Quality Control of Vitamins and Supplements

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Posted by Dr Janine Bowring

December 18, 2020

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Unlike conventional prescription medication which is regulated strictly by government agencies, vitamins and supplements don’t have such rigid controls. Many people aren’t aware that what you see on a supplement label isn’t necessarily what you get.

Quality Control of Vitamins and Supplements

Unlike conventional prescription medication which is regulated strictly by government agencies, vitamins and supplements don’t have such rigid controls. Many people aren’t aware that what you see on a supplement label isn’t necessarily what you get. In a recent study in the US, researchers analyzed 55 over-the-counter bottles of vitamin D supplements from 12 manufacturers. To their surprise, they found that the amount of vitamin D found in the supplements ranged from 9 percent to 146 percent of what was listed on the label. What that means is that some supplements had only 9% of the Vitamin D that was supposed to be in the bottle, while others had too much. [i] As a consumer, it’s hard to know who to trust. In the United States, testing is still voluntary. Some manufacturers volunteer to have the quality of their supplements tested by the independent, not-for-profit U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), which sets standards for supplements. It’s a bit more stringent in Canada, where all natural health products (NHPs) sold in Canada are subject to the Natural Health Products Regulations, which came into force on January 1, 2004. Even so, there aren’t regulations in place that compare to the procedures around prescription medications. At VitaTree, our products not only comply with the NHP regulations, but we do pre- and post-production testing on all the supplements. As well, they are third-party tested to ensure that all bacteria, heavy metals, etc. are not present before they are sold. Not only do I create the formulas for VitaTree but I stand by the quality of all our supplements. I can guarantee that what you see on the label is what you get in each capsule. You can take our supplements and feel more energized because they are all natural and whole-food based. [i] Duffy MacKay, vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition, Washington, D.C.; Susan Zweig, M.D., clinical assistant professor, medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City

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