The Informant

The Informant
The identity of the informant can't be revealed. He works in the supplement industry and he's here to blow the whistle on supplement corruption!

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A popular tanning drug used by many of today’s top pros is called Trisoralen (generic name trioxsalen). This gives fair-skinned people the ability to produce more melanin and develop an unbelievably bronze tan. Many of today’s bodybuilding and physique competitors swear by the stuff and with

What do you think is the next big thing in the supplement industry? 

The next big thing is a tough question. It seems that there hasn't been a real next big thing in a while. I personally feel that nitrate-bound amino acids will be seen in many new product

What’s your take on nitric oxide supplements like arginine and AAKG? It seems like AAKG is getting replaced by newer precursors.

Without a doubt, this is already happening, and the products are amino acids directly bonded with nitric acid. Real nitric acid! Now take

What’s stearic acid, and why is it used in supplements? Does it interfere with the absorption of vitamins?

Stearic acid is an essential saturated fat found in all vegetable, seed, nut, and animal oils. In fact, olive oil is a natural source of stearic acid, and so is milk

Q. Is it true that some supplements don’t meet their label claims?

A. Unfortunately, many supplements on the market don’t meet label claims. Too many companies are trying to make a quick buck by copying successful products with cheaper, lower quality

Q. I want to start my own supplement company! I have some great ideas in mind for formulas that will be better than anything out there. How much money do you think I need to get going?

A. It doesn’t take much money at all to

Q. Is there any truth to the idea that some supplements can regrow hair?

A. Before I can answer this, we first need to identify what can lead to hair loss. Genetics is an obvious reason; however, aging,

Q. I hear that liquid supplements are more absorbable than capsules and tablets. Is that true?

A. Some liquids are more absorbable than others. Let me explain why. First, good water solubility is one of the most important properties of nutrient delivery. It’s

Q. I noticed this tiny pouch inside my fat burner with all the pills and saw one in my pre-workout powder too! I almost ate it once and wondered what the heck these things are and why are they in my supplements?

A. Great question!

Q. Where do supplement companies buy their protein?

A. The 6 biggest players that supply most of the protein on the market are Glanbia (who also own Optimum Nutrition and BSN),