Quality vitamins are available from well-known retailers such as Costco and Drugstore.com, states The New York Times. It is possible to purchase quality vitamins from eVitamins, Lucky Vitamin, Swanson Vitamins and iHerb, notes ConsumerLab.com. Other reputable retailers include Vitamin Life and Vitacost.Continue Reading
Customers should purchase vitamins from retailers who do brisk business and frequently restock shelves, suggests The New York Times. Vitamins lose their potency over time and must be stored at or below room temperature. Vitamins may degrade even before their expiration date if they are exposed to direct sunlight or warm temperatures.
ConsumerLab.com, a company based in White Plains, New York, publishes test results on hundreds of health, wellness and nutrition products, including vitamins, each year. The company provides a list of tested and reputable vendors on its website, but explains that these vendors pay a fee to be listed there. A complete list of product reviews is available from Consumer Lab, to enable customers to make informed choices.
Extensive information to help consumers choose quality vitamins is available on WebMD. Consumers are advised to choose brands labeled with the NSF International, U.S. Pharmacopeia or Consumer Lab seal. These verify that the product actually contains the ingredients listed on the label and does not have any potentially harmful ingredients, advises WebMD.
It is important for consumers to independently investigate vitamins and look for published studies in credible publications. Four national retailers - GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart - were accused of selling fake and potentially harmful herbal supplements in early 2015, cautions WebMD.Learn more about Vitamins & Supplements