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Do we really need to take vitamins or nutritional supplements?

Yes, especially these days, our food is increasingly lacking essential nutrients because of "modern" farming, environmental pollutants, and production methods. It is necessary to have your body fueled with vitamins that promote optimal function to prevent disease.

The benefits of professional-quality products

Have you ever stood in the aisle of your health food store, trying to determine which multivitamin is best for you? Did you finally shrug and pick a bottle-maybe the cheapest brand?-saying, "Ah, they're probably all the same, anyhow." The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 allowed for naturally found substances to be sold as food rather than regulated as pharmaceuticals through the FDA. While overall this provides for freedom, it requires the consumer to be educated to protect him or herself.

Most people believe that the quality of nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and herbs is pretty standard from company to company. In fact, quality varies tremendously. This can have serious repercussions for health since quality doesn't just determine how effective a supplement is, but also determines the likelihood of side effects—some of them significant.

How can quality in a supplement be determined?

Nutritional supplements are processed food, just like a loaf of bread or a can of beans that you might buy in a supermarket. These nutrients (or, in the case of herbs, phytochemicals) have been packaged for purchase several days, weeks, or months after manufacture. What concerns might you have when purchasing a loaf of bread of a can of beans? Most likely, they would be these:

Freshness

No matter how carefully a processed food is packaged, eventually oxygen and age take their toll, causing food to oxidize and rot. Furthermore, most nutrients (especially vitamins B and C) and herbs, no matter how carefully they are processed and packaged, oxidize very readily. It's important, therefore, to patronize manufacturers who buy and process small lots of herbs and nutrients, which can be quickly processed and made available to the consumer. Unfortunately, because it seems more cost-effective, most manufacturers buy large lots that get stored in warehouses for several months at a time. Remember: This cost-effectiveness is only an illusion. You end up paying more through a reduction in health. This is why we deal only with companies that make freshness a top priority. Although it costs more up-front to make the product, over the long run the real cost to you is much lower.

Nutrient availability

It doesn't matter what the ingredients are if your body can't use them. Many nutrient and herbal companies highly process their ingredients, compressing the constituents into small, very hard tablets or capsules that don't break down in the digestive tract. Talk about a waste! Very often, these bottom-line companies lack the equipment or the interest in assessing the digestibility of their products. We deal exclusively with companies that manufacture with digestibility in mind, constantly confirming this with on-site testing. Once again, this only seems to add to the cost of the product. Is it really cheaper to flush your money down the toilet?

Accuracy in labeling


How can you be certain you're getting what the label says you're getting? Because the nutrient and herbal manufacturers are poorly regulated, there have been far too many instances of irregularities-instances when an unknown substance was added, an important ingredient was left out, or a combination of the two. At Holistic Nutrition International LLC, we find this to be completely unacceptable. The companies supplying our products provide 100% assurance that what's on the label exactly matches what's in the bottle, and they back up this claim with on-site testing of each batch.

Microbial contamination


Most manufacturers do not adequately batch test their products for activity or for contaminants. Thus when independent laboratories have published comparisons of activity, they have found marked variability of concentrations of active substances. In addition, contaminants such as heavy metals can be found in some preparations, especially those originating in China. If you are taking high doses of nutraceutical or vitamin supplements and they are contaminated, then you are poisoning yourself even as you are trying to improve your health.

As the supplement market grows, it has become harder to obtain quality ingredients, and some herbs are being used in amounts that are unsustainable. Since the consumer is generally uninformed, some companies have taken advantage of the situation to market inactive, subactive, or contaminated supplements.

Real Value, Consistent Satisfaction

Sadly, many supplements on the health-food shelves are manufactured by different companies at different times, depending upon which company is currently offering the lowest price. Even though the labels may look identical from batch to batch, the quality can vary tremendously. While this method may ensure the cheapest price, it makes it difficult to track down the manufacturer of any particular batch. Furthermore, manufacturers know this, and the unscrupulous ones may relax their standards on the above points.

At Holistic Nutrition International LLC, we don't gamble with your health.   

We carry professional brands that meet our strict standards and are committed to a high quality control far above the industry standard.  The products are cutting-edge, well-researched formulas made from high-quality ingredients that stay consistent from batch to batch and product to product. The companies we trust analyze both the raw materials and the finished products for any sign of microbial contamination.
The following are some of the professional supplement lines/lab companies we carry/use:

  • Allergy Research Group
  • Designs For Health
  • Biotics Research
  • BioHealth Diagnostics
  • Interplexus
  • Metagenics
  • Orthomolecular Products
  • Metametrix Clinical Laboratory
  • Biogenesis Nutraceuticals
  • Immune Therapy Research
  • Nordic Naturals
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