Do cheap supplements on the high street, produce expensive urine?

It’s a question we all ask ourselves. “Do cheap supplements on the high street, produce expensive urine?” In this article, the whistle is finally blown on cheap supplements on the high street. Not before time in my view.

Buying cheap supplements on the high street is always an option but an expensive choice, if they don’t work. With the help of some clever advertising, powerful branding, imaginative words and healthy images the public is easily deceived.

The nutrition industry is completely unregulated and it must become a case of buyer beware. Time for common sense to prevail and an inside look into the deceptions created by many of the supplement companies.

Given retailer margins, if it’s cheap, it’s using cheap ingredients and/or plenty of fillers The manufacturer knows that the public is besotted with the name of a herb or plant and desperately want to believe that all herbs and plants are grown in perfect soil and growing conditions. ‘Natural ingredient’ fans are particularly gullible and manufacturers know it.

Source: New York Times 

We Don’t Know What’s In Our Food – We Know Less About What’s in Our Supplements

cheap supplements in the high streetThe fact is that fillers such as soy, rice and wheat are far cheaper than sourcing better quality ingredients.

In a recent article appearing in the Washington post the whistle has finally been blown. The FDA is on to their dirty little tricks and the retailers are not entirely innocent. The big retailers have been found out. GNC, Target, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens have been accused of selling adulterated ‘herbals’

Just in case, you think it wouldn’t happen in your favourite chemist (Boots the Chemist UK are a subsidiary of the company, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and are almost certain to follow the same corporate culture.

The use of fillers is common amongst most companies selling cheap nutritional supplements.

How do you know if the supplements you choose, actually work?

So how can you tell if you need to take supplements and more to the point how do you know if the supplements you choose, actually work?

Few companies engage in comprehensive quality control from sourcing raw material through to manufacturing with pharmaceutical disciplines. Pharmanex is one of them.

In my view, all supplement companies should be measured against pharmaceutical standards.

Disclosure: Paul Clegg writes about health issues and works independently with Pharmanex, part of Nu Skin Enterprises, a publicly quoted company on the NYSE. He is keen to connect with individuals with a natural enthusiasm for health and wellness and interest in being able to measure antioxidant status at a cellular level.

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