Just Say No: What do you NOT want in your supplements? - Impulse Training

Just Say No: What do you NOT want in your supplements?

Courtney Wright | January 21, 2019

Since not all vitamins are created equal—it’s important to choose a brand that you can trust. All of Impulse’s supplements are NSF certified. Which is a big deal guys! Why? Because NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) International is an accredited, independent third-party certification body that tests and certifies products to verify they meet these public health and safety standards. This certification ensures what’s on the label matches what’s in the bottle. In addition, testing is conducted to confirm that there are no unsafe levels of contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides in the product. We can’t promote what we wouldn’t take ourselves and so we are taking pride in bringing you quality as well as knowledge.

With pre-workout and weight loss supplements being all the rage these days, it’s important to carefully read labels and know what’s in your product. Researchers at global public health organization NSF International, Harvard Medical School and the United States Department of Defense recently identified four unapproved, DMAA-like stimulants in six over-the-counter weight-loss and pre-workout products currently available in the United States. The research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Toxicology. These stimulants may cause adverse cardiac events, hemorrhagic strokes or sudden death, especially if taken prior to strenuous exercise or combined with caffeine. Extreme heat and dehydration may also increase the health risks.

Consumers need to be careful when taking supplements, especially pre-workout and weight-loss products. You can’t always trust what’s on the label. Take a look below for some products and compounds you should really think twice about before taking.

Banned or Unapproved Compounds

Game Day MAN Sports Octodrine
Infrared Gold Star 1,3-DMAA*
2-aminoisoheptane Chaos and Pain 1,4-DMAA
Simply Skinny Pollen Bee Fit with Trish 1,3-DMAA* and 1,4-DMAA
Cannibal Ferox AMPED Chaos and Pain 1,3-DMBA*
Triple X Gold Star 1,4-DMAA


Not all supplements are created equal! Independent certification of supplements helps weed out illegal and non-compliant products and ingredients from the marketplace. Make sure to look for the certification on the label and not just follow the latest fad. You should know what is in your product and also the possible negative side effects from the ingredients. It is also wise to stay away from products that use the term “matrix” or “blend” as the ratios and ingredients can be very vague and there could be hidden compounds or improper dosages. Bottom line, make sure that you are fueling your body for optimal health and performance and not ingesting anything that would hinder either of these areas.

Courtney Wright

Courtney's mission in life is to share her gifts with other people, and to show them how great they can be. She feels beyond blessed for the moments shared with her clients over the years, and realizing nutrition is only a part of their journey. The counseling Courtney shares encompasses cognitive behavior therapy- making sustainable positive lifestyle changes and eliminating ‘diet approach’ thinking to eating. Her heart is full when clients discover parts of themselves they didn’t know were there. Courtney's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Akron, completion of the Coordinated Internship Program through Akron, Certified Sports Nutritionist, and Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise.


Scroll to Top