This article will show you how to avoid the most common nitric oxide scams. Much of the information though, is applicable to avoiding any supplement scam.
There is a drawback to the popularity of nitric oxide supplements. Certainly nitric oxide supplements can have tremendous benefits. They have been shown in thousands of research reports to positively affect everything from wound healing and diabetic neuropathy to gaining muscle and “getting ripped”. But this popularity has led to the rise of a cadre of disreputable distributors who are more interested in taking your money than providing you the health benefits they promise.
There are a couple of types of nitric oxide scams that I have noticed. They are similar to other types of nutritional product scams. They include benefit benefit claims scams, ingredient scams, and financial scams. It might be argued that all of these frauds are really financial scams. But the insidious thing about nutritional supplement scams is not only the damage they can do to your wallet, but the damage they can do to your health too.
Like most scams, nitric oxide scams rely on the buzz surrounding the supplement as well as our desires to improve our quality of life to get us to act against our better judgement. Vanity, insecurity and illness can be huge motivators and can, unfortunately, lead us to make irrational decisions that can have negative consequences to our health or finances. Even with a lot of thought, and some research, we can fall into a trap laid by a very crafty and careful adversary who appears to be above board, but really is only interested in separating us from our hard earned money.
Nitric oxide is truly a vital molecule and there are reputable companies that produce high quality products that increase nitric oxide in our bodies. So don’t give up! There is a difference between marketing, even marketing that pushes the envelope, and fraud.
These tips will hopefully help you avoid some common nitric oxide and nutritional supplement scams.
Nitric Oxide Scams Tip #1
“Caveat Emptor” – Buyer Beware. Don’t assume because the marketer has a website or advertises that they are legit.
- Just because it is on the Internet doesn’t make it true.
- Just because the website ranks high on the first page of Google for “nitric oxide supplement” or “nutritional supplement” doesn’t mean the website is factual or correct. Good search engine optimization (SEO) has nothing to do with the product or business practices.
- Just because the ad shows up on Google doesn’t mean that the product is safe or effective. Anyone can buy an ad for a few bucks.
- Just because the site has Facebook likes or Twitter followers doesn’t make it safe. I know, I know, we all want to trust the “social media”. But, I can show you a dozen sites that will let you buy thousands of FB likes from fake accounts for $20.
Look, companies have to start somewhere and it is difficult to get $ millions in capital these days to launch a new product. Some legitimate companies start out doing a little bit of Google advertising and have a social campaign. IF the product is good, then they grow and they start marketing through other channels. ForceFactor is a great example of this. They are now carried by GNC. So, doing great SEO and marketing with Google or FB are not bad … it just doesn’t make a product legit. Legitimate companies, no matter how small, will not engage in deceptive practices like the ones below.
Nitric Oxide Scams Tip #2
Read the website carefully. They want you to trust them, but are they trustworthy? Over the top marketing, flashy graphics, or idealized men and women in revealing clothing may be distasteful to some, but it does not mean that the marketer is pushing a scam. Below are some red flags.
- Are there numerous misspellings, or awkward grammar? Making a few mistakes is not the end of the world. It happens. But, obvious misspellings in graphics or numerous problems on the site should be a red flag. A supplement company that is ostensibly making money from their website can certainly spend a few bucks proof reading it, especially if they really care about their product.
- Are the claims ridiculous or unsubstantiated? Do they claim a new benefit for nitric oxide that they don’t back up with research?
- Fake reviews? There are a ton of “review websites” out there that purport to give unbiased reviews but really sell the same product in a different bottle. They link to sites that look suspiciously the same, even though the product and domain name are different. In some cases, the sites will have the same or similar contact information.
- Fake testimonials? Do the user testimonials on one site use the same photos but different names as the testimonials on another site? Are you sure that “Bob Jones” is really a doctor?
- Does the site have an FDA disclaimer? Legitimate companies with legitimate nutritional supplements should all have FDA disclaimers on those products.
Nitric Oxide Scams Tip #3
Avoid dangerous or misleading ingredients.
- Stay away from products that either don’t have ingredient labels or that claim secret ingredients. Some of these “secret ingredients” can kill you. If someone came up to you on the street and offered you an unknown substance, you wouldn’t just eat it! Legitimate companies will have clear ingredient labels which identify all ingredients. They will tell you if and how much caffeine is in a product. If you are taking a caffeine-based nutritional supplement, or just drinking coffee, you need to know if your nitric oxide supplement has caffeine too. Otherwise, you may be in for a rude awakening!
- Avoid products with ridiculous ingredients.Nitric oxide supplements DO NOT contain nitric oxide! Anyone making this claim is trying to scam you. Nitric oxide supplements contain the precursor materials like arginine, citrulline, agmatine, GPLC, that either provide arginine to the NOS enzymes to make nitric oxide, increase the activity of NOS, increase the amount of NOS, or decrease the speed of break down of the nitric oxide molecule. Once again, they DO NOT contain the gas nitric oxide. Also, do not buy products that claim to increase or include nitrous oxide. That is laughing gas, and while it may be fun at the dentist’s office, it is not nitric oxide.
- All-Natural” doesn’t mean it is safe. Lead and cadmium are natural as are comfrey and aristolochic acid. So was the hemlock Socrates poisoned himself with.
- Some ingredients may react with ingredients of other supplements or medicines you are taking. They can also hinder certain drugs from being effective. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They have access to the latest drug interaction research and can monitor you as you take these supplements.
I have contemplated showing photos and screen shots from websites with the nitric oxide scams I mentioned above. If you have been looking to buy nitric oxide supplements, you know which ones I am talking about. Be careful! For more about safe supplement guidelines and avoiding health supplement scams, visit the FTC or the FDA.
In the next post, I will show you what to look for when trying to avoid financial-type nitric oxide scams. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.