3 Bodybuilding Supplements That Are An Absolute Waste Of Money

Posted 16 October 2017

“Supplement companies have definitely mastered one thing- how to market & sell stupid supplements. Unfortunately, only a handful of supplements work and are worth your money. Most of them, sadly, only dig a hole in your pocket. Apart from a handful supplements, a ton of them that are being sold today in the name of hypertrophy are completely useless. If you are a beginner, or even an intermediate lifter, chances are that you don’t need a lot of supplements that you may just be using. Here are some of them. “

  1. Arginine
  2. Cla, L-Carnitine, Green Coffee Extract and Fat Burners 
  3. Hydrolysed Whey Protein

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Denmark warns over online sports supplements

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

Sports nutrition growth spoiled by ‘wrong and immoral’ marketing

Posted 28 June 2017

Readers will be aware of the number of ASA rulings against USN and Biogen products making claims of being able to “boost testosterone”. Readers will also be aware of USN laying a charge of defamation against Dr Harris Steinman, who pointed out, among other, the falseness of these claims.

In this article titled “Sports nutrition growth spoiled by ‘wrong and immoral’ marketing” published in, the following points are made:

[quote]Speaking to Nutralngredients, Graeme Close, professor of sports nutrition, John Moores University, said: “There are some great companies out there who understand the rules and regulations and abide by them and do give some good information out.” But the said the industry was being undermined by “the smaller brands or the less reputable ones trying to bring something what they think is unique and new to market”.

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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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Muscle-Building Supplements Linked to Testicular Cancer

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.

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Study finds troubling link between use of muscle-building supplements and cancer

Posted 14 April 2015

This article was published in the Washington Post, and reports on a “a troubling link between use of muscle-building supplements and cancer” concluded in a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Scientists consider observational data relevant but the conclusions are always open to question: is the product associated with or the cause of the findings. In this study, the presence of a dose-response relationship adds weight to any identified association, but still does not prove causality. However the findings are of great concern. How does this apply to you? If you are using USN, Evox, Biogen or any other product, can you be sure that you are safe?

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Biogen ZMA Testo – ASA ruling

Posted 28 January 2015

Dis-Chem were selling a product called Biogen ZMA Testo with the claim that it has an effect on ‘muscle protein synthesis”. At the Biogen website, the following claims are being made (now discontinued):

ZMA Testo has been formulated using a precise combination of several key ingredients that are aimed at significantly enhancing your testosterone levels. These include Tribulus Terrestris and ZMA, key factors in maximizing free testosterone potential. Tribulus has been indicated to promote healthy hormone function, enhance muscle tone and support athletic training whilst ZMA has been proven to significantly increase anabolic hormone levels and muscle strength in trained athletes”.  It also claimed on the website that this product is effective as a “Natural Testosterone booster” “Increase strength and lean muscle” and “Aromatization Blocker

A complaint was laid with the ASA, pointing out that the claims for the product are not … Read the rest

Biogen Tribulus – ASA Santions – 31 January 2014

On 11 September 2013 the ASA ruled against the claims being made for this product. On 8 November 2013, the ASA ruled in favour of a breach complaint which pointed out that the same claims were still being made, and that sanctions were suggested. In this ruling, the ASA considered what sanctions were applicable.

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Biogen Testoforte: ASA ruling – website advert

For all Biogen Testoforte articles, including recent ones related to the sportsman, Demarte “The Wolf” Pena who was suspended for using steroids, and then dumped as the brand ambassador by Biogen, whose product caused him to test positive for steroids(!) click here (opens in a new browser window)

[note note_color=”#fcfcd4″]Biogen “Testoforte” / K Charelston / 19705
Ruling of the : ASA Directorate
In the matter between:
Kevin Charleston Complainant(s)/Appellant(s)
Ultimate Sports Nutrition (Pty) Ltd Respondent [/note]

16 Aug 2012
Mr Charleston lodged a consumer complaint against website advertising on the URL The advertising promotes the respondent’s product using, inter alia, the following claims:

• “Increases testosterone within natural ranges”;
• “Maintains lean muscle”;
• “Heightens energy levels, sex drive and physical performance”;

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Biogen Testoforte: ASA ruling – print advert

[note note_color=”#fcfcc0″]Biogen “Testoforte” / K Charleston / 19706
Ruling of the : ASA Directorate
In the matter between:
Kevin Charleston Complainant(s)/Appellant(s)
Ultimate Sports Nutrition (Pty) Ltd Respondent[/note]

16 Aug 2012

Mr Charleston lodged a consumer complaint against a print advertisement promoting the respondent’s “Testoforte” product. The advertisement appeared in the Sunday Times during February 2012.

The advertisement is headed “WHY TESTOSTERONE IS THE MALE DRIVER” and contains, inter alia, an image of the product packaging. The following claims are visible on the packaging:

• “Increases testosterone production within natural ranges”;
• “Maintains lean muscle mass”;
• “Heightens energy levels, sex drive and physical performance”.

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