We at Nutrilligence, have found that the quality of nutrients contained in supplements is the most important factor determining if a product will deliver the desired results for health promotion, health maintenance, and disease prevention.
Only the highest quality of available “raw materials”, and a closely monitored production process, creates pure and effective supplements and formulas.
- The United States congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) in 1994. The term "dietary supplement" referred to products made of one or more of essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and proteins.
DSHEA later expanded the definition stating that herbs, or other botanicals (except tobacco), and any dietary substances that can be used to supplement the diet were to be included in the definition (herbs and other botanicals, amino acids,
extracts from animal glands, fibers such as psyllium and guar gum, and compounds not generally recognized as foods or nutrients such as enzymes and hormone-like compounds).
- According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) data, at least 40% of the US population has deficiency in one or more important nutrients. Lack of proper nutrients can impair the body’s normal functions and, over time, contribute to health problems.
High quality supplements manufacturers that we at Nutrilligence like to recommend, hire independent laboratories (third party) to verify what their products contain. This is the most reliable way to be certain of the content in any given supplement.
Some of the benchmarks that are looked for in a lab assessment of a dietary supplement are:
- No microbial contamination - bacteria, yeast, or mold.
- No heavy metals - lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic or aluminum.
- Free of chemical solvent residue, pesticides and herbicides.
- No rancidity.
- Label claim potency - the product contains what the label claims.
- Stability - the product maintains potency until the expiration date.
- No dioxins, mercury, or PCBs in fish oil products.