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Are Supplements Created Equal?

When it comes to supplements, many consumers are unaware of the regulatory gaps and potential deceptions in the industry. Understanding these issues is crucial for making informed choices about the products you use to support your health.

Lack of FDA Regulation

Unlike prescription medications, dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the same way. This means:

  • No Pre-Market Approval: Supplements do not require FDA approval before they are marketed. Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are safe and properly labeled, but they don't need to provide proof of efficacy or safety before selling them.

  • Post-Market Surveillance: The FDA can only take action against a supplement after it has been shown to cause harm or if it is found to be misbranded or adulterated.

Deception in the Supplement Industry

Without stringent regulation, some supplement companies engage in deceptive practices, including:

  • Use of Fillers: Many supplements contain fillers, binders, and artificial additives that do not contribute to the product's effectiveness. These fillers can dilute the active ingredients, reducing the supplement's overall potency and value.

  • False Labeling: Labels can be misleading or outright falsified. Some products may not contain the ingredients listed on the label, or they may contain ingredients in different quantities than stated. This misrepresentation can lead to ineffective or potentially harmful products.

Choosing Trustworthy Brands

Given these challenges, it's vital to choose supplements from reputable companies that prioritize quality and transparency. At our practice, we carry supplements from Biotics Research, Standard Process, and Supreme Nutrition because they meet high standards for quality and integrity.

Biotics Research: Known for their rigorous scientific research and development, Biotics Research ensures that their products are of the highest quality. Their supplements are tested for purity, potency, and safety by third-party labs, ensuring that what’s on the label is what’s in the bottle.

Standard Process: This company has been a leader in whole food-based supplements for over 90 years. Standard Process products undergo extensive testing and quality control measures. The company prides itself on growing as many of the ingredients it can at their all-organic farm in Wisconsin, so it can control every aspect from soil to plant to supplement.

Supreme Nutrition: Supreme Nutrition is committed to providing clean, high-quality supplements without fillers, binders, or artificial ingredients. They ensure that each supplement meets rigorous standards for purity and effectiveness. Most of their products have only one ingredient to ensure purity.


Navigating the supplement market can be challenging due to the lack of FDA regulation and potential for deceptive practices. However, by choosing trusted brands like Biotics Research, Standard Process, and Supreme Nutrition, you can be confident that you are getting high-quality products that have been independently verified for their label accuracy and overall quality. Always opt for supplements from reputable sources to support your health safely and effectively.


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Please Note: Some of our services and products have not undergone evaluation or approval by the FDA. It is always advised that you consult with a licensed healthcare provider, including our doctors, before considering any new treatment. Medical Disclaimer.

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