Cost-Effective Supplements: How Do You Decide?

Cost-Effective Supplements: How Do You Decide?

Choosing a specific supplement from a wall full of the same product made by a slew of different companies can be a very daunting task!  The keys to finding the most cost effective supplement at your local health food store is to:

1. Seek the Advice of a Naturopathic Doctor

A Naturopathic Doctor will be able to give you a lot of useful advice regarding which specific products you should be taking.

For example, if you take a look at the back of a magnesium bottle, you will quickly learn that there are many types of magnesium supplements out there.  Some of the options you will find may include some of the following: magnesium bisglycinate, magnesium citrate, magnesium citramate, magnesium gluconate, magnesium malate or magnesium oxide.  An ND will be able to help you determine which of those magnesium supplements are the most absorbable and which is best suited for your specific case.

They will also put a particular emphasis on interactions and contraindications − including both natural and pharmaceutical products − and possible side effects that may arise.

2. Recruit the Help of a Health Food Store Employee

A knowledgeable health food store employee is a potential wealth of information!  Chatting with different employees on multiple visits to the store will help you to determine who you have the best rapport with and which one you feel is both knowledgeable and trust-worthy.

3. Do A LOT of Background Research on Each of the Supplement Companies and Their Product(s) that You are Considering Purchasing

Background research is KEY.  A supplement company is more likely to be dependable and trust-worthy when they readily reveal information regarding their products − particularly third-party testing to determine if their products contain the dosages of what they list on the labels, in addition to a guarantee of the product content by the expiry date.

4. Do NOT Only Take the Total Cost of the Product at Face Value

Instead, calculate how many capsules or tablets you will need to take, according to the label, in order to reach your recommended therapeutic dosage, and then calculate your daily cost.

For example, you are trying to pick up “supplement x” and the therapeutic dosage is 1000 mg per day.  There are two options: “supplement x – option a” that contains 1000 mg per capsule costing $30 for a bottle of 60 capsules, and “supplement x – option b” that contains 100 mg per capsule costing $20 for a bottle of 120 capsules.

At face value, “supplement x – option b” appears to the better value because it costs $10 less than “supplement x – option a” and contains 60 additional capsules (or double the amount).

However, the recommended dosage is 1000 mg per day.  With “supplement x – option a”, you would need to take 1 capsule per day and the bottle of 60 will last for 60 days, which means that it would cost $0.50 per day.  On the other hand, with “supplement x – option b”, you would need to take 10 capsules per day and the bottle of 120 will only last for 12 days, which means that it would cost $1.67 per day.

Breaking down the cost of a supplement to the daily cost, as opposed to taking the face value cost for the bottle, is a much more cost-effective method of selecting a supplement

The Take-Away Message

Taking all four of the above factors into consideration when selecting a supplement at your local health food store is key to finding a great deal and helping to obtain effective results!


If you’d like to sit down with me to assess your current supplement regimen with respect to their quality and/or their effectiveness for your case, CONTACT ME HERE to set up a complimentary 15 min discovery call/meeting to get started.

What’s a discovery call/meeting?  It’s where we get to know each other better to ensure that I’m the right practitioner for you and that you have the opportunity to ask your questions about Naturopathic Medicine before we move forward with an initial Naturopathic consultation.


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