How do I know if I’m getting quality?

So I have laid out all the issues with the supplement industry but how do I know that what I want to buy is quality? There are some things you can ask and research to check.

There are some resources that you can use when doing your own research:

  1. Consumerlab.com– they do independent testing. There is a small fee to gain access to information.
  2. The Office for Dietary Supplements– has fact sheets about the various supplements and what they are used for.
  3. Memorial Sloan Kettering– has an app for herbs and information about herbs and other botanical products.
  4. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health– There is an herb resource here as well as some other information. There is also a kindle/ebook.

What to ask or look for in a supplement?

Time Magazine did a cover story about How Not to Get Sick.

Please do your research or find a company that is trust worthy. There are people with a wealth of knowledge out there. Don’t be afraid to ask a TON of questions. The company you are looking at should be able to answer all your questions to your satisfaction. You are the one putting this into you body so you should be comfortable with it!

Things to consider

  1. Do they have tests performed on their products by third parties?
  2. Do they have studies published in peer reviewed journals on their products? or do they just say there are studies about what their products claim to help but none of how their products actually help?
  3. Do their products have lot numbers and expiration dates?
  4. How and why was the company started? For some this may not matter but for me the why and the heart of the company matters.
  5. What kind of guarantee do they offer if any? Is it unconditional, 30, 60 days or none?
  6. What percent purity do they use in their products?
  7. How long has the company been in business?

Happy Supplement Shopping!

Jessica

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