Archive for January, 2012

Our Supplement Safety Tips

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At OVitaminPro.com, we pride ourselves on being very attentive to the needs of our customers. We take time to learn from the best healthcare professionals, researchers, and supplement manufacturers to ensure that we can provide the best advice and the best products to our customers. In recent months, we’ve noticed that the media has been buzzing about the safety of vitamins and other supplements. We’d like to give you more information about the safety in the vitamin and supplement industry, as well as considerations to keep in mind. If you look back at our two previous posts, you’ll see a more thorough explanation of the safety in the industry. However, there are still things you can do as a consumer to ensure you have the safest experience with supplement possible. Here are the things you need to know about choosing safe supplements.

OVitaminPro.com Tips for Choosing Safe Supplements

  • Always check with a doctor or trusted healthcare provider before using a supplement. There are many considerations that could impact your overall level of health and your doctor will be able to answer questions about whether or not a supplement might interact with your current diet, any medications you’re taking, etc.
  • Ask yourself, “Is this supplement too good to be true?”. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Unfortunately, there are some supplement makers out there that work off of exaggerated claims in order to sell products. Don’t listen to the hype and learn to distinguish between that and good science. Always ask questions and look into the science behind the supplement.
  • Always read the ingredients label. Knowing what’s in the supplement is the first step in maintaining safety. If you see an ingredient you have questions about, start researching. If you see something you’re allergic to, pass on the product. If you’re unsure about an ingredient interacting with something else you’re taking, ask your doctor. Always be wary of products that do not list ingredients.
  • While you’re checking the label, you’ll also want to look for key words that indicate quality safeguards, such as “Laboratory Tested”, “Third-Party Tested” or “Clinically Tested.” You’ll also want to look for supplements that include certifications by organizations like United States Pharmacopeia (USP), NSF International, or the United Natural Products Alliance, as these indicate a higher standard of quality assessment.
  • Don’t be afraid to contact the manufacturer for more information about the quality standards, clinical research, and ingredients found within a particular supplement. Trusted manufacturers should be able to substantiate any claims they’ve made regarding their products and should be able to tell you more about how the supplement is made, what kind of testing its received, and what kinds of quality control measures are in place.

And as always, when it comes to having questions about our products, please feel free to contact us. We’ve spent a lot of time and effort in developing our knowledge of our products and how they work with our bodies. We’ll help guide you in the right direction and can provide you with resources to help you make the best supplement decisions. We stand behind all of the products in our store and will do our best to provide you with the best products and information possible.

 

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Are Supplements Necessary and Are Supplements Safe?

Are supplements necessary and are supplements safe?

Are supplements necessary and are supplements safe? It all depends on the way you look at it.

It all depends on the way you look at it. For many people, supplements offer a higher quality of living and just, well, to put it simply, a way to feel better. Some people just have a difficult time absorbing certain nutrients and as a result, develop deficiencies. Supplements can sometimes correct these deficiencies as well as the side effects that come along with the lack of a particular nutrient.

Supplements can also enhance good health and create a positive environment within your body. What we mean by that is that supplements, such as probiotics, can cultivate positive environments for healthy levels of bacteria (also known as gut flora). Supplements that include enzymes can also boost certain enzyme levels in your body so that you can better break down the food you eat.

Some supplements are designed to deal with specific health concerns and are formulated with ingredients that are shown to be beneficial in helping with such problems. At OVitaminPro.com in particular, we include supplements that utilize natural ingredients because we believe that good health is a natural process that starts at the cellular level. Many of the supplements we provide in our store use Ayurvedic remedies, herbs, essential oils, minerals, vitamins, natural compounds, botanicals, and other natural ingredients to produce the intended effect. When used correctly, supplements can help us feel better, perform better, and live better.

There are No Shortcuts in Good Health

The important thing to bear in mind when looking at the safety and benefit of supplements is that there are no shortcuts in good health. Taking a particular supplement does not mean that you’re instantly healthier. Good health and total wellness is a lifestyle – it’s not something that can be gained through a tablet, powder, oil, or cream. By making smart decisions about our health and working with healthcare professionals to design a plan that works for us, we can live the best quality of life. It takes a lot of effort to be healthy and supplements are just one piece of the puzzle. When we look at good health, you need to take into consideration things like diet, exercise, hydration, how much sleep we get a night, our stress levels, our occupations, our hobbies, our physical activity levels, our genetics…the list goes on and on.

Supplements are not dangerous nor are they irrelevant. For most people, they can be a very good thing, especially when we’re concerned about the way we eat or take care of ourselves. When it really comes down to it, supplements are like a “boost” to what we’re already doing to maintain good health. When used in conjunction with other smart health practices, supplements can be a powerful ally.

But What About What The Media Is Saying?

We’ve seen this happen before. When a new study is released or the media picks up a tip on something, there’s almost always an intention behind it. Studies are funded with a purpose and if we were to look at every study or clinical report that gets released, we would find that we could connect the dots back to a particular organization, company, or group that tends to have a specific view. The key is to not take one study as the “end all, be all” source of quality information. There are new studies being performed every day and not all of them are correct or conclusive. If we take a step back and remember that one report or one study does not mean total truth, we can become more responsible consumers of health and wellness products as well as information.

So to answer the big question: are supplements safe? Absolutely. The vitamin and supplement industry is one of the safest in the world and we can say that confidently. We know from experience.

 

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What You Need to Know About Glutathione

Glutathione has been one of the hottest topics in the health and wellness industry for years now.

In a recent interview with MedicineNet.com, one expert gave an excellent definition of glutathione: “Glutathione is a very interesting, very small molecule that’s [produced by the body and] found in every cell,” said Gustavo Bounous, MD, director of research and development at Immunotec and a retired professor of surgery at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. “It’s the [body's] most important antioxidant because it’s within the cell.”

We know that this powerful antioxidant is essential for maintaining good cell health and we also know that it’s a great measure of overall health as we age. With more glutathione in our bodies, we’re able to boost immunity and longevity by caring for ourselves the right way at a cellular level. We really can’t say enough good things about the benefits of glutathione. If you’re suffering from a chronic condition or are concerned about your overall level of wellness as you age, it may be a good idea for you to supplement with glutathione.

Glutathione can be supplemented in a variety of ways. One way is through use of a glutathione recycler supplement, which supports healthy levels of glutathione naturally in the body. In this case, Glutathione Recycler by Apex Energetics would be your best choice. Another option is to wear a glutathione patch. LifeWave patches makes an incredible glutathione patch called Y-age that boosts your glutathione levels by encouraging your body’s natural ability to produce it. Thorne Research also offers a third option in the form of a traditional glutathione supplement, which comes in your basic capsule. Just take the recommended dose and you get an instant boost of glutathione in your body.

To further educate our customers on the effects of glutathione depletion, we’ve also put together two videos that can explain more about how glutathione works to support good health:

Glutathione Depletion: Part 1

Glutathione Depletion: Part 2

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