Finding the right stack of supplements can be tough. Everyone is trying to sell something so everything is over-hyped and over-sold. Examine is a supplement encyclopedia that features unbiased research on supplements along with editorials to give you a better picture of what works and what doesn't.
Examine.com is a Canadian company that runs an online encyclopedia covering health, nutrition, and supplementation. The website's goal is to collate scientific research on supplementation and nutrition using evidence-based practice methodology. The Examine.com team is led by Kamal Patel and includes scientists, editors, and peer reviewers from multiple academic and research institutions. Though originally concerned with supplementation research, the company's growth has allowed it to expand into direct analysis of nutrition research.
Examine.com was founded in 2011 by University of Toronto alumni Sol Orwell and Kurtis Frank, a dietetics graduate from the University of Guelph, to serve as an evidence-based compendium on supplementation and nutrition. In 2014, the company began reviewing nutrition research directly by publishing the Examine.com Research Digest (ERD). The digest, available via subscription, is meant for the "serious enthusiast or professional." The same year, Men's Fitness named Sol Orwell a 2014 Game Changer because he "recognized the need for hype-free, science-sourced information that was relatable to the masses," and for his work on Examine.com.
In 2015, Forbes interviewed Orwell about his "seven-figure business," and Fast Company recognized Examine.com as one of the top 10 innovative companies in fitness
As of September 2016, the website said that it had over 50,000 references.
To ensure an unbiased viewpoint, Examine.com has no affiliation with any supplement company and reviews only research and supplement ingredients, not individual products. Remaining neutral is core to the site's function and mission statement. During the initial research that led to Examine.com, co-founder Sol Orwell realized "outlandish claims with 'supporting' evidence, a.k.a rat studies and/or petri-dish studies, were muddling the waters" of nutrition and supplementation, which led to the site's philosophy of evidence-based analysis. Examine.com sometimes publishes critiques of popular stories in the media and rebuttals to exaggerated marketing of nutrition and supplementation products.
Co-founder Kurtis Frank believes "a database is a magnitude better than a blogroll or a news feed, which disregards past evidence." His long term goal for Examine.com is to create "the largest database of supplemental information that is both accurate and digestible."