Supplements That Work: Are you wasting your money?


Most of your supplements are just making expensive urine, how do you separate supplements that work to those that just flush through you?

Very few supplements actually do anything productive. Of the ones that do, the effect is small or requires real effort to make them actually make a difference. The rest just make your urine more expensive.

Here are a few examples…

A few years ago exogenous ketones (like literally drinking ketones) were becoming quite popular and companies like Pruvit were blasting them all over social media. Studies have been done on these supplements and what they find is that within a few hours of consuming them, your urine levels of these ketones go up 500-600%.

Image c/o Frontiers in Physiology

We can physically see the same thing when you take high doses of vitamin B12… your urine turns a super crazy yellow/green color.

So, which supplements work, and which ones just make expensive urine?

Here is a list for you.

Supplements that work without any extra work:

  • Caffeine
  • Whey Protein
  • Vitamin D
  • Fish oil (maybe)
  • L-theanine (maybe)
  • Myo-inositol
  • Collagen (probably)

Ones that work with effort required:

  • Creatine
  • Beta-alanine

Ones that may work but their effect is super small:

  • Green tea extract
  • Curcumin

Ones that make expensive urine:

  • Everything else.

Now, this isn’t a fully exhaustive list, it is merely a starting point and gets you thinking about it.

Please note, specific conditions can require you to take a supplement to fix a problem but that is a separate discussion from this article.