Do you know the reason WHY you’re taking each of your supplements?

Do you feel overwhelmed when choosing a supplement at the store?

Do you know how to determine what a good quality supplement is?

These are the different professional grade supplement brands that are available at my dispensaries.

I always give you a variety of brand options to choose from with the corresponding recommended dose.  This way you have a selection to choose from whether through my physical/online dispensary or your local trusted health supplement store.

Physical Dispensary

  • Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR)
  • MediHerb
  • Nutritional Fundamentals for Health (NFH)
  • St. Francis Herb Farms (SFHF)

Online Dispensary

  • Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR)
  • Ascenta
  • BioClinic Naturals
  • Biomed
  • CanPrev
  • CytoMatrix
  • Designs for Health (DFH)
  • Integrative Therapeutics
  • JHS Naturals
  • MediHerb
  • MediHoney
  • Metagenics
  • New Roots Herbal
  • Nordic Naturals
  • Nutritional Fundamentals for Health (NFH)
  • Orange Naturals
  • Restorative Formulations
  • St. Francis Herb Farms (SFHF)
  • Wobenzyme
  • Xymogen
Online Dispensary

 

** Please note that I do NOT have an affiliation with any of the above companies. These are companies that I have researched, and in my professional opinion meet the criteria I set for my patients.

When I sit down with a patient, the topic of supplements inevitably comes up.  And my patient almost always asks me: how do you know which vitamin XYZ to choose when there are so many options out there?

Here are a few things that I take into consideration when I make any supplement recommendations for my patients:

1. What do you ACTUALLY need to take?

I always make supplement recommendations based on your medical history and health goals.  It’s also very important to take your full list of medications and supplements into consideration in order to ensure that nothing interacts with one another.

My goal is to keep your supplement list as simple and stream-lined as possible.

2. Does the supplement company provide a CoA?

I always request certificate of analyses (CoAs) from companies who I frequently recommend to my patients.  This is especially important for ANY supplement that is from a plant or animal source.

A CoA guarantees that a third party has come in to test their products for a whole variety of things.  The two most important results that I look at are:

1. Is the product clean and free of lead, mercury and other toxic metals?

2. Is what’s on the label actually in the product to the extent that the label claims?

And the follow-up question to a company releasing their CoA to you is: how often do you run these CoAs?  The best companies out there run their CoAs on every batch that comes off the line.

3. Are the ingredients the most bioavailable type?

There are 3 types of vitamin B12 (aka cobalamin):

  1. Cyanocobalamin
  2. Hydroxycobalamin
  3. Methylcobalamin

The cyanocobalamin is the least expensive option, but it’s also the least absorbable form.  As opposed to the methylcobalamin which is the most expensive option, but it’s also the most absorbable form.  I would recommend the more bioavailable form so that it’s the more cost-effective option overall due to its quicker acting and more effective benefits.

4. How much does the product cost per MONTH, not simply per bottle?

The last thing to consider when choosing a product is to determine how much the product would cost per DAY.

Let’s even the playing field and consider a product that has released a CoA and also contains the most absorbable forms.

Option A is $30 and contains 90 capsules.

Option B is $40 and contains 60 capsules.

Normally, you would just pick up the $30 bottle and be done with it because it’s less expensive AND it’s a bigger bottle.  However, you should always look at the optimal dosing recommendations to make your final decision.

Option A ($30 for a 90 capsule bottle): The dosing recommendation is 3 capsules a day, so this bottle would last you 30 days (or 1 month).  This means that this bottle would cost $30 a month.

Option B ($40 for a 60 capsule bottle): The dosing recommendation is the equivalent of 1 capsule a day, so this bottle would last you 60 days (or 2 months).  This means that this bottle would cost $20 a month.

So despite the fact that Option A appears to be the more cost-effective option, it’s actually Option B that is the better option!

Just like your food, ALWAYS read the labels carefully.

 

 

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