Anybody who has read other articles I have written on You-Well will know I am big on well-being supplements. From Cordyceps and Lions Mane, all the way to Vitamin C and CBD (this is our list of the best CBD oils & gummies). Upon speaking to a close friend of mine, they had come across a company called 'British Supplements'.
At first glance, I had completely overlooked how popular this brand was. They are huge. What struck me was their alternative style of marking/ branding and the way they produced their products.
A little bit of research told me that British Supplements Turmeric (anti-inflammatory) was one of the most popular products - and I wanted to try Tongkat Ali (one of the best natural Testosterone Boosters you can find).
So, lets get into whether or not we recommend British supplements or whether you should go with an alternative.
Who is Chris Boyle and who is the owner of British Supplements?
British Supplements is a natural supplements business established by Chris Boyle. While the 'British Supplements' brand is registered in London, and the company behind the brand (Real Supplements) is based in Milton Keynes, Chris seems to be based in Northern Ireland. The website mentioned that the production facility is in NI.
Real Supplements LTD was established in 2017 and has been going from strength to strength and capturing a very loyal and dedicated customer base. The claim is that high-street brands, pharmaceutical companies and political interests are diminishing people's ability to access effective natural supplements which can benefit their health; in their place, supermarkets are selling ineffective products filled with nasty add-ins. There is a bit of information about who owns these companies and the conspiracies which lead us to where we are today.
Is British Supplements a Legitimate Company?
The reason I included this is that Google suggested this as a similarly asked question, alongside people searching for British Supplements alternatives (I have been using Life Essentials which I rate highly) .
I believe the reason (after chatting to others online) is down to the marketing practices of the company. A lot of the content on Facebook and the website is very 'conspiratorial' - which does make people wary of the legitimacy of British supplements. Just based on the content on Facebook alone, it seems the company are constantly bombarded with warnings from the Food standard agencies and 'nay-sayers'. The comments are quite intense at points. It could be the reason why many are searching for alternatives to British Supplements
As far as our team can see, British Supplements is a legitimate company, but whether the claims about their products (or competitor products) are real is up to those who believe in the benefits of the products
British Supplements Review - Turmeric and Clean Tongkat Ali (Eurycomanone 2%)
We purchased the British Supplements Turmeric and Tongkat Ali. The delivery took a couple of days and arrived with DHL. The packets came in a little jiffy bag.
Turmeric is known to reduce inflammation, is an anti-oxidant and has a range of other general well-being benefits. The selling point of the capsules was that the Turmeric inside was completely clean, and did not contain fillers or other chemicals which are found in other, similar shop-bought, products. I have to say, the capsules had a very strong spicey smell, and a deep yellow/ red colour.
We also purchased Tongkat Ali which, similar to Ashwagandha, is said to support hormone balance and increase libido, sports performance and muscle gain (due to testosterone) in end. I had tried Ashwagandha before and wanted to see whether Tongkat Ali had the same effects.
I have to say, the products themselves were much more effective than others I have tried. I took the turmeric first and felt much smoother in the mornings. I'm not sure how else to describe it.
The Tongkat Ali, I certainly felt more motivated at the gym. It has been a while since I have picked up weights but I hit the treadmill pretty hard that week. It could have been psychosomatic, but I'd like to think the Tongkat Ali did make the difference.
The price point is fairly high compared to other British Supplement alternatives, and the products contain the same active ingredients. Plus, the delays in shipping are a huge issue right now.
One of the things that struck us about the reviews section is how glowing the reviews were, and how utterly crushing the replies to negative reviews are. The replies are so distracting that it is hard to bring your attention back to the floods of positive reviews about the products.
Whenever we see negative reviews we take them with a pinch of salt. Bad things happen and sometimes the bad reviews are unwarranted.
A reply to negative reviews shows potential customers what they should expect from the company when things are going bad. A polite professional reply, which takes responsibility (even when it is not the company's fault) shows a tactful, thoughtful company that will bend over backwards to help out.
Then there is this (which speaks for itself).
This seems to be a recurring theme within the review sections, comments and social media platforms.
Many say that the replies are 'aggressive', 'unprofessional' and 'arrogant'.
British Supplements Trustpilot
We see Trustpilot as a useful platform for reviews. Although it is not perfect, the review platform does seem to do its best to ensure that the reviews are real, and actively regulates the reviews that are posted.
Right away it is clear to see that, British Supplements have 91% 5-star reviews, (3ish per cent average reviews), and 6% one-star reviews.
The vast majority of them are glowing and love the quality of the products, have had good customer experiences and comment on Chris' knowledge and passion for the business.
The negative reviews are very similar to what we have seen elsewhere. Many of the negative reviews comment on the speed of delivery and the 'horrible' customer service.
Again, there are a number of negative reviews which have earned replies. All of which is as explosive as the next. The one we have included was the most entertaining.
Would We Recommend British Supplements? Or choose an alternative?
This is a hard question to answer. In terms of the products, we would happily recommend British Supplements, but there are some issues here.
Where we would sway people elsewhere is the apparent issue with customer service and the inconsistency of delivery times. The decision is up to you. If you don't mind getting 4 barrels for late delivery or an issue with the product, knock yourself out.
More recently the company have been bombarded with 1-star reviews as the shipping has taken weeks, and weeks. There is a serious issue here and could be why so many are looking for a British Supplements alternative.
We like Life Essentials for much of our supplementation. They are polite, friendly and the products are just as good as British Supplements.