Supplements can be a great way to improve your health and accelerate your weight loss journey. They are low-cost, widely available, and most of them are safe and effective.
But as with all lucrative industries, there are a lot of charlatans out there, and this means you’re not always getting what you think you’re getting.
In 2013, a study found that a large number of herbal supplements don’t contain what the label claims, while others are contaminated. These days, consumers are more aware, but the prevalence of fly-by-night Amazon/eBay companies selling cheap Chinese supplements means it’s still a serious problem.
So, what can you do to avoid buying fake supplements?
At BergaMet, we pride ourselves on producing the very best citrus bergamot product on the market. This is not just a claim reserved for our marketing—it’s something that we actually stand behind.
Ours is the only citrus bergamot product approved by the prestigious Accademia del Bergamotto of Italy, an award reserved for the most potent products.
We have also conducted a number of clinical trials on our products, proving not only that citrus bergamot works but that our product, in particular, is effective.
We don’t expect every brand to replicate our methods, but as a consumer, you should focus on the companies that can substantiate their claims. If they state that their product is 100% pure or standardized to the highest potency, where are the independent lab reports supporting those claims?
If it’s “more effective” than anything on the market, where are the trials conducted on those products?
If you do find research, make sure it actually applies to the brand/product in question and hasn’t simply been hijacked so they can trick a few customers.
You know the saying: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
A few years ago, many scammers sold cheap supplements that they branded as “miracle weight loss supplements”. They claimed that these pills were worth $100 or so per bottle, and then informed you that you could get 2 bottles for a special one-time price.
The price was low. The supplements seemed promising, and it looked like a win-win for the consumer. But as soon as they placed an order, consumers were hooked into long-term and expensive subscriptions that were nearly impossible to cancel.
Be very wary of a product that promises everything but can’t support those promises with facts, as well as supplements that are dirt-cheap.
If a company is ripping off its customers with low-quality products or subscription scams, a quick review search should be enough to expose them.
See what customers are saying on social media and check sites like SiteJabber and Trustpilot. If you can’t find any information whatsoever or you encounter lots of scam warnings, it’s a sign that you should stay away.
Who owns the brand? What is their history? Do any doctors or other health experts recommend the products?
BergaMet products are used and recommended by many healthcare providers and they were also formulated by medical professionals. If you have genuinely created a natural, potent, and effective product, it will be recognized by those in the know.
If it’s a genuine game-changer, you would expect the company to be run by health/medical experts, as opposed to marketers.