Supplement Buyer’s Checklist

Filed Under: Nutritional Support, How to Use Supplements
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Supplement Buyer’s Checklist

Take this list to the store to make sure you’re purchasing the best product

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by choices when you step into a health food store. Here’s a summary of what you need to keep in mind as you select your supplements:

  • Read labels carefully.
  • Make sure supplements contain the appropriate levels of key nutrients.
  • Select the right nutrient form, i.e., natural forms of vitamin E and beta-carotene.
  • Avoid products that contain artificial colors, flavors, and excessive additives and fillers.
  • Buy from reputable manufacturers.
  • Realize that price often has some bearing on overall quality.
  • Be aware that seals of approval—or lack thereof—are not the most valid determination of a supplement’s quality.
  • Consider the specific amounts of EPA and DHA when purchasing fish oil.
  • Look for standardized extracts of most herbs.
  • Check expiration dates—if a product doesn’t have one, don’t buy it.
  • Don’t fall for marketing hype. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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DISCLAIMER: The content of is offered on an informational basis only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health provider before making any adjustment to a medication or treatment you are currently using, and/or starting any new medication or treatment. All recommendations are "generally informational" and not specifically applicable to any individual's medical problems, concerns and/or needs.

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