Think about the last time you were faced with a difficult decision about an item you were about to purchase, such as a new car. There are so many factors that go into the decision – cost, color, extra options, size, mileage – the list goes on. But at some point you need to make your final decision, and there is one factor that pushes you towards one choice or another. For many people, that final deciding factor comes down to a matter of quality. You expect a certain level of care has been put into every step of producing that vehicle so that you have the most dependable vehicle that money can buy – yet without spending your life savings to get it.
There should be no exception when it comes to deciding which nutritional supplements you and your loved ones use. You deserve to know that these products are consistently made with precision and utmost attention to purity and potency. You and your health care providers need to know that when you use a supplement, you are getting exactly what the label says. Unfortunately, we live in a world where quality is not always a promise that some companies strive for. This is especially true when looking at nutritional supplements that can be produced or contain ingredients from all corners of the world with inconsistent regulations for quality control.1,2 This is why it is so important to be able to recognize when your nutritional supplements are coming from a reputable source that adheres to strict quality standards.
How do I know if I’m Using a High Quality Supplement?
Quality of a product begins with selection of the ingredients that are going to be used. A good product will only include ingredients that are known to be safe and effective when combined together at the appropriate doses following intensive research and scientific scrutiny. Once the ingredients have been chosen, it is time to find sources for the raw ingredients. A responsible company will be diligent about each raw ingredient they use and only select them from trusted sources that adhere to the same principles of quality, purity, and potency.
Raw ingredients need to undergo intensive laboratory testing at a qualified third party laboratory that follows current Good Laboratory Processes (cGLP) with ISO certifications. Ingredients should be pharmaceutical grade meeting the strict requirements defined by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) or National Formulary (NF). In the case of plant-based ingredients, it becomes extremely important to find organically grown sources that are free from toxins, heavy metals, and pesticides.3–5 Organically grown plants have also been shown to contain higher concentrations of the beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants that you want in a supplement.4–8
After ingredients are verified at a cGLP laboratory, they can be used to make the final product at a manufacturing facility that follows current Good Manufacturing Processes (cGMP) with strict adherence to all regulatory guidelines. Following manufacture, further testing is performed to verify the purity, potency, and stability of the final product. Ultimately, determining the quality of a product comes down to finding a company that is transparent with regards to their quality standards. In the world of nutritional supplements, it means finding a company that holds itself to higher standards than what is required by regulatory bodies and exceeding all expectations.
At Viniferamine, we adhere to the principals of utmost quality for all of our products. We start by only using the finest raw ingredients that are independently tested at a cGLP, ISO:9001 facility before being incorporated into our final products at a our cGMP manufacturing facility based in the United States. All products are then independently tested for stability, purity, and potency before being approved for sale, meeting or exceeding all standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).9 When you use the Viniferamine Nutritional Supplements, you can rest assured that you and your family are getting an affordable scientifically proven product with a level of quality that goes above and beyond what is expected.
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About the author: Kyle Hilsabeck, PharmD., is the Vice President of Pharmaceutical Affairs at McCord Holdings and licensed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. He completed bachelors degrees in biology and biochemistry at Wartburg College before earning his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, he completed a community pharmacy practice residency through the University of Iowa where he focused primarily on nutritional aspects of care including the use of vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements. He has taught courses for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy on vitamins, minerals, herbs, and nutritional supplements and given many presentations on the subject as well. He has a passion for improving patient care specifically with regards to the safety and quality of the nutritional supplements and health information people use.
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