This page is about the best health supplements. When I was a young child my Dad used to give me health supplements like Vitamin E and Vitamin C tablets – back when there was no sugar in the vitamin C tablets, and I used to suck on those sours until my tongue hurt. Looking back, that’s when I first developed a passion for health supplements, and even better, the best health supplements.
When I was 19, I was a college drop-out and became a live-in nanny for a young entrepreneurial couple in Toronto. He was a distributor for Body Wise supplements. By the time I was studying psychology in college once again, he opened Elements, a vitamin and supplement store and Naturopathic Medicine clinic. I worked there as the juice bartender, until my skin turned orange from drinking carrot juice – natural sunscreen 🙂
That’s when I really started learning about vitamins and supplements as well as trying Naturopathic Medicine. The rest, as they say, is history. But if your story is just beginning and you’re looking for some input on health supplements, you’ve come to the right place.
By now, I’ve worked for such a long time in and around the vitamins and supplements industry – on many sides… as a demo girl, salesperson, practitioner, taster, tester, buyer, formulator, manufacturer, compounding partner, compliance officer, nutrition director, distributor…phewf! I know a lot about supplements.
While there are many good companies out there – and I undoubtedly have my favorites, here are some things to look for in the best companies.
Top 3 Qualities to Look For
- cGMP Compliance – looks for companies that state they are maintaining current Good Manufacturing Practices within the FDA rules and regulations (yes supplements are regulated! don’t believe the bad press)
- non-GMO – supplements – unless they are regulated as a food rather than a dietary supplement – cannot be organic. Supplements are generally made from plant extracts and single nutrients, which do not comply with the food standards of certified organic. Instead look for companies who invest in non-GMO ingredients. They might be approved by the non-GMO Project or they might advertise they have been tested by a third party to be free from genetically altered DNA materials.
- Short list of non-medicinals – no supplement is 100% pure because it takes some formulation to prevent mold and bacterial growth in order to have a reasonable shelf-life. That said, some supplements include coloring, fragrance, flavor, talc and chemicals that block absorption and that may otherwise be harmful in consistent doses. For instance, I tend to prefer sugar, sourced from a non-gmo source – within reason – than artificial sweeteners and chemical excipients, at least the body can use sugar to absorb the supplement.
The supplement industry is a very complicated one. Thank God we have the ability, in America, to purchase supplements as we want over-the-counter. The only thing is that it takes some education, and some guidance to get the best product for your money.
Follow me and I’ll help guide you there.