At The Medicine Shoppe we know that you want information when it comes to your nutritional supplements. You know that not all supplements are created equal. So how do we decide which supplement lines to carry in store? There are 3 key areas we look at:
All products must be evidence-based. The most reliable evidence comes in the form of well-controlled human clinical trials published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This is the standard we are aiming for when we consider which ingredients to include in our formulas. However, the historical data of thousands of years of traditional use cannot be ignored, as well as the direct observations of health care practitioners in clinical practice.
Equally important as which ingredients to include is which FORMS of ingredients to choose. After all, there can be tremendous variation in two ingredients both called CoQ10. We hold our manufacturers to a standard of raw material quality seldom seen in most drug stores and it starts with asking the right questions. For example, when evaluating a raw material, most companies’ first question is: How much does it cost? We ask: Does the ingredient match the specifications used in clinical studies? Is it bioavailable? Has it been tested for safety? What is its country of origin? Was it manufactured in a controlled facility? Simply stated, we do not use inferior raw materials. Ever.
Of course, even if you have chosen evidence-based ingredients and provided them in a superior form, the formula will not work if the dosages are too small. That’s why the manufacturers we choose always include the right therapeutic dosing of each ingredient, based on established research. After all why take a supplement at all if you're not assured that it's potent enough to accomplish its purpose? This approach is what separates good supplements from great supplements — formulas that truly help our patients get better faster and feel better longer.
If you need something we don't have in stock we will be happy to order it for you. This usually only takes a couple of days.