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


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

Kujo
4/3/2018 10:16:28 PM

I came to this site thinking it was a well informed one. How disappointing to see that the information is misleading and clearly not well researched. You have listed under supplements to avoid KAVA because you say it causes liver damage. That information is absolutely false. Please read Dr. Mark Micozzi's free download on Boundless Cures. Within it's pages on cancer fighting herbs and foods you will find the study that was misleading the public into believing such false claims like KAVA causes liver damage. In actuality KAVA has proven to be one of the herbs that fights cancer along with Curcumin which is well documented on it's many health benefits. There are also many other herbs and supplements listed within the pages of Boundless Cures that are beneficial to one's health. Also I noticed you have listed silver colloidal as another one to avoid. Again the research has proven silver colloidal to be another beneficial supplement in fighting bacterias, viruses and fungis. True there is a need for caution when choosing a true silver colloidal and making sure the nano size of the silver particles are what they should be to be beneficial and not cause any issues. This information can be learned on a site called The Silver Edge by Steve Barwick. Sadly there is an array of contradicting information put out from unsavory companies looking to get your money with there false claims of their brand of silver colloidal. This is where it is up to each individual to do their due diligence in researching reputable companies and information before going forward with accepting any claims put forth. Sometimes even the well intentioned who put information out to the public to be helpful are found out to be inaccurate. We live in a world of greed and sadly because many are more interested in lining their own pockets. They are more than willing to mislead ones if it directs them in their direction. As to the other supplements listed in the avoid list I have not researched any extensively enough to state whether they are beneficial or not. However I would definitely research them apart from this site due to the fact that there are inaccuracies found with the information that has been presented on this site. Sorry to say.


Scott1.2
1/13/2018 1:59:04 PM

I'd remove Gaia Herbs from the list. Their Turmeric supplement is for lack of a better word garbage and misleading, ingredients they put are questionable at best for a "good" company. The threat(in the form of an attorney letter) they sent CL which really shows how childish Gaia is being. I'm really disappointed with this company and I've heard nothing but good things, but this just shows are even "good" companies are greedy. It's not just their Turmeric either, their ashwagandha, milk thistle seed and who knows what else failed to meet label ingredient accuracy.


FreeSpirit
1/6/2018 6:34:41 PM

I also agree that Shaklee was a pioneer and has great products. The negative is their multi-level marketing in order to buy it. After layers and layers of "distributors," their prices are way out of reach. And most of the profits go to the top layers of the pyramid.






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