When shopping for vitamins, it can be hard to make the right choice. There are piles of products and a bevy of brands—and is there really a difference? The truth may be a hard pill to swallow.
A new study from Consumerlab.com found forty percent of the best-selling vitamins, did not contain the ingredient amounts stated on their labels. And many of the deficient brands failed to pass two or more quality tests.
This study is shocking, but unfortunately, not uncommon because vitamins, herbs, and supplements are not regulated in the U.S. So, my advice is to only buy from established brands that pass some sort of independent quality test. You can find them at online at ConsumerLab or USP. The labs offer lists of tested products and which ones stand up to scrutiny. Don’t be misled by a label—know what you are paying for.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Could Supplements Harm Me?
- ConsumerLab.com puts multivitamins to the test
- ConsumerLab lists the top-rated vitamin and supplement brands
- ConsumerLab.com Finds Quality Problems with Nearly 30% of Fish Oil Supplements Reviewed; “Fishy” Claims Identified
- Review of Vitamin C supplements finds high quality but a wide range in prices
- Probiotics grow in popularity but don’t always deliver on promises
- ConsumerLab.com announces test results of supplements for menopause
- DHEA Supplements, Touted For Anti-Aging And Strength, Reviewed By Consumerlab.Com
- Valerian “Sleep” Supplements Vary Widely in Key Compounds
- Watch out for fake Bilberry supplements cautions ConsumerLab
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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