How to Find Quality Supplements
Most adults in the United States take supplements of some kind, from multivitamins to homeopathic remedies. According to a 2017 CRN Consumer Survey, more than 170 million Americans, or 76 percent of the entire U.S. population, consume dietary supplements.
That represents a steady increase from 71 percent in 2016 and 68 percent in 2015.1 It also includes a diverse cross-section of society—men and women, older adults and young adults, athletes and those with physical disabilities.
Given the number of people who rely on nutritional products to improve their health, it should come as no surprise that the dietary supplement market has grown steadily over the past few decades, reaching $133.1 billion in 2016.
Unfortunately, not all products are created equal. Unlike prescription medications, nutritional supplements aren’t tightly regulated by the government.2 As a result, unscrupulous companies have flooded the market with vitamins, minerals, and herbs of inferior quality.
In the face of such lax standards, the questions become: How does one ensure quality? How do you know you’re getting the nutrition you need? How can you tell if the supplement you’re buying actually contains the ingredients listed on the label? How do you know if a product will interact with other drugs, herbs, or vitamins you’re taking?
In short, what should you look for in a supplement, and what should you avoid? Take a look at the following infographic to find tips on how to find quality supplements.