Supplements, as the name implies ,are supplementary to diet and training and will work only when the former two factors are perfectly taken care of. Even then, no supplement can get you jacked overnight but if you consume a compromised fake supplement, it can surely get you hospitalized overnight. Fake supplements contain adulterated substances, high dosage of sugar and sometimes cheap oral steroids. The Indian market is full of forged supplements. Follow this guide and learn how to distinguish between fake and authentic supplements.1) Look For The Distributor Logo & Stamp
Reputed supplement companies in the world have specific distributors of their brand in different countries. So, if you’re buying a certain brand say ‘’ON’’ look for the distributor logo and stamp (NEUVERA Wellness Ventures, Bright Commodities or Primarc Pecan Retail Private Limited) on the supplement box. To find out the official distributors of other brands checkout the official website of the brand you’re interested in investing. Most of the supplement retailers sell supplements without distributor stamps saying the product is of grey-import. Well, in that case only purchase the supplement if you trust the retailer like your brother. I never found anyone so much trust worthy.2) Read The Entire Supplement Label On The Box
One of the silliest mistake fake supplement manufacturers do is spelling errors on the supplement label. Read each and every word on the label. And if you find even a single printing or spelling error avoid buying that supplement. Nutrition written as ‘Nutriton’ is a common fault, which I’ve noticed.3) Match The Nutrition Profiles
A given flavor of a given brand will have the same nutrient profile all over the world. Match the nutrition facts on the supplement label with the nutrition facts mentioned on the official website of the supplement brand. If you find dissimilar numbers like Protein mentioned 25g (on supplement label) vs 22g (on the official website), it is a RED FLAG. I would suggest not taking risks with your health.4) Check Out The Current Supplement Packaging
Supplement companies often keep updating their packaging styles to keep up with market trends. Before making a purchase from your local supplement retailer or any website, check out the current packaging style the brand is making on the internet. If the supplement you’re purchasing has the packaging style of 2013 in 2016, then it is an alarm. Either it is a counterfeit or expired. Either way, not in your favor! So, avoid unwanted health risks with such supplement.5) Buying Supplements Online
Purchasing supplements online can be a tricky job. As you don’t know from where you’re receiving the supplement. Websites own warehouses, some random supplement retailer or through the official company’s warehouse (little possibility). Therefore, I suggest mailing the website you’re interested in buying from the following questions:
1) Is supplement coming with official distributor logo and stamp?
2) Where they’re importing it from?
3) Do they have a return policy in case you find something unusual?
I would also suggest you to mail the supplement brand and ask about the website from where you’re buying. A green flag from both ends ensures you’re getting authentic supplement. If you don’t want to undergo so much of hassle I will advise purchasing from the official website of the brand. You might not get very attractive offers or might have to pay slightly more but you will be ensured of getting your hands on original supplement.
Yash Sharma is a former national level Football Player, physique Athlete & personal trainer. Believes that fitness should be functional and looks are merely a by product. Connect with him on Facebook and Youtube.