November is our annual Best of Supplements Awards issue, which has become a ritual at the magazine for almost a decade ( next year will be 10 years!). Better Nutrition was founded with the intention of helping people fi nd natural ways to get and stay healthy— and nutritional supplements are a big part of that.
The supplement world is changing— fast. There are more products on store shelves than ever before. How do you pick? This guide can help you cut through the noise and easily fi nd high- quality products. We reviewed hundreds of supplements for this issue— from herbal formulas to protein powders to multivitamin gummies— and selected the winners based on clinical research, types of ingredients, and manufacturing processes, among other criteria.
The biggest change in supplements is a growing focus on cleaner ingredients, social responsibility, and transparency, which involves labeling every step of a product’s life cycle. Here are a few examples of certifi cations that refl ect these higher standards:
Non- GMO: this means that none of the ingredients contain genetically modifi ed organisms. USDA Organic: all ingredients have been certifi ed organic by a USDA- qualifi ed organization ( third- party), and they are also free of GMOs. B Corp: a prestigious certifi cation that recognizes manufacturers meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
You’ll fi nd these and other certifi cations on product labels. To simplify these designations, we’ve created an infographic on the topic; go to betternutrition. com to check it out! In the meantime, turn to p. 43 to see which products made our list of favorites this year.