The Hippocratic Oath is taken by all physicians and states, “At first, do no harm.” Unfortunately, in the expanding marketing of nutritional supplementation, there are very few regulations on the marketing, formulation or quality control of the products.
We are concerned when such products contain unnecessary fillers, additives and other chemicals. We are also suspect of companies that produce products that are formulated with cheap ingredients that will not absorb. Most of all we want to make sure the products will not cause harm.
Out of 21 brands of multivitamins on the market in the United States and Canada tested by ConsumerLab.com, only 10 met the stated claims on their labels or satisfied other quality standards.
Most worrisome is that some companies had dangerous levels of harmful toxins in their product. For instance, The Vitamin Shoppe Multivitamins Especially For Women, was tainted with lead. The amount of lead was more than 10 TIMES the amount permitted without warning in California, the only state that regulates lead in supplements. This can cause damage to the brain if accumulation reaches a threshold. At a low dose it can still cause many health concerns, including ADHD and aggressive behavior.
Unfortunately most consumers go to a big box retailer and pick up the most inexpensive product on the shelf without any concern that the product is harmful. Consumers need to be aware that if they are buying a product merely because it is cheap, then they may be better off not taking anything at all.
“This is not of any surprise at all,” says Dr. Esposito, President of AlignLife Nutraceuticals, “I personally purchased fish oil tablets at a GNC store and upon cutting open the tablet it was evident the oil was rancid.”
“The lack of quality control is not only the smaller no-name brands, but it is rampant throughout the industry,” states Dr. Esposito. This is why AlignLife created an entire division dedicated to formulating products and supplying our patients with very potent – yet very safe – formulations.
“Our goal is to make sure you receive a therapeutic effect from our products to alleviate your need of excessive pharmaceutical agents. However, first and foremost, you can rest assured that AlignLife Nutraceuticals are safe.”
In addition to safety, AlignLife Nutraceuticals has the industry’s best guarantee:
- All products will provide 100% potency and activity for its entire shelf life
- Every ingredient in our products is pharmaceutical-grade or better
- Full label disclosure with NO hidden ingredients
- Every product is activated with the same transporters that are used in nature to ensure full bioavailability.