When it comes to supplements all brands are not created equally.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, micronutrient supplementations are warranted when requirements are not being met. Registered Dietitians “must keep up to date on efficacy, safety, and the regulatory issues influencing the use of these products.”
Criteria for Dietitian Recommended Supplements
When it comes to gut health and gut healing, I do recommend supplementation. For my clients, I always use products that are:
- supported by credible third-party analysis and testing
- abide by good manufacturing practices
- contain repeatable sciences or clinical trials behind them
- that have a long history of clinical effectiveness
- that are free of the preservatives and other chemical agents.
At ThePureWay, we only carry the highest quality and most effective supplements because it's of the utmost important that these microsupplementations are as small and as safe as possible for you to function at your optimal health.
4 Qualities of a Good Supplement
When you're looking for the supplement that will work for your health, there are a few things to look for. My specific criteria for knowing that I was choosing a healthy supplement option for my clients came from years of researching what was out there and how supplements work within the body.
I definitely suggest chatting with a functional medicine practitioner about what supplements you need for your body, but when it comes time, here's how to choose the quality supplements that will work for you.
1—Look for Quality Assurance.
FDA provides them with a certification known as "good manufacturing practices" often referred to as GMP or similar practices. This helps assure that these supplements are free from contamination and are accurately labeled.
2—Third Party Analysis
You're looking specifically for verification of active ingredients and potential contaminants. The best analysis boards are mentioned by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as: NSF International, US pharmacopeia, consumer lab or informed choice.
3—Look for other ingredients on the label.
These ingredients include binders, coatings, colorings, and flavorings and are usually listed as, "inactive" or some other form of that. There's no such thing as an "inactive ingredient."
4—Choose supplements that are hypoallergenic
Your product should be free of gluten, dairy, yeast, and other allergens specially when used in gut healing. Only truly top-quality manufacturers ensure products that are hypoallergenic so this is an extremely critical point to keep in mind.
The way that your body interacts with a potential allergen can have a huge impact on the effectiveness of the supplement.