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CHECK FOR GMP COMPLIANCE
As of June 2010, it became mandatory that all nutritional supplements made or sold in the United States be manufactured in accordance with GMPs, a set of manufacturing processes, safety procedures, packaging standards, and laboratory testing protocol that help ensure a quality product. The requirements include provisions related to cleaning of work areas, quality- control procedures, and proper manufacturing operations with calibrated machines.
2. CHOOSE BRANDS THAT TEST AND TEST AGAIN
The only surefire way to know a product is accurately labeled is to test it. By law, every nutritional supplement manufacturer should be subjecting each raw material they use in a particular product, as well as the the finished product itself, to a series of identity and purity tests. And purity tests can easily determine if a product has been contaminated or adulterated.
3. CONSIDER THE INGREDIENTS’ ORIGINS
In general, the best sources of raw materials are the United States, Japan, and Europe.
ASK FOR A CERTIFICATE OF ANALYSIS
Don’t just take a company’s word for it that they test their raw materials and finished products. Ask for proof. Pick up the phone and request that the company send you a Certificate of Analysis, commonly referred to as a C of A. If a company tells you they don’t have a C of A or doesn’t release it, then that’s probably a good reason to find another company from which to purchase supplements.
5. DO A SEARCH ON CONSUMERLAB. COM
One way to find out if your nutritional supplement makes the grade is to do a search on consumerlab. com. This company routinely tests what’s inside a product versus what’s stated on the label, and reveals which brands passed and which didn’t. The site is subscription- based, so plan on spending about $ 33 per year for access to their testing results.