Almost every supplement company in the industry says that they use “quality” materials, yet news reports come out weekly showing that supplements are ineffective and potentially dangerous. So what's the true story? What are the most important factors to look at when looking at when taking a supplement?
1. It Starts With Right Ingredients
The first thing to look at when evaluating a supplement company is the ingredients that they use. Look for products that contain branded ingredients. Branded ingredients are ingredients that have additional scientific research and documentation that generic commodity ingredients don't have. A great resource for learning more about branded ingredients is www.branded-ingredients.com. Most Utzy products contain one or more branded ingredients, these are denoted on the back of each label. While branded ingredients tend to be more costly, the additional research and processing that these ingredients go through make them well worth the expense.
2. Testing. Testing. Testing
Ingredient testing is one of the biggest separating factors between a good and great supplement company. Look for supplement companies that provide breakdowns of the ingredient testing that they put their products through. Many supplement companies skimp on ingredient testing because it is costly and slows down the manufacturing process. At Utzy, we do in-depth testing on EACH ingredient that comes into our facility. We do this to ensure that our products are safe and effective.
Another thing to look for is USP (United States Pharmacopeia) grade ingredients. USP grade materials have to go through extra testing procedures that non-USP ingredients don't have to. This ensures that the product is safe and potent. While it increases ingredient testing costs, we see USP testing to be well worth it.
3. Buy From Trusted Companies
Purchase supplements from companies that have experience and a reputation for quality. In the supplement industry, cost is indicative of quality. Lower cost products are cheap for a reason. Buy from companies that are respected for their quality focus.