A Guide to Buying Herbal Remedies
When it comes to our health, most health conscious individuals will seek out the best quality products while still keeping an eye on the budget. However, for many of us, knowing what to look for is a lot trickier.
With so many different kinds, types and manufacturers marketing health products to us, it can be a real challenge figuring out just what buys are best. Below are some simple guidelines to help you get the most bang for you buck without sacrificing quality.
First of all, the source and manufacturer of the product is of utmost importance. Figuring out the legitimacy of the company and of its practices is of course easier said than done.
Finding reviews on the company online is perhaps the first and easiest step. Look through different reviews but beware of ones that sound entirely like pure advertising. The more legitimate reviews will be fair, highlighting not only the positive effects of a product.
Look for information also on how long the company has been in business and how well their products sell. You may even want to phone the company’s head office if you have access to their phone number in order to ask any other questions you have.
For blended formulas you will also want to do your research on the ingredient list. Some companies skimp on the active ingredients and fill up their formulas with fillers.
Finding out about how a manufacturer produces the product is also important. While membership in the American Herbal Products Association is not a surefire bet of quality, it does at least signal the company’s recognition of certain industry standards and best practices.
Certified organic labels are another way to assess standards. This label is governed by a recognized state level or national board in most countries and thus has some weight when it comes to evaluating the quality grade of ingredients.
Asking about different manufacturers and products at your local health food store or vitamin shop is another source of good information. Most of the staff in these areas have been trained in product research and should therefore have a good working knowledge.
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