Do You Know What Vitamins to Pick?
Are you overwhelmed by all the supplement options out there? Walk into any retail store and all you see are rows and rows of vitamins, supplements, weight-loss shakes, and magic weight-loss pills. So how do they know what to pick?
When it comes to your health, you can’t just go with the lowest bidder. Here are five questions you can ask to ensure they’re trusting a supplement company that is as committed to their health as they are.
1. Where are the products manufactured?
Does the company care enough to manufacture their products in-house? Companies that truly believe in pharmaceutical grade manufacturing perform it in-house and have complete control over the entire process, rather than trusting it to someone else. They can confirm that their products are not contaminated, guarantee potency, and see that ingredients are mixed properly to ensure what’s on the label is in the bottle.
2. How long has the company been in business?
Many supplement companies come into the market quickly to take advantage of health fads and trends. They are focused on making money, not quality products. Look for companies that have been around for 10, 15, or 20 years—companies that have weathered many changes in the world, but have also remained steadfast in their quest to provide world-class products to their customers. For instance, USANA has been operating for nearly 20 years, and BabyCare, USANA’s sole affiliate, has been in business since 1999. The tenure of both companies in the industry is a great indication of their dedication and sustainability.
3. Who uses their products?
You can often tell the quality of a company by the people who use their products. For instance, professional and Olympic athletes can only take products that they trust, since they put their careers at risk every time that they take a supplement. What if they took a product that caused them to test positive for a banned substance? Athletes can only take the purest, highest-quality products in the market. Any product they do trust is one you can trust as well.
4. Do their products receive third-party endorsements?
With over 1,500 supplement manufacturers on the market, people need a surefire way to determine what supplements are the best. There’s an easy way to check—look for a company that has their products tested by a third party. Testing facilities like ConsumerLab.com, NSF International, and HFL test products to ensure that they meet label claims and are not contaminated. It’s an easy thing to do, but many companies don’t do it. Companies with a long history of testing are “battle tested” and can be trusted.
5. How committed is the company to staying on the cutting edge of research and technology?
Many companies formulate a product and then sit on it for years to come. But science is always changing. Look for a company with in-house scientists, long-term research partners and grants, and companies that work closely with these organizations. Anyone can use someoneelse’s published research for guidance, but are they truly working together to stay on the cutting edge of research and technology?
Why trust your health to someone else? USANA can answer yes to all these questions, and more. For nearly 20 years, we’ve been offering Nutritionals You Can Trust. And that’s never going to change.