06 Jun VITAMIN THOUGHTS FROM THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY
The following is only part of the extensive information we offer as part of our physician-directed weight loss programs in Jacksonville. Below you will find many reasons for you to become more knowledgeable when it comes to choosing the highest quality vitamins which are ultimately the best for you. In “Eating a Balanced Healthy Diet” article, we mentioned that in order to attain a balanced, healthy diet you must obtain your calories from the proper ratio of fat, protein, and complex carbohydrate by eating wholesome, nutritious foods from the four food groups. If you are using vitamins to supplement your diet, please read on. In the United States, the vitamin industry is completely unregulated. This means that the most common manufacturers of vitamins that you see every day in the stores have no governing body monitoring them to ensure that you are actually getting what they are promising you on the label. Therefore, you as a consumer have only a 1 in 5 chance of buying a vitamin with all of the ingredients actually stated. This lack of oversight has ultimately led to the rampant labeling fraud that exists in the store bought vitamins today. So, how may you place your trust in vitamins to supplement a balanced, healthy diet? Knowing this information, it is extremely important that your vitamins are made by scientists with the best credentials and it is absolutely crucial that you select a vitamin manufacturer that follows GMP compliance. GMP compliance is the highest vitamin standard possible. GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices. This means that these vitamins are:
- Pharmaceutical grade, and are;
- Tested using the same FDA standards mandated for all of the medications that are produced in the United States today.
In fact, the GMP facilities have one of the strictest regulatory environments in the world for the manufacturing of vitamins, far exceeding even U.S. FDA standards. These supplements are also manufactured in GMP compliant facilities. These facilities follow FDA standards despite the fact that they are not required to do so. They follow rigorous quality assurance protocols and are audited frequently each year. Once they meet all of the qualifications, they are then certified by the Natural Neutraceutical Food Administration (NNFA) and earn the title of GMP certification. Unfortunately, in 2003, the laws changed not allowing the GMP vitamin labels to boast of their GMP certification. This has made it very difficult for consumers trying to maintain a balanced, healthy diet, to be able to identify which of the vitamin manufacturers are actually selling to the public the most effective and most bio-available products. It has therefore been left to the consumer to do their own research and to the medical community to educate the public on the differences between the cheaper and more popular non-certified store bought supplements and the slightly more expensive but more effective GMP certified supplements.
For more important balanced, healthy diet information, please browse our other article links below. You may also be interested in our Vitamin Line, specially formulated for our customized weight loss plans in Jacksonville.
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