Ideally we should all get our nutrition from
the food we eat. But if you are like most people the chances
are very good that you don't get all the nutrition you need
from your diet. A hectic lifestyle will undoubtedly lead you
to fast and processed foods.
supplement your diet by taking a multivitamin each daily,
congratulations, that is a good thing. You are concerned
about your health and taking care of your body. A good
multivitamin will help you do that. You get extra credit if
you make sure your mate also takes them, too.
Taking a multivitamin can help you
maintain and boost your good health. It is about the best
thing that you can do for yourself.
But there are some things that you need to
Is Your Vitamin Natural or Synthetic?
Do you know if your synthetic multivitamin
is as good as its advertising says it is?
Could you be
gambling with your health by taking “their” word for
it? If you are taking a multivitamin, this
is something you definitely want to find out.
Don’t make the mistake of shopping for
supplements at discount stores or large chains like Wal-Mart
or Walgreen’s. According the Dr. Mercola, "In my opinion,
these are classic examples of companies that primarily use
cheap synthetic supplements.
Synthetic alternatives to whole foods are
known as “isolates”.
Your body will only absorb a small percentage of an
isolate form of vitamins and minerals — and utilize even
less (Your body absorbs much more of the
whole food form.) On top of that, there may be side effects,
depending on the quality of the isolate.
Don’t sell yourself short! Many retail
outlets and online sellers are primarily interested in your
money, not your health. Supplements are
not their specialty.
You wouldn’t go to your local burger joint
for a nice filet mignon, would you? The same attitude should
apply to your health products.
items when choosing a supplement:
Additionally, the ingredients many
companies use are not only synthetic, but there is a
likelihood they may not have been thoroughly tested for
purity and potency confirmation — and may have come from
overseas. (80% of all Vitamin C comes from, you guess it,
The manufacturers will often base their
claims solely on the word of their suppliers.
The suppliers’ word may be good
enough for them, but is it good enough for you and your
I don’t think so!
That is why I chose the manufacturer of my
product very carefully. It meets the most stringent
standards in the industry today, ensuring that the
end product is exactly what it
says it is on the label!
Is Your Supplement Made by a Company That’s
ISO and NSF Certified? You’d Better Find Out!
Do you know just how many things can
actually go wrong when a supplement is being made? Any one
of them can produce an inferior product.
And it doesn’t take much — an oversight
here, a little corner-cutting there, and before you know it,
the quality of your supplement is headed downhill.
To prove to you that a product is made
using the highest standards available, a manufacturer will
voluntarily submit to exhaustive — and costly — auditing of
their processes to achieve important certification.
write, visit the website, or whatever it takes to find out
whether or not your multivitamin is made at an ISO or NSF
Because you may be wasting your
money (or worse) by believing in a product that
doesn’t meet the highest standards in the industry.
Don’t take anything for granted
when it comes to your health. Every detail is worth your
attention… What would be worse than putting your trust and
health in the hands of a vitamin only to find out years in
the future you took the wrong one?
What If the Raw Materials Used by Your Vitamin
Supplier Weren’t Fully Inspected and Certified?
Believe me, you don’t want to get this
It is the RARE company that actually has
an aggressive quality control process. One that will confirm
and INDEPENDENTLY validate that their raw material is
identical to what the certificate of analysis from the
supplier of the raw materials used to make the supplement
claims it to be.
In fact, there may even have been
pesticides used on the raw materials that could have slipped
by a less-than-thorough check. The supplier’s word may have
been good enough, as opposed to a thorough examination being
Unfortunately, their word just
isn’t good enough for the manufacturer of my
You see, they’ve voluntarily
adhered to the Vendor Certification Program (VCP). This
ensures the quality of the raw materials
used in my product.
So why don’t other manufacturers adhere to
What If Your Vitamin Supplier’s Quality Control
Procedures Are Lower Than Industry Standards?
Let me reiterate: If every manufacturer of
supplements met high quality control standards, they’d
all be bragging about their
ISO certification. Somehow, they remain strangely silent…
ISO and NSF certifications mean
superior quality control.
It means you can rest easy, knowing that
the ingredients are checked many times
throughout the process for contamination that could occur at
any point during the manufacturing process.
It means that environmental conditions
such as heat and humidity were appropriate throughout the
process, which could also radically decrease the quality of
the supplement you will eventually swallow.
It also means that your supplement wasn’t
manufactured on the same equipment as banned substances or
allergen-containing foods, and that the personnel involved
in the process are highly aware of those substances…
Do you see the pattern here?
Would you eat in a restaurant that wasn’t
clean and thoroughly inspected?
Of course not. So why settle for a
supplement that might have been created under
ISO and NSF standards ensure that the
quality of your product is top notch.
Does your multi boast ISO or NSF
certifications? Mine does.
The personnel involved in the
manufacturing process may not be fully trained
for the particular testing or manufacturing equipment that
they are working on.
But they would be if the facility
was ISO and NSF certified. They would also be supervised
throughout the entire manufacturing process. The
manufacturing company I chose uses PhD’s to supervise their
As a matter of fact, their supervision
teams provide continual on-site training for every
So find out if your multivitamin company
is ISO or NSF certified.
The few minutes it takes will be well worth it, for your
security and peace of mind.
But what — exactly — do ISO and NSF
The term “ISO 9001” refers to a detailed
set of quality management standards that the company must
adhere to in order to meet the requirements of
The more rigorous ISO 17025 provides a
third-party accreditation of the onsite laboratories.
The supplement is tested onsite by
hard-working PhD’s to guarantee the final quality of the
supplement you eventually purchase —throughout the entire
I searched long and hard to find the best
company out there. I think I succeeded because the company I
finally selected has won the NutriSearch Gold Medal of
Achievement, an award given by an independent third party
agency. Of the over 1,400 products tested, only 4
manufacturers of those products won the award.
But what may be the “ace” of all of them
is this — being approved for
NSF Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) certification.
ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and NSF
NSF International is an independent,
not-for-profit organization. This body of audit and
inspection is one of the most comprehensive and quality
driven initiatives in the nutrition industry.
They are committed to making the world a
safer place for consumers.
They work hard to make sure that you don’t
have to question the safety — or quality — of your product.
Very few companies can boast this claim.