Busy lives and constantly changing bodies make it difficult to get all the vitamins and nutrients we need every day. In fact, most people don’t get the recommended amount of dietary nutrients daily. For this reason, and several others, nutritional supplements may be beneficial in supporting your optimal state of wellness.
When searching for supplements, it is best to find a reputable and reliable source. Large retailers and well-known shopping sites like Amazon may not offer high-quality, safe products because while the FDA requires that supplements do contain the ingredients listed on their labels, they don’t test to make sure it actually happens. This makes it difficult to know exactly what you’re buying and if the supplements will be beneficial.
So, how can you ensure you’re buying high-quality supplements? Here are five tips:
1. Don’t look for a bargain.
Although high-quality supplement stores may offer discounts throughout the year, low cost shouldn’t be a high priority when buying supplements. Unfortunately, a lower price tag could reflect a fake, expired, damaged, contaminated, or rotten product.
Remember, supplements are a way to invest in your overall wellness. Don’t sell yourself short by investing a little in products that don’t offer the benefits your body deserves. And don’t throw your money by purchasing low-quality products with cheap ingredients that could do more harm than good.
2. Be wary of grocery store supplements.
According to The New York Times, four out of five herbal supplements at GNC, Walmart, Target, and Walgreens did not contain any of the herbs on their labels, but instead, contain cheap fillers like asparagus, powdered rice, and houseplants.
Rather than taking a chance on grocery store supplements, choose professional grade supplements. These products are well-known to be of superior quality, pure, and effective because they go through meticulous manufacturing and testing.
3. Research the supplement company.
For those who do choose to go the grocery store route, be sure to look into the company that makes the supplements. Professional grade supplements are not accessible for everyone and some grocery store supplements can be trusted!
Check to make sure the product is GMP certified, has gone through third-party testing, and contains the ingredients on the label. You want to find a product and company that is honest and open with its customers. If that is the case, this information should be easily accessible on the company’s website.
4. Buy supplements that have undergone third-party testing.
Third-party independent testing companies keep nutritional supplement brands honest by monitoring the quality of their products. Stores that sell these products offer the highest-quality supplements to their patrons, ensuring they get the most out of their supplements.
5. Look for GMP-certified products.
The Good Manufacturing Practices standard is how the FDA ensures all products are safely made. These manufacturers must document their processes, have a clean and sanitary facility, properly maintain equipment, and hire and train qualified employees. Their manufacturing processes must prevent errors, mix-ups, and contamination. These facilities can be audited by the FDA at any time.
The Elements Store
Let us do the hard work for you! At the Elements Store, we only purchase supplements from companies that are GMP certified and third-party tested. You’ll never find counterfeit or faulty products here. We are committed to supplying the highest quality products to our customers.
Additionally, our department leader is a certified health and wellness coach with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as over twenty years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is passionate about helping clients find the best vitamins, supplements, and wellness products to achieve optimal health. Visit us today or call (401) 533-9057 to learn more!