We have put together a supplement guide to point out some very important facts set out by the FDA. There are a wide variety of supplements on the market.
You can buy supplements just about anywhere these days; even the corner convenience store sells them. The huge demand for supplements has now tempted many retailers to get in on the action.
But what do we need to know before making a purchase? How do we read product labels? And what are the basic guidelines that every nutritional company should follow? The following information helps us to educate our-selves.
In today's market there are many health and nutritional products made from thousands of different ingredients. Understanding the identity, origin, and benefit of each ingredient can baffle even the most knowledgeable consumer. Supplements shouldn't be a mystery. For this reason the FDA has put forth the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. (DSHEA)
Product labeling has always been an important aspect in conveying quality. The best labels in the industry follow this simple supplement guide:
Product identity or name: Each label plainly states what the product is, the net quantity of contents, and the dosage directions: Example: 60 capsules, take one capsule daily.
The Company logo and address: This represents that the company stands behind its name. A lot number and best used by date may also be included.
Scientific certification: A company should have a Scientific Advisory Board or Team. This seal lets customers know that leading authorities in their field of expertise have reviewed and approved the formulation. In other words the supplement or product quality is in every nutritional product they sell. The best supplement manufacturers on the market use Specification Sheets and Certificates of Analysis.
Nutritional information: Conforms to specific Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act guidelines: Note the Supplement Facts Panel on each product.
All ingredients listed — both active and inactive. This allows customers to compare potencies. As of March 23rd, 1999 the DSHEA label format now includes a new section entitled,
. Check the text printed either under the Supplement Facts Panel, or the Active Ingredients List.
Structure and function claims: Describe how research suggests these nutrients may work to support the health of the body; example calcium builds strong bones, antioxidants maintain cell integrity or fiber maintains bowel regularity.
Required statements: Structure and function claims
must be followed by this bold-faced disclaimer "Dietary Supplement".
Art work: Helps convey the identity and contents of the products.
Any company or manufacturer that produces nutritional supplements should be able to conform to two very important practices. They are as follows:
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
When manufacturing natural health products every company should be able to answer certain questions based on the
set out by the FDA supplement guide.
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