Glowgetter’s Guide to Buying the Right Supplements for a Healthy Lifestyle
The supplement industry can be a confusing place, and it’s often a challenge to find the best brands for you and your family. Instead of buying random bottles hoping to see an improvement, we have your guide to finding the highest quality supplements available.
This research can take time, but it’s important to prioritize education when it comes to your health and the supplements you take.
Shop at Stores You Trust
Shopping at stores you trust is one of the best ways to find high quality supplements. Local nutrition stores often employ well-trained staff, and they also have rigorous standards for the products they choose to carry.
Even national stores like Whole Foods have a thorough review process before stocking products, so you can be sure the supplements you purchase will be the highest quality possible.
You may also choose to buy supplements online, but always research the retailer before making a purchase.
Look for Third-Party Certifications
While some may say the supplement industry isn’t regulated, it’s actually the opposite. Third-party certifications are one of the best ways to determine which supplement to purchase.
Organizations like USP, NSF, UL, ISURA, and NPA all offer certifications, and you’ll find their seal on approved products. This is an efficient way to find a supplement in the store that you know is safe to use.
(It’s important to note, though, that some companies may be approved, but due to the fee associated choose not to add the seal to the packaging.)
Research the Company
Reputable supplement brands will offer information on their website regarding clinical research and quality control.
You can also call the company, and take a look at their Facebook or Instagram accounts.
Social media isn’t just for cat photos!
This is a great tool to get recommendations from your network as well as looking at reviews on a company’s Facebook page.
When looking for whole foods-based supplements, look for the companies that offer an inside look at their sourcing.
MegaFood, for example, offers a thorough look into their manufacturing process, even setting up a live feed into their facility!
Check the Science
Trusted companies are transparent with their research and will offer resources on their website to back their products. Another way to check the science for supplements is by searching PubMed, a free resource from the National Institute of Health U.S. National Library of Medicine.
As more research is published, consumers are able to do their own research to check the science companies’ are using. If something seems off, it probably is.
Watch for Wild Claims
When searching for the best supplements, always follow the saying, “if a claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Wild claims like suddenly reversing disease or losing weight fast mean these products are very often unsafe and/or mislabeled.
Always err on the side of caution, and avoid the companies that make unrealistic claims.
Choosing the right supplement can be overwhelming, but once you find it you can reap the benefits of targeted nutritional support. By following these guidelines, you can find companies you trust and supplements that help you feel your best.
For more information on choosing the right supplements, visit New Hope Network’s resource.