From single vitamins or minerals to special blends of nutrients, plant extracts and probiotics – there are countless supplements on the market, so that picking out one can seem daunting. Since supplements are usually taken over an extended period, quality and safety should be paramount. However, it is not always clear which supplements are high quality, which are a waste of money and which are even potentially problematic. What you should consider that only the best of the best makes it into your and your patients’ hands.
The Pure Substance Principle – Why Purity Counts
Getting nutrients straight from a pill sounds easy, but unfortunately, the nutritional supporters often do not come alone. Sweeteners, binders, fillers and other unnecessary ingredients can make their way into the body via supplements. While many of these substances are officially approved, they are highly controversial among scientists, medical professionals, experts and an increasing number of consumers. Thus, a possible influence on the microbiome, a reduction in the bioavailability of active ingredients and the occurrence of allergic and inflammatory reactions are discussed in this context. Nevertheless, additives and auxiliary are still popular ingredients of supplements because they serve the trouble-free and cost-effectively mass production process – but not the health of patients and customers.
Semi-Automated Production For Well-Tolerated Products
As the number of food allergies and sensitivities are on the rise, the demand for “free-from supplements” have been increasing. Although the production according to the so-called “pure substance principle” is more expensive and time-consuming – due to a semi-automatic manufacturing processes – the effort is worth it! Only containing active ingredients, these supplements ensure interaction-free resorption into the body, guarantee optimum tolerability and no additional burden on the body and metabolism.
Certified Quality and Safety by Third-Party Testing
As mentioned at the beginning, the choice of a supplement should always be guided by the two “must haves” – safety and quality. Supplements should come from trustworthy manufactures. Information about the manufacturer, the country of manufacture and the production guidelines should be clearly visible or easily obtainable. Since dietary supplements are foods and not medicines, the dosages of vitamins and minerals in these preparations must be within the nutritional range (check the “daily value” on the label). Another excellent way to ensure the quality of a supplement is to look for one that has been certified by a third party-company. The testing by a third party is not required by law. However, some companies voluntarily choose to undergo independent testing to confirm their commitment to manufacturing top-quality products.
Premium Ingredients and Science – Because The Inner Values Count
A supplement can only be as good as the weakest ingredient in its composition. Accordingly, a first-class product must contain top-quality ingredients that are premium sourced and stringently tested for purity and quality (e.g. branded raw materials). Only high-quality substances can develop the full potential and thus achieve the best possible effects.
To be sure that only the best of the best makes it into your hands, the supplement company should not only be an excellent manufacturer, but there should also be verifiable science knowledge behind the product. Ideally, an advisory board of research and product development experts (e.g. pharmacists, biologists, nutritionists) should work together with medical practitioners and therapists from the field to carefully develop products that are backed by verifiable science and validated by experience from practice.
Micronutrient is not Micronutrient – A Question of Bioavailability
Many micronutrients, in particular minerals and trace elements, are available in various chemical compounds. Some of these compounds can be better absorbed and utilized by the body than others – their so-called “bioavailability” is therefore higher. However, the various compounds also differ in their active ingredient content – another criterion that must be considered when developing a top product. The art to develop a first-class mineral supplement is now to find the perfect balance between the different mineral salts with their different solubility properties and active ingredient contents.
Conclusion: Whether you’re looking for supplements for a specific purpose or to support overall health – careful selection is always key. If you choose a trusted, science-based company that uses premium raw materials, produces without additives, and has the products tested by an independent third-party, the body will reap the benefits and the mind will be at ease knowing that you are using and recommending only premium supplements.
Characteristics of high-quality products
- Pure substance principle
- Recipes according to the latest scientific findings
- Bioavailable compounds
- Brand raw materials
- Trusted manufacturer
- Tested quality
Author: Mag. Margit Weichselbraun, MIRACON Science GmbH, Austria