5 Herbal Supplement Companies You Can Trust

Do your homework before supplementing your diet with herbs. These five herbal supplement companies are dedicated to sustainability and safe sourcing.

| January/February 2013

  • Supplements from unreliable sources have been found to contain fillers, pesticides and harmful chemicals.
    Photo By Thomas Gibson
  • To ensure that your supplements are free of fillers and pesticides, buy from companies you can trust, such as Herb Pharm, Gaia Herbs, Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems, New Chapter and Barlean’s Organic Oils.
    Photo By Thomas Gibson

Herbal supplements promise to relieve everything from migraines to insomnia, but unless you’re careful about where you obtain them, you might be getting more than you bargained for—such as pesticides or fillers. Lauren Schmitt, a registered dietician and personal trainer with Healthy Eating and Training in Studio City, California, cautions consumers to do their homework before using herbs for better health. “The FDA does not regulate herbal supplements the same way it does food and drugs,” she says. “The consumer may need to do some research on her own.”

Schmitt urges consumers to read labels carefully and to avoid herbs produced in China, India or Mexico, where regulations are not as strict—in some cases, traces of prescription drugs have been found in supplements from these countries. Schmitt says to stick with herbs organically produced in the United States and Europe and to run any herbal supplement you plan to take past the Dietary Supplements Labels Database.

“One of the things that’s really important is to get herbal supplements from a reputable source,” says Elena Michaels, a naturopathic doctor and psychotherapist based in Valencia, California. “Don’t buy discount products.”

If you’re uneasy about identifying high-quality supplement sources, don’t worry. We’ve eliminated some of the research for you by rounding up five herbal supplement companies that work to provide high-quality, organic, sustainably produced products. We asked them to tell us about what they do, from providing good products to contributing to their communities.           

Herb Pharm

Overview: A family-owned herbal health-care company, Herb Pharm offers its supplements as liquid herbal extracts for maximum absorption.

Health: About 60 percent of the company’s herbs are sourced from its 85-acre, certified-organic farm in southern Oregon; no use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides, or genetically modified seeds; acquires remaining herbs from global sources that are also certified organic

12/2/2020 6:33:01 AM

I believe you have missed the BIGGEST and Best herbal and supplement company Nature's Sunshine. They have been around since 1972. Were the first to encapsulate herbs, not only have 3rd party testing, but also run more than 600 tests per batch to ensure purity, potency and quality. We practioners ALWAYS get the results we are looking for. And after 3 months there are noticeable changes that physicians are impressed with. I highly suggest you take a new look about this article. Also, please note that 1 of these companies is owned by a large corporation and have changed the formulation. Another is not as effective as their website and marketing leads one to believe. 85% of all supplements on the market are designed for marketing purposes. Want more info, reach out to me. I will show you more than you have even considered. All the best!

11/14/2020 3:48:16 PM

Re: MotherEarth's ill informed recommendation, above, to avoid Comfrey - people RELY on what is put forward here and injudicious and outright ill informed Bravo Sierra such as that disinclines me from taking anything found on the site seriously. Subscribe? Thanks for one thing, making that a real easy choice. Not in this lifetime. Re: Comfrey, has any credible source suggested topically applied preparations have any potential hazards other than minor skin irritation if a fresh (hairy prickly) leaf directly contacts the skin? The somewhat controversial but not even a little well established caution is against internal use because of the variable and unknown hepatotoxic risks associated with Pyrolizidine alkaloids found in leaves, stems and roots. PA quantities vary in numerous different circumstances such as Season, part of plant, variety and so on. There have been gross overreactions in certain circles and MotherEarth seems to have joined up. There is so little detailed information easily available concerning PA’s found in Comfrey that the actual named variety of even one Pyrolizidine Alkaloid has eluded me. Can you come up with one? Until then, perhaps a caution in re: internal use of Comfrey would be more appropriate than the silly pejorative “avoid”. Comfrey is a top tier medicinal herb used since ancient times.

9/18/2019 7:57:45 PM

Has anyone heard of Healths Harmony supplements I was interested in taking their Black Seed oil supplement but hesitant about starting something new.

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