5 Bodybuilding Supplement Scams & Myths To Avoid

5 Bodybuilding Supplement Scams & Myths To Avoid

5 Bodybuilding Supplement Scams & Myths To Avoid

By Bryan Wright 61 Comments August 18, 2019


Hey what’s up guys, Sean Nalewanyj here of
SeanNal.com and BodyTransformationTruth.com and in today’s video lesson I just want to
go over 5 popular bodybuilding supplements that I would suggest you steer clear of. You
work hard for your money and you should spend that money on things in your muscle building
or fat loss program that actually matter such as your gym membership, proper foods and supplements
that actually produce results. Now I found that some people tend to react defensively
when you tell them that a particular supplement they’ve been using, perhaps for years on end,
is probably a waste of money but just remember that the information that is being presented
here today is here to help you and it’s here to give you the opportunity to divert that
money onto something more useful. So here we go. The first supplement on the list today
are testosterone boosters. So the reality behind this one is pretty simple and straightforward.
Aside from the use of actual anabolic steroids, there’s really no way for you to increase
your testosterone levels to any significant degree via natural supplementation. So, tribulus,
d-aspartic acid, longjack, avena sativa, these products might provide a very small boost
to your bottom line test levels, although d-aspartic acid is the only one with any real
good supportive research behind it, but it’s not going to be anywhere near the several
hundred to 1000 plus percent that is necessary to create positive effects on strength or
muscle growth. Most people tend to totally overlook the fact that boosting testosterone
in and of itself really doesn’t mean anything at all. Not only does testosterone have to
be boosted but it also has to be boosted to a level that’s high enough to directly enhance
muscle hypertrophy and gym performance. And as of right now, there’s nothing you’re going
to find on the shelves of your local supplement store that is going to accomplish that for
you. The second supplement on the list is L-Glutamine. Though many bodybuilders swear
by L-Glutamine, the concrete research on glutamine supplementation is pretty extensive and very
unexciting. First off, a huge chunk of orally consumed L-glutamine never even makes it into
your muscles at all and is instead used up by your intestines for energy. The percentage
here is going to vary but it has been shown to be as high as 65 percent. Secondly, around
10 percent of your total protein intake is already made up of L-glutamine. So that means
that if you’re consuming 150 grams of protein per day you’re already taking in 15 grams
of L-glutamine right there. And don’t make the mistake of assuming that if some is good
then more must automatically be better. Thirdly, virtually all of the standard claims that
are made about L-glutamine’s bodybuilding effects, and this ranges all over the map
from increased protein synthesis to enhanced immune system function, to improved growth
hormone levels as well as faster glycogen replenishment post workout. All of these claims
have been debunked over a wide range of studies. Third supplement on the list today is L-Arginine.
The basic idea behind “N02 products” is to increase oxygen delivery and blood flow into
your muscles in order to increase nutrient uptake and give you what’s called a permanent
pump that lasts all throughout the day. These products are usually based off of different
forms of the amino acid L-arginine, with L-arginine alpha-ketoglutarate being the most widely
form used. Now this is a great gig for dishonest supplement companies out there because L-arginine
itself is a dirt cheap ingredient and it can be very easily added to pre-workout formulas
and other products in order to hype up the labels and to keep production costs down.
But unfortunately for you as the consumer, there is currently zero research that shows
a positive relationship between L-arginine supplements and increases in nitric oxide
or muscular performance. After that we have weight gain powders. Now this is a little
bit of a gray area because although there’s nothing inherently wrong with consuming a
weight gain powder in controlled amounts, as long as you’re tracking what you’re taking
in, just keep in mind that most weight gain powders are really nothing more than a basic
mix of whey protein and simple sugar. A far more nutritious and better tasting option
is to just purchase a whey protein powder on its own and then just go ahead and blend
in your own carbohydrates and your own healthy fats. So you can use oatmeal, fruit, natural
nut butters and healthy oils like flaxseed oil or extra virgin olive oil. These are all
great options. This is going to give you the high calorie density that you’re after while
still providing your body with a good dose of vitamins, mineral, phytonutrients and fiber
rather than a bunch of nutritionally void sugar in its place. And last on the list are
“advanced” forms of creatine. Now this is a huge one. Creatine is the most widely researched
and most result-producing muscle building compound in existence and is most commonly
sold in the form of creatine monohydrate. And over the last decade or so, supplement
companies have been coming out with all kinds of different forms of “breakthrough” creatines
that are supposedly more effective than the original monohydrate form. And this includes
many different types, creatine ethyl ester, creatine HCL, buffered creatine, creatine
nitrate, etcetera. But don’t let the marketing hype fool you when it comes to these products
because not a single study has ever been performed that has shown any of these “advanced” forms
of creatine to deliver any benefits above and beyond the basic monohydrate form. In
fact, several studies have actually shown certain forms, such as creatine ethyl ester,
to actually be directly inferior. Creatine monohydrate is safe, it’s free of side effects,
it does not cause cramps or bloating like some companies claim and it’s highly absorbable
as well. And you really can’t get much better than that. Not only that but creatine monohydrate
is also the most cost effective form as well. Virtually all of the new and improved creatines
that you run into are going to cost you about 5 to 10 times the price of monohydrate for
a product that delivers equal or even worse effects. If you want to obtain all of the
benefits that creatine has to offer just stick with 3 to 5 grams per day of a high quality,
creapure creatine monohydrate product. So if you want to save a good chunk of money
and divert that money onto things that are actually going to benefit your bodybuilding
and fat loss program and just your life in general, I would highly recommend that you
steer clear of the 5 supplements that I’ve just outlined as they’re likely doing nothing
more than thinning out your wallet. Supplementation can be a useful way to fully optimize your
training performance and your bottom line results, but just keep in mind that there
are a lot more crappy products out there than there are good ones. And if you want to get
a complete breakdown of my specific supplementation recommendations then you can check out my
complete fitness supplementation guide which I’ll link in the description box below. So
thanks very much for watching this video lesson today. If you did enjoy the video and found
the information useful please make sure to hit the Like button, leave a comment and subscribe
to stay up to date on future video lessons. Also make sure to check out my complete step-by-step
muscle building and fat loss programs over at BodyTransformationTruth.com, the link for
that is in the description box below, and make sure to join the Facebook page for daily
tips and updates. The link for that is also in the description box below. Talk to you
again soon.

61 Comments found

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meocats

thanks for the suppliment guide, i found it very useful

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Karthik Ramasamy

Great video again! 🙂

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Daniel Rainey

Great video Sean. Thanks for keeping it real!

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Fat Fucking Lenny

awesome video Sean!

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Matteyou1986

Excellent video!

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IcantSeeReplies

Fat burners? Multivitamins? Some people say the latter don't really work.

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simonb26189

Great stuff Sean make a video about time under tension please…!

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TheStar Damien

Where do I find your supplement recommendation list?

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Forever Fit

Thank you!!

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Sean Nalewanyj

5 BODYBUILDING SUPPLEMENT SCAMS!

Here are 5 very popular products that may sound great on paper, but that are almost certainly a waste of your cash…

=> 5 Bodybuilding Supplement Scams

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Explicit

You've been putting out great content. Thank you!

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The Wanderer

The only use  DAA supplements have is using it during PCT, since it was proven to raise T levels by 60% for people WITH LOW-T not average healthy people. 

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ElGolden Landeros

Sean I've been a subscriber of your channel for sometime now also supported your pre-workout which I've really good; but I'd really like your take on Coconut Oil! lately I've come across ppl bashing it and it'll be great to hear your say on it, THANKS Sean

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Johny Tulanga

Thank you Sean

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barretti3

Love the videos! Straight to the point, easy to understand. Should have way more views

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chrisknight101

hey sean, did you say 3x5grams of monohydrate per day, or 3-5grams. i couldnt really hear

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Jonny Garcia

Are all protein powders exactly the target of muscle growth such as EAS to MTS to Mutant ???

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Sean Nalewanyj

Hey guys, just a quick note to let you know that I do my very best to respond to the questions that are posted here, but YouTube doesn't notify me of everything that is posted and with the hundreds of videos on this channel I can't possibly keep track of them all. If you don't receive a reply to your post, it most likely means that I simply didn't see it. If you need a guaranteed way to get in touch with me, please join the Facebook page and post your question there: https://www.facebook.com/SeanNalewanyjOfficial

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Big Zee Albeloushi

L glutamine helps alot with your digestive system and support your immune
 system 

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samir musa

god bless u @Sean Nalewanyj  thanx man 

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Alex W

Sean, what do you think about L-Glutamine Peptides? It could be placebo but I did feel less DOMS while on L-Glutamine Peptides. Your thoughts? Do you think it's placebo or there might be something to it?

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Fatihah Ismail

Do you make these mistakes in your workouts? Copy and paste into google  Ready Set Ripped to find out.

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Greg K

What are your Thoughts on the "Afterburn" claims.
Is that Legit or Hype?

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Ritesh Jasrotia

very well explained sean…n it all makes sense
..will checkout more of ur videos..

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Robert Zarraga

Dude Thanks a LOT… I'm naturally a big guy and I've been working out pretty much my all my life just to be in shape and never cared about any kind of spp's, recently started to drink whey protein shakes and I'm looking to get a little more mass and get ripped so my friends and their "BroScience started to recomend all kind of supp's for me to buy, so this saved me a big buck. Thanks again. Subscribed!!

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David May

Hey man I liked the video. It was good information I was just wondering where you got the information. Not because I think your wrong, I would just like to get some info on some other supplement ingredients that I am look at to try. Any help? 

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Paul D.

GNC pro complex mass gainer is one of the few I have found with low sugar>> only 6 grams to 115 carbs!
So if anyone is looking for a good gainer, go GNC. For once they made a good product 😉

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Sean Island

creatine ethyl ester and creatine hcl are the same thing. I think many people would disagree with you that creatine monohydrate will not bloat you. Actually i believe that is the only creatine product that will bloat you. 
I agree that weight gainers are not totally nutritious, although some products are made with decently low amounts of sugar. 

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kodfish1985 🇮🇪

I gotta commend u for this.as an on and off supplement user for 10 years i have tried prob 100 supps.of which maybe 17 were good.2 test boosters i found good were 19 anabol testo by usn(old formula)they were so strong but had to be methylated compounds in em.i was like a bull.super strong,bigger,pumped,hornier.but after 6 weeks my pee turned real orange and i had bad joint pain.sounds like winny.older brands of bulgarian trib were ok too.nowadays its a joke.my friends owns a supp shop and even he admits it!great vid man

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Rob Lawrence

Another great video lesson Sean. In my opinion, your wealth of knowledge is second to none. Thank you.

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Arkansas.alacran

@Sean Nalewanyj What are your thoughts on BCAAs could you please make a video on this.

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gym/addiction

What color are the dmz 3.0 capsules

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Mark Gailmor

Look up the test and research done by M.I.T. on Tongkat Ali.

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music composer

Hey , Sean …  I have been watching many bodybuilding videos on youtube for a year and I have found that your video is one of a kind.  You provide  very easy understanding knowledge and trusted infomation.  All videos are also recorded very well , both sound and video , especially your voice tone.   Keep doing this great work.  My friends and I here in Thailand  have enjoyed your clips and hopefully we will see more in the future.

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Faisal Husain

What about HMB ? any good!

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Al G

I like the information about keeping it simple on purchase of protein powders & creatine. Thank you

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RetzomVideos

I used to take glutamine because my trainer recommended it to me and my uncle wanted to give me the money (aka I had the opportunity) plus I didn't know anything about the subject. It made no difference at all, the only benefit I got is that sun wouldn't burn my skin that easily, I swear it is great to barely get red from staying hours playing soccer on summer xD
It is just waste of money, but because muscular guys take it (and take a whole load of crap too) people are gonna continue buying it…

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Manan Singh

Many supplement companies jst went bankrupt after u made this video lol!!
Anyways to add to that list i would say CLA AND CARNITINE AND HORNY GOAT WEED EXTRACT r also bullshit supplements.

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Nqoyi Mputa

what do you think about USN?  @Sean Nalewanyj

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DH Dowi

Top link no longer works

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Donny Philippe

Sean, whats your take on Cellfood "Natural weight loss formula" ?

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efraim johansson

I Am only sceptical towards your claim that arginine is bs. I take an arginine/citruline mix that I find very potent? Is that just placebo? Is citruline good?

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andrew davies

another great video…

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obi jon kinobi

What about secretagogues. Specifically secretagogue one by mhp

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Hunter Devaughn

Best fitness channel on YouTube by far keep up the great work Sean!!!

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Darian Cozzlee

Any info on Crazy Bulk products T-Bal75 or Clenbutrol??Do these products work with a solid nutrition intake and good exercise program?

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TheDpoppop

Sean, what do you think of norateen heavyweight 2?

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carlitoapplecool

I take L-Arginine because i THINK i feel more endurance when i do my MMA training. It might be placebo – i dont believe in supplements, but Arginine is the only one i take. I think i have more vascularity with it, i think i feel more endurance, and i also think my erections last for hours if needed with it. It might be a placebo, but it might actually do something. I dont think it does anything for muscle building, but expansion of blood vessels and increased blood flow is a nice thing for fighters and endurance athletes imo. There are also studies on how Arginine is used to help people with erectile disfunction, so that might be an explanation on how i can fuck for 3 hours straight if i take it in the morning also 😀

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Reginald Tee

Solid video. Very informative. Keep it up!

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Jason Gray

It didn't take me long to figure out that arginine didn't pump me any. Also, watch out for sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Anything that has either of these toxic ingredients can legit kill your ass. Not joking either.

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ahmed naim

Just by watching this I saved around 100 eur monthly for useless supplements I used to buy

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Omar Dalton

Yourself and Vegan Gains are set apart from all the other YouTubers whom are into strength training (in my opinion) because of your honesty!

Easily my favourite YouTubers in regards to strength training. Keep up the good work, Sean.

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Dennis Nowland

When you're a father and grandfather like me it's good to see a sensible lad like you on Utube

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Fox Devos

Any info on arachidonic acid as a bodybuilding supplement?

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Victor Smith

best and most valid information on youtube for bodybuilding…..respect

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GOLDMUSCLE

Can you please tell us about SARMS

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ronki23

I don't see the point in BCAA, individual amino acids, NOS, pre-workout, etc. These are expensive and supplements are only there to assist a healthy diet, not replace food. So I take multivitamins and minerals because I don't like most vegetables, fish oils for my heart health and to prevent arthritis, and protein shakes to increase protein intake. I don't even think I'm going to bother with creatine because it's complicated to use. It's in the name: they SUPPLEMENT not replace

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TINKYSTEELE

I brought some test booster and it changed my life. Im speaking from experience. It really works for me. Best thing I ever brought

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Neftali Lopez Jr

Good info👍🏻 agmatine and citrulline falls under this category too??

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Azaruddin shaw

Love this guy.. Bro fan from india

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dav singh

Wtf protein+sugars=💩

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