Presented here are some guidelines every consumer should consider when choosing a manufacturer of herbal supplements:
-Ensure their products are produced at pharmaceutical standard GMP registered facilities. Such places comply with the most exacting standards to minimize or eliminate the possibility of product contaminants.
-Email or call them and inquire if they have a Certificate of Analysis on file confirming the potency of the ingredients listed.
-Since some supplements can adversely interact with others, to the detriment of your health, it’s crucial that any product that contains several or more ingredients is scientifically formulated . Many products on the market are conceived and promoted by marketers rather than top-notch scientists with impeccable credentials.
-Ensure your herbal supplements contain only standardized herbal extracts ; many do not since it’s far cheaper for the manufacturer to use low-quality ingredients, pros and cons of leading all natural health supplements.
-Be sure the products do not contain any fillers or additives (examples include: sugar, starch, gluten, silica (sand!) or any artificial colors or flavors.
New Dietary Ingredients
Supplements may contain new dietary ingredients, only if those ingredients have been present in the food supply as an article used for food in a form in which the food has not been chemically altered or there is a history of use, or some other evidence of safety exists that establishes that there is a reasonable expectation of safety when the product is used according to recommended conditions of use. Supplement manufacturers must notify FDA at least 75 days before marketing products containing new dietary ingredients, providing the agency with the information on which the conclusion that a dietary supplement containing the new dietary ingredient “will reasonably be expected to be safe” was based. Any interested party, including a manufacturer of a dietary supplement, may petition FDA to issue an order prescribing the conditions of use under which a new dietary ingredient will reasonably be expected to be safe.