Top Ten Tips for Buying High Quality Supplements

Quality Supplements

The supplement manufacturing industry in the United States is one of the fastest growing in the world. This can make buying supplements more complicated than we would like. The following are the top ten tips to for buying high quality supplements that help you out;

  • Check front and black labels for errors

There are some of the labeling errors out there, therefore form mislabeling ingredients, (for example; labeling a B12 vitamin as pyroxidine, which is actually vitamin B6) to having mismatched front and back labels, some companies clearly are not paying attention.

  • Choose a brand that is GMP certified by the FDA

A product that says natural or top quality, it is not good enough without documented testing. The best supplement companies back up their claims with a certification of good manufacturing processes from the FDA. They will also do independent testing of raw ingredients and finished products and provide information about their supply chain, ensuring quality and purity of supplements.

  • Look for chelated minerals

Minerals like magnesium or calcium are always bound with another compound for stability. Minerals that are bound with amino acids are very well absorbed because they are treated by the body like proteins, whereas only a very small percentage of minerals that are bound to organic salts make it into circulation because they are easily blocked by things like fiber, coffee.

  • Keep your other ingredients list to a minimum

Although some filler are necessary in high quality supplements, one should avoid artificial flavorings, colorings and also preservatives.

  • Look for clearly focused formulas with research to back them up

Multivitamins and supplement formulas that are designed to combat specific health issues such as stress should be based on human clinical trials or testing to show that they work. It is therefore easy to make up a supplement geared at a health condition.

  • Do not buy the cheapest supplements

The cheapest supplements often have a form of the nutrient in question that may be hard for the body to absorb. A supplement does nothing for you if your body cannot digest it.                                      

  • Does it have an expiration date?

The FDA does not require that products have expiration dates, however, quality manufacturers will voluntarily list expiration dates. Their products will undergo extensive testing to make sure they can successfully guarantee the label strength until the expiration date.

  • Ask questions

Asking questions can help you scope out the good and bad products but it also helps you clarify what you are taking, why you are taking it and how much you need.

  • Is it hypoallergenic?

Top quality supplements companies will list specific allergens that are absent from their products. Check for something along the lines of. You should not have to go on a scavenger hunt to find this information. It should be easily available on the bottle and the company web site.

  • Does it sound too good to be true?

One should consider whether;

  1. The claims for the products seem exaggerated or unrealistic?
  2. Is the supplement claiming to cure an ailment?

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