With health agencies like the World Health Organization recommending strength training, building muscle has gone mainstream. The dietary supplement industry is well aware if this and taking full advantage of it. Many companies now sell powders, pills and capsules guaranteed to build muscle. A marketing strategy that has gained popularity is the use of patents.
Some companies promote the fact that their proprietary formulas are protected by a United States Patent. While it’s true some supplements are patented, a patent does not mean the supplement will do what it claims. The United States Office of Patents does not require evidence to verify that a supplement is effective before it can be patented. In other words, a patent does not ensure the product will work as stated. Next time you encounter a patented muscle-building supplement hang on to your wallet.
Richard J. Wolff, RD, LDN