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How to Find High-Quality Supplements

Jan 24, 2018 0 comments
How to Find High-Quality Supplements

How do you know if your supplement has in it what it claims to? Certain companies fill their supplements with rice and house plants while others seek out FDA registered facilities and produce 3rd party inspected products.

The best dietary supplements come from a facility that is certified for current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Having a certification in Good Manufacturing Practices is extremely important because it ensures the following: 

  1. Content and Potency
  2. Overall Quality
  3. Composition

    1. Content and Potency

    Content and potency are checked by professionals (commonly individuals with PhD's do the inspecting but sometimes it is done by otherwise highly trained individuals).

    They inspect the facility, the process of manufacturing, the ingredients, and the supplement itself to ensure:

    1. The ingredients in the capsules/tablets are the same as what is on the label. 
    2. The intended milligrams of the active ingredient and the actual milligrams are equal.
    3. That the product is not contaminated by outside sources.
      Having a certification in cGMP helps to ensure that the supplement is not contaminated with outside toxins.Contamination can happen when a company is using ingredients sourced from an unclean area resulting in an end product that contains heavy metals or toxic chemicals.
      A facility that is true to their cGMP also has a team of experts who inspect the supplements.

      2. Overall Quality

      Quality is extremely important when it comes to dietary supplements. With cGMP, stale and ineffective ingredients are removed and do not go into the capsules.

      Each product is also checked for inconsistencies. Consistency is extremely crucial for successful supplementation. For example, if you have been taking a certain supplement for a while and a particular capsule one day erroneously has nothing in it, you will lose that day's supplementation which, just like with any prescription medication, can be harmful to your health (especially if you have no way of knowing). GMP certification allows you to know with confidence that you will not have to worry about inconsistency.

      The facilities are also inspected to check that they are up to date with the latest technology and safety techniques. In order to receive the GMP certification, the facilities in which the supplements are produced must be FDA approved.

      3. Composition

      Composition refers to ensuring that the active ingredient is in its proper form and biologically active. The active ingredient must be in its effective form and of high enough quality that it will be active in the body. That is not to say everyone will receive the same results, but cGMP certification secures that everyone will have the best chance of getting optimal results.

      Falsely Labeled Supplements

      Supplements that are mislabeled are intended to mislead customers about the effectiveness of supplements and may be detrimental to our health because we do not know how much of each ingredient we are getting (if any). 

      Stern Healing supplement labels have all been inspected and approved by specialists who are trained in FDA labeling standards.

      Conclusion

      My advice is to always be careful when buying supplements and pay attention to both the company you are purchasing it from, the supplement itself, and the ingredients list.

      Whatever you do, arm yourself with knowledge! Even if you do not take supplements, you may know someone who is wasting their money on a low-quality supplement.

      Having cGMP is just one piece of a very big picture, each ingredient in every product has to undergo complicated chemical processes inside the body so it is important to know exactly what you are getting.

      Every product on this website is made in a cGMP certified facility. We care about quality and so all of our products are produced in a cGMP facility.

       Here is a link to the FDA's information on cGMP.

      If you have any questions, comments, or experiences you want to share, please email me at Sternhealing@Sternhealing.com or post below. Thanks for reading! 

       


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