If you could only know one thing about supplements to avoid scams it would be this.
Avoid. Proprietary. Blends.
This will save you untold amounts of money on supplements that may not work.
What is a Proprietary Blend?
It’s a fancy way for companies to give you the middle finger.. No seriously. A proprietary blend’s a legal way for companies to not disclose ingredient amounts of their supplement.
Instead they invent a fancy name for their ‘signature blend’ of ingredients. They put the total amount of all the ingredients added up. But they don’t tell you how much of each ingredient the blend contains.
This proprietary blend doesn’t even disclose the total ingredient amount! At least it shows how much caffeine is in it. But you have no idea about the other ingredients.
Why is this Bad?
You should know what you put in your body. This is doubly true with supplements. Did you know that zinc leads to toxicity at a low dose of 225mg? Or the minimum effective dose for taurine is half a gram?
This is important…
Knowing how much of a supplement you’re taking lets you know that-
1) You’re not taking a dangerous or toxic amount and…
2) You’re taking a high enough amount to actually do something
Now most supplements aren’t going to give you a dangerous amount of an ingredient. But even with something like caffeine in pre-workouts…
Say you already drank a cup of coffee and take it- If it’s loaded up with crazy amounts of caffeine already. For your health and safety you need to know that.
Let’s focus more on number 2
Underdosing Ingredients Saves Money (and rips you off)
This is the more common problem with proprietary blends.
If a company won’t tell you how much of an ingredient is in their product, how do you know it’s a high enough amount to work?
The short answer is you don’t..
In a 500mg proprietary blend of three ingredients
There could be: 498mg of X 1mg of Y and 1mg of Z… Or 200mg of X, 200mg of Y, and 100mg of Z..
Or any other combination you can think of to get to 500mg. The only rule is that they list the ingredients from the highest to the lowest amount.
Protect the Secret Formula!
Whenever you question these companies on why they CHOOSE to not tell YOU what’s in their supplement, you get the same response.
There’s a lot of supplements to choose from. Staying away from proprietary blends is a great way to take control of what you put in your body- and possibly avoid a bunk supplement.
“Our formula is a secret and we can’t tell you, because then our competition will copy us”
This is bogus…
You can google any ingredient out there and find out what an effective dose is based on clinical trials…
Their ‘competitors’ can send their product into a lab for only a few hundred dollars to find out the amounts.
So really, the only person they’re not telling is you..
Proprietary Blends Can Be Scams
This is not to say every supplement with a proprietary blend is a scam. But if a company was looking to cheap out on the ingredients, they would do it by using the blend.
If you use a proprietary blend, you can list a ton of ingredients. And label it your ‘Ultra Deluxe Energy Blend”.
When really, this “Ultra Deluxe Energy Blend” is 90% caffeine, with just tiny amounts of all the other ingredients, put on just for show.
In such low doses it does NOTHING. You will feel the caffeine and placebo, that’s it. Don’t worry that you can get caffeine pills for 10% of their price…
Sure you can try to guess ingredient amounts. But you’ll never know for sure.
And more importantly, you shouldn’t have to…
I’m a firm believer that complete honesty and transparency is the only way to do things.
I was tired of all the bunk supplements and snake oil out there.
I set out to create a brand you can trust.
No proprietary blends, no tricks or gimmicks. Just good old-fashion supplements that actually work.
As you can see from the ElevatePlus label- All ingredients are clearly shown with their doses; So there’s no mystery with how much we pack into each capsule.
Our mood booster, ElevatePlus, is perfect for relieving stress and anxiety.
With all natural herbs and powerful nootropics, you’ll experience a complete transformation in mood and well-being, or your money back.
Made with the same stack I used to great effects for years. Fully dosed, based on the clinical trials for each ingredient. (These are not our clinical trials but those done by scientists for each the separate ingredients).
P.S. Proprietary blends can be a scam. I don’t care if you buy ElevatePlus or any other supplement that works… Just stay away from anything with the label ‘Proprietary Blend’.