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

Supplements from unreliable sources have been found to contain fillers, pesticides and harmful chemicals.

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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

11/7/2017 9:54:28 AM

frosty looking at these companies in a little different light, they seem more interested in helping the rest of the world than the US. I wouldn't buy from 4 out 5 of them. take care of yourself first.

6/18/2016 8:43:27 PM

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6/17/2016 3:05:40 PM

Admittedly I did not read every word of this article; however, I don't think there was any mention of these companies being tested for proper levels of ingredient. They may be all natural, etc., but I'm thinking that doesn't mean, say 5mg of something means there's always or ever that amount in the product. If I am wrong about this please set me straight so I can start purchasing form these companies. Thank you.

3/13/2015 3:51:16 AM

My friend suggested me to use Cosmic Nutracos products. All the personal care products are so mild and suites to my skin very well. Since then I am using that only. All their products are “Halal Certified”. One can visit website at www.cosmicnutracos.com for details.

3/11/2015 9:14:44 AM

You didnt mention the Synergy Company. Its all certified organic with plant based vitamins and minerals. By the way, the FDA or the Fraudulent Drug Authority has given colloidal silver a bad name. Ive used it for 10 years with no negative side effects nor did I turn blue. The key with any nutritional supplement is that it is pure and from a reputable source. Many vitamins on the market are synthetics and are toxic to the body. I wonder if the FDA is funds this site.

2/12/2015 4:34:34 PM

Your advice to avoid aconite is misleading. Aconite in homeopathic doses is not dangerous. As soon as I notice that I'm freezing or have the chills, which is my body's indication of a virus, or "cold" as it is most commonly called, I take 3 globules of aconite C30 potency and the symptoms soon disappear. I may take 3 more globules the next day just to be on the safe side. I've been doing this for years with fantastic results. Homeopathic remedies are commonplace here in Germany as well as other European countries. They are available at every pharmacy.

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7/2/2014 5:33:28 PM

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shivalik herb
5/20/2014 1:23:15 AM

Good information thanks !

5/12/2014 1:13:56 PM

It's too bad you didn't mention Nature's Sunshine Herb company out of Utah. They passed the FDA audit with flying colors, no demerits. They always do because they have their own equipment to test the herbs they buy. Many smaller companies say their product is organic because they think it is, when in fact it is not even the herb they think they bought. It's shocking and a good reason why some don't get the results they expect with herbs. The may in fact be taking fillers or even the wrong herb.

charles carter
1/25/2013 6:38:04 AM

Great herbal products!

charles carter
1/25/2013 6:36:30 AM

You can't do any better that Penn Herb!

sandra dattoli
1/24/2013 5:08:31 PM

I know I wouldn't trust them now.

sandra dattoli
1/24/2013 5:07:32 PM

All you have to do is read the labels. And also, if the supplements are not food based supplements, you are putting lots of chemicals into your body, needlessly. Robert Scott Bell recommends choosetobehealthy.com, whose supplements are ALL organic, food based.

sandra dattoli
1/24/2013 5:05:36 PM

It sounds like you have been listening to the "lame-stream media and/or Dr. Oz, who is now promulgating this "elitist" b. s. because people want to eat good, clean, organic food or use herbs. Herbs are not out of reach. They are much less expensive than prescription drugs. Now, with the mega increases of food in grocery stores, it is actually cheaper to buy from local growers. This elitist baloney is a new brainwashing tool and totally untrue.

sandra dattoli
1/24/2013 5:02:35 PM

Thank you. I didn't remember who actually bought them out. And BTW, who on earth cares what the FDA says??? That alone tells me this information is totally false.

sandra dattoli
1/24/2013 5:00:53 PM

New Chapter is no longer a company you can trust. It was recently bought out by a major conglomerate. Also, your cautions on colloidial silver and the other herbs, like Lobelia are totally false. I would suggest anyone reading this, rather than taking the advice suggested here, is to listen to the Robert Scott Bell show on naturalnewsradio.com This stuff is bogus!

1/23/2013 8:56:57 PM

Clearly this is a partial list, and subjective. There are some very good companies not listed in the article which have been mentioned in the comments, such as NOW Foods. I'd like add Herbalist & Alchemist to the list for best companies in the market. I've worked with them and use their herbal formulas. Stellar quality, very good people.

jeannette bruscato
1/23/2013 4:08:00 PM

I agree with you. Shaklee is a pioneer in vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements. Dr. Shaklee worked with Dr. Fink who first discovered vitamins necessary for human health. They were the first manufacturing plant in the US to become carbon neutral. They also were the only company to pull its Ginsing off the market when the world supply was tainted by a fungicide because of excess rain. Their research is the reason I use these products, No other company I've ever come across devotes so much to the scientific knowledge regarding nutritional science.

margot mccormack
1/23/2013 12:14:10 AM

interesting to read your article and I am also wondering why Standard Process and Biotics Research Co. are not on your list? is it that you can get their product only from a health provider? or are they considered food supplements?

margot mccormack
1/22/2013 10:48:35 PM

Why is Biotics Research and Standard Process not on you list? Are they considered FOOD supplements and because are only available from a health professional?

1/22/2013 9:06:19 PM

What about Mountain Rose Herbs?

yvette ruiz
1/22/2013 8:35:17 PM

Sorry, but Swansons Vitamins may be cheaper, but almost if not all of their own pruducts do contain Magnesium Stearate. Dr Mercola wrote an excellent article about this "Poison" check it out on www.mercola.com

yvette ruiz
1/22/2013 8:32:46 PM

Sorry...type o... PROCTOR & GAMBLE

yvette ruiz
1/22/2013 8:31:54 PM

Yes, I agree with you. They sold out to Procyor and Gamble, I just posted it.

yvette ruiz
1/22/2013 8:30:38 PM

I used to trust New Chapter products but now they have sold out to Proctor & Gamble which hs ties with Monsanto from what I had read. I will no longer purchase New Chapter products because of this.

1/22/2013 7:15:00 PM

Nice that you print the herbs to avoid, courtesy of the FDA. Inaccurate partial information, often incorrect.Everyone wants to make herbs into drug. Herbalists use most of these herbs, usually in combination with other herbs.Some like country mallow, used like Ma Huang or ephedra is a stimulant and should be used correctly. If in doubt seek the assistance or a trained herbalist or a naturopathic doctor. Remember there is a use and a misuse to everything. If aspirin had to go through new drug certification today , it would not pass- yet it is widely used today.- yet many use it without apparent harm. The FDA is not an unbiased source.

1/22/2013 6:56:59 PM

Why isn't Shaklee on this list??? Here's an excerpt from their website: At Shaklee, scientific research has been a corporate strategy for over 30 years. Our commitment to clinical and scientific research separates Shaklee from the competition and has resulted in over 100 scientific papers—90 of them published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Our research studies are designed to help advance the state of scientific knowledge in the health and nutritional sciences, and they are a significant component of the Shaklee Difference. What other companies can say this? I wouldn't take any vitamins or supplements unless they come from Shaklee.

geraldine mcnamara
1/22/2013 5:16:32 PM

New Chapter was just bought out by a mainstream conglomerate. I'm not sure I would trust them anymore.

1/22/2013 5:13:22 PM

How do you know these facts?

tanya cummings boozer
1/22/2013 4:52:56 PM

Not all of Swanson's supplements are completely organic and free of harmful ingredients.

tanya cummings boozer
1/22/2013 4:51:37 PM

Me too

tanya cummings boozer
1/22/2013 4:51:08 PM

What do you mean by "more and more out of reach"?

tanya cummings boozer
1/22/2013 4:50:15 PM

The herbs are suggesting people avoid have some wonderful health benefits, they are only possibly dangerous if misused just like any other herb or even food.

jordan eske
1/22/2013 4:20:47 PM

I don't believe these lists and I'm grateful to know who to not trust. thanks for whoever sent me this email

jordan eske
1/22/2013 4:18:51 PM

Please recheck all the lists and those companies because I have some entities that will be sending your formal resolutions.

phyllis marie
1/22/2013 4:18:04 PM

It is sad that herbals are more and more out of reach of regular working folks and the working poor. Again health even from humble beginnings is elitist.

barbara rempel
1/22/2013 4:12:29 PM

I would be interested in a list of all the companies you checked. That would tell more of the whole story.

melanie riley
1/22/2013 4:04:39 PM

Why isn't NOW Foods included in this list?

1/22/2013 3:47:46 PM

Thank you for this article. However you forgot to list the BEST Supplier--SWANSON VITAMINS. swansonvitamins.com They survived EVERY attempt to close them by FDA for many years. They also mgf and bottle own product and usually much cheaper than most other companies, PLUS shipping is always $4.95 no matter how much one buys.

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