It can be hard to stay up-to-date with the amount of information about supplements online and in the news. For that reason, our Integrative Medical Advisory Team wanted to help make it easier for you by curating some trusted resources for your research. Whether it is learning about ingredients, products or the industry as a whole, the following list is a great place to start.

Examine.com 

Why we like them: Examine.com is a free and unbiased resource that explains supplements in plain language. It’s easy to understand supplement efficacy, uses, and reliability of the evidence with their Human Effect Matrix. Along with being easy to read, all articles are highly referenced, which make it a great place to come and learn about a supplement quickly, or even to do a deeper dive on ingredients.

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Natural Medicines

Why we like them: Naturals Medicines was one of the first websites to curate a massive amount of information about almost every supplement imaginable. There are in depth pages on each supplement, and lots of other clinical aids such as an interaction checker (to see which supplements can interact with drugs), and a depletion checker (to check which vitamins and minerals are depleted by drugs/supplements).

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Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 

Why we like them: The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition regularly releases position stands on supplement use in athletic populations. While the site not only provides you with an overview of a supplement ingredients, it also acts as a reliable assessment of whether there is a use in certain athletic populations.

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If you are curious about understanding more about supplement regulations and what it takes to get a product to market, check out the links below. Since supplements are regulated nationally and sometimes the regulations can vary by state/province, it is always important to check the specific area where you live or practice before starting to take supplements, import supplements, or recommend supplements to patients.

US:

https://ods.od.nih.gov/Research/CARDS_Database.aspx

Canada:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/natural-non-prescription.html