Review Guidelines

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We aim to bring you the best quality and highly-researched reviews and articles on a wide range of programs, topics, and products related to health, diet, fitness, skincare, wellness, nutrition, and weight loss.

Since we launched in 2003, we have authored and published over 5,000 articles and written over 20,000 product reviews. Our core purpose is to implement an open and fair forum with respect to readers, staff, vendors, partners and article sources. This is because our reputation depends on it and so do the reputations of our partners.

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Review Guidelines

We aim to inform our readers about:

  • The variety of new and existing programs and products that are geared towards weight loss, healthy skin, reducing signs of aging on the skin, improving testosterone production, reducing joint pain and overall healthy living.
  • Various features of a given program or product by stating its ingredients, quality, potential side effects, directions on usage, customer success stories, background on the company and any collaboration with experts.
  • Other similar products to the one they are interested in.
  • The science behind each ingredient used in the product.
  • Any legal action, scams, fraudulent activity, product recalls or regulatory activity associated with a program or product.

We also provide visual aids by reviewing hundreds of popular products, diets, and nutrition advice on video. We have a Youtube Channel that features all the in-depth videos we have created.

Below is a guide that outlines the criteria by which we author, edit and publish content. This is a mere set of guidelines and the degree to which every reviewer adheres to them may vary depending on their unique methods of research, type or program or product under review and their writing style.

Product Details

Our product details sections indicate the list of ingredients and product labeling as provided by the brands. They show the information on where and how each ingredient was sourced, manufactured, or formulated. They may also feature a comprehensive list of claims related to the said product.

Ingredient Research

These sections reveal the nature of the ingredients used and reveals whether or not the product delivers on the promises made by the company. It shows the purity and quantity of each ingredient.

We research the nature of each ingredient and we rely on information provided by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health such as ClinicalTrials.gov, MEDLINE/PubMed, and the databases of index medical research literature. We also research by accessing the information produced by Google Scholar, Wikipedia, WebMD and Food and Drug Administration, and Nutrition.gov.

Scientific research on ingredients and health supplements is based on the evidence available

Potential Side Effects

To determine possible side effects, we choose not to focus on the specific product formula but instead check the list of ingredients and the amounts in the product. This way, we are able to tell if a product may cause undesired side effects rather than go with the company’s claims that their product is free of side effects.

Company Evaluation

To evaluate a company, we do not accept any information from the companies and their PR firms. In order to learn more about a product, we check the background of the company and the product itself. We look on social media, customer forums, the company’s official website, and other reputable sources, to understand a product or company. Here is some of the guideline points used n our company evaluation process:

  • Research or clinical studies made
  • What reviews are available?
  • How many customer complaints are there?
  • When was the company founded?
  • Is the information about the company – including executive biographies and contact information – easily accessible?

Customer Experience

In order to determine customer experience, we ask a variety of questions including, does the user experience match the product claims? How do other customers rate their experiences? We are not limited to a good, bad or neutral feedback. We will examine a number of reviews and report accordingly.

Collaboration with Experts

It is a good sign if a given company has collaborated with experts to develop their product. At Consumer Health Digest, our articles undergo a review by nutrition, diet and fitness experts like Gerry Ellen, Dr. Sarah Brewer, Dr. Stacy Friedman, Lauren Dummit, Felicia Newell and Dr. Keith Kantor.

Success Stories

Our reviewers look companies that show customer success stories which may include testimonials and before/after photos.

Sample Offer

Some brands provide small samples that customers can try before they make a bigger commitment to purchase the actual product.

Cost

We check the price of the item. For supplements, we also check the cost per serving and how that compares to other products.

Refunds/Returns

What happens when a customer does not like their experience with a particular product? Can they get a refund and if so how much time do they have to get one from the date of purchase?

Our reviewers make every effort to answer these important questions. This information, however, is not always set in stone and our research may deviate from the process occasionally depending on the shifting policies of distributors and manufacturers.

We strive to deliver top-quality and in-depth product reviews. Note that all the views expressed on our website are purely our own. Read our medical disclaimer for more information.

If you wish to make any additional suggestion on our format for researching and creating our reviews, please contact us.

Article Sources

Most of our reviews make reference to authoritative sources with a proven record for accuracy. We also rely on incorporate quotes from direct interviews with our team of experts, nutritionists, dieticians and fitness gurus. A visit to our About Us page will reveal the members of our Wellness, Contributor and Editorial teams.

Our articles feature several in-text citations that are numbered and properly hyperlinked to external websites. Our main sources of information are Better Business Bureau, nih.gov, MedlinePlus, Science.gov, Examine.com, Google Scholar, PubMed, Wikipedia, WebMD, Food and Drug Administration, Healthline and Federal Trade Commission.

We have developed a process of evaluating clinical research and other publicly available information for our product reviews. We combine this process with expert opinions from our own team. It should be noted that the views expressed on this site are purely our own. Read our medical disclaimer for more information on this.

Our team endeavors to produce high-quality articles and product reviews, but sometimes we may miss some things- so we appreciate it when readers point these oversights out to us. To make a correction, simply click on the Claim your Product icon and provide us with the required formatted information as shown on the page. You may also reach us through the Contact Us page.

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LAST MODIFIED: January 11, 2019