Stu, I appreciate and understand your perspective, but I do wonder about a few things about the supplement industry in general that maybe you can give your perspective regarding.
First, regarding Indigo and other "miracle" products (not to say that I3G is supposed to be a miracle worker, but it's clearly marketed to be giving some serious benefits vis-a-vis other non-AAS supplementation), isn't the whole decision to take it a giant leap of faith?
I sometimes think of this even when I buy whey protein. I buy my whey from my supplier, and my supplier gives me an ingredients label and nutritional information about the product. But the product isn't FDA approved, nor is it regulated by any oversight of which I'm aware. Ultimately, my taking the whey is a big leap of faith on my part.
I feel like the same applies a fortiori to something like I3G. I've read the biological explanation they give as to why it does what it does, and it seems sensible enough. But for you, as someone who uses the stuff, is there anything else to go on besides their word that they haven't put something else in it that's generating the benefit?
I'm not trying to be a 'conspiracy theorist' or anything, but it's just sort of disturbing to me that companies (including Biotest) are able to market and sell these products without any meaningful testing structure along the lines of, say, pharmaceuticals (begin with animal testing, etc).
Because I hardly see the difference between something like I3G and medicine, at least insofar as it impacts whether there should be studies conducted before companies are allowed to sell them. Because how much do we honestly know about the long-term effects of I3G, or any other supplement of that sort? And moreover, how do you know that what is purported to be in it is the only thing doing the work?
This isn't to impugn or allege anything about Biotest. It's just something that crosses my mind every time I see a new supplement, and I'm curious as to what someone with far more experience than I thinks about that/whether you have any concerns about it.
I3G isn't right for me for a number of reasons--price, my own intermediate experience level, ha, and did I mention price? But I also wouldn't choose to take it because I don't know that I trust Biotest enough to take something like that, which hasn't been extensively tested and about which there is almost no information about the long-term effects of its use.