A landmark research study as reported in The Journal of the American Nuetraceutical Association shows that the odds of purchasing an effective, non-toxic herbal product is only 2.5%. That means a shocking 97.5% of products tested were either toxic or not effective or both.
In order to get supplements on the shelf of your health practitioners office or over the counter location there is a complex process that takes place including growing, harvesting, encapsulation, bottling and delivery. The quality of each step in this process affects the effectiveness of the product.
Growing & Harvesting Raw Living Source
The quality of the raw living product is where supplement manufacturing begins because most whole food is grown with pesticides or is irradiated, especially in the United States. Raw food that was grown with clean standards may also run the risk of being stored for too long after harvest and now is old and rancid.
Nutrients that are most effective for cellular support are those that are grown under ideal conditions, that are pesticide free, harvested at their peak, packaged and stored in a toxic free environment. With the toxic environment we live in today it is hard to find nutrients this pure. Our air, water and soil is polluted which means our food source and raw material source for supplements is also heavily polluted.
Encapsulation of Living Source
Excipients are highly questionable and often toxic tagalong chemicals or agents which are used in typical nutritional supplement manufacturing. Many popular nutritional supplements contain health damaging excipients which are sometimes listed as “other ingredients” or “natural flavors” on the label or may not be listed at all.
Long term consumption of these toxic excipients are detrimental to our optimal health. When toxic excipients accompany whole food nutrients, these nutrients enhance cellular access which means our cells are primed and ready to accept nutrients as well as toxic excipients. Even a minuscule amount over long-term consumption can have far reaching adverse effects. The old adage “it’s better than nothing” does not apply when it comes to toxic supplements.
Capsules vs Tablets
There is an ongoing debate about capsule versus tablets for nutraceuticals. Some gel capsules use animal-based gelatin. Animal source gelatin typically contain toxins and may be hard to digest. Solvent free vegetables capsules are the cleanest form of nutrient encapsulation.
Tablets most likely contain toxic tagalongs and some sort of non-nutritive agent. Tablets need glue and binders to hold their ingredients together. It takes immense pressure to combine ingredients into tablets and heat which can cause damage to the nutrients.
Therefore, it is extremely important to maximize well-being through top-quality organic high-grade neutraceuticals. Most holistic practitioners are aware of top quality brands, so getting personally tested and having nutritional products tested specifically, can radically impact health, increase vibrancy, and save money.