The warning label says what?

For adults only. Do not use if you are: pregnant, nursing or are of childbearing age.


This product is for adult men and menopausal/post-menopausal women? That’s a very bold statement to make ‘of childbearing age’.

For a product that seems to predominantly be marketed towards women (pink packaging, silhouette of a ‘beautiful woman’ on the label) this seems like a huge catch that really ought to be a lager disclaimer on the container.

Note – I’m not saying that men can’t, or don’t, purchase goods in pink packaging. I’m just suggesting that, due to the label being pink and having a woman on it, their target audience might be women.

It’s so damn important to read the labels before you purchase a product.

I am trying to decide if I can take this and it’ll be harmless, or if I should return it to the store because I’ll be risking a heart attack (or infertility?) if I do not. Being of child-bearing age for another 15-20 years, this might not be a good product for me?

Misleading marketing at its finest. And I fell for it. Hook, line and sinker.

35 thoughts on “The warning label says what?

  1. What product was this, exactly? Some holistic remedies might have a phrase similar to that one, as it could potentially interfere with the reproductive cycle (most likely female, but sometimes male too). Usually, what they mean by “do not take” is to take caution before consuming in the event that it could pose potential harm to a fetus. It may not cause an issue, but there’s a likelihood that it could, and by law, they have to put that label on the packaging. Marketing is indeed misleading, which is why everyone should double and triple check with a pharmacist before purchasing OTC medications.

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      1. Oh wow! 😶 That’s quite concerning that there is a label like that on fitness drink. Yeah, maybe return it and get a cleaner version that doesn’t pose potential health risks? Honestly, I probably wouldn’t want to consume it. Fun Fact: Did you know that certain types of tea should not be consumed when pregnant/breastfeeding?

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      2. Not your fault, V. There’s a ton of misinformation out there, especially with over-the-counter meds and nutritional supplements. I think it’s good that you brought light to this topic.

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  2. BCAA lives in the murky grey “supplement” zone, which is a world of rampant legal trickery and vague definitions. As far as I know, BCAA is a favorite product for competitive bodybuilders who don’t want to lose muscle during cutting phases. Supposedly it’s also good for increasing strength. I dosed with BCAA back in the day when I was powerlifting, and I can honestly say it didn’t do anything amazing for me. It was expensive too, because *marketing* of course. I’m not at all surprised (but kinda bummed out) that some company would purposely make a “girly pink package” along with a redonkulous disclaimer, just to squeeze more dollars out of yet another consumer segment. CAVEAT EMPTOR

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    1. Ahhh, so… fun fact time: My other half is a former professional body builder. I guess you could still technically classify him as a body builder, he just doesn’t compete. Typically, he purchases supplements for me (which I am grateful for) because I go and do things like purchase the one I did today with this blasted warning label.

      As far as ‘gains’, I am with you in that it hasn’t really done anything amazing for me, at least not that I can tell. I’m no lifter or bodybuilder of sorts. One nice thing that it does do for me is that it really helps with gut health/food digestion. I have a plethora of allergies and sensitivities that has been plaguing me for a few years now and one thing I have noticed is that I digest foods considerably better when I’m taking BCAAs regularly. I know, I’m rambling and grossly oversharing. For whatever reason though, it just seems to hep. Anyways…

      You’re right – it is hella expensive. Since they’re typically bought for me, I’m seriously considering just taking this one back tomorrow morning. With that stupid warning label, I’m better off keeping my money in my pocket. The directed-at-females packaging with a ridiculous warning label basically saying ‘don’t take if you’re under 50’ is pretty ridiculous.

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      1. Nice one, V! Hey, rambling and oversharing is cool with me. Okay, so my turn for another related fun fact: I actually wrote many of the marketing blurbs/inserts that were distributed for one of the top supplement brands in the early 2000s and the stuff I learned about the biz was pretty shocking, to say the least. I’d wager your other half knows exactly what I’m talking about. I’m not knocking them entirely, though. Many people benefit from unconventional supplementation, and if it works for you, then I’m throwing a fist-pump your way for sure. I loved what some products did for me, but most of the stuff I sampled was basically placebo-level fluff. And you’re spot-on about the stupid marketing targeting women. Every consumer segment is getting some form of it. We’re certainly living in strange times, and before we know it everything will need to be labeled with WARNING: IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY BREATHING, EXPERIENCING A STEADY PULSE, OR FIND YOURSELF CONSCIOUS AT REGULAR INTERVALS, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE USE

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      2. You sir, are like an onion. I’m feeling like I need a lot more attention to your posts because there’s a lot more to you then I even initially thought! (which, FYI, was a lot)

        I’m sure you and he could have a long conversation about supplements if that’s what you have experience doing! I kind of agree – some of the stuff that he gives me I do quite like, but some of it I’m like ‘meh… this is just expensive powder’.

        Also, lol at that last warning label. Mostly laughing because there’s a very real possibility of that…

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      3. I’ve been called a lot of things, but that one is definitely getting added to the list… and I do appreciate it! Maybe some day when I’m finally done with China, I’ll once again be able to meet up with interesting people like you guys, back on home turf. No supplement can compete with that! Cheers

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  3. No form of birth control is 100% effective when body fluids are exchanged. The pill comes close, but some women get pregnant on it. Condoms can break or leak. Had a coworker who used 3 forms of birth control, including the pill, and his wife still got pregnant. They were both medical professionals who knew how to correctly use each form.


    1. This product I am speaking of with this warning label is Branch Chain Amino Acids.

      But yes, I do agree that it is possible to get pregnant whilst taking birth control.


      1. I was aware of the product you were talking about as I read the comments before responding.

        I checked several websites and the list of potential side effects were long enough I would not use it. My first rule of thumb when considering a new supplement is to research it, using sites that are not owned by the company selling the supplements.

        The FDA needs to regulate supplements, but doesn’t.

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  4. Catching up to the sun-sink😂😭
    The biggest disclaimer in my ends is “The Federal Government warns that smokers are liable to die young.” But literates buy at least a pack a day. Many are just trying to deal with daily stress but it’s silly knowing the side effects yet leaving it out there for people to purchase. Paper chase, woohoo!!💔

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  5. I took branched-chain amino acids for a long time. More is not better and none is probably best of all and I am speaking as someone who can not get pregnant. Supplemental branched-chain amino acids can generate amino acid imbalances. Amino acid imbalances in a fetus sounds like a disaster. You should, I think, avoid supplementing with branched-chain amino acids.

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    1. As an example of how any terrible treatment is considered a viable option for the treatment of schizophrenia MDs prescribed 20 grams of branched-chain amino acids three times a day for tardive dyskinesia on the theory that very high dosages of branched-chain amino acids would reduce levels of catecholamines as branched-chain amino acids compete for the same transporters as tyrosine and serotonin which is true. Branched-chain amino acid excesses can disrupt glutamanergic neurotransmission. Individuals with schizophrenia are supposed to feel terrible so side-effects of treatments are discounted.

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  6. Reading labels has always been a priority for me. I agree with you V. Reading the comments on here, I am shocked this is on a health supplement powder! Yikes…I would return it. Something you are adding to your diet has the potential to harm you, in my opinion, is not worth it.

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  7. It’s also good to remember that in this day and age, companies are terrified of being sued so they will list anything they can think of to help protect themselves. I once edited a product manual that had TEN pages of warning notices. They listed pretty much anything they could think of that a person might do with their product – including obvious don’ts like “do not stand on or throw the product” – just so they could safely say they had warned consumers against it and could avoid being sued.

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      1. TEN PAGES? That’s astounding. I mean… I don’t think I’d even read ten pages of warnings. hahaha

        I agree, I do think sometimes companies are just worried about being sued. In this case, I think it might have just been poorly worded, but I decided to just take it back and get my money back.

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