Not all supplements are made equal

When it comes to supplements there are many misconceptions among people. This is a hot market, marketing claims are running rampant, everyone is trying to get a slice of this pie. Everywhere, you see advertisements for supplements that claim to make you younger, feel more energetic, live pain free, bulk up muscles. It is trendy to be in the supplement industry! But have you every stopped to think about the supplement quality? Here are some common myths and misconceptions:

Myth #1: FDA regulation doesn't govern the Supplement industry.

False! In fact, the FDA regulates the supplement industry. In an effort to do so, has established the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) as a guideline for supplement production, packaging, labeling, and storage; namely CFR 21 Part 111. Though GMPs guidelines are not bulletproof, supplement companies that are inspected by the FDA and have received a GMP seal, are one step ahead of the rest of the companies that do not bother to create a quality assessment system.

Myth #2: "All Natural!"

All Natural is a buzz-word great for sales. What it does not say outweighs what it says. Other brands that have caught this train are "Naturemade", "Naturesway", "Doctors Best". None of these words actually quantify or qualify the company in any way, that they are of a decent quality. All natural doesnt mean, it was grown on an organic farm, tested regularly, analyzed for contaminants (herbicides, pesticides, fungisides), or tested for other chemical residue.

Myth #3: Certified Organic Supplements are free of contaminants

Organic means that a product is certified to be free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. This does not mean however that they test for other toxins such as heavy metals, numerous chemical solvents, and aflatoxin. It is thus up to the supplement company to set a standard to ensure that their products are tested for these toxins.

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