Proprietary Blends – What Exactly Are They and the way to Decipher Them

 

Proprietary Blends: What they are, how to spot them, and why you should avoid them

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Proprietary Blends

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Proprietary Blends: What they are, how to spot them, and why you should avoid them

Video taken from the channel: EndurElite


 

KetoGen4’s Proprietary Blend

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Proprietary Blends 2.0

Video taken from the channel: Jim Stoppani, PhD


 

Proprietary Blends

Video taken from the channel: Jim Stoppani, PhD


 

What are Proprietary Blends? | What is in the Perfect Pre-Workout?

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What are Proprietary Blends in Supplements?

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Supplement Proprietary Blends | ⚠ SCARY TRUTH EXPLAINED

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Using proprietary blends allows supplement companies to cut corners and make more and more money, and all you’re left with is less money and a glorified caffeine pill that does little to actually improve your performance. But that only begins to scratch the surface of the problems with proprietary blends. A proprietary blend is a manufacturer short cut.

It is where the pharmaceutical company that are responsible for making it hide their contents behind a ‘brand name’. That way they don’t disclose how much of each nutrient you’re getting, only which ones are in there. Proprietary blends are there to make more of a profit. So make the right choice and choose a supplement that lays out all its active ingredients in the clear. Proprietary blends are clearly a no-go zone!

Hangover pills which dont contain any proprietary blends are AfterDrink and Thrive+. Proprietary manufactured and sold only by the owner of the patent, formula, brand name, or trademark associated with the product. In the case of supplement manufacturers the FDA requires manufacturers to only list each individual ingredient in the blend not the amount of each ingredient.

So you have the Proprietary Blend amount but not the amount of each individual ingredient. Let’s talk about what exactly a PROP BLEND (proprietary blend) is that’s in your supplement. The FDA requires manufacturers to list all of the ingredients in a product on its label, along with the amount of each (in terms of weight), unless the ingredients are part of a proprietary blend—then the specific amount of each individual ingredient in the blend does not have to be listed, only the total.

A “proprietary blend” is a group of ingredients that may disclose every ingredient, but not the exact amount. They make their appearance on product labels, often with trademarked names like “Detox Blend” or “Greens Blend.” The total weight of the blend per serving is indicated, but never the proportions of each ingredient. Proprietary blend is a term used to describe a secret concoction of ingredients that the manufacturer wants to withhold.

From a marketing point of view, companies that hide the levels of various ingredients, claim that their blend is so unique and awesome that all the competitors would rip it off if they knew how to. You are only required to declare them when they are added to the product for purposes of supplementation, or if you make a claim about them. You must identify proprietary blends by use of the. “Proprietary blend” is a term commonly used in health & wellness supplements to label a blend of ingredients which are listed one by one, however, no precise amount of each ingredient is given on the label.

A proprietary blend might be listed as a “blend”, “complex”, “matrix” or “proprietary formula”. I’m so pleased to read your dislike for “proprietary blends”. I nearly always caution against them to my clients and students.

You want to know how much of the functional ingredient is present to know if it is the right dose, too high, or, in most cases with proprietary blend.

List of related literature:

9.3 N. Paillard: Analysis of volatiles from some varieties of apples, Fruits 22, 141–151 (1967) D. Ulrich, E. Hoberg, A. Rapp, S. Kecke: Analysis of strawberry flavour – discrimination of aroma types by quantification of volatile compounds, Z. Lebensm.

“Springer Handbook of Odor” by Andrea Büttner
from Springer Handbook of Odor
by Andrea Büttner
Springer International Publishing, 2017

These blends also are to be identified by the term “Proprietary Blend” or other appropriately descriptive term or fanciful name.

“Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice” by Neal D. Fortin
from Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice
by Neal D. Fortin
Wiley, 2016

Balasubramanyam, N., Mahadevan, B. and Anandaswamy, B. (1978) Packaging and storage studies on ground black pepper (Piper nigrum L) in flexible consumer packages.

“Black Pepper: Piper nigrum” by P. N. Ravindran
from Black Pepper: Piper nigrum
by P. N. Ravindran
CRC Press, 2000

LVOVA L., RUDNITSKAYA A. and VLASOV Y. (2000) Application of a combined artificial olfaction and taste system to the quantification of relevant compounds in red wine Sensors and Actuators B 69, 342–347 (Proc.

“Instrumentation and Sensors for the Food Industry” by E Kress-Rogers, C J B Brimelow
from Instrumentation and Sensors for the Food Industry
by E Kress-Rogers, C J B Brimelow
Elsevier Science, 2001

Blends allow any possible combination of lexical categories, including some that do not appear in compounds (e.g., verb–verb, as in baffound, from baffle + confound).

“Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics” by Keith Brown
from Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics
by Keith Brown
Elsevier Science, 2005

Encyclopaedic dictionary of commercial polymer blends.

“Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers” by Laurence W. McKeen
from Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers
by Laurence W. McKeen
Elsevier Science, 2012

Blends occur between two words that are broadly similar in meaning, but unlike in the case of substitutions, semantic relations such as antonymy, hyponymy and meronymy appear to be irrelevant.

“Linguistics: An Introduction” by Andrew Radford, Martin Atkinson, David Britain, Harald Clahsen, Andrew Spencer
from Linguistics: An Introduction
by Andrew Radford, Martin Atkinson, et. al.
Cambridge University Press, 1999

BLENDS Blends are new words that have been created from the combination of two (and occasionally more) existing words.

“For the Love of Language: An Introduction to Linguistics” by Kate Burridge, Tonya N. Stebbins
from For the Love of Language: An Introduction to Linguistics
by Kate Burridge, Tonya N. Stebbins
Cambridge University Press, 2019

Mixtures of individual standards mixed with either L-proline, chlorophyll-α, chlorophyll-β, tocopherols, or a blend of chlorophylls and tocopherols were tested for their antioxidizing potency.

“Waste Management for the Food Industries” by Ioannis S. Arvanitoyannis
from Waste Management for the Food Industries
by Ioannis S. Arvanitoyannis
Elsevier Science, 2010

derivatives are potential chemo preventatives, lycopene is associated with decreasing the risk of several types of cancer, and phenolic anthocyanins in wines have been implicated in reducing heart disease (4, 5).

“Handbook of Food Science, Technology, and Engineering 4 Volume Set” by Y. H. Hui, Frank Sherkat
from Handbook of Food Science, Technology, and Engineering 4 Volume Set
by Y. H. Hui, Frank Sherkat
CRC Press, 2005

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  • What’s your opinion on highly regarded companies, like PEScience, who use prop blends in some of their products? Just use the products that have open labels or trust their prop blends are as good as their open label products? Thanks for any feedback!

  • How much is the decision of a company to use a ‘proprietary blend’ more about protecting their formula being copied rather than scamming consumers?

  • I really wonder why the videos of such a knowledgeable person like Jim have so little views, while people that don’t know even the half of what he knows, reach hundreds of thousands of views.

  • Can some one direct me to these articles on how to use these products together? particularly i am interested in taking pre jym at befor evening workout. But any links would be appreciated  

  • Hey Dr Stoppani!

    I just wanted to thank you for shedding light on proprietary blends. Because of you i will finally never be shafted again. I recently bought your pre post and chocolate cookie crunch protein.

    It is by far the best protein powder i have ever consumed. Literally! You gave us all the nutrients we needed for muscle growth and you made it taste awesome!

    Your pre-workout works amazing as well. Your whole setup is legos on crack and i want you to know i will forever buy your products.

    There is no price when it comes to supplements that work and don’t lie to you.

    Daniel.

  • I really wonder why the videos of such a knowledgeable person like Jim have so little views, while people that don’t know even the half of what he knows, reach hundreds of thousands of views.

  • I watched this video and went to GNC to get a protein. I was disappointed to see that Musclepharm Combat Powder is nitrogen spiked and it has protease enzymes yet it claims to feed your body for 8 hours. That is a big joke.

  • How much is the decision of a company to use a ‘proprietary blend’ more about protecting their formula being copied rather than scamming consumers?

  • What’s your opinion on highly regarded companies, like PEScience, who use prop blends in some of their products? Just use the products that have open labels or trust their prop blends are as good as their open label products? Thanks for any feedback!

  • Can some one direct me to these articles on how to use these products together? particularly i am interested in taking pre jym at befor evening workout. But any links would be appreciated  

  • Hey Doc are there any other supplement companies that you would say is actually doing a good job as far their line much like the jym line

  • im from Kosovo and i cant even order supplements from here.. but im sure that one day ill use the JYMARMY! ive been watching u almost since from the beginning and i really really wanna try these supps out. u the best Doc!

  • This product is amazing! My son lost 36 lbs and my husband lost 26 all within about two months. Now my daughter just started it last week. The best part of it is it is sooo easy. Just mix the powder in water and some ice and shake it and drink it once a day at your first meal. This product puts you into ketosis within hours not days!!! My son and husband are having no problem eating low carbs on a keto diet and using the powder. It has a great appetite suppressant and gives you a touch of an energy boost just the equivalent of 1/4 cup of coffee. Oh also no keto flu with this product! Franci Lucero 925-228-4338 [email protected] castles.com Order it here: https://gelmagic.newulife.com

  • Could i get some opinions on BETANCOURT i recently found them online and was wondering if its good stuff as some of you know im really only interested in the whey protein but overall i would like to know what you guys think Thanks!

  • This is what I have been looking for is to break supplements down. Now I have to get my ass back in the gym. Thanks Jim for the class

  • Awesome video!! Very informative. I was just getting into detail about this on my IG. Pre workout as well as protein proprietary blends

  • Could i get some opinions on BETANCOURT i recently found them online and was wondering if its good stuff as some of you know im really only interested in the whey protein but overall i would like to know what you guys think Thanks!

  • This is what I have been looking for is to break supplements down. Now I have to get my ass back in the gym. Thanks Jim for the class

  • Dr Jim, I have a question for you what’s your opinion about sweeteners? Do they spike the insulin in our body? (I saw couple researches about it). Should I eliminate them, or I can have them without sacrifice?

  • I watched this video and went to GNC to get a protein. I was disappointed to see that Musclepharm Combat Powder is nitrogen spiked and it has protease enzymes yet it claims to feed your body for 8 hours. That is a big joke.

  • im from Kosovo and i cant even order supplements from here.. but im sure that one day ill use the JYMARMY! ive been watching u almost since from the beginning and i really really wanna try these supps out. u the best Doc!

  • Hey Dr Stoppani!

    I just wanted to thank you for shedding light on proprietary blends. Because of you i will finally never be shafted again. I recently bought your pre post and chocolate cookie crunch protein.

    It is by far the best protein powder i have ever consumed. Literally! You gave us all the nutrients we needed for muscle growth and you made it taste awesome!

    Your pre-workout works amazing as well. Your whole setup is legos on crack and i want you to know i will forever buy your products.

    There is no price when it comes to supplements that work and don’t lie to you.

    Daniel.

  • Dr Jim, I have a question for you what’s your opinion about sweeteners? Do they spike the insulin in our body? (I saw couple researches about it). Should I eliminate them, or I can have them without sacrifice?

  • Awesome video!! Very informative. I was just getting into detail about this on my IG. Pre workout as well as protein proprietary blends

  • Hey Doc are there any other supplement companies that you would say is actually doing a good job as far their line much like the jym line

  • This product is amazing! My son lost 36 lbs and my husband lost 26 all within about two months. Now my daughter just started it last week. The best part of it is it is sooo easy. Just mix the powder in water and some ice and shake it and drink it once a day at your first meal. This product puts you into ketosis within hours not days!!! My son and husband are having no problem eating low carbs on a keto diet and using the powder. It has a great appetite suppressant and gives you a touch of an energy boost just the equivalent of 1/4 cup of coffee. Oh also no keto flu with this product! Franci Lucero 925-228-4338 [email protected] castles.com Order it here: https://gelmagic.newulife.com