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What Supplements Are Safe?

Think about the supplements in the grocery stores; they have rows with enticing prices and odd labels. But where do these supplements come from? Who is responsible for the quality control? When it comes to grocery store supplements the answer is more muddled than it should be. Taking a closer look at the companies and what kind of quality control they use is one way to make sure you know what you are buying. Here is yet another great thought provoking message from Dr. Stephen Chaney. (Tips from The Professor: Who’s Testing Your Supplements?)

It’s so tempting…

You’ve been getting your supplements from a company that you know and trust – a company that does clinical studies on their products and performs rigorous quality controls.

You know their products are pure, safe and effective

BUT…

You’re shopping in your favorite drug store or discount store and you see the same supplements for just a couple of dollars!

You can’t help thinking…

“Wow! Here’s the same stuff I’ve been taking for a lot less money”…”Why not save my money?”…”They must have run some quality control tests on their products”…

“After all, how bad can they be?”

The answer is – pretty bad!

The events of 2010 illustrate just how bad.

On March 2nd, 2010 the makers and sellers of fish oil supplements were sued by the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation in California for not telling consumers that their products contained toxic levels of PCBs.

Toxic chemical–PCBs

It is amusing and somewhat scary that the FDA did not initiate this action and force the manufacturers to take their contaminated products off the shelves. Instead an environmental consumers group had to sue them for not including PCBs on the label! They sued them under California proposition 65 which requires a warning label whenever a product contains toxic ingredients.

 The defendants in this lawsuit were Omega Protein, a Houston-based company that is the world’s largest producer of omega-3 fish oil, and the many companies that they produced fish oil for – companies like Rite Aid, CVS, GNC, Now Health Group, Pharmavite, Solgar and Twinlab.

And those aren’t the only ones. The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation only tested 10 omega-3 supplements manufactured by Omega Protein to date and have found PCBs in all of them. They plan to continue testing and to add other companies to the lawsuit if their products are also contaminated.

Even scarier is that many of labels on these products said that the omega-3 supplement was treated to reduce or remove PCBs. As a consumer you were lead to believe that they were safe! The bottom line is that the manufacturer probably didn’t test for PCBs and neither did the companies selling their omega-3 supplements to the consumer. The alternative – that they tested the products, knew that they were contaminated with PCBs and sold them to the public anyway – is even worse.

Salmonella Poisoning

As if that weren’t scary enough the FDA announced a massive recall of products containing textured vegetable protein manufactured by a company called Basic Food Flavors because of salmonella contamination.

The problem is that there are at least 56 different kinds of consumer products containing this company’s textured vegetable protein – including salad dressings, dips, packaged snacks, potato chips and soup mixes (Who knew that salad dressings contained textured vegetable protein?). That means that this recall will be huge. It will affect many foods that most people buy and use every day. Once again, the problem is that neither the manufacturer nor the companies using the textured vegetable protein had run the basic quality control assays that would have detected salmonella contamination.

So what can you do as a consumer? Here are some recommendations:

1) Get your supplements from an established company with a reputation for quality and integrity. It is recommended choosing a company that has been around for a number of years so that you know that their reputation is based on their track record over the years rather than just on hype.

2) Make sure that they run rigorous quality controls on their products. It  is recommended choosing a company that requires pharmaceutical grade quality controls on their products.

3) Make sure that they have published clinical studies on their products that prove both safety and effectiveness. Again it would recommend choosing a company that has many published clinical studies on their products rather than just one or two.

 

Not all supplements are created equal!

Knowing what is in your dietary supplements is just as important as the supplement you take. In the news today there are scares about the safety of many dietary supplements on the store shelves especially with omega-3 fish oils; how do you avoid being caught up in the mayhem?

As the case of fish oil supplements above and other “natural” products have caused many people to stop and wonder what they are buying. The grocery and food store supplements boast low prices but what are you really getting for that lower cost? Mostly nothing at all! The active ingredients in most are of low quality and strength or the pill’s delivery system does not allow it to dissolve in the body properly.

Calcium supplements bought in the store come out looking like they did going in; not one thing was done for your body. Supplements on those shelves do not necessarily do either what they claim or what you think they may do by virtue of their name. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant and you expect that all vitamin E tablets and nutrition would be the same; this could be said with any specific vitamin or mineral. This is just not the case.

The truth is not all supplements are created equal. Quality control and testing are different from company to company. While there are federal and moral standards in place it seems that bad products still get through to store shelves. It seems quality control is not a major priority for most of the companies who sell these products; if they would have tested their products then they would have known of the high levels of PCBs.

It seems that in the fish-oil supplement cases, the manufacturer did NOT test their own products before putting them in their bottles and allowing them to be sold. This begs another question; why has the FDA, who has all the laws in place giving them the power to prevent this from happening, allowed these products to be put on the shelves to begin with?

Shaklee supplement label–you can trust everything write there!

Finding a company who prides themselves upon quality control and testing for their products is the only way to ensure that you are getting and can trust everything printed on the bottle. Companies and products with patents means that no other company can use the exact same ingredients in the exact same concentration or mixture; which means that one product could have better reliability than others that claim either the same thing or something similar.

We see this all the time with generic brands. Using some generic brands of pain relievers and other medications are just fine and as good as the name brand. When dealing with other products however, a lesser company cannot possibly put in all the effective ingredients as the original, especially if that original company has a patent.

What does this mean for Shaklee users? You can be assured that what you see and read on the label is what you get. Shaklee goes to the extreme for quality control and testing, going so far as to bring in third party testing laboratories and getting patents on their products.

“Harmony with nature” for over 50 years

 

There is no other company goes through so much to be so effective. This is second nature to Shaklee; inspired by the founder of the company, Dr. Shaklee, to be in harmony with nature in everything they do. What is even better yet is that they do not stop at one milestone; they keep going and have been doing so for over 50 years.

Dietary supplement safety and environmental protection are the core beliefs behind every Shaklee product. That is why unlike so many other companies, Shaklee offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Bottom line is that you can be comfortable with every Shaklee product you bring into your home to be as effective and powerful as the bottle says. Shaklee has published in many peer reviewed journals and other publications and have been confident enough to send their products to third party testers to be sure of their results. Plus, they do not hesitate to announce it.

Good news should be spread. And Shaklee is the best news of all for those looking for a safe reputable dietary supplement among their other many outstanding products.

What Will Your Health Look Like 10 Years From Now?

Making an investment in our future health has many people asking question such as: What supplements should I take? Are they all created equal? Why are some brands more expensive than others? Why aren’t some brands sold in stores? Can’t I just eat properly and call it good? Do I really have to spend so much on supplements?

Let’s start answering these questions with a little background.

Studies are showing more and more that 80% of heart disease in women IS preventable, 60% of all cancer related deaths COULD be prevented, and 90% of all Type II Diabetes IS preventable. But, proper nutrition and supplementation are critical factors in this equation.

If you have shopped for healthy foods you know how expensive nutritional food is today compared to the quick boxed dinners. The frozen food sections at stores are huge and one brand or another of those “fast” meals always seems to be on sale.

On the other hand, healthier foods are not only expensive; they seem to rarely be on sale. Not only that, but the nutritional value of produce alone has dropped 38% since 1950.

Food supplements on the shelves at stores seem to be a cheap way to get extra nutrition. But what are you really getting in those bottles? Have they been tested and proven to work by the company that sells them or by a third party to make sure they work? In most cases, no.

And most of those pills will leave your body looking like they did when they went in, adding no benefit to you. In fact, synthetic and poor quality supplements could do more to harm you than you may think.

So, what are we to do? Cutting out boxed meals altogether and investing in healthier foods may seem daunting, but don’t let that stop you. You can make a difference in your future health by starting small now.

If we stop buying the junk and start asking for more “good stuff”, the law of supply and demand says grocery stores would have to comply and seek better prices for the good stuff.

What if you could prevent the diseases that are so prevalent in our society today just by changing the way you view food and nutrition?

There is a way to feel better, improve your health and help others in the process. One word, Shaklee.

You can’t get these supplements from the store for one reason, more benefits go to you. Shaklee has a prescription for health. All the vitamins/minerals and support your body needs to live healthier and feel better, guaranteed.

What Separates Shaklee From Competitors?

Well, many health and wellness companies excel at catchy marketing and they rely on that marketing to sell their products. Shaklee is about more than marketing hype. They are about having the best products available that actually work. Plus they have the track record and science to prove it.

Most of Shaklee’s competitors excel in marketing. Their web sites and literature tell compelling stories. Every company claims to have the highest quality standards and products backed by outstanding science. They all claim to be the best.

So what is it that truly distinguishes Shaklee from the rest? In our opinion there are five things that make Shaklee stand out from the crowd.

1) Integrity: it means three things:

No hype or false claims. One reason why other companies are able to tell such compelling stories is that they feel free to make claims that they cannot back up with clinical studies.

Shaklee does not resort to hype or false claims in promoting their products. Shaklee has never been asked by the FTC or FDA to retract any of their product claims – something that cannot be said for many of their competitors.

– No testimonials. One reason why other company’s web sites are so compelling is the testimonials.

In evaluating testimonials you need to understand that the placebo effect is close to 50% for things like pain relief, energy and feeling of well-being.

That’s why the testimonials are meaningless unless they are backed by sound science.

– No paid endorsements. Endorsements are commodities. They are bought and sold.

That’s why we always ignore endorsements by doctors and professional athletes.

So what is the bottom line for you as a consumer?

Our recommendation is to pay very little attention to testimonials and endorsements.

And, of course, remember those venerable words of wisdom “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t”. Don’t get caught up in the hype. Just use your common sense.

2) The Golden Rule. I know that sounds kind of hockey, but by that it mean:

– Shaklee’s commitment to only make products of proven benefit. Some of you may remember earlier fads concerning chromium picolinate and colloidal minerals. The current fads seem to be magic water and exotic juices.

Shaklee has looked at all of those products. They could have made lots of money from marketing those kinds of products, but there was no good evidence that they actually worked – that they provided a real benefit to people using them. So Shaklee chose not to make those products.

– Shaklee’s commitment to only make products that will do no harm. Some of you may remember those weight loss products containing ephedra from a few years ago. Shaklee evaluated ephedra for their weight loss products. It is effective at increasing metabolic rate, but it also causes arrhythmia – it kills people.

That was abundantly clear from the scientific literature at that time. Of course, Shaklee chose to not use ephedra in their weight loss products. But many of their competitors used it – until enough people died that the FDA stepped in and banned ephedra.

– Shaklee’s commitment to make their products as natural as possible. We are exposed to too many toxic chemicals in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Because of that we prefer to avoid artificial ingredients in the supplements that we take.

There is a list of artificial ingredients that Shaklee will not use. It’s the size of a small telephone book. And that list includes sucralose. While many experts will assure you that sucralose is safe, other experts aren’t so sure.

The rule of thumb is to not knowingly consume any artificial ingredient unless it has been in the food supply for at least 20 years and is still considered safe. If you think about it, we have been assured by the “experts” that other artificial ingredients were safe only to have the FDA announce years latter “Oops – we were wrong”

Well, the “Oops” factor should be avoided…

– Shaklee’s list of ingredients that they will never use also includes GMO ingredients. Again, this is a controversial area, but we believe that there are too many unresolved environmental and health concerns around GMO foods.

So what is the bottom line for you as a consumer?

It is difficult for the layperson to evaluate the efficacy and safety of an ingredient or product, but you can become a discerning label reader. We would recommend avoiding supplements containing artificial colours, preservatives and sweeteners (including sucralose). And for food products (shakes, bars and gels) we would also recommend avoiding them unless the label specifically states that they use non GMO ingredients.

Article source: All natural healthy life

What are the benefits of natural nutritional supplements?

Nutritional supplements especially those from natural sources are truly important when it comes to fighting the aging process. They are an easy source of vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts and antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and revitalize the body by boosting metabolism and cell growth.

Nutritional supplements are prevalent and even though not all may bring out the effects of reversed time, those that produce results have benefits that surpass simply looking younger. It is paramount to understand what supplements your body needs because not all of them generate the same results. In fact, what may work for one person might have adverse effects on another. It is because of such occurrences that a consultation with a medical physician is worthwhile. Having noted the above however, there are a number of key benefits that supplements provide to any individual.

Improve the immune system:

A poor immune system readily exposes the body to a number of diseases. Our immune system weakens as we grow older, which is why supplements are necessary. Nutritional supplements such as vitamins and minerals help restore the immune system and give that needed boost of energy. It is easier to ward off diseases that may be life threatening with a strong immune system. In addition, energy revives the body and keeps it strong. This is necessary for a young and healthy looking body.

Enhanced memory and stamina:

Supplements such as HGH and those that are made with ingredients such as fruits, vegetables and herbal extracts are essential. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is known to sharpen the memory, increase energy and reverse signs of aging. Supplements with HGH will therefore renew your energy level, which means you are more productive in day-to-day activities. Poor memory, which is associated with aging, is also negated when the right supplements are taken. Your brain functions optimally and your memory is improved.

Intake of essential nutrients:

The body does not always get the right amount of nutrients. This can be through lack of sufficient production within the body or through inadequate foods that we eat. Good intakes of nutritional supplements provide the needed amounts to reach the appropriate nutrient levels. Omega 3 fatty acids are especially necessary because the body does not produce them at all. Additionally, not everyone observes a balanced diet which is why supplements come in handy. For a wholesome nutritional diet, supplements rich in vitamins, carbohydrates, fats and required acids are indispensable.

Provide antioxidant properties:

Resveratrol, found in certain fruits, such as grapes and vegetables contains antioxidant properties which are vital for the body. Supplements that have Vitamins A, C and E also have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are known to fight free radicals in the body that may cause harmful diseases. These diseases include heart diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases and ailments that come along with old age. Antioxidants also improve the skin’s appearance making it visibly younger and smoother.

Bone and muscle rejuvenation:

Calcium, magnesium, zinc, Vitamin D, collagen and more supplements are needed to prevent the fragility and aches associated with the aging of bone and muscle. Muscles remain strong and active with the supplements, while bones are averted from diseases that may leave one immobile. It should be noted however that not all bone diseases can be prevented by taking supplements. Nonetheless, they are good in minimizing pains and ensuring the joints work effectively.

Many people take nutritional supplements to slow down the aging process. You not only get to enjoy youthful energy and looks, but the production of the Human Growth Hormone is restored. This is produced in the pituitary gland situated in the brain. It is the hormone responsible for natural growth of the body. Production minimizes with age however which is what leads to the signs of aging. Nevertheless, you can reverse the process and take pleasure in being younger, longer with supplements. Therefore, as noted, natural nutritional supplements have far more benefits than restoring youthful looks. Together with the supplements though, incorporate a healthy lifestyleso that you can have these benefits for an extended period of time.

 

Reference article Ram K Charan – Benefits of Anti Aging supplements

 

How to choose the best nutritional supplements?

Nutritional supplements can be found in drugstores, food warehouses, and health food stores. Some brands are sold only through doctors’ offices or stores where there is a doctor present to advise you. The price range is vast, so how do you decide what is right for you?

Nowadays, words like “natural” are vastly over-used. There are many supplement products labelled “all natural.” But, this word has no real working legal definition. There is usually no way for the consumer to be absolutely sure whether the products are made from natural raw material.

As a result, as a consumer, we need to be careful when choosing the right and best nutritional supplements for our own or family used. There are four aspects you should consider when choosing the nutritional supplements: whether it is 100% naturally safe, bioavailability, proven effective and at reasonable price.

When talking about natural supplement, it is concentrated from a quality natural source. The goal is to produce a supplement that is easily available to our bodies. A natural source contains co-factors that come with the nutrient in nature. For instance, some co-factors that are usually found with vitamin C are the bioflavonoids. The bioflavonoids help the body to utilize vitamin C more efficiently. If these are lost in processing, they are added back during production to maintain nature’s harmony. This phrase means that the supplement is readily available for your body to absorb and use.

Regarding bioavailable, sometimes natural substances are combined with modified nutrients to make the primary nutrient even more available to the body. An example would be the combining of a mineral with a protein, an organic acid, or amino acid to help it be even more available to the body. Another example would be adding a biochemical that helps a tablet to disintegrate more quickly. This is what we mean by “created by nature and perfected by science.”

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