Supplements- STOP Wasting Your Time and Your Money!
Are Your Supplements Really "Pure"?
People have become accustomed to seeing the vague “we use only the purest ingredients” in the promotional materials of almost every dietary supplement company. But how does the average person really know what makes an ingredient “pure” in their supplements? How is one supplement manufacturer different, or “better” than another, and how is a professional-grade supplement different from an over-the-counter brand?
Professional-grade supplement companies use only the highest quality, raw ingredients which are regularly tested for impurities. Most over-the-counter brands don't bother to make the extra effort.
ADDITIVES YOU DON’T WANT
Professional-grade supplement brands exclude impure additives and are free of "fillers" and "bulking agents" (called exipients) which block the absorption and bioavailability of the nutrients.
An example of one of the more common "exipients" is Magnesium Stearate and Stearic Acid, which is commonly utilized as a flowing agent to ensure that maximum productivity is obtained from capsuling and tableting machines.
In addition, manufacturers of over-the-counter supplements add other binders such as lactose and dextrose to make the powder flow quickly and easily through their high-volume machines.
These additives not only compromise the bioavailability of the nutrients in the supplement, but also cause allergenic problems. In people with a compromised digestive tract, this can cause additional inflammation in an already fragile digestive system.
As with many industries, the bottom line dictates the level of quality. The dietary supplement industry has just a few exceptions; companies who are not willing to compromise, such as the company I trust for quality, as well as integrity and ethics: Xymogen.
SUPPLEMENTS IN TABLET FORM VS. CAPSULES
Tablets require binders, lubricants, coatings, and other fillers. Some are even sprayed with shellac (called pharmaceutical glaze) or vegetable protein, frequently derived from corn, corn which in the U.S. is usually a GMO crop. Many tablets also contain colorings and flavorings. High-quality supplements are only found in capsule form using hypoallergenic vegetarian capsules to provide the purest supplements possible.
The body requires the conversion of many vitamins from the form in which they’re originally ingested, to the activated form that our bodies can actually use. This is why the professional-grade supplements that I utilize with my patients contain raw ingredients that are active and bio-available.
Some examples of these bio-available nutrients are: Pyridoxal-5’-phosphate, the active form of Vitamin B6. Riboflavin 5’-phosphate, the active form of Vitamin B2. Methylcobalamin, the active form of Vitamin B12, and 5 Methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) the active form of Folic Acid.
Why is this important? People who are extremely allergic, chemically sensitive, and immune-compromised often have trouble making these biological conversions. Other factors such as age and genetic predisposition can also contribute to an inability to absorb nutrients through food or supplements. When bio-available forms of nutrients are taken, the risk of a nutrient not being absorbed is eliminated.
Professional-grade supplement manufacturers also formulate products based on dosages used in scientific studies. This is important because studies form the basis from which professional-grade supplements are created, and from which the supplement dosages are recommended.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Professional grade products may be slightly more expensive than over-the-counter brands, but, consider the benefits:
• Professional-grade supplements are actually more cost-effective than over-the-counter supplements due to the superior bio-availability of their ingredients, therefore, providing optimal health benefits.
• The sheer quality of nutrients found in professional-grade supplements are critical for preventing and reversing health problems caused by nutritional deficiencies. This is important since the modern diet usually fails to provide sufficient quantities of many essential vitamins and minerals.
• Pharmaceutical grade ingredients and rigorous testing ensure that you’re getting only the safest and highest quality products. Over-the-counter supplements are not required to adhere to these standards, and there have been many reports of serious illnesses and side effects caused by tainted and unreported ingredients, as well as undeclared food allergens.
• The fact that professional-grade supplements are usually only available from a Doctor means that you’re getting the products that best suit your particular nutritional needs. And that you're actually getting what you pay for. Saving you both TIME and MONEY.
After all, we're talking about your health, your LIFE, really. Right?
Until next time, take care.