The nutraceutical and dietary supplements market is an astonishingly massive industry here in the United States. According to a report by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the supplement industry alone is responsible for $122B of the U.S. economy. The same report goes on to state that over 60% of adult Americans take a dietary supplement of some kind, which shows just how huge this industry is. With that said, there is a lot of competition and plenty of companies vying for customer’s dollars, but the fact is that not all the products are made equal.
Custom Nutra is a custom private label supplement manufacturer that is currently doing its best to inform consumers of the importance of due diligence when it comes to buying these types of products. Just because a product may claim a certain benefit or even certain ingredients, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. Unfortunately, the dietary supplement industry has its own rules and regulations under the FDA, which can lead to less than stellar products hitting the shelves.
So, as a consumer, what can you do to ensure the products you are buying are what they claim to be, and are safe for you to take? Let’s take a closer look.
Look into Where the Product is Being Manufactured
One of the first things you can do as a consumer is to look into where the product is being manufactured and then do a little research on that warehouse/plant. Again, going back to Custom Nutra, their facilities are registered with the FDA and are inspected by the DOA. They are working to change the supplement manufacturing industry by making the process much more transparent. What this means is offering accurate test results from the client’s products and putting an emphasis on quality.
Watch for Seals of Approval
There are also a few independent organizations that conduct quality testing and then place a “seal of approval” on products that pass their tests. Granted, this is not a guarantee that the product is effective or even safe, but it does help to make the supplement manufacturing process, the inclusion of contaminants, and the ingredients more transparent. The labels you can watch for are NSF International, ConsumerLab.com, and U.S. Pharmacopeia.
Remember, the FDA doesn’t have to provide a pre-market approval or review of dietary supplements, so the responsibility is really on you as a consumer to do your research.
Talk to Your Doctor About Possible Contradictions
If you happen to be taking any kind of medication or have a medical condition, it’s also wise to speak to your doctor before taking any dietary supplements. You want to be sure that it doesn’t interfere with any treatment you may be receiving.
In general, make sure that the dietary supplements you are taking are of the best possible standards, are exactly what they claim to be and have been manufactured in the best possible facilities.