Consumer Reports January 2023: Guide to Popular Supplements

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Consumer Reports magazine cover with pills and supplements in many colorsNothing tops a good diet and an active lifestyle when it comes to promoting good health. Now and then, however, it might be necessary to get a boost from a supplement.  Which ones should you use and how should you evaluate the competing brands?

Before you reach for a bottle on the shelf, did you know that the FDA does not approve or test supplements?  Some supplements should be avoided, and this issue of CR singles them out for you.  Many supplements, however, do have certifications of one sort or another, and you’ll find some advice on which certifications you can trust.  This CR report is organized around the reasons we reach for supplements in the first place: sleeplessness, anxiety, lack of energy….  In most cases it also explains which foods naturally contain the needed chemicals or vitamins, enabling you to make decisions about diet or lifestyle changes that may eliminate any long-term use of supplements.

Did you get some exotic or locally roasted coffee as a gift this holiday season?  If so, you’ll want to be sure to brew it up correctly.  “Find the Coffee Maker that’s Right for You” before you brew.   The ratings in this report cover a variety of coffee maker types: Pod, drip, grind-and-brew and dual coffee/espresso makers, as well as the accessories you’ll need to whip in those finishing touches.

With the holiday shopping season over, and the bills coming in, this might be a good time to budget a little tighter.  Here to help is a report on “Store Brands We Love (and a few we don’t),” sure to lower the grocery bill.  Covering everything from mixed vegetables to mixed nuts and from syrup to soup, this report will help you shop smart!

Other topics in this issue include:

  • “How to Age-Proof Your Home” 
  • “Your Guide to Better Leftovers”
  • “Get Clean Floors the Easy Way” 
  • “The Secret to Perfectly Cooked Meat”
  • “New Cars You Can Count On”

Consumer Reports magazine is available free in print and online to Fauquier Public Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2017.

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