Last February, New York State Attorney General accused a number of major supplement retailers for falsely labeling their supplements. Some of these include valerian root, ginseng, ginki boloba, St. John's wort, and more. So this begs the question, what's actually in your supplements?
It was also later discovered that some of these retailers weren't including all of the additives to their supplements on the ingredient list. Considering that most of us take supplements to ensure we are getting all we need in our diet, it's important to know what's in them. Here's what you need to know while looking for good supplements to take:
Tips for choosing supplements
There are seemingly endless choices for supplements out there. The best tip I can offer you is to try to get enough nutrients from your diet alone. However, this is not always possible, and we even offer Standard Process supplements in our office, so ask us about it next time you're in for an adjustment! If you are picking supplements from the store here's what to keep in mind:
- Try to buy supplements from a store that emphasizes natural health and a store that specializes in drugs & supplements.
- Research before purchasing. Don't blindly trust the label. Do some digging online to see what's actually in the supplement. Read the label carefully and choose a supplement based on your research.
- If you are looking to get a particular nutrient try these phrases on google: “most bio available (name of nutrient)” or “most absorbable form (name of nutrient).”
- The reputation of the manufacturer or their suppliers is helpful but it's more important to pay attention to what's in the supplement.
- Ask me for my advice! As I mentioned we sell supplements right here in the office and do so only after researching many products and choosing what we feel is the best option for our patients.