It’s easy to get confused by the minutiae contained on the Supplement Facts label of your favorite sports nutrition product. The names of the ingredients are foreign to most, and the units of measurement mean little to the uninitiated.
So let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture of supplementation. Perhaps boiling things down to the underlying components will help alleviate confusion.
I’ve created a paradigm called the “5 Pillars of Supplementation” that conceptualizes a systematic approach to both proper supplement manufacturing and supplement use. This, I believe, will help auto-regulate the supplement industry so that safer and more effective supplements are made to help consumers get better results.
First and foremost, the 5 Pillars of Supplementation are built on a solid nutrition foundation. It's like building a house – you have to pour the foundation before you start putting up the walls, installing the hardwood floors and hanging light fixtures. Likewise, before you start using supplements, you need to have a nutrition plan based on your goals and lifestyle. This point also holds true for supplement manufacturers as well; you can't just peddle supplements without first giving your customers solid nutrition advice. That’s the foundation of everything I do at JYM Supplement Science as well as JimStoppani.com
That said, the 5 Pillars of Supplementation are: