The world of supplements is vast: there is a vitamin, mineral, herb, or plant that addresses just about any wellness concern you might have—or, at least, there’s one that claims to. There are also countless companies that provide supplements. How can you be sure your product is safe and that it contains the ingredients it claims to contain?
It’s important to look for supplements that are certified by trustworthy third parties. There are different organizations that offer certifications related to their areas of expertise. Some offer overall approval in terms of labeling and ingredients, while others specifically address the validity of a supplement’s claims. Here’s what to look for:
NSF® International Certified for Sport®
Certified for Sport® provides an independent and rigorous testing standard and certification program for supplements. Certain professional sports leagues, like the NFL, MLB, and PGA, aren’t allowed to recommend products that haven’t been certified through this program.
When you choose a Certified for Sport® product, you can be sure of the following:
“Products do not contain any of approximately 270+ substances banned by major athletic organizations.
“The contents of the supplement actually match what is printed on the label.
“There are no unsafe levels of contaminants in the tested products.
“The product is manufactured at a facility that is GMP registered and audited twice annually for quality and safety by NSF International.”
For example, activ-X, a multivitamin available in men’s and women’s formulas, features the NSF logo. This product is designed to fuel performance by increasing energy, maximizing stamina and improving recovery times. Because of the NSF® Certified for Sport® logo, you can rest assured it’s free of contaminants and banned substances and that the ingredients list is accurate.
On the NSF International website, you’ll find a list of all certified products.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
The SOGC Brand Recognition Program was designed to assist consumers in making an informed decision when selecting products when you are pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive. Before approval, products are carefully evaluated by medical professionals to determine their safety and usefulness. SOGC-approved products have:
“Demonstrated reasonable evidence of safety and efficacy, and pose no undue harm;
“Substantiated packaging claims and a perceived low risk.”
Vision Institute of Canada
- Help reduce the risk of developing cataracts
- Support night vision
- Protect eyes from digital eye strain
- Support dry eyes
- Superior nutrient absorption
This formula is backed by The Vision Institute’s expertise. In fact, Total Vision Care is “the ONLY vision care supplement to be recognized by the Vision Institute of Canada.”
Mislabeled or low-quality supplements are ineffective at best—and harmful at worst. Do your research before you purchase any supplements to make sure they’re safe and effective, and that they contain the ingredients you’re looking for. Certifications like these can help you make informed choices.