Last night I got all riled up when my friend Dr. Christiane Northrup sent me a message saying:
“Have you seen this? (she included this link to a PBS Special) This is exactly why we work with USANA!”
So I clicked on the link and watched. At first I was furious! Then I felt not only relieved, but proud of the company we’ve partnered with for over a decade.
Let me explain.
The PBS documentary highlights the fact that the FDA in the U.S. does not regulate the quality or accuracy of nutritional supplements. (You don’t have to watch the whole episode – but at least watch for a few minutes beginning at 13:00)
This is scary! Can you imagine giving your child a vitamin every morning thinking you are supporting their health only to find out you’ve been harming them?!
This is why Dr. Northrup and I have been using USANA supplements for ourselves, our families and our clients. (Dr. Northrup for over 20 years and I for over 10.) USANA voluntarily follows the more stringent GMP for pharmaceuticals, which regulates virtually every aspect of manufacturing, and recently was named an FDA-registered facility.
USANA also voluntarily tests its supplements to make sure they meet trusted U.S Pharmocopeia (USP) standards and specifications for potency, uniformity, and disintegration. Furthermore, internationally USANA is regularly inspected and audited by Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to ensure its GMP standards are met.
As you will see in the PBS documentary, overseeing every aspect of production is critical. That’s why USANA believes strongly in the value of manufacturing its supplements in house at its Salt Lake City facility. Doing this allows them to keep a close eye on every step of the production process, from extensive vetting of raw ingredients to conducting tests at various points in the production process to submitting our products for tests by third-party organizations. Plus, they’re able to use the best equipment available from start to finish.
Bottom line: Unless the producer of your supplements voluntarily adheres to pharmaceutical-grade standards like USANA does, there is no guarantee that what’s on the label is what’s in the bottle. (TWEET IT)
What to Consider
When you’re looking for a supplements company, it’s important to know how the products are being manufactured. I encourage you to do your own research as well. What you put into your body should be the most rigorously tested supplements you can find. Consider the following:
- Does the company care enough to spend the money necessary to manufacture products in house?
- Does the company adhere to pharmaceutical level GMPs?
- Can the company ensure its customers will see no contamination, that the potency of each pill is guaranteed, and that the ingredients are mixed properly so that each time you take that supplement, you can be positive that what’s on the label is in each pill?
I’ve you’re curious which supplements I take, you can see here.
Whatever you do, please do your homework before taking nutritional supplements!!!
To your great health,