Are all nutritional supplements the same quality?
Not all supplements are created equal. This sounds so obvious when you read it.
Some tennis shoes, tools, clothing and yes, supplements are superior to others.
We know this and yet many people still choose to go to the local Mart, pharmacy or supplement shop and buy nutritional products in hopes of bolstering their health.
What if some companies (theoretically of course) lied about the potency or absorption of their ingredients? (Not that most even test them!)
What if ingredients that claimed to be organic or vegetarian were in fact, not at all? (Not that they even check the sources!)
What if these ingredients did not absorb at all and you literally defecated your money away? (Not that they care!)
Worse yet, what if they did absorb into the blood and were contaminated or dangerous compounds?
It happens. Often.
Example: Fish Oil – Amazing benefits if the product is not contaminated with mercury, oil extraction chemicals, or rancid oil from the heat generated during extraction of the oil. How do you know that you are not poisoning yourself daily?
The answer is transparent! Transparency is key to honesty, and some companies are transparent.
The supplement manufacturer must be GMP Certified (Good Manufacturing Practices) at a minimum!
My manufacturer of choice is TRIPLE certified. With guidelines so strict that the purity is ensured by European standards, not just American. These products can be sold around the world.
Each new product clinically tested on humans prior to sale. Each batch of product is tested in-house (which I would NOT trust) and 3rd party tested by OUTSIDE labs to ensure purity (which I do trust).
The facilities are inspected and certified to meet strict guidelines beyond FDA standards.
Not only that but the even the ingredient suppliers are inspected and have guidelines that they must follow.
An example of this is that peanut protein bars must be made in a separate facility, and employees in non-allergen facilities may not handle or consume peanuts Mon-Fri to further reduce risk of contamination.
Example: Do you know what strain (not species) of bacteria is in your probiotic? Why not? They can mutate with each batch.
If it is not listed (and proven) then you have no idea what you are putting into your body.
This is from the NSF’s website: GMP Registration
“Good manufacturing practices (GMPs) are guidelines that provide a system of processes, procedures and documentation to assure a product has the identity, strength, composition, quality and purity that appear on its label. These GMP requirements are listed in Section 8 of NSF/ANSI 173 which is the only accredited American National Standard in the dietary supplement industry developed in accordance with the FDA’s 21 CFR part 111.
NSF International’s GMP Registration Program enables manufacturers to become independently registered by NSF to meet GMP requirements. The program is open not just to manufacturers of dietary supplements but also to manufacturers of ingredients and raw materials, as well as distribution, warehousing and packaging companies, who want to demonstrate their commitment to public safety.”
Supplements are a huge benefit to us because our diets lack in nutrients. However, I encourage you to do your research. Otherwise your wasting your money…and you’re health.
I am confident in what I put in my body because it is safe, pure and effective.
What else could I ask for?