Today on the show we talk about what to look out for when buying a supplement. There are many things that can be misleading when trying to find a high quality product and this show will help you quickly become an expert.
Things to look for when shopping for a high quality supplement:
Look for supplements made in GMP facilities. GMP stands from Good Manufacturing Practice. A high end GMP facility is more likely to test the ingredients to insure that they are free of heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
High quality trademarked extracts. High quality brands use name brand and trademarked extracts when they are available. These ingredients are more expensive, but they provide peace of mind.
Look for trademarked extracts that are backed by human clinical trials. Not all companies can afford to do this, but if you find companies that do, it provides a little peace of mind. These are the holy grail of plant extracts. You know exactly what they do, and they are backed by science. These extracts can cost many times more than knock off extracts, but they are infinitely better and provide better results.
Look for high quality packing materials. Most people know at this point that plastic leaches chemicals that are toxic. Many supplements are exposed to high heat in transport or while being stored, so buying products bottled in plastic is a calculated risk. Supplements that are bottled in glass cost more and are more expensive to ship, but they don't leach estrogen-like chemicals into your supplements.
Look for reputable brands that use high quality extracts, trademarked extracts, and extracts backed by human clinical trials.
When looking at the primary active ingredients in a supplement, make sure that they are standardized extracts to insure potency. For example, KSM-66 Ashwagandha is standardized to contain a minimum of 8% withanolide glycosides, the active compound of ashwagandha. If you compared a product with 600 mg of KSM-66 Ashwagandha to a product with 600 mg of rude ashwagandha, you would find the former to be 10 times or stronger than the latter. It's important to be an educated consumer if you're goal is to get results.
Things to avoid when shopping for a high quality supplement:
Toxic fillers - Watch out for the "other ingredients" in your herbal supplement. Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Titanium Oxide, Artificial colors, Artificial flavors, Artificial colors, GMO ingredients, and Sodium Benzoate are a few of the most common toxic fillers commonly found in dietary supplements. What's the point of a good plant extract when it's loaded with toxic fillers. Seek out products with the fewest "other ingredients" possible.
Proprietary blends - Supplement companies can easily hide low dosed and impotent formulas with their proprietary blends. Look for companies that are proud to showcase their formulas and the exact amount of each ingredient in their formulas. This kind of transparency is rare in the supplement business, but it is something a smart shopper should looks for. Proprietary blends can create a bit of mystique for a clever marketing supplement company, but professional lines and brands that are serious about providing potency are transparent with their supplement formulas.