Posted by Shannon 30/05/2017 0 Comment(s) Health,

Do you really know what is in your Supplements?

Are the short lived effects of that pre workout really worth it when the ingredients may be doing you more harm than good after prolonged use?
What‘s the point of saving $10 on your Protein Powder if it is so filled with chemicals that your poor liver is working overtime to process it and you get zero benefits from the Protein'.I guess you could say you may as well just flush your protein down the toilet in that case'if you know what I mean lol
So many of us purchase our Supplements and Health products based on the taste alone, then there is the colour of the packaging, what our mate in the gym told us to use or just because it‘s on special at a heavily discounted price.
Without naming names we checked a few of the more popular proteins and pre-workouts on the market and here are some of the ingredients we found, what they are used for and the potential side effects and harm they are doing to your body'.


  • 951/E951 Aspartame - Used as a Sweetener this nasty little chemical appears in so many of our foods not just Supplements. There are over 90 potential documented harmful effects linked to Aspartame some being, Memory loss, Seizures, Asthma, Headaches, Cancer, Leukemia, Insomnia, Mood Changes, Multiple Sclerosis, Depression, just to name a few.....WOW, why would you put this in your body!!
  • 950/E950 – Acesulphame Potassium – Used as a sweetener this synthetic products potential side effects are noted to be Tumours, leukaemia and chronic respiratory disease.
  • 102 – Tartrazine - Used as a colouring this synthetic product derived from petroleum (that‘s right petroleum) can potentially cause Headaches/Migraines, Musculoskeletal and Neurotoxicity, Learning difficulties, skin rashes, behavioural problems, Asthma, Depression, Confusion and Hyperactivity.
  • 160b Annatto – This Colouring is often promoted as being the natural replacement but sadly can has some awful side effects. Potentially causing Irritability, Head Banging (and we don‘t mean to ACDC) Sleep disturbance, hypotension, Headaches and Migraines. (check your children‘s food for this one guys'it‘s even in vanilla icecream'why?)
  • 122 – Azorubine or Carmoisine - Used as a colouring this synthetic product derived from petroleum and can potentially cause Stomach complaints, Skin ailments like itching eczema hives, Asthma and Behavioural problems
  • 133 – Brilliant Blue FCF – Again derived from Petroleum this product can potentially cause suspected neurotoxicity, Asthma, Gastrointestinal symptoms, Hyperactivity, and is a suspected carcinogen.
  • Sodium Benzoate – Used as a preservative this product is derived from Petroleum (who knew you could ingest so many things derived from Petroleum) can potentially damage DNA cells, cause skin irritation, Headaches, Stomach Upset, Learning difficulties and Asthma.
  • 155 Brown HT – Another added artificial colouring which may cause Asthma, Allergic Reactions, Hyperactivity, Upset Stomachs
  • 422 Glycerol – While not the most harmful ingredient we found to your health this little beauty is usually derived from Petroleum, Bacteria, Palm Oil and is in most cases Genetically Modified. Large doses of this may cause thirst, nausea, headaches and diarrhoea.
  • Sorbitol E420 – Used as a sweetener and emulsifier this synthetic product may potentially cause bowel problems, flatulence, colic, diarrhoea and abdominal distension.

Ok, so this list could actually go on and on, this was just a small sample of what we identified in so many supplements out there in the market....are they in yours?
Aside from the obvious numbers and words we can't pronounce you should also look out for labelling that notes Natural and Artificial Flavouring'just because the law states they don‘t have to tell you the artificial flavouring doesn‘t mean it is good for you. They lure you in with the natural word first.
So many of these products were also packed with Fructose and other nasty sweeteners.

And by far my favourite ingredient listed on one packet we found was …Nature Identical flavouring‘'what the!!
While this topic probably bores the pants of some people it is worth educating yourself on what goes into your body. If you care enough to go to the gym each day to improve your health then give your body a helping hand and help it from the inside out as well'. Trust me it will thank you later.
It is impossible to remember the number of every bad ingredient out there so do yourselves a favour and download an App called …Chemical Maze‘ it is the greatest investment you will potentially make for yours and your families health. I use this App whilst in the supermarket all the time and can‘t recommend it highly enough.
There are many products available that don‘t contain all of these nasty ingredients. Our aim at Supplement Your Health is to help you find them so you no longer need to sift through the …chemical maze'.

Check out some of the great products we have on offer....
Time to start loving your body from the inside out'.

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