Being the frugal person that I am, it usually takes me some time to come to the decision of actually buying something. I also talked about this in my review of the Paperwhite Kindle from Amazon. I thought and thought about it, but when I finally pulled the trigger, I realized I should have bought the thing months earlier.
Today, I am in the same kind of situation, as I have finally bought an item, which I have had my eyes on for a very long time – The Supplement Goals Reference Guide by Examine.com.
This is a genius guide, that contains a mountain of information about every health supplement you can think of. It is a gigantic PDF file, that is still really easy to navigate via the inserted hyperlinks. If you are looking for a great place to get your supplements then check out iHerb there is also a coupon for iHerb so you can try it for a cheaper price. I always recommend their supplements.
One thing you can do with it – which you can also do for free on the company’s website – is look up almost all supplements in the world, and quickly learn what they can and cannot do for you.
But what this guide further does, is tell you which supplements to take, if you want to accomplish a specific “goal” – hence the name. This is the main value proposition. It means you can look for enhancements in everything from brain function, lean muscle mass, acne, constipation and a ton of others, and find the supplements with the most scientific backing to help.
The guide is made by the independent analysis bureau Examine.com, who pride themselves in being impartial and non-biased. I think it is fair to say, that they don’t have an incentive to be neither overoptimistic nor pessimistic about certain supplements, taking their business model into consideration, so in most cases, you should be able to trust their advice.
Let me give you an example of how the guide works.
Let’s say I have trouble sleeping at night, and I would like to find a supplement that might help.
I would open up my guide, and find the Health Goals section, and look for Sleep Quality:
By clicking the link, I am instantly taken to the Sleep Quality section, where I will quickly learn, that with a “B level of evidence”, Melatonin and Ginkgo Biloba might be what I am looking for while Valerian root may show ineffective.
(I always thought that Valerian root had a positive effect on sleep! If I were to investigate this claim further, I could click on the “4 studies” link, and see how they came to the conclusion)
As you can see, this guide is neat, as it quickly will specify what you can do to solve a certain problem. Furthermore, it makes the available research much more accessible and easy to find, by referring to the included studies. I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent on Pubmed, searching for the basic benefits of a certain supplement. Those days are over now that someone has organized 4,000 studies for me in this manner.
As you can tell, I am pretty positively bend towards this product, and I strongly recommend it to all the health nerds, personal trainers and the other fanatics out there.
It is a fairly cheap investment, that you will probably find use from in the years to come. I say this, because Examine.com promises lifetime access to all updated versions of the guide, as new research comes out.
Thank you for reading!