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It is VERY hard to know who to trust these days, even supplement companies. While it is well-known that our soils are depleted of many minerals, it is also well-known that there are plenty of companies out there cashing in on the “natural health movement”. Just because a product says it is natural does not mean that it is effective. There are many kinds of supplements out there- herbal, food based, and synthetic are the main categories. I’ll write out my lists for the companies I like in these categories. I will add links to their sites when available so you can read more about them.
I am very pro-food based and herbal. I believe that since this is how nature intended for us to get nutrients that this is ideal (man just intervened and screwed it up with bad nutritional advice for decades, plus pharmacueticals, and excess stress- this has all depleted us of vital nutrients). You can read why I have this stance in this prior post.
Herb Pharm– Started in 1979, has an 85-acre organic farm where most of their herbs come from; They make mostly herbal tinctures. I love their adrenal support formulas and herbal bitters.
Gaia Herbs– Started in 1986, 250 acre farm, very strict on organic farming, 5 million different plants. I love their elderberry syrup and adrenal formulas, as well as their Sweetish Bitters.
Perfect Supplements– WAPF approved; food based; organic options; very affordable. As of now, I also have a special code for my readers to save 10% off of their whole order from Perfect as well (use SASSY at checkout!). I love their grass-fed collagen and desiccated beef liver!
Garden of Life– organic, non-GMO, variety of products: probiotics, vitamins, and minerals. I love their Raw Vitamin C and 100 Billion CFU probiotics
Grown by Nature-amazing whole food supplements! They offer whole food vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, as well as digestive and immune support options.
New Chapter– organic, non-GMO, kosher; some supplements are cultured with probiotics; they only partner with farms that they have inspected themselves
***Updated on 1/27/2016*** I no longer will recommend Mega Foods or Innate Response! A great activist in my Mineral Mavens group contacted them recently and found out that they DO contain synthetics, and they lie on their labels. As of this time, there is actually a class action lawsuit against them. It is SO important to read labels and try to figure out who may be lying to us.****
Standard Process– Started in 1929, has their own 420 acre farm; “seed to supplement”; Non- GMO, no herbicides synthetic pesticides. I love their Symplex F and Drenamin
Nutriocology Glandulars- They use glands from range-fed animals in New Zealand and Australia- they have much stricter regulations on their feeding regulations there so these animals are healthier than those in other countries (most of their other products are synthetic). I love their beef liver powder.
NutraPro– Virgin Cod liver oil and butter oil; BEST value as far as cod liver oil goes
Nordic Naturals– affordable fish oil- take care to read labels though and use only the products without added synthetics. Sourced in Norway, started the company 20 years ago. Devoted to sustainable sourcing.
Synergy– Organic, non-GMO, gluten free; since 1991; 3,000 acres of organic farmland for their products; most popular product is their Pure Radiance Whole Food C
(As I said, I am very pro-food based but there are a few synthetics companies that use less fillers and better quality nutrients. Some supplements are hard to find in food-based forms, especially magnesium- although I prefer topical magnesium oil over supplements)
Jarrow– Founded in 1977; this company seems to truly listen to consumer needs and tries to provide the best that they can; they have vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and more. ( I personally use their milk thistle and taurine)
Bulk Supplements– this company provides many supplements in pure powder form without fillers- this is very important for many people that are sensitive to these fillers; They offer vitamin, minerals, amino acids, HCL, and more;
Doctor’s Best– founded by doctors in 1990; over 200 products; they use only the “best” ingredients; Their magnesium glycinate is a great product, as is their HCl with pepsin and gentian bitters.
Source Naturals– Started in 1982, over 600 products, very affordable and easy to find in vitamin stores; they seem to have a great relationship with their customers; they use non gmo and organic ingredients when applicable/ available
Life Extension– started 35 years ago; pricier than most supplements, but truly high quality; funded $150 million for research in nutritional field; although some of their information is outdated, most of their supplements are good (apparently they are the first company to recommend low-dose aspirin to protect heart attacks, but this isn’t as widely recommended anymore)
Thorne– 30 years in business; Thorne is a highly respected company in the supplement world; their Adrenal Cortex is helpful for those that need adrenal support but can’t tolerate glandulars
Pure Encapsulations– Hypoallergenic Supplements: no wheat, gluten, nuts, eggs, coatings, binders, shellacs, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners or colors, fragrance
These are just some of the companies that I have either personally used products from or researched. When I started learning about minerals, co-factors, and real nutrition I became very picky with what products I went with. I am sure there are others out there that are great too, but these are all approved by me.
Any other outstanding companies out there that I missed?