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Scams rarely sell their products outside their own website. Powders that squeezed out the best combo of quality AND price floated to the top; those that were extremely overpriced sank to the bottom. Those with lactose intolerance and digestive issues gas, bloating, and other fun things. Imagine a group of people saying that the product did little to nothing in helping them achieve what it was supposedly meant to do. Did you know that a poor diet can impact your erection? Fat loss comes from being in a caloric deficit.
Rule 1: Check how long the company has been in business!
No one can really tell you which one is ultimately the best. However, there are certain rules and tricks to this madness. If the diet solution promotes healthy eating and good activity habits, and their supplementation a pill, a shake or a liquid, whatever it is is scientifically proven to be effective to help along with your weight loss, then, with the proper knowledge you can distinguish the good guys from the bad ones.
The key is to know what, when, and how much to eat, and there are certainly a lot of things to know. Definitely more than I could ever tell you in this article alone. There are a lot of good diets and weight loss solutions, some of the best are not as well known, and are overshadowed by aggressive marketing from companies that want to take your money and run, leaving you with a bunch of worthless pills.
That approach time and time again has no effect whatsoever in reducing your weight. There is a much better, simpler and quicker way to find the diet that is good for you, and will actually help you lose weight and maintain it afterwards. To find this diet, we simply need to eliminate the bad ones. Scams come and go, but legitimate businesses last for years because they are sustainable. It takes a good product and a good support to do that. Use 3 years in business minimum as a rule of thumb.
Mostly because the product does not work, and the support group would expose that. Imagine a group of people saying that the product did little to nothing in helping them achieve what it was supposedly meant to do.
Scams try to avoid that at all costs. It can be a forum or a Facebook group. A place where customers can share their feedback, ideas and progress. Do yourself a favor and ask for evidence if they have strong customer support group. Whether you like social media, or not, it is a strong signal that the business is legitimate. Scams might put on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter icons on their website, but you really need to take the time, and check these pages out for yourself. You want to look not only for the number of followers on these social accounts, but also pay attention to the type of content is being posted, how often, and user engagement.
As a result, they have very little interaction with their audience. Poor content, few likes and comments is a signal that this product or company could be poor quality or a scam. It could be a retail store, or an online marketplace like Amazon. Scams rarely sell their products outside their own website.
Brunke recommends daily administration based on body weight. When combined with glucosamine and chondroitin, ASUs modify and amplify the actions of each and reduce the amount of chondroitin required. Omega-3s are known to support heart health and joints, improve kidneys and boost the immune system, but the dosage for each condition varies.
For example, the dose needed for kidneys is one-fifth the dose needed for joints, Dr. When it comes to omega-3s, docosahexaenoic acid DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid EPA from wild-caught coldwater fish is best. Farm-raised fish have low levels of omega-3s and high levels of omega 6s, Dr. One study found that some dogs receiving carprofen for osteoarthritis pain that were also fed a diet supplemented with fish oil omega-3 fatty acids needed less carprofen. There has been no published research on the use of these supplements in dogs, Dr.
Eggshell membrane contains high concentrations of glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen and hyaluronic acid, Dr. Brunke says—but absorption of these nutrients is unknown. There are some good human studies that demonstrate the efficacy of eggshell membrane in treating osteoarthritis, he adds, and while there are no published studies in dogs, Virbac recently launched a veterinary product called Movoflex.
The mechanism of green-lipped mussels has not been determined, Dr. Brunke says, but a study found increased concentrations of plasma omega-3 fatty acids and improvement of peak vertical force in dogs fed a diet enriched with green-lipped mussel.
A study showed statistically significant reduction of severity and resolution of the signs of osteoarthritis in dogs, such as intermittent lameness, local pain and stiff gait, after six weeks of treatment with Boswellia serrata. Arm yourself for the next round of client questions with info on these substances. One study showed that curcumin inhibited macrophage proliferation related to a strong downregulation of TNF-alpha and fibrinolysis activation, suggesting that curcumin offers anti-inflammatory support for osteoarthritis treatment in dogs.
And turmeric, from which curcumin is derived, is not safe or efficacious for pet health. When it comes to nutraceuticals, Dr. Matt Brunke is concerned with two things: In veterinary medicine, a nutraceutical is defined as a nondrug substance produced in a purified or extracted form that is intended to improve health and well-being.
Nutraceuticals are not drugs; they are considered food and regulated as such. This can lay the groundwork for contamination and variability because there is no direct regulatory oversight and no requirement for studies to prove efficacy and safety.
Brunke says, when evaluating product labels and claims. Last year alone there were more than 22, human trips to the ER directly related to consumption of joint supplements alone.
Labels can be confusing, Dr. Look for evidence that a product works, like double-blind placebo studies, studies done by an independent third party, prospective studies or studies published in peer-reviewed journals.
Elk or deer antler. Yes, you heard that right—have you seen NFL players chewing on antlers on the sidelines? A study showed improvement in dogs diagnosed with osteoarthritis when administered high-quality elk velvet antler powder supplement.
This probably goes without saying, but the antler chew toys from the pet store do not contain the active ingredient. Duralactin reduces inflammation by blocking neutrophils from entering the endothelial wall.
This supplement has been studied extensively in people but is yet to be determined efficacious in dogs, Dr. Does your patient need to build muscle, and you are thinking a muscle-building supplement might help?
Are clients asking you about creatine and whey protein for their dogs? Creatine is used by people for muscle building and recovery. The kicker is that creatine requires anaerobic activity, such as weightlifting, to be effective. In other words, Dr. In general, creatine is probably OK for gym rats and maybe for flyball dogs, but do we really want our canine athletes jacked out like Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Whey protein is derived from milk. The dosage and efficacy is unknown in dogs, Dr. Chromium is marketed to build muscle in people, but there are no studies in dogs. While chromium supplementation has been found to help people with diabetes, it does not help diabetic dogs, Dr.