Swanson Health Products Review & Giveway

Discount Vitamins and Supplements - Swanson Health ProductsFor a few years now I have bought a number of my vitamins and supplements from Swanson.  They have good prices and carry a variety of brands.  They are a family owned business that’s been around since 1969, and you can return any product up to 1 year–no questions asked.

Of course you all know that since vitamins and supplements are consumed like food, you have to be sure they are gluten free.

Thankfully, Swanson recently made that easier.  They now have a gluten-free category, as well as categories for vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and organic.  In addition, they have added symbols to represent the dietary categories.  For example, in the image below the little colored circles tell you that this product is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and kosher.  When on the site, hovering over each symbol will tell you what it stands for.

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I noticed that the Swanson brand products are not labeled as gluten-free which concerned me since I have used some of their brand products, including the gluten peptide enzymes.

When I inquired about the gluten-free status of their products, I was sent the following information:

“Since we do not specify “gluten free” for our manufacturers, their facilities may handle gluten-containing products, introducing the possibility of airborne cross-contamination even though a particular product may not contain any inherent gluten-containing constituents.  The same is true in our warehouse since we do bottle products containing barley, rye, oats and wheat; there is still the possibility of airborne cross-contamination even though no inherent gluten-containing components may be present in the product.”

In addition, they recommended two companies,

“Country Life is a certified “Gluten-Free Manufacturer.”  They do not handle any gluten-containing products, nor do they get components from any manufacturer that handles anything with gluten.

Now Foods is another good choice for “Gluten-Free” since they have separate areas in their warehouse for gluten-containing products and separate bottling lines for gluten and non-gluten containing products.  Both of these manufacturers are excellent choices that will specifically label their products as “Gluten Free.””

That was very helpful to know.  If you are interested in products from either of these two companies, there is a “shop by brand” option in the left column of the site.

I have decided to start using Gluten Defense which is an enzyme product similar to what I was using.  It is not manufactured by one of the two companies listed above, but it is labeled as gluten free.

Although Swanson is known for selling vitamins and supplements, they also carry gluten-free food items at good prices.  If you type “gluten free” into the search box, rather than clicking on gluten free in the side bar, you will see a list of food items.  Those items probably show up in the other list as well, but they don’t come up first.

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The Giveaway: Swanson is giving away a $25 coupon to one winner.  The coupon can be used towards products and shipping costs.

To enter you must leave a comment on this post, not on my Facebook page and not an email.  If you receive my updates by email, click on the underlined title and it will take you to my blog page where you can leave a comment.

Leave a separate comment for each entry:

    • Leave a comment on this post telling me if you have ever shopped at Swanson.
    • Like Swanson Health Products on Facebook (you might want to let them know I sent you)
    • Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS (or tell me you already do)
    • Post this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or mention it in a blog post (only one entry)

Update:  I have extended the giveaway until Saturday, December 3rd at 11:00 pm.  The giveaway will end on Friday, December 2nd at 11:00 pm eastern time.  The randomly chosen winner will be contacted by email and will have 24 hours to respond after being contacted.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a Swanson coupon code to purchase products free of charge, but I was not paid to write this review. The opinions in this post are my own.




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Comments

  1. Linda-Thank you for this post. The Gluten Defense is much less expensive than the product I am currently using from Houston Nutraceuticals. Cindy

  2. Cindy W says:

    I have not heard of these products. Thank you for the information.

  3. Cindy W says:

    I subscribe to your blog via email.

  4. Pantothenic Acid – it’s about the same as I pay in health food stores.

  5. Swansons is one of my favorites!!!! Order from them evey payday!

  6. I like Swansons on Facebook.

  7. I subscribe to your blog via email.

  8. I have shared this giveaway on Facebook.

  9. S. Mix says:

    Thanks for the info. It’s often hard to find gluten-free supplements/vitamins. Sometimes it’s a guessing game. It’s nice to know with certainty when my supplements are gf.

  10. I’ve not heard of Swansons supplements…sounds fantastic. Altho more and more frequently you hear of ‘new’ gf ‘stuff’….and often wonder, ‘is it really gf?’. I applaud these companies for stating the facts….that they DO manufacture wheat, rye and barley (oats?) products, and especially that they have a ‘dedicated’ area for prep AND that the dreaded ‘gluten’ (poison) is probably airborne…makes sense to me.

    I do purchase some NOW supplements & Country Life as well.

    Thanks for the new information…I subscribe via email & facebook… ;)

  11. A great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Colleen M. says:

    Thanks for this information. I was not aware of this company. Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity to win.

  13. Nancy Schulz says:

    I have read over your site and I really liked it.. I also was not aware of the items you sell. I would love the chance to win the $25.00 gift certificate & then try your products.. Thanks or the chance to win.
    Happy Holidays.
    Nancy

  14. Shelli Vitale says:

    I like Source Naturals Magnesium Malate 1250mg 360ct. At The Vitamin Shoppe it is $27.99 per bottle. At Swanson Vitamins the exact same bottle is $16.98 per bottle. I’ve been shopping Swanson for years and love them.

  15. Shelli Vitale says:

    I’m a fan of Swanson Vitamins on Facebook.

  16. Shelli Vitale says:

    I’m an RSS subscriber to your blog.

  17. Shelli Vitale says:

    Swanson also carries a large selection of personal care products and high quality food items as well.

  18. I subscribe to your emails

  19. Great. It is always good to know where you can purchase gluten free products.

  20. I have been ordering from Swanson for many, many years — even before I was diagnosed with celiac. Just placed a $100 order today for me and my husband. They are reasonable, reliable, and just all-around great. Highly recommend!

  21. I have bought gluten free pretzels for EIGHT dollars at my market and they are only $5 on Swanson!

  22. I love Swanson and buy items from them all the time!

  23. Diana G says:

    I have never heard of this before. thanks for the info. I’ll have to try the items.

  24. I already subscribe :^)

  25. Rachel Blom says:

    This would be helpful right now :)

  26. Rachel Blom says:

    I liked Swanson Health Products on FB and let them know you sent me :)

  27. Rachel Blom says:

    Their orange fish oil seems to be cheaper than what I get. They charge $33 and I pay the same amount for a 6.8 oz bottle.

  28. I have never tried Swanson! I didnt know they were G FREE

    • Just in case you didn’t read my write up, not everything Swanson sells is gluten free, but they do have a gluten free category now.

  29. Linda S. says:

    I have never shopped at Swanson

  30. Linda S. says:

    I am subscribed to your blog.

  31. Hi, never heard of them, but always excited to learn & try new things, especially gluten free! Thanks :)

  32. I love Swansons! Such a great company and they have a variety of incredible products that suit all of our needs here!

  33. I’m already a fan of them on facebook!

  34. Jennifer Frahm says:

    I always love to find new products and greatly appreciate you helping us in that way. Thank you.

  35. Terra Darnall says:

    I have not yet shopped at Swansons, only because I had not heard of them before today! Thanks for the heads up!!

  36. Terra Darnall says:

    Facebook page “liked!”

  37. Terra Darnall says:

    Email subscribed. :) Feeling lucky!

  38. Shannon J says:

    I’ve never shopped at Swanson’s but I plan to check them out. Thanks for introducing me to another company that’s GF friendly.

  39. Terra Darnall says:

    Shared on my page. I love how you’re using quilting squares to visually identify posters too. Fantastic idea!!

  40. Shannon J says:

    I subscribe to your emails.

  41. Shannon J says:

    I liked Swansons on FB

  42. I haven’t shopped at Swanson’s before, but I’m checking them out right now!

  43. I subscribe to your blog

  44. Jennifer says:

    I’ve never shopped at Swanson, but would like to try it out!

  45. No, I have never shopped at Swanson, but it sounds like I need to! :)

  46. I like Swanson on FB.

  47. I’m an email subscriber.

  48. Lisa Young says:

    I have never heard of these products – thanks for the information

  49. Christine says:

    I have not tried any of their products but would love to try them.

  50. Christine says:

    I liked Swanson Health Products on Facebook

  51. Christine says:

    I already subscribe to this blog via email

  52. Christine says:

    I posted this giveaway on Facebook

  53. Sherron says:

    I’ve been looking for vitamins, so it is great to have a company to rely on. Thank you for introducing me.

  54. Sarah DJ says:

    Never shopped there…but thanks for the recommend!

  55. Sarah DJ says:

    Liked Swanson on FB!

  56. Sarah DJ says:

    I receive your blog posts via email!

  57. i wouldlove to win a certificate to shop with them!

  58. i subscribe to your emails

  59. i liked swanson on facebook

  60. I have not shopped Swanson but may now that I know more about their products. Thanks!

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