5 Best & Highly Trusted Supplement Brands to Buy Online



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5 Best & Highly Trusted Supplement Brands to Buy Online
By Orgonlight Health • Issue #2 • View online
This is a look at five of the most trusted supplement brands that are available for purchase online followed by a general advice on the worthiness of supplements.

The unregulated dietary supplement industry is pretty much like the Wild West where every company plays by its own rules and sets its own standards – for the most part. Anyone can put anything (like potato starch or rice flour) in a capsule and call it the next breakthrough cure for whatever health issue.
You never really know if those top-rated supplements on Amazon are authentic or fake, and many have been confirmed to be knockoffs. Even some top-selling brands at popular retail stores – like GNC, Walgreens, Walmart and Target – have been shown to be bogus, according to one investigative report.
One can’t be too careful when shopping for supplements online. It is ultimately your job to do a thorough research about the companies and specific products you intend to buy in order to make the most informed decisions when it comes to your health.
So, which supplement brands are trustworthy?
The following are arguably five of the best and most trusted supplement manufacturers that are reputable for their high product quality and good manufacturing practices:
1. Thorne
One of the premium practitioner-trusted brands in the U.S. market, Thorne makes high-grade nutritional formulas that are backed by ongoing research and clinical trials. They partner and collaborate with several scientific research organizations and trusted suppliers of quality ingredients.
The company is committed to providing clean supplements that are free from any harmful chemical ingredients (such as artificial sweeteners, preservatives, flavors, etc.) and unnecessary fillers. On the downside, their products are on the higher end of the price scale, which is the case with the majority of practitioner brands.
Speaking of practitioner brands, Pure Encapsulations currently holds the #1 spot in this category. They have been in the industry for over 30 years and they have built a solid reputation as a maker of premium quality dietary supplements that include single vitamins and minerals, herbal and natural compounds, as well as specialized formulas aimed at dealing with specific health problems.
This NSF GMP registered company sets high quality standards for their raw ingredients as well as finished products. They test all raw ingredients for identity, potency and safety (microbial contaminants, heavy metals, pesticides). Their products are free from most allergens (unless listed on the label), such as soy, dairy, eggs, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, and gluten. They are also free from GMOs, magnesium stearate, artificial sweeteners and flavors, and other unnecessary fillers.
Pure Encapsulations primarily sells their products to healthcare practitioners whom consumers can consult with about the most suitable supplement(s) to purchase based on their individual case and needs. Some online retailers are also authorized to sell directly to consumers without requiring a doctor’s code (see link above).
The biggest drawback of this brand is the premium price tag, so if you are on a tight budget, check out some of the more affordable options below.
Jarrow Formulas is a California-based manufacturer of nutritional supplements with a global market reach. They offer a wide range of wellness and sports supplements at reasonable prices. Their probiotic and prebiotic formulas are among their most distinguished products.
Most of Jarrow’s products consist of a single ingredient (vitamins, minerals, herbs, other nutrients), but they also offer simple multi-ingredient formulas designed for different health issues.
Who said that cheap supplements are of low quality? If you want proof that this is not necessarily true, then try NOW’s products! This natural health company is well known and highly recommended by customers in the USA and globally as they sell some of the highest quality supplements at some of the lowest prices on the market.
NOW has a massive selection of clean dietary supplements, sports nutritional products, essential oils, beauty products, and natural foods. They also have a line of pet health products.
The company is committed to sustainable ingredient sourcing, environmentally friendly packaging, and green manufacturing practices.
Eniva Health may not be as popular as the other companies mentioned above, but it is another decent option to consider. Eniva is mostly known for their liquid formulas that are designed to offer better absorption than regular capsules and tablets.
They have a nice selection of liquid multivitamins, single vitamins and minerals, as well as specialty formulations and blends. If you haven’t been having much luck with regular capsules, Eniva’s liquid formulas might provide a different experience.
Where to Buy Supplements Online?
Many buyers head straight to Amazon when shopping for anything on the internet, including dietary supplements. Although Amazon carries almost all types of health products you can think of, some experienced users argue it’s better to avoid buying supplements from Amazon. Here are a few good reasons to do that:
  • Amazon has a big problem with fake reviews and the supplement section is rife with these.
  • There are also fraudulent sellers who sell counterfeits of popular brands.
  • Although shopping at Amazon can be more convenient and you can save a few dollars on shipping, many small businesses suffer as a result of Amazon continually eating up more and more of their market share. Consider supporting smaller businesses and a more diverse marketplace by shopping at independent retail stores.
There are numerous online wellness stores where you can find great deals and a more specialized and knowledgeable customer service. One of the best places to buy supplements from is PureFormulas.
This online shop carries products from some of the most trustworthy makers, including several doctor-trusted brands that are only available at select retailers.
Before You Order Anything: Don’t Waste Your Money on Useless Supplements!
The use of dietary supplements is such a controversial topic and there are some legitimate doubts about it. Generally speaking, “overhyped” would be a fair description of most supplements on the market, and “overstated” would fairly describe most of the 5-star reviews you read on different websites, forums, social media, etc.
Many people spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars buying various supplements without knowing what exactly to expect. And the correct answer is: Not much, mostly, if anything at all!
Nutritional supplements in general are meant to address dietary deficiencies, and so they may only be beneficial for people whose diet lacks one or more of the nutrients found in the ingredients. If someone’s everyday diet mostly consists of junk food and lacks many of the important nutrients the body needs, then starting to take a multivitamin can result in a remarkable positive change. However, for someone who eats a balanced diet, taking any vitamin and/or mineral supplement would mostly be a waste of money with no added health benefits.
It is true that many vitamins and minerals play an essential role in maintaining a healthy and well-functioning body, and it is true that each of them has a tall list of science-backed health benefits, but what is usually not true is that you can benefit from extra supplementation when you already consume enough of those nutrients in your regular diet.
In fact, taking excessive amounts of certain vitamins and minerals can cause side effects and end up doing more harm than good to your body and well-being. For example, taking too much vitamin B6 can be toxic and may cause peripheral neuropathy, according to Dr. Larry Johnson, MD. Nutrition expert Shereen Lehman elaborates more on the possible dangers of overdosing certain vitamins.
Besides essential nutrients, some herbal compounds are believed to offer unique medicinal benefits that may help with certain health issues. For example, ashwagandha, ginkgo biloba, panax ginseng, St. John’s wort, valerian, and others have been shown to possess potential therapeutic properties. However, despite some promising early studies on these medicinal herbs and others, there is no sufficient, conclusive evidence to justify most of the therapeutic benefits that they are often claimed to have.
Many doctors have questioned the efficacy of vitamin supplements and even advised people not to waste their money on them. Of course, some will say that those doctors and health experts who are vocally against the use of supplements are paid well by Big Pharma – and some are – but then the same could be claimed about doctors and experts on the other side of the argument, many of whom are also associated with the supplement industry or have some stake in the alternative health market.
Greed and disinformation are also big in the supplement industry, where profit is the main driving force and ultimate goal – not improving people’s health and life. Anyone who tells you otherwise is just BS’ing you!
As for impartial science, the best answer you’ll get regarding the efficacy of most dietary supplements is often some variation of “may be helpful”. The majority of natural remedies lack large-scale human studies that provide clear-cut conclusions about their effectiveness and safety.
Having a balanced diet and eating a variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables should be your main source of nutrition and “natural medicine”. Supplements that are often loaded with synthetic ingredients, harmful additives, and unnecessary fillers are no match or substitute for natural food. Even “clean” and “natural” supplements aren’t as good as whole natural food. Taking a supplement should be the exception, not the norm, and should only be considered when absolutely needed.
To sum it up, think of supplements as food, which is what they actually are, rather than medicine. They may help some people in some cases, but for the most part, you can do without them. Results do vary for each individual and taking a new supplement is always a hit or miss. Don’t just buy anything based on what the label says or what reviews say, but rather do your own research about each of the ingredients and the corresponding dosage. And always look at any therapeutic claims with a skeptic eye. You don’t really need most of the supplements that many companies and their marketing associates will try to convince you that you need!
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