• Ben Banbury

The Truth About Supplements

The dietary supplement market is worth a staggering $124.8 Billion, and set to almost double in the next 10 years, but how much of it is actually useful?





In 2026 the supplement industry is estimated to be worth $210.3 BILLION dollars, yet we're getting more and more obese every year?


In the UK we're expected to see approximately a 10% rise in the average over weight person in the next 11 years


In 2015, 66% of males and 57% of females were in the overweight category. By 2030, expect to see 74% of males and 67% of females according to an article my the Telegraph


Which is kind of upsetting as countries like Belgium, Germany and Finland are likely to see a change at all..


I'm going to run through the supplements I agree with and recommend, then I'll show you where you can find them. Then I'll show you the most common bullshit supplements that will do absolutely nothing for you


So, firstly, the supplements I agree with (this won't take long)




SUPPLEMENTS I RECOMMEND


1. Protein Powder


Probably the most common supplement in the health and fitness industry, and luckily one that is actually worth your hard-earned cash (or at least some of them are)


I often get asked questions like "will protein powder make me bulky?". I'm guessing a lot of people see the gigantic men in the ads and product labels and believe that protein powder is their shortcut to getting there


Protein powder won't make you bulky. You don't get huge muscles by accident or overnight. Those models are professional models that have been paid to promote the product


That's like me playing crazy golf at Butlins, then waking up the next day as Tiger Woods


Think of protein powder like a convenient way to consume protein. And that's it. A scoop of protein will have roughly the same nutritional value as half a chicken breast


"Ben, will eating half a chicken breast make me bulky?" - Said no one ever


So protein powder isn't a gimmick or a cheat, it's a simple and easy way to consume and keep your protein levels high. For this reason I 100% recommend it


Read next: Why is protein so important?


The best places to get it are:


Myprotein.com

Proteinwarehouse.com


When you click on the link it will automatically direct you to the best protein supp from each store. Feel free to explore the site if you are looking for a vegan alternative


And please never buy the "Diet Protein" - What a load of shit


That's the same as "Skinny Water" or "low calorie oxygen"


You'll be paying around 20% extra for the word "Diet" on your protein tub. The protein linked is already unbelievably lean




2. Drs. Orders


The only other time I would recommend supplements is when your Dr says so


If you pop in for a visit and they say you need X, Y & Z supplement, I would listen


If you're on certain meds, they can have knock on effect through the body, causing your body to lack certain vitamins and minerals


For example I've had to take iron tablets in the past and I currently chew on a calcium supp my Dr prescribed from drugs I take for my Ulcerative Colitis


And that's it.




Where you Expecting More?


My list of supplements I recommend technically includes one product


Where you expecting more? I was!


I nearly added Omega 3 fish oils, but after reading 3 articles just this morning, it turns out there is little hard evidence that Omega 3 fish oils do anything