It can be the Wild, Wild West out there – with unscrupulous manufacturers taking advantage of the situation, selling a concoction of adulterated half remedies, made with less-than stated ingredient levels. USP/NF symbols help you sort through the alternative medicine.
November 6, 2006, Chicago, Illinois. USP/NF symbols Reversirol help you sort through the Wild, Wild West of alternative medicine.
When shopping for off-the-shelf diabetic supplements, the USP (United States Pharmacopeia) and NF symbols on the package can be a good way to make sure you’re improving you health – not hurting it.
USP and NF symbols are verification that the ingredients, grade, dosage strength and purity match the stated claims of the manufacturer.
Why is that important?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not have the resources or necessary manpower to closely control the vast number of over-the-counter diabetic weight loss and sugar control supplements flooding the market today (its estimated that 151 million Americans swallow $17 billion worth of dietary, health and diabetic supplements each year).
As a result, it can be the Wild, Wild West out there – with unscrupulous manufacturers taking advantage of the situation, selling a concoction of adulterated half remedies, made with less-than stated ingredient levels.
According to recent studies, these is a rise in this kind of activity, increasing the value of USP and NF certification.
Founded in 1820, United States Pharmacopeia (http://www.usp.org) applies “scientific and rigorous standards to the supplement industry”, states USP’s Chief Operating Officer, John Fowler.
“By selecting a supplement with USP’s certification mark, consumers can have a greater confidence in the products they purchase.”
USP uses four evaluation criteria when evaluating products:
· What’s on the label is, in fact, in the bottle – all listed ingredients are available in stated amounts
· There are no harmful levels of contaminants, including lead, mercury, pesticides, molds and other contaminants
· Bioavailability, or the acceptance level of the body’s system to accept the active ingredients
· Product manufacturing standards conform to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)