How to Choose the Highest-Quality Supplements
Very few things are as mind boggling as shopping for nutritional supplements. Don’t believe me? I dare you to walk into any supplement shop or browse the vitamin section of your local drugstore and not scratch your head in utter and compete confusion. With shelf after shelf stacked with so many products and brands to choose from, it’s enough to send you running to the medicine aisle for some headache relief.
To make things even more puzzling, all of these products claim to be the best, made from the highest quality ingredients, all “proven” to work—but are they really? And how would you even know? I’ve done some research, and there are several keys factors to look for in determining the difference between high-quality and low-quality nutritional supplements.
When you are looking for quality supplements, you want to make sure you get the facts straight first. Ok, so what exactly does that mean? The supplements you choose should have formulas and dosages that have been properly tested and based on human clinical trials. Don’t be fooled by outrageous claims, flashy labels, and slick marketing slogans. Choose supplements that are legit.
Just off the top of my head, I can think of several high-end supplement brands—such as Metagenics, Xymogen, Douglas Labs, and AOR—that all have the reputation and the science to back them up. Need help tracking down premium brands? A quick visit to your friendly neighborhood pharmacist can point you in the right direction.
It is also important to choose a manufacturer that uses premium raw materials, sourced from reliable countries like Canada, U.S.A., and Europe. Remember, a manufacturer who cares about their formulations will meticulously test their ingredients for identity, purity, and potency before they even consider putting them into their products. Believe me, the last thing any good manufacturer wants is to have the material they use contaminated with outside materials, microbes, or heavy metals.
Additionally, you will want to make sure the supplements you’re buying are GMP certified (Good Manufacturing Practices). This key component of quality assurance guarantees that the products that a company is selling you are produced and controlled with the highest standards possible.
If you want to save a couple of bucks buying cheap supplements from drug stores or major retail chains, remember, you get what you pay for—low-grade chemicals jam-packed with fillers that have little-to-no nutritional value.
Choosing high quality nutritional supplements is going to take a little homework. But in the end, you will be glad you did.