3 Reasons Your Supplement Needs to be Pharmaceutical Grade

Have you ever found yourself standing in the aisle at a national chain pharmacy, big box store, or vitamin store trying to decide which supplement is right for you? Has your doctor told you to start taking fish oil and you find yourself at a big box wholesaler looking for somebody to get informed and truthful advice from? Have you ever been watching TV and a commercial comes on claiming that “this” is the supplement that will work for you and you start wondering, “Should I be taking that”?

With all these questions, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed, but there is only one real question you should be asking yourself.

Do you really know what’s in those supplements at these national retail chains, and what health benefits are they actually providing?

How do you decide which ones are right for you?

According to a recent New York Times article, most retailers don’t know what’s in the supplements they’re selling to the public. On February 2, 2015 the New York state attorney general’s office accused four national retailers of selling dietary supplements that were fraudulent and in many cases contaminated with unlisted ingredients.

So, the reality is that no one really knows what’s in retail chain supplements. In many cases, not only do those products not provide the positive health benefits they claim. They can actually be contaminated with ingredients that may be harmful to your health!

This begs the ultimate question, how do you find supplements that will positively benefit your health and are also free of dangerous contaminants?

The biggest key to ensuring a supplement provides the health benefits you’re looking for is to ensure those supplements are Pharmaceutical Grade. Pharmaceutical Grade supplements adhere to the same production standards as prescription drugs. Why this is so important and what does that mean for you and your health?

Here are 3 reasons why your supplements need to be Pharmaceutical Grade:

  • Absorption of Key Ingredients

With Pharmaceutical Grade supplements the FDA requires that the supplement is tested to absorb into your body at a maximum of 45 minutes. Absorption, or bioavailability, is vital when taking a supplement. With Food Grade supplements, which includes the vast majority of retail brands, there is literally no absorption requirement.   None at all!

This means you’re most likely wasting your money on a product where the ingredients pass right through your system and provide little, too no, health benefits.

  • Raw Material Inspection

For your supplement to be Pharmaceutical Grade, there’s a requirement that the raw ingredients be tested prior to production. That testing process is what removes any contaminants that may be present in the sourced ingredient. This process is not happening with Food Grade supplements, which is why contaminants were found in many of the supplements sold at national retail chains. Those brands are not testing their raw materials prior to production. A scary thought, isn’t it?

  • Exact Dosage

Pharmaceutical Grade supplements require that the dosage in each individual supplement is identical to what the label says is in the product. With Food Grade Supplements, it’s more of an approximation, but when it comes to your health do you want to know what you’re getting, or do you want an approximation?

The answer is simple, right?

The bottom line is that most retail brands aren’t looking out for what’s best for their customers. They’re more interested in making money off of you. That’s why they throw most all of their money at marketing. These companies are working overtime to acquire prime retail space. They’re in your face with over the top ads, displays, and claims that make you believe what they have to offer is best. They’ve figured out the supplement industry is an over $30 billion industry, and the best way to make money is to manufacture cheap products, using the cheapest ingredients and lowest levels of acceptable testing and manufacturing, to prey on consumers that don’t know the science behind how quality supplements are produced.


Now ask yourself, if these major retail brands are spending all their money on marketing/ads/retail displays, are they really going to spend money on testing? Do they really care about what’s in their products or do they only care about getting their name/product out there and making money off of you?

With all the marketing expenses, companies couldn’t possibly be worried about actually testing their products. They’re not worried about sourcing the highest quality, clinically proven ingredients available. They’re not worried about sending their products through the stringent testing processes to be considered a Pharmaceutical Grade supplement.

Choosing the right supplement can be hard, but now that you have this information in your arsenal maybe it wont be so overwhelming. Next time you’re standing in an aisle, watching TV, or someone recommends you start taking a supplement, make sure you keep Pharmaceutical Grade in the back of your mind.

You care about what goes into your body and you should care about what goes in those supplements as well. Choose a supplement that does raw material testing pre-production. Choose a supplement that  has been tested to absorb into your body within 45 minutes or less. Choose a supplement that has no problem saying what’s in the product is exactly what’s listed on the back label.

Choose a supplement company that cares about your health nearly as much as you do!


David’s passion for optimal health, wellness, and prevention started as a research analyst covering the industry. David specialized in nutritional supplements, pouring over clinical studies, touring manufacturing facilities, and immersing himself in the supplement and wellness industry on all levels. He developed a passion for the industry and educating people, and became driven to start Previnex. Previnex is a prevention-based health and wellness company committed to using science, clinically-tested ingredients and going above and beyond the testing and production standards required to bring to life nutritional supplements products of unparalleled quality, safety, and effectiveness.

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