Proprietary Blends In Supplements : What Are They All About?

A proprietary blend is basically a list of ingredients that is specific to a product formula. A manufacturer is legally obliged to state all ingredients on a products label including the amounts (in weight). The exception to this rule is if the ingredients are within a proprietary blend, in which case the manufacturers only have to mention the total weight of the blend (grams or milligrams).

Things to look out for…

Scrutinise any proprietary blend that contains a high number of ingredients, but a low total weight e.g. a blend that is just 5g in total weight, yet contains creatine, beta-alanine, l-arginine and caffeine are unlikely to deliver the requisite amounts of each ingredient in order to exert a beneficial effect! Creatine alone should be 5g at least, so a proprietary blend whose total ingredients total 5g is not going to deliver anywhere near enough to fit purpose. The consequence of all this is that you are paying for something that may not necessarily be delivering the quantities of each key ingredient that you need!

Most supplements out there are pretty good and deliver optimal ratios of each ingredient, but it’s prudent to be aware of what terms such as ‘proprietary blends’ actually mean and how you can fully utilise your money and supplements.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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