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:
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.