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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Examine.com Supplement Goals Reference Guide

I am very pleased to introduce my readers to a new product from the folks at Examine.com, their Supplement Goals Reference Guide.  

Yes, this is something new for me.  I am actually promoting something here, and before you think I've gone off and gone into the supplement business, please read on!

You see, the folks at Examine.com have spent the past two plus years amassing an impressive data base of supplements, how they work, if they work, and the peer-review studies on their utility.  All presented in an unbiased fashion because they don't sell supplements!


This is why I can get behind this product.  As most of my regular readers know, I'm not a big fan of supplements but I recognize that they are useful in certain circumstances.  Still, it is a confusing landscape out there, mostly because of exaggerated and unsubstantiated claims made by people trying to sell you their overpriced proprietary blends.  This is where the Supplement Goals Reference Guide and the Examine.com website come in.  Finally, an unbiased resource containing "just the facts" and none of the hype.   Whether you are interested in finding supplements for a certain health issue, or checking out what the latest supplement being hawked is really all about, this Guide will save you time and put the supporting information at your fingertips.  From their website:
  • 300+ Supplements. We cover everything from 5-HTP and Aloe Vera all the way to Whey Protein and Zinc. We even cover supplements you may not have heard of, from 1,3-Dimethylamylamine (also known as DMAA) to Valerian. If you can supplement it, we have it covered.
  • 180+ Health Goals. You want to live a healthier life, and we will help you get there. Find out which supplements help you (and which hinder you) towards your goals.
  • 2,007 human studies. We've excluded animal and petri-dish studies, and only list human studies. You can rely on them being applicable to you, not rats.
With easy to use tables, all you need to do is simply search and click on whatever supplement or health goal you're interested in. Instantly, find supplements that work.
That bolded part is what hooked me about Examine.com.  There are too many claims being made out there based on a single study in mice or in vitro studies where cells are incubated with physiologically irrelevant doses of supplements.   A substance can work wonders in a dish but that is all meaningless if humans don't even absorb it!
If you are going to take supplements, you want to take those that are shown to be effective and do what you want them to do!
The Supplement Goals Reference Guide is your gateway to the human studies with a summary of the results so you don't have to wade through them yourself (though I always encourage you to!).  New supplement and new study?  No problem.  The Guide is an ebook that is updated regularly to sync with all new information added to the Examine.com website.

So if you are interested, and haven't done so already, CLICK HERE to learn more and purchase your guide!   Yes, I receive a commission if you purchase the Guide through my link.  So, if you have been wanting to support the Asylum but didn't want to donate directly, here's one way you can do just that.  

Oh ... and hurry!  The introductory price of $29 expires Friday, July 26.

21 comments:

Name said...

They don't sell them, they only affiliate with the companies. Like you are with them!

carbsane said...

WRONG. They do not affiliate with supplement companies.

carbsane said...

For example with creatine, this is the page of choices you get. It's Amazon's search engine. Tons of people have Amazon links that give them a bit of coin when you buy anything at that Amazon.

Sanjeev Sharma said...

none of the listed reviewers/quotables I saw has printed any woo - they've all built reputations of going with the evidence, very low to zero cherry picking, no axes to grind;

I couldn't quickly and easily find examin.com's (ladder/pyramid of preferences)/(criteria for judging) studies; large critical review of RCTs over single large population RCTs over small RCTs over many reductionist studies ...

the folks doing examine.com seem to have a skeptical process but if it's explicit they don't wear it on their sleeves - they haven't put it up front and easy to find

Lighthouse Keeper said...

But the paleo/lowcarb gurus ( Moore,Croxton) have expanded their woo way beyond supplements by endorsing cancer cure maverick Burzynski in recent podcasts.

carbsane said...

They've gone into full woo woo functional/integrative/holistic/naturopathic medicine land. There are valid "alternatives" but most of these people are pushing food, supps then see the doctor after you've messed yourself up too much for them to save you :(

carbsane said...

I will check if it's there somewhere. I seem to remember seeing this some months ago when I became aware of the website.

Haliah said...

Do you know who wrote the guide? Examine.com is pretty much a content mill. Heck, I used to have an account and would get paid based on the amount of people who visited my articles. A lot of the writers at Examine write things that perhaps aren't true - they sure aren't scientists - in order to get folks to click on their articles. It really is just a content mill, there is no evaluation of content. So, I am leery to purchase this. Can you tell us more why you think this is a valid resource?
Also, I see that you are no longer listed as a speaker at AHS!!!! What happened?! I bought my ticket, as I mentioned here before, to see you!!!! Please tell me it is an oversight!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

Haliah said...

oh gosh, looks like my comment didn't take. Here we go again: Do you know who wrote this guide? Examine is pretty much a content mill. Heck, I used to have an account and would get paid based on the amount of people who visited my articles. A lot of the writers at Examine write things that perhaps aren't true - they sure aren't scientists - in order to get folks to click on their articles. It really is just a content mill, there is no evaluation of content. So, I am leery to purchase this. Can you tell us more why you think this is a valid resource? Also, I see that you are no longer listed as a speaker at AHS!!!! What happened?! I bought my ticket, as I mentioned here before, to see you!!!! Please tell me it is an oversight!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

Lighthouse Keeper said...

I would still go if I was you it will surely be a most enjoyable quackfest.

carbsane said...

You are confusing Examine.com with Examiner dot com.


This is NO content farm.

carbsane said...

I have deleted Haliah's comment as I want to keep comments on this post on topic.


It is important to point out that Examine.com is NOT Examiner.com

Carole said...

AHS13?

Jason Sandeman said...

See how it worked for Steve Jobs? He was reportedly sick from a relatively "curable" form of pancreatic cancer, but refused conventional medical help. Instead, he relied on the naturopath, unfortunately for him.

carbsane said...

I was very bothered by Robb Wolf's condemnation of the medical establishment and how none of the treatments are science based. Say what? Even fast tracked drugs are quite well characterized and even a drug that is only effective in 10% (but perhaps highly effective when it works) at least we know this going in. With supplements and cleanses and whatnot, we don't know a lot.

With my background, I'm personally more concerned with toxicity and/or interactions with supplements that we don't know. If someone dies or has a major side effect on Drug X, that is reported and this is how these drugs get removed from the market, or counterindications and/or interactions noted. When people are taking supplements in a self-directed fashion, if they experience negative effects these never get reported. It's not perfect, far from it, but there's some safety in numbers when your looking at a widely prescribed drug vs. a supplement.

Caffie Cat said...

I would like to purchase this one, but can anyone has link to other reviews about this book. I am collecting health books since i was diagnosed with diabetes and i am interested with this one.

Mirta Ana Schultz said...

Hmmm...I would buy at a lower price point. $30 bucks. Hmmm.

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