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An Update on Our Recommended Supplement Companies

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In September we offered a list of supplement companies recommended by the experts. Our readers responded with their suggestions, and after further research we have expanded our list. If readers have further thoughts and suggestions, please continue sending them in!

All companies listed are high quality supplement producers and known for their manufacturing standards, testing, and nutrient potency. Their products are often, although not always, derived from whole foods (such as taking vitamin C from acerola). In our listing, we also note whether the supplement company’s products are certified organic or in a few cases contain mostly complete vitamins. These terms are defined as follows:

Certified Organic supplements are those that use USDA Certified Organic source ingredients. The USDA’s organic certification is the only official set of criteria for organic products. To be labeled organic, 95% of the supplement must meet the following standards:

  • All produce grown in soil free of synthetic pesticide and fertilizer
  • No synthetics at all, unless on a USDA-certified list
  • No GMOs
  • No antibiotics or growth hormones

To be fully organic, a food or supplement must say both “USDA Certified” and “100% Organic.”

Organic ingredients are particularly important for some whole food-based nutrients to avoid too many harmful chemicals. Supplements using green tea, for instance, may contain residues from pesticides unless the tea has been Certified Organic. Some mainstream, non-organic tea companies were independently tested and found to have harmful pesticide chemicals in nearly 100% of their products.

Mostly complete vitamin companies offer exclusively or almost exclusively whole foods vitamins that are made from whole food sources and don’t contain fractionated or isolated nutrients. For instance, a product listing vitamin C on its ingredients label would offer a whole foods source ingredient like papaya. A fractionated vitamin C would be listed as “ascorbic acid,” since the nutrient is synthetic, isolated, or both. A complete vitamin is not necessarily superior or inferior to a fractionated vitamin. It depends on which supplements and how they are being used. For example, mostly complete vitamins are rarely high potency.

Here, then, is our updated list of supplement makers recommended by leading integrative doctors with whom we have consulted:

Advanced Bionutritionals (Drs. Nan Fuchs, Robert Rowen, and Frank Shallenberger)

Allergy Research Group

Ayush Herbs

Beehive Botanicals

Bio-Alternatives

Bio Innovations

Bio-Tech Pharmacal

Biotics Research

Bronson Laboratories

Carlson Laboratories

CHI Health Products

Country Life

Craig Nutraceuticals

Designs for Health

Douglas Laboratories

Eclectic Institute

Ecological Formulas

EcoNugenics

Enzymatic Therapy

Essential Formulas

Fungi Perfecti: Certified Organic

Gaia Herbs: Certified Organic

Garden of Life: Certified Organic, mostly complete vitamin company

Green Medicine (Dr. Jonathan V. Wright)

Herb Pharm

Innate Response Formulas mostly complete vitamin company

Invision International Health Solutions

Jarrow Formulas

Klaire

Life Extension

LivOn Labs

Living Fuel

MegaFood: Certified Organic, mostly complete vitamin company

Dr. Mercola Premium Supplements (Dr. Joseph A. Mercola)

Metagenics

Moss Nutrition

Natural Immunogenics

Nordic Naturals

NOW Foods

Nutraceutical Corporation

Nutramedix

Nutricology

Olympian Labs

Optimox

Optimum Health International

Ortho Molecular Products

Perricone MD Nutraceuticals (Dr. Nick Perricone)

Primal Force (Dr. Al Sears)

Pro-Caps

Pure Encapsulations

Pure Synergy: Certified Organic, mostly complete vitamin company

Purest Colloids

Ronald Hoffman, MD, CNS (Dr. Ronald Hoffman)

Dr. Sinatra (Dr. Steven Sinatra)

Source Naturals

Standard Process: Certified Organic

Thorne

Touchstone Essentials

Tropical Traditions: Certified Organic

Dr. Whitaker (Dr. Julian Whitaker)

Dr. David Williams (Dr. David Williams)

Wakunaga of America

Xymogen

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  • JKT

    Peaceful Mountain, inc for sure.