Do Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements Matter?
It IS really important when purchasing a supplement that it meets certain standards.
Not all nutritional supplements are created equal
The raw ingredients used to create the vitamin or supplement is important!
There are three different grades of raw materials used in products:
- Pharmaceutical Grade – meets pharmaceutical standards
- Food Grade – meets standards set for human consumption
- Feed Grade – meets standards set for animal consumption
The difference is quality and purity. There is no substance that is 100% pure. Vitamins and supplements always have added substances. This is where the difference between the grades comes in, every supplement varies in the purity of the product, raw ingredient, and fillers.
In a pharmaceutical grade vitamin or supplement it must exceed 99% purity with no binders, fillers, excipients, dyes, or unknown substance.
United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Assures Quality
The USP provides assurance to the consumer, as well as those involved in manufacturing and processing, that the quality and purity of the raw materials utilized are of pharmaceutical grade. Consequently, the USP has a certain standard of excellence sold only through physicians and selected pharmacies. The bottom line is, if the product is not manufactured properly it may not work or could cause side effects. If you’re not sure what you are buying, ask. Experienced practitioners will evaluate products before they make recommendations to patient’s.
The Raw Materials Determine the Effectiveness
There are only a few manufacturers that provide raw material to supplement companies. It all starts with how and where the raw ingredients are grown. Raw materials and quality control is the key to an excellent nutritional supplement. Raw materials grown in a toxic environment will produce a toxic product. This is why Serenity Health Care Center does not recommend Chinese herbs or raw ingredients that come from China.
The freshest active raw materials should be used immediately after harvesting for a superior product. Transporting and storing the materials in a temperature controlled environment is pertinent to insure the longevity of the items. Once the finished products reach the warehouse, rotation and inventory control is the key to maintaining fresh supplements. This is the same thing that you would want to see with your own food.
Just like food and drugs, vitamins age until they have lost their entire potency. Many people take vitamins all their life and wonder why they have medical problems. Medical problems can be magnified by improperly made, irresponsible storage or poor quality raw ingredients. Unfortunately, there will always be companies who prefer the bottom line in place of your health and quality products.
What does the Supplement Facts Label really say?
“Supplemental Facts” – this label DOES NOT always tell the facts! In most cases they don’t even come close. The label does not always disclose the correct STRENGTH; sometimes they use a leaf instead of a root, which can cause more harm or no results to assist the medical condition.
How to find Quality Vitamins & Supplements?
First ask your Serenity Health Care Center’s integrative health care practitioner, they have reviewed the literature and researched the best quality products.
Serenity Health Care Center Recommends Several Product Lines:
- Prothera – Purchase Prothera nutraceutical products at Serenity Health Care Center, Waukesha
- Medi-Herb – Purchase Standard Process products at Serenity Health Care Center, Waukesha
- Pure Encapsulations – BUY ONLINE – from Serenity Health Care Center’s partner website for purchasing quality supplements.
- Wellevate by Emerson Ecologics – BUY ONLINE – Register with Wellevate for access to supplements through their partnership with Serenity Health Care Center
We also recommend Young Living Essential Oils and Nutritional Supplements.