Debunking Supplements: Good, Bad & Ugly

Supplementation has become a staple of the health industry nowadays. Whether you are an avid gym-goer, trying to lose weight or you may be massively health conscious. Whatever you are, there seems to be a magic pill or shake for you.

Today we are going to look at some of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to supplements.


When it comes to supplements, there are, of course, some great ones, finding these can be a challenge in itself. Supplements like cod liver oil, for example, have been subject to increasingly rigorous scientific studies and have shown a ton of benefits. These benefits include; reduction in inflammation, reduction of heart disease, and they are very high in vitamin D.

Another great supplement is cranberry tablets; you can take cranberry tablets for a UTI, you can even take them for heart health, and the boosting of the immune system. There are, in fact, a lot of supplements that often go overlooked when it comes to what is right for you.

One thing that should always be remembered when it comes to supplements, if they offer magical properties, they will always be too good to be true. 


When it comes to bad supplements, the bad ones are often the most popular ones on earth. In this age of social media fitness and a vast amount of bad advice, a lot of protein shakes are at the centre of the bad supplements.

Protein shakes on their own, aren’t an altogether bad idea, for those people who love the gym and require extra protein as a building block of their regime, they are great. The risks they pose to almost everybody are quite high.

Protein mixes generally contain a ton of sugar, and we mean a lot. Some of the most popular protein shakes can include up to 20 grams of sugar per shake. This means that per shake you could get up to 100 grams of sugar.

One of the scariest findings with protein powders of late was a study conducted by a group called Clean Label Project. The researchers in this study found arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, and even some pesticide traces. 

So before you pick up that protein shake, it’s always best to do some research.


When it comes to the ugly ones, there is a lot to look out for. We are going to take a look at the worst of the worst below:


May cause vomiting, low blood pressure and has even been responsible for a death or two.


Has been known to change skin tone and cause kidney damage.


Although banned in 2001, it still lurks around on the internet. Comfrey has been known to cause excessive liver damage.


Although still popular for treating anxiety, the FDA cannot stress enough the dangers it poses to the liver.

That is just a few of the worst supplements you can find. The best advice we can offer is before you take any supplement, it is always best to consult a medical professional.