Supplement Buyer’s Checklist

Filed Under: Nutritional Support, How to Use Supplements

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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