Not All Supplements Are Created Equal – How Do I Choose?

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With the overwhelming amount of nutritional supplements available on the market, it can be a confusing process figuring out which health products are the best for you. When it comes to choosing the most beneficial products, there are four important things to look for:

1. Quality ingredients

    Patented, trademarked ingredients (examples: Ester-C®, Suntheanine®)
    Vitamin and mineral forms that are highly absorbable (examples: calcium hydroxyapatite or calcium citrate, rather than calcium carbonate)

2. Purity

    Products that are free of wheat, gluten, corn, dairy products, eggs, yeast, heavy metals, preservatives, and artificial colors or flavors
    Products that do not contain any unnecessary binders and fillers

3. Scientific Validation

    Ingredients and formulas demonstrated to be effective in clinical trials and research studies
    Independent third-party testing

4. Careful Manufacturing

    Meticulous quality assurance procedures followed
    Products tested to ensure proper breakdown by the body

Different supplement lines have different values regarding these four aspects of product quality. At Village Green Apothecary, it is our passion and commitment to provide our customers with premium products, and to this end, we created the Pathway line, which has over 120 single nutrient and combination formulas. Pathway products meet all of the criteria listed above – they are carefully formulated to contain the finest raw materials in forms that are well absorbed and assimilated into the body, as well as being 100% natural and hypoallergenic, designed with our customers’ health in mind.

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