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

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.

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.

Felipe Bustos
11/29/2017 5:06:43 PM

I bought Osha and Licorice from a brand called Secrets of the Tribe, so far I like them. I asked them to send organic certificates and they e-mailed me right away. I agree that we should always give herbs a chance.

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