How to Tell if a Supplement Will Work

How to Tell if a Supplement Will Work

July 15, 2022

With so many supplements on the market, it can be hard to know which ones will actually work. Fortunately, there are several ways to determine the efficacy of supplements. Supplement certifications and the quality of ingredients are the easiest ways you can determine if a supplement will work the way the bottle claims it does.


Supplement Certifications

Supplement certifications are an essential tool to ensure the quality and effectiveness of dietary supplements. This certification process verifies that a supplement meets specific quality standards. It is typically performed by a third party that independently tests supplements and vitamins.

Certifications can cover a variety of standards, including label verification and quality assurance, as they check if a supplement is gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, and other claims made by manufacturers.

Memory Health holds a Certificate of Compliance from the laboratories of Supplement Certified at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, Waterford Institute of Technology. This supplement quality and stability certification verify that Memory Health’s active ingredients are present as stated on the label. It also demonstrates that these ingredients are shelf-stable and won’t break down before they are used.

The Supplement Certified certificate of compliance is exclusively used for supplements with carotenoids and omega-3 fatty acids. This is important because the Memory Health research team focuses solely on carotenoids and omega-3s.


The Ingredient Label

A simple way to verify the quality of a supplement’s ingredients is by reviewing the ingredient label on the bottle. For example, are they adding sweeteners, additives, fillers, and preservatives? If so, these added elements will be listed on the label.

Fillers are typically used to cut costs and add substance. Some additives increase the shelf life or improve the taste or color. Others may be necessary in some instances, but generally it’s a good idea to avoid supplements with a long list of additives.

Memory Health’s only additives are the gelatin capsule, marigold flower extract, yellow beeswax, and lemon flavor oil. The gelatin capsule is made with FDA-approved gelatin. The carotenoids are harvested from the marigold flower extract and the beeswax allows the formulation to keep its uniformity, while the lemon flavor oil improves the supplement’s taste.


Review the Scientific Evidence

Some supplements make extreme health claims, so it’s essential to review any available scientific evidence before taking them. However, under U.S. law, health claims must be backed by strong scientific evidence that demonstrates a link between a specific condition and the food substance present in the supplement.

The Memory Health formulation has been independently tested and proven to improve memory and cognitive function with daily use. The supplement’s effectiveness has been validated by double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials for diseased and healthy brains. A recent study showed that when taken together, the ingredients in Memory Health may improve working memory in cognitively healthy older adults.


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