Pharmaceutical Grade and Pharmaceutical Standards for Supplements: What You Need to Know

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More than half of all Americans report consuming a pharmaceutical supplement or more than one supplement daily. These include vitamins, minerals, and other herbal preparations that are taken orally in pill and capsule form.

Unfortunately, these vitamins, minerals and herbal preparations vary significantly in their quality of active ingredients and in the colorings and filler ingredient they contain. Most types of pharmaceutical and herbal supplements have low standards they have to meet to be brought to market in the United States when they are not considered to be of pharmaceutical grade.

Pharmaceutical Supplements

Quality and Safety of Pharmaceutical Supplements

The quality of most supplements that are brought to market in the United States and North America is surprisingly low.

Supplements that are not of pharmaceutical grade can contain any number of unknown fillers, coloring agents, flavor enhancers, and more. Pharmaceutical grade ingredients are more than 99% pure and do not contain the filler ingredients that inferior quality products have.

Additionally, almost all pharmaceutical grade supplements are manufactured in the United States from American ingredients. This is because manufacturing and production standards are higher in the US, allowing for closer scrutiny of their manufacture and quality and resulting in a product that is guaranteed to be safe and effective.

Pharmaceutical Supplements Ingredients and You

Pharmaceutical grade supplements represent the highest possible quality of supplement that is graded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States.

Unlike human grade or feed grade supplements, pharmaceutical grade supplements are of exceptional quality and purity. To be classified as pharmaceutical grade, supplements must be manufactured under conditions of cleanliness and safety where known standards are established for production quality of the purity of the product.

To be considered for labeling as pharmaceutical grade by the FDA, pharmaceutical supplements must be graded as over 99% pure. This is measured exclusively through their-party testing to ensure there is no bias in the grading of the quality of manufacture of the pharmaceutical grade ingredients.

For those who have allergies or chemical sensitivities, taking pharmaceutical grade supplements is especially important. This is because lower grades of supplements contain fillers and unknown contaminants in greater quantities and can cause severe allergic reactions or even anaphylaxis in a small percentage of the general population. If you want to know exactly what you are getting, how much of it you are getting, and that you are not getting any unwanted contaminant, supplements made with pharmaceutical grade ingredients are your best and safest option.

Additionally, the claims that are made on the bottle of all pharmaceutical grade supplements must be verifiable as true, ensuring the end user is obtaining the product claimed on the packaging.

For all patients, pharmaceutical grade ingredients are more bioavailable in the body than other types of supplements. This means the supplement is easily absorbed into the bloodstream and available to be taken up by the cells and used. When you take pharmaceutical grade supplements, you can use less and achieve a greater therapeutic effect.

At Michigan Chiropractic Specialists, our chiropractors and team of holistic health professionals recommend exclusively the use of pharmaceutical supplements that are made only with pharmaceutical grade ingredients.