85- Making Informed Supplement Choices with Kate Mahoney

85- Making Informed Supplement Choices with Kate Mahoney

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

September 26, 2019

The supplement industry is a $40 billion per year industry, and is minimally regulated by the FDA. Even a couple years ago big companies like Costco had lawsuits against them for their supplements not containing what the labels said.

One of the questions I hear all the time is if supplements are even worth it, especially since some of them can cost quite a bit of money.

There is no easy way to answer that question because every single person has different nutrient needs. One thing is for sure though, most of the food we receive aren't as nutrient-rich as they used to be, and it can cause deficiencies in our body.


How To Know If A Supplement Is Good For You

Our guest for this episode is Kate Mahoney, who is board certified in holistic nutrition and has spent a long time in the supplement industry.

She does not work for any supplement companies, so the information she is providing is from an unbiased source.

In this episode, we talk about how to sort through the supplement industry to find the good quality products.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • Discover whether you need supplements or not
  • What to look for in companies manufacturing practices of their products
  • How to know if the raw material is of the highest quality
  • Which supplements have the best nutrient absorption


  • [2:15] Learn about how Kate Mahoney entered into the supplement and wellness industry
  • [4:45] Are supplements necessary and can't we just get our nutrients from food
  • [8:15] Supplements can help you to speed up the healing process, but doesn't need to be forced on you
  • [9:00] How important are the manufacturing practices of companies producing supplements
  • [12:30] The use of 'flow' agents is not very ethical
  • [16:30] Many supplements have magnesium stearate in a filler, is this the same form of magnesium that we should be getting
  • [17:45] Almost all supplements have fillers in them
  • [18:30] Next area we need to focus on is the raw material quality
  • [20:00] Corn is the most used raw material in supplements, and soy is the second most used
  • [22:00] These are some ways corn and soy are used to make EFAs
  • [25:15] Do some fish oil products have filler oils to fill the capsule
  • [26:45] Does the cost of a product indicate the overall quality
  • [29:45] What is nutrient bioavailability
  • [31:00] This was a great example of what bioavailable nutrients looks like in the body
  • [35:00] What are the differences between food-based and whole food supplements
  • [37:30] Food based products need to have the highest quality standards for raw material
  • [39:00] Megafoods is a company that is very transparent about their manufacturing processes
  • [42:00] Food-grown is when manmade isolates are added to a food-based culture
  • [46:00] What are ways people can take all this information and make better, more empowered choices

Resources From This Episode

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Transcript For Episode (Transcripts may not be 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Kate Mahoney

Website: KateMahoneyNTP.com (Coming Soon)

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Kate Mahoney NTP helps lift the shade on the supplement industry and teaches us if we even need to use supplements

Kate Mahoney NTP helps lift the shade on the supplement industry and teaches us if we even need to use supplements

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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