known as Geranium extract (see below for other namings).

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Supplement use might be a sign of disordered eating in men

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Posted 08 October 2015

A recent study suggests that the growing use of dietary supplements in men, driven by the need to attain an ideal body image, might signal a new kind of disordered eating. Researchers found that of 195 men who had admitted to taking legal dietary supplements, such as whey protein, creatine, or L-carnitine, over 40% had increased supplement use over time, and 22% had replaced regular meals with dietary supplements that were not meant to be used that way. Furthermore, 29% of the men actually expressed concern about their increased supplement use, 8% had been advised by their physician to cut back on supplement use, and 3% had been admitted to the hospital for kidney or liver damage associated with dietary supplements.

From Natural Medicines Integrative Medicine Newsletter

Reference:
Achiro R. Excessive Workout Supplement Use: An Emerging Eating Disorder in Men. Aug. 8, … Read the rest

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CLA supplement linked to hepatitis case

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Posted 14 September 2015

A 26-year-old woman who had recently lost approximately 23 kg was admitted to hospital with stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. She had started taking conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplements, which are often advertised as being able to reduce body fat, one week prior. She was ultimately diagnosed with the first case of hepatitis associated with CLA supplement use in the United States. This is only the third documented case worldwide.

Reference:

Bilal M, Patel Y, Burkitt M, Babich M. Linoleic Acid Induced Acute Hepatitis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Case Reports Hepatol. 2015;2015:807354.

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Muscle-Building Supplements Linked to Testicular Cancer

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Posted 22 April 2015

This is a second perspective on a study that concluded that muscle-building supplements are linked to testicular cancer. The first was posted to CamCheck on 14 April 2015.

Men who use muscle-building supplements (MBSs) that contain creatine or androstenedione may have up to 65% increased risk of developing testicular cancer, according to a case-control study published online March 31 in the British Journal of Cancer.

This risk increased even more among men who began using MBSs before age 25, who used various kinds of MBSs, or who used them for a long duration.

Medscape [Requires registration]

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