The form of the ingredient, the dosage of the ingredient, and the formulation of the entire supplement all influence whether or not a dietary supplement will be effective. Why? Because safety, quality, and proper dosage matters.
The use of supplements has increased considerably in recent times. Many companies produce them. But not all brands are created equal. In fact, some don’t even contain the supplement you thought you were purchasing.
Not all Supplements are Created Equally
The FDA does not test dietary supplements for safety or efficacy before marketing. The responsibility to ensure safety and efficacy falls on individual product manufacturers, which is why the choice of product really does matter. Purchasing supplements online for the cheapest price can be risky when dealing with many online marketplaces. Amazon has recently warned customers to dispose of some probiotic products suspected of being counterfeit.
The quality issue is not just in online marketplaces either, recently a Canadian research group conducted a study among many different generic brand supplements, using DNA testing to verify their ingredients. They found that many of these supplements, most common to grocery stores such as Walgreens and Wal-Mart, contained unlisted fillers, contaminants, completely different compounds than listed, and in some cases no active herbal ingredients at all! They found that over 60% of the store brand supplements tested had incorrect labeling, and more than 50% of those tested didn’t contain the advertised ingredient!
All true pharmaceutical-grade supplements are produced in a non-allergen facility free from dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, nuts, and other ingredients viewed as common allergens. These high-quality brands offer pure ingredients free of fillers, additives, contaminants, and are guaranteed to contain the ingredients listed on the labels—and are considered to be pharmaceutical grade supplements.
Vida’s Wellevate Online Supplements Dispensary
Proper supplementation can help fill nutritional gaps in one’s diet, as well as address very specific imbalances within the body. Our Vida Functional Medicine Physicians will discuss your supplement plan, dosage, and answer any questions you have.
With Vida’s Wellevate Dispensary, your Physician can make specific recommendations for you to purchase high-quality, third-party tested supplements online at our discounted rate. Any dispensary items offered by Vida are from brands we know and trust.
We encourage you to shop around at other sites and please let us know if you find your products less expensive elsewhere. Our goal is always offer a win-win for our patients and our practice.
Vida patients and customers will receive an automatic 10% off all items when creating a Vida Wellevate account.
Want to schedule and appointment but unsure about your coverage? Easily find out by using our contact us form. We will check your coverage and send you the results!
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