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How much should I expect to pay for supplements? Are higher-priced supplements any better than low-priced brands?

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You certainly don't need to pay the highest prices to get good quality supplements. In fact, ConsumerLab.com has found that some of the most economical products, costing pennies a day, are of better quality than premium-priced supplements costing more than a dollar a day.  For the past several years ConsumerLab.com has included price and cost comparisons along with its test results and quality ratings. Here are some examples of how much (or little!) you need to spend to get top-quality supplements based on the products we have tested. Use the links to go to the reports and see the products and learn more about them.

Type of Supplement
(Serving Size Compared)
Lowest Cost for Approved-Quality Product
(Highest Price)*

Calcium (500 mg) 10 cents (11 cents, or up to $1.44 for combination products)
CoQ10 (100 mg) 9 cents (78 cents)
Fish Oil (500 mg EPA and DHA) 5 cents ($1.05)
Garcinia cambogia (1,500 mg HCA) 74 cents ($2.08)
Green Tea (200 mg EGCG) 10 cents ($1.65)
Iron (25 mg) 2 cents (59 cents)
Krill Oil (100 mg EPA and DHA) 19 cents (54 cents)
Lutein (10 mg) 9 cents ($1.19)
Magnesium (200 mg) 2 cents (83 cents)
Melatonin (3 mg) 4 cents (1.36)
Multivitamin (Daily serving) 3 cents ($1.83)
Probiotic (1 billion organisms) 1 cent ($1.00)
Protein Powder (20 g protein) 61 cents ($2.06, or up to $5.14 for meal replacement products)  
Red Yeast Rice (600 mg) 7 cents (43 cents)
Resveratrol (100 mg trans-resveratrol) 6 cents ($3.33)
Turmeric (500 mg Curcuminoids) 13 cents (52 cents)
Ubiquinol (100 mg) 43 cents ($1.33)
Valerian (2.4 mg valerenic acids) 12 cents ($1.14)
Vitamin C (500 mg) 1 cent (78 cents)
Vitamin D (400 IU of D3) 1 cent (37 cents)
*Costs based on products reviewed at the time this answer was posted (12/6/2013).


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