Sunday, June 26, 2011

What's In Your Vitamin?

Taking vitamins and supplements are considered a healthy behavior.  They are used to bolster a person's health by providing nutrients the body lacks.  Vitamins and other natural herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so there are no specific requirements that all vitamin manufacturer's adhere to.  In a recent report published by Consumer Lab, several vitamin manufacturer's products did not have the amount of nutrients they claim to have.  The flip side is that a manufacturer may have a supplement that has levels which exceed the claims on the label.  When taking vitamins and other herbal supplements, a consumer should research the company for these types of issues.

While a product's nutrient levels are important, a product's purity is another important issue.  Specifically, the product should be free of contaminants.  This is usually relevant in reference to supplements manufactured in other countries like China or India.  As an Ayurvedic health practitioner when I recommend Ayurvedic herbal products, I want a product that has reliable third party testing.  Moreover, I want a product that has testing regarding the product's effectiveness.  Mapi is one of my top choices for traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulations.  They test products for effectiveness and purity.  The products are developed and manufactured in the ancient tradition of Ayurveda. 

Remember taking your vitamins is important, but it is equally important to know whether your supplement is what it claims to be.

Stay healthy & well,

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