The Truth About Vitamin Supplements

Written by Joel Marion

The Truth About Vitamins Supplements

Hi, it’s Joel Marion, Co-Founder of BioTRUST Nutrition, and today I’m going to reveal the shocking TRUTH about the supplement industry—including 6 common “fake supplement scams” that may be negatively affecting the quality of supplements already in your home. My intention today is to help you avoid being taken advantage of and to ensure you feel confident that the supplements you are purchasing are real and of top quality. (Unfortunately, many aren’t.)

Then, at the end of this article, I’m going to provide you with a special coupon code to save 25% off all your favorite protein powders, greens, fish oils, probiotics, and more as a special thank you.

To begin, over the last five years, the dietary supplement industry has been flooded with sketchy manufacturers, online marketers, and newbies, many of whom don’t have a clue how to truly create safe and effective formulations. Many of these manufacturers and marketers have no college degree or professional training in the field, and what’s more, they are clueless about the many laws and regulations that are enforced by the FTC and FDA.

As a result, tens of thousands of ineffective, potentially tainted, and flat-out bad supplements have infiltrated the market—especially fish oil supplements and herbal products.

When you think about it, no one is going to open a dental practice without proper training and knowledge (and start filling cavities and yanking teeth); however, many new brands feel it’s perfectly fine to start their own supplement brand—without knowledge or training—and in doing this, they are unknowingly putting their customers’ health at serious risk.

Make no mistake about it, the government is cracking down in a big way on these bad supplement companies.

For starters, as part of a nationwide sweep, the U.S. Department of Justice and its federal partners pursued civil and criminal cases against more than 100 manufacturers and marketers of dietary supplements—both retail and online—and they also arrested 5 offenders. Offenses included not meeting label claims, making illegal health and disease treatment claims, and adulteration of dietary supplements with legitimate pharmaceutical drugs… scary stuff for consumers.

Although the DNA testing method used was in question, the New York State Attorney General’s Office went after GNC®, WalMart®, Walgreens®, and Target® for selling supplements that did not come close to meeting label claims. 79% of the herbal products they tested did not contain the herbs claimed on the label. Although we question the accuracy of the testing method used, this still raises a flag.

Beyond that, many people mistakenly believe that dietary supplements are not regulated by the federal government. However, this simply is not true. While the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 makes selling natural dietary supplements legal and limits the power of the FDA over supplements, there is still a vast number of regulations to which compliant supplement companies must adhere to be in good standing with the FDA and to avoid getting into serious trouble. The problem is, many companies ignore these important safety precautions.

The federal government regulations include:

  • Supplement companies must be registered with the FDA. (Many aren’t.)
  • Companies must only use safe, untainted ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, and amino acids that have been part of our food supply for thousands of years. (Many don’t sell safe products because the ingredients are tainted and untested.)
  • The FDA requires that supplement companies use manufacturers that follow CGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Processes) guidelines. GMP Certification is a third-party certification program that includes inspection of manufacturing facilities to determine whether specific food safety and quality performance indicators are being met. Most manufacturers are not certified, or they have let their certifications expire. Even worse, many manufacturers will advertise that they are GMP certified, when in fact they are only certified in one small area, such as protein bars and food products, while having NO certification for the capsule and softgel products they are producing. (This happens all the time.)
  • The FDA requires companies to test their products to ensure they meet label claims for identity, purity, strength, and composition, as well as to ensure that they meet stringent standards for contaminants. However, it’s very expensive, and most companies simply don’t spend the money for qualified third-party testing; in some cases, they don’t even have the knowledge to do it.

Unfortunately, in contrast to these strict guidelines, many supplement companies simply bid out their manufacturing to the lowest bidder, slap a label on an ineffective formula, and then create illegal, misleading marketing copy to sell an adulterated, ineffective, and possibly harmful product.

Truth is, many supplement brands have no idea what is truly in the products they sell because the manufacturers they buy from provide falsified lab tests—or none at all. You see, lab tests cost money, and some brands are worried more about making a quick buck then your safety and results.

Here are 6 unsavory tactics used by unethical brands:

  1. Dry labbing: A shocking number of manufacturers’ lab results can’t be trusted, as there’s a common practice called “dry labbing,” which involves printing falsified testing results.
  2. Proprietary blends: Those laundry lists of ingredients on the ingredient declaration that just list the total amount (i.e.,mass) of the “blend” are usually done to save costs at your expense.
  3. Ingredient dusting: Also known as “fairy dusting,” this practice usually occurs with proprietary blends (mentioned above) as a way to add a practically useless level of an ingredient yet still listing it as being “in the product.”
  4. Adulteration: Deceiving, you the customer, by listing ingrdients that are not in the product, or worse yet, by adding ingredients that are not listed—ingredients that may be potentially harmful or make athletes test “positive” for performance enhancing drugs.
  5. Nitrogen spiking: A more recent and alarming form of adulteration is adding nitrogen-containing ingredients (e.g. creatine, glycine, arginine, taurine) to artificially inflate the claimed protein levels in a product.
  6. Inferior ingredients: This involves using the cheapest sources of an ingredient to save money. For instance, not listing the plant part (e.g., Ginkgo leaf vs. whole plant) or the active component in the herb (e.g., using a 1% vs. 95% extract) that is found in research to be effective.

The bottom line is that good folks (like you and I) are putting these supplements into our bodies, and these products can potentially do great harm if the people formulating and manufacturing them aren’t legitimate experts. Ultimately, very few fly-by-night brands in this industry know what they are doing, and even if they did, they aren’t willing to spend the money to do things the right way.

In fact, before you take any product, I suggest asking the supplement brand these very serious questions:

  • Who formulated this product, and what credentials does s/he have?
  • Do you have every batch of your products tested by an independent third-party lab in addition to what the manufacturer provides you? What do you do if the products don’t meet label claims?
  • Do you audit your manufacturers by going into the facilities with a third-party team of experts to inspect their processes and procedures? (Most never do this.)
  • Does your manufacturer have FDA citations or warning letters? Does your manufacturer fail to meet GMP standards? Look For GMP-criteria and NSF certifications. (Warning: Many manufacturers have expired, outdated certifications or tout certifications that are meaningless.)
  • Are you registered with the FDA?
  • Do you conduct stability and shelf-life testing? Have you included overages in the formulas so that the products still meet or exceed label claims through their published shelf-life? (Almost no one does this, but they are required to.)
  • Do you perform studies on your actual finished products with credible experts?
  • What is your Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating? (BioTRUST has an A+)

If you actually ask a supplement company these questions, you will start to see their true colors emerge when it starts stammering, can’t give clear answers, and can’t provide real documentation. The fact is, many new brands don’t have a clue what they are doing in this industry, and they shouldn’t be selling supplements.

At BioTRUST, we do not and will not take shortcuts. You see, not only are we developing scientifically-backed products to be used by our valued customers, we’re also creating these products to use ourselves, and we are recommending them wholeheartedly to our friends and family members.

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That is why it’s critical that each of our products undergoes a stringent and scientifically-based 7-Stage Research and Testing Protocol before it can become “BioTRUST Approved and Certified.” Here’s how it works:

Step 1. World-class formulators. At BioTRUST, we’ve compiled a team of some of the world’s most respected medical doctors, chemists, and researchers, as well as certified food scientists and nutritionists to create the highest-quality brand on the planet. Each of our formulas goes through an extensive approval process by industry leaders who possess at least 15 to 20 years of experience in creating safe, highly effective nutrition products. For example, our Chief Scientific Officer, Shawn D. Wells, has formulated for companies such as Dymatize Nutrition, with over 200 products in 70 countries. Shawn is a Registered Dietitian (RD), and he worked clinically as a Chief Clinical Dietitian for over a decade. He has a Master’s degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from UNC Chapel Hill, and he is not only a CISSN (ISSN Certified Sports Nutritionist), he also recently earned the distinction of Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (FISSN), an honor that only about a dozen people in the world have been bestowed.

Step 2. We only use HONEST, scientific levels of research-backed ingredients. We never hide or formulas in “proprietary blends” or add a “dusting” of an ingredient just for window dressing or marketing hype—a HUGE problem that is extremely common even with many of the most popular brands found at your local supplement store. Instead, we give you the honest amount of each ingredient that science shows will get you the best results. Further, we only use ingredients that have been studied in healthy human populations, and we include the same amount, form, and delivery method used in actual research.

Step 3. BioTRUST products are made with natural ingredients. We search the globe for the highest quality and purest forms of every ingredient we include in our products. We use naturally-sourced ingredients free from gluten, GMOs, antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, colors, and preservatives. The proteins we use in our food products—like BioTRUST Low Carb powder, cookies and bars—come from grass-fed cows not treated with rBGH or rBST, which are artificial growth hormones that can pass into the milk, the protein… and ultimately you.

Step 4. Ingredient testing. We only purchase raw ingredients that come with a certificate of analysis for identity, potency, and purity. What’s more, we conduct extensive microbiological testing during the manufacturing process to ensure that our products exceed even the most stringent standards for contaminants (e.g., heavy metals, pesticide residue, solvents, bacteria, mold, moisture content, and more). This means that every ingredient is guaranteed to be pure and potent before it becomes a BioTRUST product. We even spend the money, time, and effort to develop testing methods that aren’t currently available for some of the novel ingredients we use in our innovative products.

Step 5. GMP-certified manufacturing. Our manufacturers strictly follow the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) required for Dietary Supplement and Food Manufacturing. GMP Certification is a third-party certification program that includes inspection of manufacturing facilities to determine whether specific food safety and quality performance indicators are being met. These indicators may include specifications for personnel training, equipment and facility cleanliness, maintenance, and document traceability. Although the FDA does not require it, GMP Certification is a commitment to quality and consistency that our customers deserve. GMP Certification programs ensure that our products are accurately labeled, are free from contamination and impurities (e.g., bacteria, pesticides, glass, etc.), and have been manufactured to ensure identity, purity, strength, and composition.

Step 6. Third-party quality assurance testing. After our products are manufactured, sealed, and labeled, we take things a step further by enlisting third-party, independent labs to watch over even our GMP-certified manufacturers. These labs further analyze our completed products using advanced laboratory techniques to verify that the ingredients are in the appropriate amounts as listed on our labels. We also conduct additional potency testing to ensure that our products meet or exceed the true scientific levels listed on the label from the day they are manufactured until their expiration date. Plus we test for stability, allergens, heavy metals, and micros (e.g., E. coli), we develop new testing methods when none currently exist, and more. We spent over $1 million on testing last year alone. For example, we have our premium fish and krill oil combo, OmegaKrill 5X, tested through the International Fish Oil Standards™ (IFOS) Program, the only third-party testing and certification program for fish oils. IFOS sets the world’s highest standards for purity, potency, and freshness. OmegaKrill 5X has earned the prestigious 5-star rating from IFOS, which means that it meets or exceeds the highest industry standards for potency, stability, and purity.

Step 7. Finished goods testing. Unlike the majority of supplement companies, BioTRUST goes the extra mile by conducting well-controlled research studies on our products, including double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, the “gold standard” of human scientific experiments. While the scientific data on each product’s ingredients provides convincing evidence of their effectiveness and thousands of customers can attest to each product’s real-world application, testing the products in a manner like this further demonstrates product safety and efficacy. Although this is very expensive and rare in the industry, we are willing to lay it on the line, and we believe that we owe this level of great service to our customers. This is yet another example of putting the “TRUST” in BioTRUST.

Again, we believe in our products, we use our products ourselves, and every step of our manufacturing and development process was created to ensure that our products deliver only the highest quality, most effective ingredients and formulations to you and your body, day in and day out—period. After all, that’s what our customers deserve, and we’re here to give it to you with each and every product we produce.

And finally, it’s worth noting that BioTRUST cares about our customers, our employees, and our global community. For every order placed at, we feed a hungry child for a day through our partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® program. To date, we have provided over 2.4 million nutritious meals for hungry kids.

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What’s more, with the help of our customers and Make-A-Wish®, we grant a Wish every week, for children with life-threatening health conditions. To date, we’ve helped grant over 160 Wishes in total. We’ve built two schools for underprivileged kids through Pencils of Promise®, and we’ve helped supply clean drinking water to thousands in need through™. We feel that giving back is vitally important, and it’s the backbone of our company. We want our customers to feel good about ordering from us and lending a helping hand to others simply by ordering our fine products.

In closing, as promised, I’d like to THANK YOU for reading this important article to better protect yourself against fraudulent and fake supplements. To show our gratitude to you, I’d like to give you a coupon code good for 25% off any and all of our premium BioTRUST products including our top-quality, grass-fed protein powders, great-tasting greens powder, fish oil, probiotics, and much, much more.

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Please note this coupon will be good for the next 7 days.

In good health,

Joel Marion

Co-Founder BioTRUST Nutrition

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  • lyleeknisley

    Nitrogen spiking: A more recent and alarming form of
    adulteration is adding nitrogen-containing ingredients (e.g. creatine,
    glycine, arginine, taurine) to artificially inflate the claimed protein
    levels in a product.


  • Katherine Parker

    Thank you for your honesty like so many others we did not know this and thought we were purchasing some of the best in the market ,these major chain stores makes millions of not billions off us . This is not fair to us we put our trust I’m these companies. That’s so sad how deceiving they are to make a quick buck at our expense. This stuff is going into our bodies and children,it may be the reason our children deal with so much sickness and deseases. Our elderly take a lot of these vitaminsand supplements also. Thank you again for the knowledge and information that we never knew.

    • Cristina

      Hi Katherine. Know that we are thankful for the trust you have placed on us, and are working extra hard to always push ourselves to the next level.

      BioTRUST takes pride in providing our readers with valuable information enabling them to make an informed and educated decision on what will ultimately allow them to achieve optimal health and wellness.

      We remain committed to being the best in the industry, and recognized as the premium, natural nutrition brand dedicated to integrity, excellence, giving back, and your results.

      We hope you will give us the opportunity to connect with you again.

  • Claudine

    Impatinet to test my first order. I talked to the support becaue I made a mistake while ordering and it’s really one of the best I ever talked to. Special mention for Charles 🙂

    • Cristina

      Hello Claudine. It is great to hear that we were able to provide you with the highest levels of service. We select, train and coach our team around the idea that customers deserve memorable and positive experiences and it is up to them to deliver.

      We hope you will keep us updated on your progress, and we look forward to your next visit.

  • Ray

    Your honesty is very refreshing. I have been buying “health” products for a few months and as a result I am on many companies mailing lists. Without naming the company I have purchased a greens powder which I think is okay but apart from asking the manufacturer if they are honest I don’t know how to judge intelligently. I don’t know if the questions you propose would be answered honestly. I know the “top dog” in the company is not a trained chemist or health professional. Do you provide info on particular companies or is that too big a legal liability for you. Do you provide a green powder product?

    • Cristina

      Greetings Ray. Thank you for this positive feedback. Your opinion also empowers other people in the community to connect with us and enjoy all the services we currently provide.

      While I am not permitted to discuss the safety and efficacy of another product or another company, I can tell you that we just released our very own power superfood supplement, MetaboGreens 45X.

      Like every BioTRUST Nutrition product, MetaboGreens 45X is made with natural ingredients that are provided in the precise Scientific Level research has shown to be effective. Independent laboratory testing ensures potency and purity, and this product is also GMP quality assured. There is no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives added. Additionally, MetaboGreens 45Xis non-GMO and free of gluten, soy, and dairy.

      MetaboGreens 45X is available in a delicious Energizing Berry flavor, and each 1 scoop serving combines an energizing blend of 45 nutrient-rich raw greens, vegetables, superfruits, exotic herbs, berries, and spices into the world’s most delicious superfood fusion designed to boost energy levels, vitality, and metabolism.

      Altogether, MetaboGreens 45X:

      • Supports an accelerated metabolism & curbs cravings
      • Eradicates brain fog & revitalizes the body
      • Supports long-lasting energy & fights fatigue
      • Boosts immunity & digestive health
      • Fights free radicals with 10,000 ORAC
      • Supports detoxification & alkalizes the body
      • Protects against stress & promotes resilience
      • Provides the equivalent of 20 servings of fruits & veggies
      • Mixes easily & tastes refreshingly delicious
      • Is naturally sweetened with Stevia & contains no added sugar
      • Contains 45 energizing superfruits, raw greens & veggies

      We welcome and encourage you to give it a try! As with all of our products, it comes with a very generous 1 year, 100% money back guarantee.

      If you have any questions about this or any of our other products, or any of our blog content, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help, and always happy to do so.

  • Cristina

    Hi Christie. On behalf of the entire BioTRUST team I want to say thank you for allowing us to be a part of your body transformation journey.

    Before I address your concerns, I would like to mention that LeptiBURN is our premium fat burning hormone supplement designed to help enhance weight loss efforts. We typically tell folks that they can expect to see optimal results within 60-90 days of consistent use, and we encourage you to use our products in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program.

    I would recommend LeptiBURN for anyone who struggles with weight maintenance, a sluggish metabolism, and appetite control (e.g., carb cravings). LeptiBURN also provides longevity benefits and promotes feelings of well being, and as a result, it can be used as an “overall health” supplement.

    With that being said, some benefits this product can provide are as follows:

    • Supports the body’s most important fat-burning hormones, including leptin
    • Promotes increased energy expenditure (i.e., increased metabolic rate, thermogenesis)
    • Helps decrease energy intake (i.e., decreased appetite)
    • Promotes increased fat burning (i.e., fat oxidation)
    • Promotes enhanced feelings of well being

    In terms of your progress, it may be helpful to better understand what your specific goals are, and how you are measuring your progress? What type of results are you seeking to achieve, and what are some of your current lifestyle habits that you have implemented to help you achieve these results? Are you following a particular diet or meal plan? Are you engaging in regular activity or exercise?

    Would you say you have any limiting factors that have prevented you from reaching the goals you have set out to achieve?

    I would not recommend switching to another product just yet. You see, Christie, each of our weight loss supplements have been shown to increase energy expenditure (e.g., thermogenesis), decrease energy intake (e.g., appetite control), optimize fat metabolism (e.g., increase fat burning, decrease fat storage), and/or enhance carbohydrate metabolism (e.g., improve carbohydrate tolerance, increase insulin sensitivity). However, based on the individual, taking into consideration some of your contributing factors (e.g. diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, stress management), and also being mindful of any limiting factors, the results will vary.

    I would be more than happy to discuss your current action plan with you, so we can determine how to make some improvements to your current habits, to help elicit more favorable results.

    If you wouldn’t mind catching me up to speed with what you have been doing over the last month, I am confident we can work together to get you on the right track.

    I am eager to get to know more about you and look forward to continuing this discussion.

  • Cristina

    Greetings Dr. Mark Cuttler. Thank you for sharing your story with us, and for allowing us to serve your health and wellness needs.

    Reading your incredibly successful journey was of great encouragement to me personally reminding me why I do what I do.

    You mention that you have been a loyal BioTRUST customer for 2 years, and by supplementing your healthy diet with products such as LeptiBURN and Metabo379 have not only helped facilitate your 125 weight loss, but helped to maintain this weight loss for 6 months.

    We would love to learn more about some of the habits you implemented during this time that have contributed to your success. I am sure our readers would benefit tremendously in you sharing this as well.

    You mention that you never got the chance to ask questions along the way and I want to be sure your voice is heard. If there is anything I can do for you, it would be my pleasure to address your questions at this time.

    We want to earn your business each and every time and to this end we are constantly looking for better ways to serve you.

    Looking forward to your next visit.