Vitamins & Supplements
Choosing the Right Vitamins
What Vitamins Should I Be Taking?
This is one of the questions most frequently asked of a health care professional. The answer varies for everyone because everyone is different on a nutritional, biochemical, stress, hereditary, functional and dietary level. Everyone has different needs and challenges at different times in their life.
We encourage all of our patients to undergo a Functional Medicine evaluation so that:
- We can determine which nutritional products are appropriate for your individual needs.
- We can design and implement a nutritional program to restore your body to its natural, healthy state.
- We can provide early detection of potentially life-threatening health conditions.
Why should I be taking restricted access (or medically prescribed supplements) versus buying name brand cheaper alternatives from big box stores or wholesale stores?
- By providing our patients with supplement options (Biotics, Metagenics, etc.) that are as federally regulated and inspected as pharmaceutical manufacturers that make nutritional products, the quality control, manufacturing, and quality assurance requirements are the most stringent in the industry.
The vitamins and supplements that are provided by JC Rejuvenation and Wellness physicians to our patients are “pharmaceutical made,” which means that an exhaustive manufacturing process has been employed to guarantee purity and potency. “Pharmaceutical made” supplements are very different from those that are “pharmaceutical grade.”
All raw materials (vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc.) that enter a nutritional supplement manufacturing facility are “pharmaceutical grade.” This is because all raw materials are powders of uniform size, such that they can flow through a tableting or encapsulating machine that was originally designed for manufacturing pharmaceuticals.
To put this terminology into perspective, recall in your mind the visual appearance of oatmeal flakes and coffee beans. Imagine putting each into a grinder; the outcome will be oatmeal powder/flour and coffee powder. You have just made pharmaceutical grade oatmeal and coffee.
The term “pharmaceutical grade” has nothing to do with purity and potency of a given nutritional product. In fact, “pharmaceutical grade” supplements commonly fail to meet label claims.
We now have substantial third party evidence demonstrating that unless adequate quality controls are in place, it is common for nutritional supplements to not meet their label claims. This fact is being regularly published to alert consumers.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that manufacturing problems have been associated with dietary supplements. Products have been recalled because of microbiological, pesticide, and heavy metal contamination, and because they do not contain the dietary ingredients they are represented to contain, or they contain more or less than the amount of dietary ingredient claimed on the label. - Reference: June 22, 2007, FDA
Of the magnesium supplements tested by ConsumerLab.com, 25% failed to meet quality standards. One magnesium supplement contained only 45.4% of labeled amount, despite boasting a “GMP” (Good Manufacturing Practices) seal on its label, and another supplement provided only 28.8% of the labeled amount. - Reference: ConsumerLab.com, Magnesium Supplement Reviews and Quality Ratings, Posted 5/19/09
Tests by ConsumerLab.com have found multivitamins that were short on ingredients, failed to dissolve properly, or were contaminated with heavy metals. - Reference: ConsumerLab.com, New Product Review: Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements, Posted 4/1/09
The mean vitamin D content from 10 different commercially available brands was only 33% of what the label claimed, with the actual content ranging from less than 1% to 82% of the advertised level. - Reference: June 7, 2010.
Without rigorous manufacturing standards, it is quite easy to produce contaminated supplements and/or ones that do not meet label claims. For this reason, the best choice of nutritional supplements are those that are “pharmaceutical made” & prescribed by JC R&W physicians.