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Are all Supplements Created Equal?

Not all supplements are created equal, so it is important to do research before purchasing any supplement. It is best to purchase high-quality supplements from reputable companies. While there are regulations to make sure supplements meet specific manufacturing standards, they can’t guarantee effectiveness or ingredients. 

Whether you are looking for supplements to meet specific dietary restrictions, prefer all-natural supplements, or just want to make sure you are taking the best possible supplements, it is best to check the third-party certifications. It is important to know that dietary supplement makers don’t need FDA approval to sell their products, so dietary supplements have more risks than other drugs. This article will share the best way to select supplements and their benefits. 

What are the benefits of herbal supplements? 

By using herbal supplements, you are eliminating the risk of side effects associated with prescription drugs. You can boost your immunity and take the supplements over a longer period of time than prescription drugs. Another advantage is the affordability associated with herbal supplements. They are usually less expensive and don’t require a prescription. Herbal supplements are beneficial in treating chronic diseases like Arthritis, Asthma, Infertility, and even Crohn’s Disease. These are just a few of the many benefits of taking herbal supplements. 

What are Third-party certifications? 

Third-party certifications are companies that provide independent inspections of the manufacturing sites and materials used in products such as dietary supplements. This is the best way for supplement brands to showcase an unbiased certification on their product and verify the quality. There are several third-party certifiers located in North America such as: 

  • USDA Organic 
  • National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) 
  • Certified Gluten-Free
  • Non-GMO Project Verified 
  • Certified Vegan
  • U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) 
  • International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) 

What is the best way to select supplements? 

The best way to choose supplements wisely is to do the proper research. If you want to take the proper precautions when selecting a supplement, buy from reputable sources, make sure they have natural and organic ingredients, and check third-party certifications like NSF, USDA Organic, and Certified Vegan to help you make the best decision.

  • Read the label
  • Take the proper dosage
  • Stick to tested and certified brands
  • Check the FDA website for alerts
  • Check with your doctor if you are uncertain 

It has been proven that all supplements are not equal. After reading this article, if you plan to purchase supplements on your own, it’s important to make sure you choose wisely and do research.  To avoid wasting time and money consult with a holistic healthcare provider that specializes in herbal therapy such as a Naturopathic Doctor, Integrative or Functional Medicine Doctor.  Licensed providers will personalize your therapeutic dosage levels, herbal combination types, and brands to match the increased effectiveness of the products with your specific medical condition.  Optimal effectiveness equals improved health and wellness without all the guesswork.  

If you are interested in learning more about personalized supplementation and how it can help you, click here to schedule a virtual Comprehensive Health Assessment with Dr. Tawainna Houston

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