Guide to Examine Membership

Welcome and thanks for checking out the guide! Become an Examine Member and you will have access to the full suite of Examine analysis, from the big picture based on existing research to summaries and in-depth analysis of the newest studies.

Examine Membership unlocks the following:

Access research summaries for 400+ supplements and 800+ health topics, continually updated with new studies.

Get summaries of 150+ new studies across 25 health categories every month.

NEW! Earn Continuing Education Credits!

Find deep-dive information on the most important health research.

Table of Contents:

  1. Full access to the Study Database
  2. Study Summaries of the latest research
  3. Study Deep Dives of the most important studies
  4. Downloadable PDFs
  5. Prioritized email support
  6. Keep Examine unbiased and independent
NOTE: If anything is unclear, please contact us so that we can help.

Full access to the Study Database

With an Examine Membership, you get full access to our database categorized under two main headings—Topics with 800+ pages and Supplements with 400+ pages. In general, we link the two headings together based on cause-and-effect associations supported by research while also indicating the strength of the relationship. For example, Kava (Supplement) may decrease Anxiety (Topic), and the strength of that relationship is notable (supported by 8 studies). These data are presented within the Human Effect Matrix.

Human Effect Matrix (HEM) - Fully Unlocked

Found on most Topic and Supplement pages, the HEM is a table that summarizes human research findings in a cause-and-effect relationship. On a Topic page, the HEM shows which supplements may affect that particular topic. So on the Anxiety Topic page, you’ll see a list of supplements that affect anxiety, like Kava, Ashwagandha, etc. The HEM on a Supplement page shows a list of different outcomes/effects (Topics) after taking that supplement. Therefore, on the Kava Supplement page, you can see outcomes(Topics) listed like Anxiety, Reaction Time, etc.

This picture of the HEM from the Kava supplement page gives more details about each heading.

If you want to know the details of each study (trial design/duration, dosages, the number/sex/age of the trial participants) that contributed to the findings in the HEM, you can click "See all studies" under the heading "Consistency of Research Results"

For example, on the Kava supplement page in the image above, for Anxiety, clicking on "See all 8 studies" will show various tables listing the study details, as shown in the picture below.

We are constantly updating our website and content to ensure that you can always base your health decisions on the latest scientific evidence.

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Study Summaries of the latest research

Every month, we publish over 150 new study summaries across 25 different health categories. You get summaries on all the latest studies in the categories of your choosing. The summaries tell you the background you need to know, what the study investigated, the results, and any important notes or caveats.

Check out the guide for navigating the study summaries.

You can choose the categories that you care about, favorite the studies that interest you most, and search through the archives by tag, keyword, or PubMed ID.

NEW! Earn Continuing Education Credits (CEC)

Are you an Registered Dietitian or a Dietetic Technician, Registered?

Each month, a selection from our Study Summaries are approved for CECs through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

There are no extra costs on top of the Membership, regardless of which organization you opt to earn CECs for. Just read the relevant summaries and answer the quiz pertaining to a given organization for a given month.

Learn more about Continuing Education Credits.

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Study Deep Dives of the most important studies

Twice a month, we publish articles containing detailed breakdowns of the most interesting studies in the last three months. For readers who truly love to nerd out on research, you'll get a concise breakdown on what was studied, what the findings were, what the study really tells us, the big picture, frequently asked questions about the study, and the main important takeaways.

Supplementary information includes interviews with industry leaders, news on studies that were conducted but found no results (null studies), quick investigations into specific topics, and more.

On the homepage of the Study Deep Dives, you can use the search bar to find articles using keywords or issue number.

You also get access to the entire backlog of over 600 Study Deep Dives.

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Downloadable PDFs

If you wish to have offline access to the Study Database tables, you can download a searchable PDF (1200+pages) in which the tables are all gathered and neatly organized by supplement and health topic. The download link can also be found in the My purchases area.

The Study Summaries are published in monthly issues of 150+ summaries. You can download a PDF containing summaries from all of your categories in a given month using the "Download PDF version" button in the right sidebar on the homepage.

Lastly, the Study Deep Dives, which are also published in monthly issues, can be downloaded from two places: the issue's dedicated page (a list of all Study Deep Dives can be found here) or the My purchases area.

Prioritized email support

Examine Membership subscribers have access to an exclusive support email. We give priority to emails sent to this address, so any time you need support from Examine (or want to give us feedback or suggestions), you can expect an even faster response!

Keep Examine unbiased and independent

Your support is what keeps us 100% independent.

And that’s not easy. To stay objective, we strive to eliminate any source of bias, whether internal or external.

Internal: Our research staff has no ties to any company that sells supplements or diet plans. We extensively discuss every facet of the topics we write about, despite the added cost in work hours, because we don’t want the bias of any one researcher to make its way to you.

External: Many supplement companies have offered to sponsor us. Some have offered to pay us just to “be more positive” about a type of supplement they sell. We’ve always turned them down. We do not recommend specific products or supplement companies. We do not sell ad space on our website. And we do not accept donations — not from companies, not from organizations, not even from individuals — to ensure that our incentives line up with your interests.

Your direct support ensures that we can focus entirely on analyzing the research and that we can share our findings with you, whatever they are.

This page was last updated on June 30, 2021.