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Which Supplement Companies Are Recommended by Experts?


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 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


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


Life Extension

LivOn Labs

Living Fuel

MegaFood: Certified Organic, mostly complete vitamin company

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


Moss Nutrition

Natural Immunogenics

Nordic Naturals

NOW Foods

Nutraceutical Corporation



Olympian Labs


Optimum Health International

Ortho Molecular Products

Perricone MD Nutraceuticals (Dr. Nick Perricone)

Primal Force (Dr. Al Sears)


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


Touchstone Essentials

Tropical Traditions: Certified Organic

Dr. Whitaker (Dr. Julian Whitaker)

Dr. David Williams (Dr. David Williams)

Wakunaga of America


  • JKT

    Peaceful Mountain, inc for sure.

  • Hana

    Where is Shaklee on this list? I heard a ton of great stuff of their vitamins!

    • Cathy Pagendarm

      Yes, I would like to know that too. Especially when I know Shaklee does 250 more contaminate tests (total 350 tests), than the “USP” U.S. Pharmacopeia does, only 80 contaminate tests. This is where the real “Organic” is!

  • JewelChick

    I’m curious — does the absence of a company from this list mean that it does not meet these criteria, or was it simply not included in your evaluation? In order for this list to have value, readers need to know which companies were evaluated (if any) beyond the list you have provided. Thanks.

  • ErikFBerger

    I have had problems with products from some of the vendors on this list. They add stuff that is bordering on commercial junk-food ingredients. These filler ingredients can be particularly problematic for glutamate sensitive people. For example: maltodextrin, aspartate, yeast extract, and gelatin.

    Gelatin contains very high levels of free unbound natural glutamate, that MSG sufferers react strongly to. One large omega 3 capsule is enough to cause a full fledged MSG episode. Dear vendors, please get rid of the gelatin in the capsules.

  • I have been buying all my supplements from Life Extension for over 10 years….they have never let me down! Their prices are reasonable and they have a huge selection. The also have make-up, skin anti-aging cremes that work like crazy! THE BEST PRODUCTS!

  • Ishbaal Alan

    I’ve been buying supplements for years ,and trying to educate myself. There is a wealth of information and recommendations..I’ve been offer extra free products for a glowing review ,but garbage at any price is no bargain.After all it goes into our it’s been hit or miss for me..and when you miss your organs suffer your Liver and Kidneys for sure..It’s hard to trust..wish i could talk with someone like myself,those reward or interest is just to help people and allow the creator to reward me!!

  • BillyBoy0823

    Could you possible update this page? It’s dated 2015 and I am sure some have come and gone… Thanks for the valuable info…..