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Quick rundown on the supplement industry.
Given how many people take supplements, you might be surprised to know that the supplement industry is very poorly regulated.
In most countries, supplements fall into a gray area. They aren’t exactly foods. They aren’t exactly drugs.
Thus, they aren’t controlled by the same, relatively strict, regulations that cover either food or drugs.
Let's look at tomatoes or a bottle of ibuprofen.
Laws and regulations cover:
• What can be on the label: If the can says tomatoes, it must be tomatoes and not pickles.
•How much can be in the can or dose: You can’t buy 5000 mg ibuprofen pills, and if the can says 500 g of tomatoes, the manufacturers can’t fill the can half-full of tomatoes.
• The purity of the product: Your tomatoes can’t have chunks of rat in them, nor can the ibuprofen be spiked with heroin.
• What the label can claim: Ibuprofen can only claim to alleviate pain and inflammation; it can’t claim to cure cancer.
Guess what??? Supplements are NOT covered by these regulations.
Anything can be on the label. What’s on the label may or may not be what’s in the bottle.
Quality is key.
When it comes to supplements, be PICKY. Here are a few resources and tips to help make sure you are taking a high quality supplement:
• Use websites like examine.com and labdoor.com
• Many fish oils are rancid. To test for rancidity, take a capsule and chew it up when you first open the bottle. Safe fish oil should have a mild taste, but rancid fish oil will taste acidic.
• Choose minerals that are bound with an amino acid — examples include taurate, glycinate, orotate, arginate, lysinate, and citrate.
• Avoid minerals bound to mineral salts, which are poorly absorbed. Companies cut corners by using mineral salts for binding — examples include carbonate, oxide, and sulfate.
• Folic acid should be the bioavailable tetra-hydrofolate form because other forms of folic acid are not absorbed by the 50 percent of the population.
• Look for magnesium that is bound with any of the following: citrate, malate, glycinate, threonate, taurate, fumarate, or orotate.
• If you take cheap magnesium like magnesium oxide, it will cause over-relaxation of the bowel... and you may shit your pants.
Nobody wants to shit their pants. If you want good, quality supplements that meet or exceed Good Manufacturing Practices... give us a call or message and we'll set you up.
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