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Mega Retailers Accused of Selling Bogus Supplements

By February 5, 2015Uncategorized

It comes as absolutely no surprise that mega retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, GNC, and Walgreens were accused of selling bogus herbal supplements. An investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office into store-brand supplements has found that many herbal supplements not only contain zero herbs, but they do not even contain the main ingredient that is advertised.

I have advised friends for years to stay away from the store brand supplements as I knew from being in the industry that there was literally no way that those supplements being advertised contained any quality ingredient. Many of the supplements available at every major retailer are either cheaply produced with low quality synthetic ingredients, contain GMOs, are absolutely loaded with unnecessary fillers, or in the case of this recent study, contain zero of the advertised ingredient.

As first reported by the New York Times:

“The tests were conducted using a process called DNA barcoding, which identifies individual ingredients through a kind of ‘genetic fingerprinting.’ The investigators tested 24 products claiming to be seven different types of herb — echinacea, garlic, gingko biloba, ginseng, saw palmetto, St. John’s wort and valerian root. All but five of the products contained DNA that was either unrecognizable or from a plant other than what the product claimed to be.

Additionally, five of the 24 contained wheat and two contained beans without identifying them on the labels — both substances are known to cause allergic reactions in some people.”

One of the main reasons why I wanted to create Athlete’s Best Premium Supplements was that I was sick and tired of all the low quality, cheaply made, mass produced supplements that were on the market. As athletes and as health conscious individuals, we should want to fuel our body with the best. I wanted to help create a brand that could help fulfill those needs. We spent 11 months perfecting our flagship product, Premium Omega-3 as we wanted to be 100% certain that we went with the absolute best ingredients. I wanted to create a brand that was strictly focused on quality and provided the benefits that the research showed the ingredients would deliver. Every batch is thoroughly tested for both quality and efficacy. We could have cut corners, however we value what we have set out to do and will never sacrifice quality for higher profits.


Kris Vigue

A former Division I athlete with dreams of playing professional baseball cut short due to a severe on-the-field injury. Now the CEO of Athlete’s Best, a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist and Trainer, and Nutritional Wellness Consultant.

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