Author: Brian Oddo
Overview: The vitamin and supplement industry pulled in 31 billion dollars last year. It's important to know what brands you can trust, and thankfully there's websites like labdoor.com that test the safety and effectiveness of the products you are taking!
Estimated Read Time: 5-7 minutes
How do you achieve your dream body? Which would you rather hear?
“Well, that’s hard to say. For most people it takes years and years to make incremental progress. You’ll have to consistently train hard, eat well, get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and over time you’ll see significant process, but even then i’m sure your goals and perceptions will evolve over time. It’s a moving target so I think it’s important to fall in love with the process, appreciate your body unconditionally, and be proud of how far you’ve come.”
“If you dump this 60 dollar powder into your drink before you workout, you should be ripped in no time! Three weeks tops. Worked for me bro, look how jacked I am!”
Ah, so THAT’s why the vitamin and nutritional supplement business pulls in 31 billion dollars a year.
Hope in a tub. With a scooper you can never find.
There are of course numerous supplements out there that appear to be safe and effective, but unfortunately, there are also companies that have been caught putting out false claims, fabricating studies, or cutting costs with filler ingredients in order to stack those dollars high.
How do we know what’s safe? Who do we trust?
Introducing labdoor.com. We are in no way affiliated, but I very much appreciate the work they do.
Labdoor is an independent company that buys supplements off the shelves of retailers and tests them in an FDA-approved laboratory. They grade and rank products based on label accuracy, product purity, nutritional value, ingredient safety, and projected efficacy.
You’re able to search for products by name, category, or rank based on their labdoor score for vitamins, pre-workouts, protein bars, fish oil, creatine, you name it! And again, the fact that they are an unbiased third party company in my opinion solidifies their credibility.
For due diligence, I will point out that they are a for-profit company and they make their money from Labdoor certifications that brands can apply for and also through affiliate links (they let you shop for all of the products directly through their site regardless of score and they receive a portion of the profit).
I went ahead and listed out the top 5 best and worst ranked products from categories that I find to be of most interest: protein, protein bars, pre-workout, and multivitamins. They are each linked so you can see their score breakdown in detail.
All scores are based on a 0 to 100 scale calculated by the average of their label accuracy, product purity, nutritional value, ingredient safety, and projected efficacy.
Protein (81 total products tested)
76. GNC Pro Performance AMP Amplified Mass XXX - 39.7
77. CytoSport Muscle Milk RTB - 39.2
78. CytoSport Monster Milk RTD - 39.1
79. BSN Syntha-6 RTD - 38.9
80. BSN True-Mass - 31.5
Protein Bars (21 total products tested)
1. Quest Bar - 85.5
2. Premier Protein - 83.6
3. RXBAR - 82.6
4. thinkThin High Protein Bars - 81.2
5. MET-Rx Protein Plus Bar - 78.5
17. Pure Protein - 68
18. Power Crunch Original - 67.6
19. Vega Sport Protein Bar - 63.4
20. Gatorade Recover Whey Protein - 62.8
21. MusclePharm Combat Crunch - 61.9
Pre-Workout (51 total products tested)
1. Legion Pulse - 90.2
2. Do Vitamins PurePump - 90.1
3. Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre-Workout - 85.6
4. Athlean-Rx X-Cite - 83.8
5. Citadel Nutrition Tier 1+ - 83.3
47. Total Body Nutrition 1,3D NOX - 61.1
48. Metabolic Nutrition E.S.P Pre-Workout - 60.6
49. Lecheek Nutrition Speed X3 Test - 57.5
50. Betancourt Bullnox Androrush - 49.2
51. Train Critical FX - 43.9
Multi Vitamins (66 total products tested)
62. Yummi Bears Organics - 54.7
63. Vitafusion Men’s - 54.6
64. Vitafusion MultiVites - 54.1
65. One A Day VitaCraves Gummies with Omega-3 and DHA - 53.9
66. One A Day Men’s VitaCraves Gummies - 50.5
I’ll close by saying if you can get all of your nutrient needs through food, that’s probably a better deal. Always remember that supplements are in fact supplements. They supplement the rest of your diet. They can be helpful, address some deficiencies, and even be performance enhancing, but always be cautious and review thoroughly before purchasing!