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.
BioRay: This company been around for about 25 years. They use a mixture of ancient Chinese medicine and modern science to formulate their products. They make their products in small batches and use only organic ingredients.
Herbalist and Alchemist-Founded 35 years ago by David Winston, this company has many amazing herbal formulas.
Earthley– Earthley has some of the most impressive herbal and nutritional supports that I have ever seen. I love supporting small businesses too so we have been recommending Earthely a lot more lately. They have tinctures, whole food supplements, skin care, and more.
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 Garden of life has sold out to Nestle! I know some people will still choose to use them, but be sure to make decisions based on what you feel is best. I will no longer be using them.
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! Several members 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