There are some estimates that millions of people in the world every year fall to supplement frauds. Indeed, there’s no shortage of fads and quick fixes, as well as scams, in the nutrition industry. The sad part is that these scams cause an otherwise very ethical and noble industry to suffer undeserved negative attention and thought.

Every day, people are confused of what to do when it comes to achieving a healthy body. It’s easy to understand the confusion because everywhere they go for information, they may hear and read different advice of what to do to reach their goals.

Then, there are more and more self-proclaimed experts in nutrition who seem to pop up from everywhere. Unfortunately, most of these experts are not qualified to give nutrition advice. These people are just there to promote nutritional approaches or products to make money. The products themselves may not even have the proper ingredients or dosages.

Many people fall for these scams because they don’t know how to evaluate a nutritional claim and find out ifit is indeed legit. So, to avoid scams, Doctor Studied has released a new certification process, in addition to helpful tips as to what to ask yourself the next time you’re purchasing dietary supplements.

Is it too good to be true?

That is usually the first question when you see images or copy (copy is basically written content on the page that’s only purpose is to market and persuade you to purchase the product). Dietary supplements that are being sold for weight loss may show you before and after photos of people who gained the benefits of taking these products. When you see things like these, you should ask yourself “Is this even possible?”

When you suss out things like this, you should use your common sense. That is if a claim seems too good to be true, then it might be bogus.

Some dietary supplements that are scams may rely very heavily on customers’ glowing testimonials. Unfortunately, most of them may not be authentic. In fact, there have been cases where entire testimonials for some products were copied from other legitimate products or made up entirely.

Always look for third-party reviews. Unaffiliated reviews that are not on the company website page. Better yet, look to see if there have been reviews written by verified 3rd party sources. See if the page has a Doctor Studied seal or certificate. Similarly, you could also see if the company or website is registered with the BBB. The problem there may be that the company is actually operating under a different name. So, perhaps you may not be able to find a product on the BBB. Doctor Studied seals and certificates however are issued directly to specific websites, so those will always be able to be found on certified company websites.

Weight loss products that claim to help you lose weight without making dietary modifications or engaging in physical activities are likely to be scams. You should also exercise healthy skepticism about products sold through an infomercial as well.

More resources to avoid Internet Scams

Before you even purchase dietary supplements, you should know the company you’re dealing with. You must only do business with companies that provide their names, street address and phone number. For more tips for consumers, check out FTC’s consumer fraud survey.

As always, keep a look out for the Doctor Studied seal and certificate, as they screen companies based on a stringent code of ethics.

Third-party certification

Apart from those resources that can teach you how to avoid dietary supplements scams, it’s also best to read third-party reviews to further determine the credibility of the company’s claims about their products. With a third-party review, you will know the company’s compliant presentations.

DoctorStudied.org is a review site that independently review a product to determine if it complies with standards of safety, quality and performance. It includes comprehensive material reviews and testing. The goal here is to help consumers in making an educated purchasing decision.

When it comes to your health, there’s no substitute for proper and sensible nutrition, as well as hard work. Supplements can definitely help in achieving your goals.

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