NaturalHerbsGuide.com does not sell herbal supplements. But we can certainly give you advice on how to buy them. Here are some tips:
If you are just trying to get the cheapest price, you will be amazed at the great deals online. However, you should ask yourself if you might be better off paying a bit more for higher quality. Keep in mind that the government does not regulate the supplement industry; you have to trust the company you are dealing with.
- Don't believe everything you read on herbal supplement retail sites. It is best to do your research on sites that do not sell anything.
- You do not have to pay too much to get a good product. Quality products cost more than bad products but some products are simply overpriced. That is especially true for products sold through MLM (network marketing) and TV infomercials.
- Be wary of extraordinary claims such as that a product will cure a disease. These claims are illegal and reduce the credibility of the retailer that makes them.
- The factors that impact quality are raw ingredients, manufacturing, and testing. Make sure that brands you use are strong in these three areas.
- When companies claim that their products are innovative and one-of-a-kind, be especially cautious. Good products have published, solid research behind them.
- Tablets, capsules or in liquids? There is evidence that liquid supplements may be more beneficial but they cost far more. Tablets are most inexpensive but sometimes do not provide their benefit because they do not break down properly in the stomach. Capsules are a good compromise for people on a budget.
Some companies go the extra mile to build trust. Note Atlanta-based Vitabase, which is growing rapidly because they have built a reputation for emphasizing quality. For example, they uses herbal extracts in their products that meet very strict European pharmaceutical standards and they test all tablets to ensure that they disintegrate properly in the stomach. In our opinion, their emphasis on quality more than justifies the modest price difference.
Where to buy?
Below are the current top five brands of herbal supplements as rated by independent reviewer NutritionalTree.com. NutritionalTree.com collects reviews from tens of thousands of consumers to rate virtually all health supplements.
Top Brands as of October, 2009
1. Kiss My Face (cosmetics)
2. Vitabase (herbal supplements)
3. American Health (herbal supplements)
4. Nature's Plus (herbal supplements)
5. Cytosport (sports supplements)