Quality Determines Results
Thanks to Michael T Grubic for sharing this article!
Quality is an issue when buying supplements, just like it is
an issue when buying carpet or clothes. There are 100's of
brands of food supplements on the market, but let's look
at some quality issues.
Example 1: Bioavailability
Do the nutrients in the product get absorbed into the
bloodstream and is there published, clinical evidence
to prove it? A test by Dr. Nassar with Vitamin E showed
Five sources of 200 I.U. Vitamin E were tested for delivery
to the blood stream. The results were:
Source 1 = 0.12 units absorbed
Source 2 = 15.0 units absorbed
Source 3 = 1.0 units absorbed
Source 4 = 67.0 units absorbed
Source 5 = 200.0 units absorbed*
(*this was Shaklee brand)
Example 2: Stability
Acidophilus and Bifidus products are being highly promoted
today. But the following is a university study showing the
amounts of active bacteria found when microflora products
were randomly selected and tested off the store shelf. The
label claimed the following numbers "At the time of manufacture."
Brand Claim Microanalysis Results
#1 = 2 billion - None
#2 = 100 million - 1,500 only
#3 = 250 million - 30 million
#4 = 1 million - None
#5 = 500 million - 500 million*
(*This was Shaklee brand)
The body will only benefit from what gets delivered to the
Example 3: Integrity
In 1998, the U.S. Dept of Agriculture randomly selected 43
Ginseng labeled products and tested them for active
ingredients. The results: 39 of 43 had NONE! That's 91%.
A 1999 CTV report on St. John Wort revealed that 70% of
products tested contained fewer active ingredients than
the industry standard. 10% contained no active ingredients.
The same CTV report on Ginkgo Biloba products showed that
25% contained no active ingredients.
The supplement and herbal industry is sparsely regulated,
and therefore, it is up to the buyer to BEWARE!