You are probably one of the 75% of people in the world who choose to supplement their diet with vitamins at some point in their lives. More than likely, you have stood in front of shelves at your local supermarket or health food store, staring in confusion at the huge array of nutritional supplements available. Is there a right brand for you? Why are there such differences in the price? Which do you choose?
The American Medical Association (AMA) encourages all adults to supplement daily with a multiple vitamin.
“Insufficient vitamin intake is apparently a cause of chronic disease. Recent evidence has shown that suboptimal levels of vitamins, even well above those causing deficiency syndromes, are risk factors for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. A large portion of the general population is apparently at increased risk for this reason.”
– Dr. Robert Fletcher and Dr. Kathleen Fairfield
The Canada Food Guide recommends everyone eat 5-10 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. If you eat 5-10 servings that’s great!! However, the problem is that for the last 60 years commercial farms have been relying on NPK fertilizers which have depleted many essential micro-nutrients from our soils. The mass production processes of storing, drying, cooking, freeze-drying, extracting, and hydrogenating wreak havoc on an already marginal nutrient content.
The key is to prevent Degenerative Diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke – today’s three major killers!
When searching for the right vitamin or dietary supplement, the single most important factor is QUALITY: quality research, quality formulations, quality manufacturing.
There are three major groupings of quality of vitamins: low, medium and high quality.
1. Low quality vitamins are usually found in drug stores and pharmacies.
2. Low to medium quality vitamins are often found in specialized health food stores.
3. High quality vitamins are not found in stores as they are often pharmaceutical grade, and require professional guidance for the patient.
Pharmaceutical grade vitamins are made from pharmaceutical grade raw materials to pharmaceutical grade manufacturing standards. They are produced in government registered facilities and must follow the GMP (good manufacturing practices) for pharmaceuticals. In contrast, the low and medium quality supplements are made from food grade raw materials to food grade manufacturing standards. This means they meet standards set for human consumption.
To illustrate the difference, look in a bag of cookies. Some cookies have 5 chocolate chips, others might have 9. The cookies are safe and edible, but do not have exactly the same ingredients. Although this is okay for cookies, it is not acceptable for a nutritional supplement. It has been recently discovered that many vitamin and nutritional products do not contain the amounts of nutrients listed on the label. It is not possible to guarantee the purity, strength, quality or identity of the ingredients in an over the counter vitamin supplement. Because pharmaceutical grade vitamins have to be composed of exactly what the label says they contain, they are the only option for a supplement program.
Bioavailability is the extent to which a supplement can be broken down and actually used by the body. Low quality vitamins are manufactured using the least expensive ingredients. This usually means that they will not be in a form easily broken down and utilized by your body, some at only 10-15% efficiency. They may also contain many undesirable fillers and chemicals. If your body cannot break the vitamin down and use it in the form provided, then it does you little to no good, and your money and effort have been wasted.
In a pharmaceutical grade vitamin the nutrients are used in your body at a rate of 80-99%. This means that to get the same benefit from low-grade vitamins, you might have to take 6 to 8 times more. As you search the shelves and reach for the cheapest vitamin supplement, multiply the cost by eight or more and then ask yourself whether pharmaceutical grade vitamins seem expensive. High quality vitamins are the greatest value for you.
How can you know which really are the highest quality vitamins? Fortunately, the detective work has already been done. The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements is a scientific comparison of over 1600 vitamins manufactured in North America. An optimal vitamin model was put together with input from 12 experts in the field of nutrition. All vitamins were then compared against this model in characteristics such as completeness, potency, mineral forms, bioavailability, health for body systems and protective factors. Using this data, the Comparative Guide then rates the vitamins on a quality scale of 0 (low) to 5 (high). Those that receive a rating of 5 were then invited to prove their quality. Only 4 companies in North America have received the highest quality honor by proving that their ingredients and quality control practices are as good as they claim.
The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements is the only unbiased scientific comparison that is available today. It is currently being used around the world to help people see the difference in vitamin quality so that they can get the best value for their money.
A copy of the Comparative Guide has been placed in the waiting room for you to read. Please take some time to review it. Bring in the brands that you are currently using and look at their ratings in the charts provided. Compare their quality and value to the top ranked supplement brand in North America. Your health care provider has made the #1 brand available in this office for your benefit.
The entire reason to take vitamins is to improve your health, prevent disease and ensure your quality of life. This cannot be done with low or even medium grade vitamins. If you wish to begin your nutritional plan today with the best pharmaceutical grade vitamins, please talk to the receptionist, who has your plan on file.
Following are some popular brands and how they rate in the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements. They are rated from 0-5. The #1 quality vitamins rate a 5. USANA Health Sciences is the brand we carry!
Centrum 0 | Jamieson 1 | GNC 1.5
Centrum Silver 0.5 | Quest 1 | Natural Factors 2
One-a-Day 0 | Shaklee 1 | Sisu 2
Kirkland (Costco) 0 | Swiss 1.5 | Nu-Life 2.5
Equate (Wal-Mart) 0 | Isagenix 1.5 | AOR 3
USANA Health Sciences 5+ Gold Medal
Creating Wellness Alliance 5+ Gold Medal
Douglas Laboratories 5+ Gold Medal
TrueStar Health 5+ Gold Medal
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