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Is there a best brand for supplements?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 02, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Is there a "best brand" for supplements, generally? I saw a question about vitamin D, but I also want to get a multi, fish oil, C, B, and magnesium. It would be great if there was a website where I could order it all in one shipment, and I'm hoping there's one really good brand (for simplicity's sake).

There's so much out there and it's not regulated, so it can be overwhelming. I'm willing to pay a premium for better quality. Also, if there's a website you love, please link it! Thank you.

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on October 23, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Jarrow is indeed a great brand. But unless money is no object, I would suggest using multiple brands and picking and choosing. For example, I typically go with Vitamin Shoppe for D3 gelcaps, Trader Joes for O3s, etc.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:08 PM

and pricy...:)so i have only a small package..

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:07 PM

This is premium supplement GreenPature and VitamineralGreen. The last one is done by a vegan bodybuilder who charges his green poweders with energetics. i have a small bag of it too. its fantestic.

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on September 05, 2011
at 06:16 AM

I don't recommend natural calm. I respond poorly to it and have heard from a good number of other who don't do so great on it as well. Try Magnesium glycinate, taurate or malate.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:28 AM

That is actually one I just purchased after reading the Paleo Solution. I first read about Magnesium supplements on Chris Kressers Blog, but I was not sure which brands were better.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:19 AM

My Amazon Prime membership gives me the famous "Prime Guilt" -- that is, the guilty feeling one gets when one orders something not from Amazon -- but I've always had good luck with Vitacost.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Natural Calm is definitely a premium product at a premium price point.

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on July 03, 2011
at 08:34 PM

Those are the two brands I tend to use as well.

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on July 03, 2011
at 12:42 PM

Twinlabs makes some good product. I get acetyl l carnitine from them because the carnitine they use is all Carnipure.

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:35 AM

Now! seems to have some pretty great quality supplement which I've had great luck with.

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:50 AM

I would suggest NOT buying the same brand for all your supplement needs unless its just a few which I guess it should be anyways.

Carlson and Now Foods are my 2 favorite brands for supplements. Check both of them out for sure.

Just look on Amazon for all of your supplement needs and be sure to look at the customer reviews. They never disappoint. Best deals. Always.

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on July 03, 2011
at 08:34 PM

Those are the two brands I tend to use as well.

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on July 02, 2011
at 10:38 PM

vitacost.com has $4 shipping for any size order. i love them.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:19 AM

My Amazon Prime membership gives me the famous "Prime Guilt" -- that is, the guilty feeling one gets when one orders something not from Amazon -- but I've always had good luck with Vitacost.

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:37 AM

Jarrow is my default and they have a great reputation. I really like the formulations on their multi and B complex. However, for D3 I use one from Source Naturals since Jarrow only has a D3 in a soy oil gel cap. KAL has a good magnesium glycinate I've used for years.

I find that iherb is usually the best bet as far as selection, price and availability.

25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3

on October 23, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Jarrow is indeed a great brand. But unless money is no object, I would suggest using multiple brands and picking and choosing. For example, I typically go with Vitamin Shoppe for D3 gelcaps, Trader Joes for O3s, etc.

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on October 23, 2011
at 02:52 AM

The best brands are ones that are without fillers such as gluten, soy, artificial colors/preservatives, or anything else that affects you.

Here are some that I use and recommend. I have no financial ties to them. I buy them from Amazon, Vitamin Shoppe, Lucky Vitamin, and Vitacost- depending on what's on sale. I'm sure there are others but this my research.

The kicker is that some of these same companies when you change to another dose say a greater IU of Vitamin D or Kelp they add soybean oil, soy lecithin, or olive oil so read the labels carefully!

Also the Rainbow Light Organic Men's formula has a trivial amount of iodine 55 mcg/4 capsules whereas the Womens' has 75 mcg/4 capsules and Prenatal has 150 mcg/4 capsules.

1) Rainbow Light Certified Organic Womens, Mens, and Prenatal formulas/4 capsules daily are Free Of: Artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, sugar, lactose, gluten, yeast, milk, eggs, soy, nuts, fish/shellfish and wheat.

2) Citracal Plus 2 tablets/day includes Vitamin D3, zinc, magnesium, copper, etc.

3) NOW Zinc Picolinate 50 mg/tablet Free of: sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg or preservatives.

4) NOW 150 mcg Kelp (Iodine)/tablet Contains no: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

5) Carlson Cod Liver Oil/Fish Oil (both Lemon and Regular Flavor) liquids and capsules EXCEPT Very Finest Fish Oil SOFTGELS or Fish Oil Multi No gluten, corn, milk, soy, yeast, sugar, salt, preservatives

6) Nature's Bounty D3 400 IU/tablet - NO artificial color, flavor, sweetener, preservatives, sugar, milk, lactose, soy, gluten, wheat, yeast, fish, sodium

7) KAL Magnesium Orotate 200 mg/2 tablets daily Does Not Contain: Yeast, wheat, corn, milk, egg, soy, glutens, animal derivatives, sugar, artificial colors, starch or preservatives.

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on September 05, 2011
at 02:37 AM

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on September 05, 2011
at 02:05 AM

Not to open a can of worms here...If you care enough to eat real food, you will want to consider taking supplements that are excipient free. Whole food based are good choices too just watch for those additives.

What are excipients? http://www.prlabs.com/excipient-free

I like Premier Research Labs which is a practitioner line but they have a retail line as well under Quantum Nutrition, Dr. Bob Marshalls work.

It is another area for homework ;)!

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:45 AM

I've had doctor after doctor recommend Biotics for vitamin D.

I use Carlson, Nordic Naturals, and/or Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil for fish oils.

I've used Thorne Calmag Citrate in the past with good results. Kelp powder is good for magnesium too. I recently switched to transdermal Swanson Magnesium Oil because I seem to do better with magnesium if I bypass my digestive system.

I've had good experiences with Theramedix for probiotics.

Instead of a multivitamin I use Vitamineral Green and Vitamineral Earth.

But really, this diet is so deeply nourishing and doesn't cause my body to purge itself of vitamins and minerals the way SAD did, I find myself forgetting to take most of them without any noticable detriment. You can always just eat some offal, and call it a week. Grassfed beef liver will get you pretty much everything you're looking for in that list.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:07 PM

This is premium supplement GreenPature and VitamineralGreen. The last one is done by a vegan bodybuilder who charges his green poweders with energetics. i have a small bag of it too. its fantestic.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:08 PM

and pricy...:)so i have only a small package..

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Natural food is my favorite supplement

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:30 AM

You have to check the ingredients on the individual products but I'm usually satisfied with Now Foods' products.

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on July 03, 2011
at 01:18 AM

I second Puritan, but also Lucky vitamin is fine too

I personally like Carlson brand a lot. The fish oil and D is good. Usually they don't use nasty carrier oils like soybean.

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on July 02, 2011
at 10:37 PM

I use http://www.puritan.com/, always great deals and the quality seems just fine.

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on September 21, 2011
at 02:44 PM

Careful with omega-3s. I used to take Nordic Naturals and then discovered Omax3. I actually spoke to one of the lead scientists at Omax3 (long story), and he pointed out that supplements like Nordic only have 500mg or so of omega 3s in a serving. Omax3 has a full 1500mg (that's the 1.5mg recommended dosage you always hear about) in the exact same serving size (2 pills, identical in size to Nordic Naturals). Omax3 claims 91% purity - they tell you to use the cloudy test or something, where their pills are see-through, while others get cloudy when refrigerated (implying all the other useless fat in the pill).

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on September 05, 2011
at 02:50 PM

Anyone else use Innate Response Formulas? They have multis, pre-natals, enzymes, endocrine supporters, etc. They're expensive but I trust them, especially because they are always retweeting all our paleo tweets.

I also use Green Pasture FCLO and butter oil and Carlson D drops.

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on September 05, 2011
at 05:48 AM

Some supplements are clearly bad because they have some sort of crap in them.

But beyond that, how can you tell if a supplement is good? By good, I mean that they actually deliver what they say they deliver. You'd need a lab for that. Just curious what you guys basing your recommendations on?

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on September 05, 2011
at 02:48 AM

I use:

Costco for Vit-D3 (not sure if it is the best)

Nature's Answer for Fish Oil (I have heard good things about Carlson's and Nordic Naturals)

Jarrow Probiotics

Now Food Super Enzymes

Just bought some Natural Vitality Natural Calm, but have not had a chance to try it yet.

Since I have a tight budget I try to go for value, rather than the absolute best.

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on September 05, 2011
at 06:16 AM

I don't recommend natural calm. I respond poorly to it and have heard from a good number of other who don't do so great on it as well. Try Magnesium glycinate, taurate or malate.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Natural Calm is definitely a premium product at a premium price point.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:28 AM

That is actually one I just purchased after reading the Paleo Solution. I first read about Magnesium supplements on Chris Kressers Blog, but I was not sure which brands were better.

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on July 16, 2011
at 07:39 AM

The only mutli I can take without puking it back up (seriously) is by Rainbow Light.

I take a fish oil that is a women's specific formula by Natural Factors.

Jarrows is my probiotic of choice.

Everything else I get through the fabulous site that is Vitacost (NSI, etc).

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:15 AM

GNLD has been around since 1958 -- based on medical research for chronic fatigue -- whole food supplements that set the standards in the industry. Check it out at http://bensons.gnld.net

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on July 03, 2011
at 07:30 AM

I use a combination of NOW, Jarrow, Source Naturals and AOR for my Bs and Multi. AOR is particularly good as they use the versions of nutrients we can best absorb and in a combination that's optimised in terms of nutrient amounts and the combination.

I can't get enough of iHerb - for us Aussies, it's essential since anything in shops here is overpriced and often not the best form of nutrient (ie. I can only get sublingual methylcobalamin type B12 from iHerb).

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