All dietary supplements are not created equal.
What you see here a screenshot from my favorite supplement manufacturer, Thorne labs.
I have toured their facility and was impressed by the quality control, cleanliness, and attention to detail. I have also used Thorne products with my patients for a decade and have seen changes in both how people feel as well as in their lab measurements.
Quality Supplements are GMP Certified
You will notice there are three categories listed here. The first is good manufacturing practices (GMP), which should be fundamental to any product that you are putting in or on your body.
You’ll also notice that Thorne is NSF certified for sport as well. NSF is an international organization that is almost 80 years old that promotes excellence in human health. it does third-party, unbiased evaluations of food and product sanitation and safety.
NSF-sport means that the products included would be appropriate for professional or Olympic athletes. Clearly, a professional career cannot be derailed by impurities, tainted products or contaminants that could get an athlete banned from an event.
Thorne has also been certified by the Australian TGA, the Therapeutic Goods Association, which is likely stricter then both NSF and GMP.
Make Sure your Supplements Contain What They Say
Finally, any supplement company should be able to show a COA—Certificate of Authenticity—that details proof of the exact chemical composition in the products used.
Can the company from which you purchase your supplements make similar claims?
Supplementation should ideally be based on a response to objective data, and included in a sensible, science-based clinical plan. I believe that dietary supplements, when applied correctly, represent a powerful tool against any number of different medical conditions.
Nutritional Supplements: Conclusions
We live in world in which it is becoming harder to maintain adequate nutrition for our basic biochemical processes. Dietary choices, environmental toxins, and inattentive farming practices have altered the way that nutrients enter (or leave) our bodies. For many, nutritional supplementation is a vital part of reclaiming a state of health.