Over the last 21 years of researching and treating hundreds of patients, I have learned much about how to find safe, high-quality, and effective nutritional supplemental products. Finding the best products to support health has always been the most difficult part of my job, as it is for any practitioner of Functional Medicine. The dizzying number of products on the market and the large variations in quality create a minefield of obstacles for anyone trying to find the right supplements, vitamins, or herbs.
Not All Brands Are Created Equal
Quality is up to the manufacturer. Certain companies are more careful about quality, sourcing of raw materials, consistency of dose from batch to batch, the use of active forms of nutrients, not using fillers, additives, coloring, etc. When choosing supplements it is important that you choose quality products because quality does make a difference in terms of how effective the supplements can be. Consequently, I strongly recommend that you follow the protocol customized for your specific medical condition, since I cannot guaranty results when using alternative products.
While I do not officially endorse or have any consulting or employee relationship with any supplement companies, I do believe a few have risen to the top of the supplement industry and can be safely used to help support and enhance your health. When choosing supplements, here are the requirements I use and the ones I suggest that you use:
• High Quality Manufacturing - Manufacturers who use GMP (good manufacturing practices) for drug or supplement standards from an outside certifying body
• Independently Verified - Third-party analysis for independent verification of active ingredients and contaminants
• Scientifically-Based - Products that have some basis in basic science, clinical trials, or have a long history of use and safety
• Clean - Use products that are free of preservatives, fillers, binders, excipients, flow agents, shellacs, coloring agents, gluten, yeast, lactose, and other allergens
All of the supplements I recommend and provide in our office follow these guidelines and are the exact same products I use for myself and provide to my family. All our products are competitively priced. Some supplements are available in larger quantities that often come with a substantial price reduction.