Nowadays supplements are all the rage!
According to some sources, so much nutrient content has been take out of our farmland due to mass production agriculture that we don’t receive the same amount of vitamins and minerals in our food as we once did.
Also, the American diet is sorely lacking in appropriate amounts of fruits and vegetables. As a matter of fact, according to the CDC, only 24% of Americans eat enough fruit, and only 13% eat enough vegetables on a daily basis!
Slow down – read that again. Only 13% of us eat enough vegetables!
So, since we certainly aren’t getting all of our vitamins and minerals from our food, we turn to supplements. In 2012 alone, the supplement industry made over $32 billion!!!
With so many options out there, how on earth are you supposed to know which ones are good ones?
All supplements are not created equal.
A direct quote from the FDA website says this,
“FDA is not authorized to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed.”
In other words, no one is really in charge of making sure that supplements are accurate, safe, or effective except the companies that make them. That makes you feel real warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it?
So, how do you know which supplements are good ones?
One website I’ve found recently may be at least part of the answer.
Labdoor.com is a company that does all the work for you. They take the guesswork out of which supplements make the grade.
What does labdoor.com do?
Basically, they go into stores and buy supplements off the shelves. Then they send samples off to independent FDA labs that perform chemical analysis. Once they get the results, they compare them to the labels and determine how safe and effective each one is.
What do they measure?
Once the results are back, they are run through some algorithms to determine the score on 5 categories
- Label accuracy
- Product purity
- Nutritional value
- Ingredient safety
- Projected efficacy
Once they determine these 5 scores, they formulate a quality score. This results are an A-F letter
Do they have results for all supplements?
The short answer is no. Right now they have rankings for 19 of the top 61 supplements consumed today, including Calcium, Fish Oil, Multivitamins, Pre-workouts, Probiotics, and Protein supplements.
They also have several more that they are working on as well.
How much does it cost?
As far as I can tell, it’s completely free. If you want to “follow” supplements they haven’t finished testing yet to get results when completed, you do have to sign up.
Labdoor.com discloses that they make their money from affiliate links, and they do sell supplements through their website. They do not limit which supplements they sell, however. If they tested it, they sell it. They give you the info, and let you make the choice.
So, if you’re looking for a supplement and aren’t sure which one to choose, maybe Labdoor.com has the information you need.
If you know of any other reputable sites or resources, please comment below. I’m always up for a little more information!
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