My Review and Tips for Shopping at I-Herb.com
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Sharing My Experience With I-Herb
I have been buying from I-Herb.com for many years now, and have found them to be a great company to deal with, and a great resource for purchasing high quality herbs and supplements. Their prices are very reasonable, and they have excellent, regular sales to take advantage of.
I appreciate the fact that they collect reviews for products, which can be a particularly helpful feature when deciding whether or not to purchase any particular product. As far as their general service goes, I have only had positive experiences. They are very efficient with shipping, and I have always appreciated receiving my products in a timely manner (shipping times will vary, of course, for international destinations).
I have found their website to be super user-friendly, making buying from them very easy and convenient. Once you have an account with them, you can save your cart for later, and even start a “wishlist” to remember some of your favourite products. Another very handy feature they have is to optionally be able to set the listed product prices for any major currency. Since I order from Canada, I like to see prices in Canadian dollars for easier price comparisons and to better gauge how much my credit card will actually be charged upon purchase.
As long as I-Herb’s large product selection and service continues to exceed my expectations, I plan to continue ordering from them for a long time to come.
* Please see below for important considerations in deciding what products to choose from I-Herb. [These tips can also be found on the RUAS “Tips on Choosing Quality Herbs and Supplements” page.]
Tips on Choosing Quality Herbs and Supplements
In recommending I-Herb as a resource for buying natural-health products, it is very important to note that I am not recommending all of their products. They have a very large selection, which can be awesome, but what this also means is that not all of their products are of the same caliber. Here are some tips on choosing quality products from I-Herb (or any other natural-health retail resource).
Read the Ingredients List Carefully
Before buying any product, be sure to read over the ingredients list carefully. It is important for you to be aware of exactly what is in the product you are taking. When looking at any product page, you will want to look for:
- The “Supplement Facts,” including the basic ingredients list
- The “Other Ingredients” list
I also recommend that you read the entire “Product Overview” provided on the individual product pages on the website. I-Herb.com often lists a very detailed description of their products there, which can be invaluable in making purchase decisions.
Check for Animal Product Ingredients
If you are concerned about animal products, and where they are sourced from, in your food and supplements – it pays to always make this a priority when looking at the description and ingredients listing.
Look for the manufactures assurances as applicable for your dietary standards:
- Certifications: Vegan and/or Kosher
- Many products will list in their manufactures description wording such as: “vegetarian,” or “suitable for vegetarians / vegans.” These descriptions are helpful to look for to help you make appropriate and informed choices.
In particular: note that many products will contain “gelatin” in the capsule that the supplement is contained in. (gelatin can be sourced from conventional pork and beef; some supplements will specify beef gelatin to differentiate.) Other products utilize “veggie-caps” as a vegetarian alternative.
Another consideration is that if you are taking any kind of hormonal supplement (such as melatonin) – these are often sourced from an animal, though it may not be listed on the label. In this case, you’ll want to pay close attention to the labeling and contact manufactures to be certain of the source.
(FYI – there are many products for purchase on I-Herb that I would not recommend, simply due to the fact that they contain animal products that I would consider to be possibly unethical and/or toxic.)
Look for Organic Ingredients
I am personally, a firm believer in quality, organic products. And since herbs and supplements are specifically aimed at improving health and quality of life, I believe it is especially important to look for ones that are organically grown (or some equivalent). Non-organic products have the likelihood of being contaminated with all kinds of toxic chemicals and ingredients – not exactly what any of us are going for when looking for natural-health products.
Check for Allergens
If your family has any kind of reactions to allergens of any kind, you will of course want to check the description thoroughly to make an appropriate choice for yourself, or family members. Look for allergens listed in the ingredients list, and know “alternative names” for allergens that are a concern for you (ex: Maltodextrin – can be wheat or corn based).
Also check for manufacture assurances that it is free from certain allergens (ie. gluten, dairy, soy free, etc). I-Herb does provide this “free from allergens” list, along with the full ingredients list. Look out for it on the individual product pages.
Watch Out for Fillers
Check out the “other ingredients” section to find out what kind of fillers are in the supplement (serving various purposes, such as providing a base, acting as a binder, acting as a preservative, etc.) This is particularly important, because many fillers are allergenic, or synthetically derived and some even may act as a toxin in your system. Watch for these fillers and do your research to determine which ones you particularly need to avoid.
Note: I-Herb has a wonderful rewards program for all of their customers, wherein you earn rewards points towards your future purchases by purchasing yourself, for recommending them when others purchase through your links on a personal blog / website, or when friends and family purchase by using your rewards code. Since I am an I-herb customer myself, I am eligible to earn rewards points. I have provided some links here for your convenience, that also have my personal rewards code embedded. This means that, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase through one of these links. Thank you for supporting Raise Up A Standard with your purchases. Our family thanks you!