Do any Canadians here use nutritional supplements, like vitamins, herbal products, or homeopathic remedies? If so, perhaps you can help me out.
In the US, the over-the-counter supplement industry is completely unregulated. Disreputable companies can put anything in a capsule, put anything on the label, and as long as they have an FDA disclaimer, market it as anything they want. If the bottle says, for example, 600 milligrams of garlic extract, there might be 600 milligrams in a capsule, but there might be 300. Or none.
Consumer advocates have tried, and are still trying, to put some standardization and quality controls on the industry. When they do, the industry uses scare tactics, claiming that "the government wants to make you get a prescription for your vitamins," which, to my knowledge, has never been the case.
Because of this, in the US, if you take nutritional supplements of any kind, it's very important to buy from a reputable brand. I take a few different supplements, which have been allowed me to decrease or avoid stronger prescription medication. I made sure we moved up here with a good supply of everything we need, but the time to re-stock is approaching.
So, does anyone know (a) if nutritional supplements in Canada are regulated, and therefore more reliable, and (b) what are some good brands to look for?