Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements vs Over the Counter Supplements
“Insufficient vitamin intake is apparently a cause of chronic diseases. Recent evidence has shown that suboptimal levels of vitamins (below standard), 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
It is always better to get your nutrients from food however even people who try to eat correctly are still often lacking the essential vitamins and minerals that keep us healthy. Knowing what supplements each individual needs is important, but just as vital is making sure that what you are taking contains the purest and most “bioavailable” ingredients possible. Bioavailability means the extent to which the vitamin can be absorbed from your intestines to actually do its job. If bioavailability of a supplement is low then more is passing through you than helping the health of your body.
These supplements are sent off to third party companies which test the products to make sure they have the ingredients they claim. Pharmaceutical grade supplements undoubtedly have to be pure. It must not contain binders, fillers, dyes, excipients or other unknown substances. Institutions such as the USP provide a guarantee that we do not put ourselves in danger by taking supplements that should prolong life in the first place. A supplement that follows the standard guidelines is given a pharmaceutical grade standing. This means that the product is 99% pure without additives or unnecessary substances which may cause unwanted side effects.
Over The Counter
There is no real regulation of these and, for example, you may not be getting the 1000mg of vitamin D that they claim. The purity is questionable and the actual vitamin is in a form that is not very bioavailable.
With an over the counter vitamin supplement, you really won’t be able to guarantee the purity, strength, quality or identity of the ingredients, whereas pharmaceutical grade vitamins need to contain exactly what they say they contain in the measurements stated.
Our wellness staff continually monitors new scientific research to make the best possible recommendations and we provide only the purest and most potent supplements available. These pharmaceutical grade vitamins are available only through healthcare professionals and are manufactured to exceed industry standards for quality.
Vitamins may be purchased online, at the office or over the phone. Our staff will be happy to ship directly to you. Call (704) 929-3724.