You may or may not be aware that some popular supplement companies have been under the microscope in recent times for claiming to have herbal ingredients that when tested were not present. Instead there were fillers like cheap powdered rice, wheat and houseplants. Read more here.
This brings some important questions to mind: are you really getting what you’re paying for? Even more importantly, can you really trust what’s in your supplements?
It would be wise for us to want to know more about our current brand as supplements are not cheap & we buy them to experience better health not the opposite!
As supplements are not regulated like other medicines transparency & education is key.
When it comes to supplement manufacturing, just like if you bought your meat from the butchers, the manufacturer should disclose HOW they produce their product. If there is no transparency I would be concerned.
Here are some basic guidelines a good brand should adhere to;
- All raw materials should be tested thoroughly so what it says on the bottle you are actually getting
- They utilise third party experts, such as microbiologists, to have accountability in their manufacturing & testing
- Their raw materials should meet Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulations set by the U.S. and other countries
- They test for biodegradability to lessen their impact on the Earth and are tested for human-safety
- They do not test on animals, are BPA-free, and use recyclable packaging
Just like your meat should be grass fed & raised in a peaceful environment, your supplements should be free from fillers & from a company with integrity that practices safety testing.
We need to vote with our choices & get smart about what we are buying. Do not just go off the latest fad or commercial but really start to educate ourselves about what we are putting into our bodies.
Yours in Hormone Health & Fitness,