There are a multitude of supplement vendors out there, so how do you choose? Below is a list of the top sites used by biomed parents to purchase their supplements.
Consumer Labs – Performs independent testing on various brands. Become a member for $3 per month.
Get Coupon codes by typing in the website name to Retail Me Not.
Swansonvitamins.com – Swanson Vitamins often has ‘buy one get one free’ sales, coupons, deals of the day and low standard shipping prices.
Spectrum supplements – Free shipping (use coupon code BIOMED)
Pure Formulas – No sales tax and free shipping
Ourkidsasd – Free shipping
Golden Apple Organics – Whole-food based vitamins. Uniquely bioavailable, and occur naturally in foods, plants, and herbs.
Amazon – Be sure that the manufacturer actually sells on Amazon, as there have been reports of counterfeit supplements being sold on Amazon and Ebay.
Custom Probiotics – Free shipping
Top Supplement Brands
Kirkman – tends to have some additives in the ingredients, like sucrose.
Ingredients to avoid in supplements
Magnesium stearate or stearic acid is potentially harmful
Natural flavors – a term often used for MSG, but could be anything.
Yeast Extract – MSG
Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) can be found in the following ingredients. Look for supplements that are soy and corn free.
- Citric Acid – Citric acid is from the black mold of GMO corn, and therefore is an allergen for anyone with celiac, mold or corn sensitivities.
- Vegetable based fillers
- Sugars of any kind (sucrose, sucralose)
- Synthetic vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Research on Certain Supplements
Examine.com – Research articles and information on various supplements. Enter the supplement name in the search bar and scroll down to the bottom, where research articles will be provided.