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​There has been a dramatic increase in the use of nutritional supplements over the last several years, with many relying on these alternatives as a means to prevent and treat disease. There is a common belief held by many that all supplements are created equal. This belief has led some to seek the best value, not the best quality. Some people think retail stores have more credibility than direct marketing companies. Nothing could be further from the truth! A consumer should know that the grade, form, purity, bioavailability and third party verification all contribute to the effectiveness of the product they're ingesting.

Know Your Vitamins

Health Food Stores carry a variety of products but do not have them identified by quality. It's a 'Buyer Beware" situation. To make matters worse, most consumers think that there are four different categories or "grades" of vitamin supplements. The truth is that there is no true grading system of vitamins because the FDA does not regulate supplements. It's that simple It's also the law. 

So, what then are you looking at when you see these Four Grades listed by other companies on the internet?  Simply, they are categories put together by clever marketing executives who have no knowledge or regard for the law  - Just Clever Conversations. 

Let's take a closer look

The first category falls under Feed or Agricultural Grade which is intended for veterinary purposes. These supplements are not to be consumed by humans because they are specially formulated for animal's digestive needs. They also are intermixed with antibiotics to help keep the industrial farmed animals disease free.

The second category is Cosmetic or Nutritional Grade. These supplements are widely found at health food stores, drug stores and large chain stores. Most of these supplements are not tested for purity or absorption and many times may not have as high of concentration of the active ingredient as is labeled. A 2013 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) analysis reported that “the FDA Tainted Supplement Report listed 332 adulterated products since December 2007.” But, it found, “only 222 of these products (69%) were recalled by the FDA.”  In 2015 many supplements found at Target, Walgreens and GNC were discovered to be deficient or even lacking any of the active ingredients listed on their labels. [source Washington Post Feb  2015]  Adulterated supplements should be no surprise.

The third category you may see advertised is called Medical Grade.  An example of these supplements would be prenatal vitamins. These supplements claim to be a higher grade, but because there is no regulation on supplements, there is no way to actually know their quality. They can also be pharmaceutically altered. Unfortunately, many people believe that supplements of medical grade are better because they are prescribed by physician.  Truth is, they can also be bought on-line and once again, buyer beware as there are no federal regulations on them and they are mostly synthetic.

The fourth category is called Pharmaceutical Grade, but in truth again:
  • It’s not an official FDA term
  • It’s not a medical term
Regular consumers have started using the word ‘pharmaceutical grade fish oil’. It’s a phrase that has been used by the folks in the fish oil industry for a long time as they needed a way to rank the amount of fish oil put in capsules. To justify charging a higher premium, clever fish oil marketers coined the term pharmaceutical grade fish oilThe term stuck.

What pharmaceutical grade implies is the products are tested for purity, dissolution and absorption. The term ‘pharmaceutical grade’ has become an unofficial measure of Omega-3 content. The term also implies 'pharmacy' which means drugs and synthetics. 

The Shaklee Difference

Every year, Shaklee conducts over 100,000 tests annually to ensure the safety and efficacy of our products. All ingredients in Shaklee products are qualified under the incredibly stringent Shaklee protocol, unique in the industry, which for new botanical ingredients requires testing for up to 350 chemical contaminants, including pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, solvent residues, etc.  Shaklee's ingredient suppliers and contract manufacturers are held to equally high standards.and can thereby stand by their 100% guarantee to be:  
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