If the Sports Supplement Industry told the Truth

Mon, 11 Mar 2019
Here at Fitlion, we occasionally share mind-blowing facts that alters your perception of daily items. We've already burdened you with the knowledge that sun screen ACTUALLY expires, and ruined your snack time by sharing how much calories are in them. However, there are even more surprising things we must tell you about sports supplements.

Sorry, we don't make the rules.

What counts as sports supplements?

Sports supplements include a wide range of products from protein shakes and creatine, to rehydration and electrolyte drinks. The target market ranges from elite athletes to weekend enthusiasts.

However, these supplements are also produced for body builders with a greater focus on aesthetic purposes than sporting performance. These body builders have stimulated a demand for supplements that may contain ingredients (that are banned by the world anti-doping agency) with little or no concern for drug tests.

We all know what happens when there is no fixed standard and people’s creativity runs wild.

Why There's A Problem

Manufacturing of supplements is commonly subcontracted to 3rd party manufacturers who make a wide range of products for a wide range of brands. While brand B may be respectable with the intention to be free of banned substances, traces of brand A may carry over if it was manufactured just before brand B and using the same equipment. In addition, pressure on prices will encourage sourcing of raw ingredients from low-cost suppliers, with low cost quality control. Cross contamination within a storage warehouse can then easily happen. 

Yep, it spreads dead fast. Pun intended.

More and more products are also using herbal ingredients and the chemical makeup of these is often not understood, so traces of banned substances can easily find their way into legitimate products.

It gets worse as you get serious.

Urine samples containing one part per billion of contamination can lead to a positive drugs test and careers left in tatters.

To put that into context, imagine if Thanos were to judge Earth. Among the 7 billion people on Earth, all it takes is 7 people to be out of line and…

Just check out this extensive list of doping cases in athletics and you’ll understand. Professional athletes are now converting by the hordes to certified sports supplements for a simple reason. They value their career and their sacred body.

How is this relevant to you?

If you’re serious about your regime and/or want to go pro, look for the our clean-fitness logo for guaranteed tested products.

Any products with this logo is curated by us to be either certified by *Informed-Sport or **NSF Certified (No, not by our military men serving the nation).

Feel free to browse our list of certified products. The best part is, we’re unlike most other marketplaces. We GUARANTEE the authenticity of our products so you have a grand total of 0% chance of getting an imitation.

You’re welcome.

*Informed-Sport is a global quality assurance program for sports nutrition products and supplements. Any product and/or raw material that bears the Informed-Sport logo has been tested for banned substances by LGC’s world class sports anti-doping laboratory.

**NSF International is an accredited, independent third-party certification body that tests and certifies products to verify they meet these public health and safety standards. Products that meet these standards bear the NSF mark and are known as NSF Certified.

 Written by
Louie Lui
Louie is an ex-NSF (the one related to Singapore’s military) and is extremely particular about what he puts into his body. This is why he periodically checks his inventory of salted-egg-yolk fish skin for lizards. Also, he sends you emails occasionally so you should read them.
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