How to Spot Disreputable Supplements

by Melissa Chichester

According to the 2021 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, 80% of Americans use dietary supplements – an all-time high compared to past surveys.

That’s four out of five people. The majority of people take supplements as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. 

With so many people taking supplements daily, it’s no surprise there are more businesses releasing supplements than ever before. With big claims and beautiful packaging, it’s easy to be lured in. However, it’s essential to note that not all supplements are created equal. Because so many people are taking supplements, it has led to an increase in supplements flooding the market. 

Supplement red flags 

Researching your supplements can help you make better-informed purchase decisions. Here are some clues to look for. 

Never buy supplements labeled “repackaged” or “opened.” All dietary supplements must be sealed for safety and quality. 

Avoid promises that seem too good to be true, such as claims to “cure” multiple diseases. Supplements provide nutritional support alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle. 

Look for a track record or contact the company directly. New supplement companies may not have an extensive track record, but they should offer a level of transparency. If you have questions, contact the company whose supplements you are considering purchasing. 

You can’t contact the company. If a supplement company does not have contact information, this might be on purpose. 

Reviews are too good to be true. If many reviews sound too good to be true, it might be necessary to do more research. 

Don’t assume a heftier price tag is better. Just because a product is more expensive does not mean it is of higher quality.

How to Spot Disreputable Supplements

What to look for in a reliable supplement company

To find out if your supplement company is reliable, it’s easier than ever to conduct research. In addition, your doctor may recommend certain supplement brands after discussing extra nutrients you may need that fit into your current routine. 

Clues to look for in a reliable supplement company include: 

  • An established history – Puritan’s Pride has been providing quality supplements to families since 1973.
  • Reviews  – Not all reviews can be trusted. However, if a supplement company does not have any reviews online, it may be necessary to do more research. 
  • Certifications and labels 

Tips to buy reputable supplements 

To help buy reputable supplements, there are some simple ways to ensure you are getting a quality supplement. 

  • Buy directly from the manufacturer or reputable sources.
  • Consult the FDA Health Fraud database before purchasing a supplement.
  • Read the label and look for ingredient transparency and contact information. 

Supplements are a great addition to your health and wellness routine when used correctly and with the guidance of a professional. 

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