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No BS About BS

Published: April 26th, 2013
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There has always been and likely will always be talk about banned substances (BS) in sports nutrition products, but do you really know what they are and why you should care?

The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), along with many major sporting leagues, maintain lists of substances and technologies that are banned in sports nutrition products due to their performance enhancing effects that could be used to provide an unfair advantage. (To see the WADA Prohibited list, visit

This is important if you or someone you know uses sports nutrition products:

  • As a school or professional athlete, you need to use a trusted brand for your sports nutrition needs that ensures you are meeting the athletic guidelines you are required to follow and also help you to attain peak performance.
  • As a coach or trainer, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are recommending high quality, banned substance free tested products to your athletes so they are not only compliant with their association guidelines  but able to perform at their best.
  • As a parent, you want to be assured that any nutritional supplements your child is taking are of the highest quality and are free of substance that are banned for a reason.
  • As a recreational athlete or fitness enthusiast, you enjoy staying fit and working out, so what you put into your body should be important to you, making guaranteed quality and banned substance free testing key features to look for in nutritional supplements.
  • If you are a body builder like me, you train hard and your regimen likely includes key muscle building supplements and sports nutrition every single day. Putting only quality guaranteed and banned substance free tested products in your body is important to me and should be to you as well.

The vast majority of supplement users are not subject to banned substance testing and therefore, do not need to have their products tested for these substances. By law, a dietary supplement product, like any food product, can only contain those substances that are listed on the label of the product. If there is a substance added to the product that is not listed on the label, the product is illegal.  Simply put, reputable companies do not put substances in their products that are not listed on the label.

At GNC, we are committed to providing products that are free of banned substances. As part of that BSF commitment, we clearly label products that have undergone an independent testing process to confirm the product’s Banned Substance Free status as defined by WADA. We’ve teamed up with HFL Sports Science, an internationally recognized, independent and accredited laboratory that provided high quality testing for nutritional supplements (for more information about HFL Sports Science, visit Look for either the “Banned Substance Free” or “Informed Choice” logos on GNC product packaging.HFL

NOTE: You should always check the rules and regulations of the league or organization with which you must be compliant since its list of banned substances may differ from the substances tested by GNC.

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