Understanding Supplement Quality
Are all supplements the same? The answer is NO. Did you ever think about how your vitamins are made? What additives are in them? Where do the raw materials come from? These are questions that I have researched and this is why I use the MD Logic brand. In this post, we will cover what you need to consider when choosing a supplement.
Raw Materials (Ingredients)
Raw materials are those that are shipped into the manufacturing company to make the product. It is important that the raw materials are checked for any impurities. At MD logic – if impurities are detected, the product does not enter the manufacturing facility, it is placed back on the truck to ship out. The good raw material is then sent to an area that is secure to prevent contamination of any kind. In other words “the raw material is protected” so it can be used to produce your vitamins in the pure form.
You should also look for supplements that are formulated with ingredients backed by clinical studies.
The other concern is that many vitamin companies use GMO ingredients (genetically modified) which makes the product that goes into your body a bigger molecule—if the molecule is bigger it does not get absorbed and will make you bigger. When you choose a brand with non-GMO ingredients you are getting the purest form.
Read your supplement labels carefully for different additives. Many companies use gluten and dairy to “fix” the vitamin or nutrients. Gluten and dairy are large proteins that many people cannot absorb. It is important to me as a physician that vitamins are gluten-free and dairy-free, in a vegetable-based capsule. There are very few companies that do this and MD logic is one of them.
Also, look for colors and “natural” flavors. Typically there is no real benefit to these additives and certain food colors have been linked to many health conditions.
Not all supplement companies manufacture their products. MD Logic Health manufactures all of their products in the USA. You should also look for manufacturers that are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certified to ensure a safe and effective product. GMP facilities must comply with standards mandated by the FDA.
So NOT ALL VITAMINS are CREATED EQUALLY. Know what you are taking, know where it comes from, know what additives can affect you in that vitamin.
Dr. Roxanne Carfora, D.O., P.C. is Board Certified in Anti-aging and Functional Medicine and has been practicing Family Medicine for over 25 years. Dr. Carfora is an international lecturer for PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America) on Female Hormonal disorders, as well as, published many articles for cardiovascular disease prevention, women’s health issues, and healthy living topics. Her articles appeared in Newsday Wellness, Image magazine, and Long Island Pulse.