So if you take vitamins like me, you probably want to make sure you’re getting a good quality batch before actually purchasing any of your essential nutrients to rely on as they may be deficient in your diet. Well, to much of my demise, it’s not as simple as going out and picking up whatever you see at a first glance like I thought it might be.
In a reasonable world – so my world, the government would regulate and certify all vitamins before being put on the shelves. But that isn’t the case, as you’ll see a fine print on just about every vitamin bottle that says “these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration.”
Okay – that’s weird, but is there anyone else doing testing on vitamins if the government usually doesn’t do that? Well, yes. There’s NSF and USP. However, what you’ll come to find out with those is that they’re hardly ever used with most name-brand vitamins. So, for instance, USP is only verifying 3 brands out of thousands that exist solely within the U.S.
So when you go out and buy your stupid vitamins, and there’s no testing that’s been done, what does that really mean?
1. It usually means there might not be an exact dosage of whatever it is they tell you you’re getting. So it may be off by a little, a lot, or there may actually only be insignificant amounts that aren’t doing you any good, yet you paid $10 for good 100% DV dosages.
2. Manufacturing may not have been in a totally safe environment and there may be harmful substances lurking within the pill/tablet/gummy.
3. If their quality is bad, then they will expire faster, meaning they will become less potent over less extensive periods of time.
So please, do yourself a favor and get the certified brands. I go with Nature Made for my needs. But do your research before diving into anything.