Last Updated on September 23, 2020 by Ellen Christian
Have you ever wondered how to choose safe supplements and foods? It seems like every time I turn the news on; I hear about supplements or foods that have been tainted with some bacteria or substance that doesn’t belong. Arsenic in rice? Steroids where they don’t belong? How can I be sure what I’m buying is safe? I recently attended a NOW Foods #NOWWellness Event in Chicago where I learned more about this subject. Thank you to NOW Foods for taking care of my expenses for this trip.
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How to Choose Safe Supplements and Foods
The obvious first step when purchasing any food or supplement is to look at the label and understand what’s there. Don’t pay as much attention to the front of the label as the back. You want to know what the ingredients are and what possible allergens are included. Does the product contain gluten or corn? Are the ingredients non-GMO? Are flavorings natural or synthetic? Check to see if the manufacturer has been certified by any independent testing companies.
I learned that NOW Foods is in full compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices, or cGMP. Introduced in 2007, federal cGMPs are published federal requirements for companies engaging in the manufacture, packaging, labeling or holding of dietary supplements. They insist on choosing only the best ingredients and are committed to testing and safety. That sets them apart from other natural product companies.
In addition to using outside testing services, they test their ingredients in-house. You may remember the news story about a supplement company that had not tested ingredients themselves and ended up using ingredients in their supplements that had been tainted with steroids. I don’t need to worry about that with NOW Foods because they test all of the ingredients they use themselves rather than relying on someone else. They are also very careful to keep allergens separate. Check us all out in our safe outfits we wore while visiting NOW Foods.
I had the opportunity to walk through their factory and see the manufacturing process from how they store raw ingredients to how they are mixed, encapsulated and packaged for sale through retailers. After learning about their safety practices, I’m confident that what they sell is something I can feel good about using and feeding to my family. They won’t cut corners and aren’t willing to sell products that don’t stand up to their quality standards, even if it means losing sales.
I’ve used NOW Foods Supplements for years because I’ve always been impressed with their quality. Before attending this event, I had no idea that they also offered a variety of food products including gluten-free pasta and baking mixes, stevia, oils, and ancient grains. They also offer an incredible selection of essential oils and diffusers, pet nutrition, sports nutrition and beauty products. Of course, whether it’s their supplements or their brownie mix (which is amazing!), they stand behind the quality.
I had a fantastic time at the NOW Foods #NOWWellness Event, and I’m thrilled to be able to offer one of my readers an amazing selection of NOW Foods products worth $536.50!
Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.