How Natural is Your Dietary Supplement?
From USANA Health Sciences. Ask The Scientist.
Are your supplements all natural? Are they organic? What is the source of your raw materials?
Three good questions that are very commonly asked. And, based on internet marketing and popular health sites online you may be virtually trained to respond a certain way to these questions. But the real answers may not be exactly what you think.
Can we just be honest? There is nothing completely natural about any product that is processed and provided in a bottle, bag, or can. And, unless you grew it in your garden, plucked it from the ground, bush or a tree, or caught and killed it yourself, it is processed to some degree.
No supplement replaces the benefit of a healthy, varied diet and a healthy lifestyle. Period. That is precisely why they are called “supplements.”
If you want to know what you’re getting, time after time, and be confident about safety and efficacy, “all natural” is not what it’s cracked up to be. All natural means wide variations in nutrient content. All natural means potential concerns of microbiological and environmental toxins and impurities. All natural means variations in the quality and overall physical attributes of a food or raw material.
Wide variety in the diet is a good thing. Wide variety in your nutritional supplement, not so much.
The following links provide more information on:
– Sourcing of raw materials
– Laboratory testing to ensure consistent, high quality and safe products
– Why organic and natural are terms that may have less meaning in supplements than many people think.
When it comes to nutritional supplements, your best bet is to choose products from companies whose primary interest is providing the highest quality, science-based products. The marketing and story may not be as fun or fantastic, but when it comes to supporting your health, at least you’ll know what you’re getting.
Are supplements natural or synthetic?
What is the source of raw materials?
Are the supplements organic?