The online supplement dispensary we recommend is called Fullscript. Their program is very easy to use. Your supplements will be shipped directly to your front door (taking an average of 2 days from the time you place your order). If you order $49 or more of product, shipping is free!
When it comes to supplements, be sure to use exactly what I recommend. Do not try to substitute a cheaper alternative as it may not be manufactured with the same premium materials. When it comes to supplements, you get what you pay for.
How to use Fullscript:
- Go to: us.fullscript.com/welcome/ccc and create an account. You will be prompted to create a username and a password. Keep this information in a safe spot. You may also call 1-866-807-3828.
- I will send you an e-mail with what supplements I have prescribed for you
Dietary Supplement Quality
Quality standards for supplements are important because they help ensure a product is safe, effective, and accurately labeled. Talking to your healthcare provider and understanding supplement labels can help you choose the supplements that are best suited to your individual needs.
Selecting Quality Supplements
Supplements should always be purchased from trusted sources, such as:
- Brand/manufacturer websites
- Certain specialty or health food retailers
- Healthcare practitioners/clinics who stock supplements directly from the brand
- Virtual dispensaries that stock supplements directly from the brand (e.g., Fullscript)
Resellers may not have proper warehousing standards, training programs for staff, formal quality control, or recall and adverse reaction processes in place. This increases the risk of cross-contamination of ingredients, improper labeling, incorrect storage practices, expired ingredients, and other issues that may adversely impact an individual’s health.
In addition to the basic guidelines set by the FDA,known as the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements may choose obtain certifications from third-party companies. Third-party companies provide unbiased assurance that certain quality criteria are met. You will often see a certification mark on products that have been third-party verified.
Common third-party certifications include:
- Gluten-free (e.g., Certified Gluten-Free)
- Non-GMO (e.g., Non-GMO Project Verified)
- National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)
- Organic (e.g., USDA Organic, Canada Organic)
- Vegan (e.g., Certified Vegan)
Many supplement brands feature claims on their labels to help consumers find suitable products depending on their personal values, preferences, and factors such as allergies or sensitivities.
Common label claims include:
- Animal product-free
- Artificial preservative-free
Frequently Asked Questions
How Absorbable Is The Supplement?
To be effective, a supplement needs to be able to absorb into the bloodstream. If it cannot be absorbed, it can’t do its job. Cheap supplements (such as what you’d find at the big box stores, or the Dollar Store) are made with the cheapest ingredients possible. The manufactures aren’t concerned with how well it works. They only care about keep the price down. The most expensive supplements are the ones that don’t work. If you can’t absorb it, you’re wasting your time.
Is It Safe To Take?
A concern many people have is in regards to the safety of the supplement. The most risk you’ll face surrounds if the supplement is free from biological contaminants (mold, yeast) or heavy metal contaminants (mercury, lead). If you go with a professional quality supplement, and one that has been tested by a 3rd party, you can rest assured, it is free from any harmful contaminants.
Is It Backed Up By Research?
I personally want to invest in products that are backed by peer reviewed research. Scientists rigorously test the supplements and publish the results in medical journals. When you chose a product that is backed up by research, it lowers your risk because it has already been tested and proven to work.
How Do I Know What To Take?
Before you buy supplements, it is highly recommended you first consult with an expert like Dr. Smith. He is a board certified clinical nutritionist, a certified functional medicine practitioner and board certified in integrated medicine. Dr. Smith can guide you as to which products will be the best fit.