Global Statistics

All countries
194,428,448
Confirmed
Updated on 25/07/2021 7:45 am
All countries
174,770,900
Recovered
Updated on 25/07/2021 7:45 am
All countries
4,168,741
Deaths
Updated on 25/07/2021 7:45 am

Global Statistics

All countries
194,428,448
Confirmed
Updated on 25/07/2021 7:45 am
All countries
174,770,900
Recovered
Updated on 25/07/2021 7:45 am
All countries
4,168,741
Deaths
Updated on 25/07/2021 7:45 am

Ask Gerda: How do you rate supplements and wellness products?

Gerda Endemann

Gerda Endemann, our senior director of science and research, has a BA in nutrition from UC Berkeley, a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from MIT, and a passion for selecting cherries at our wellness store. He spends much of his time interpreting research, established and emerging. You will find some of his deep dives into health conditions in our growing library of articles called Journal Beat PhD. You can send your own questions for Gerda to [email protected]

Dear Journal Beat, I am a bit cautious when it comes to buying supplements and other wellness products because I don’t know how to tell if they are made right. What do I need to know and how do they evaluate the products at Journal Beat? —Madison

Hi Madison. You can look for some red flags, and I’ll explain a bit, but wellness products aren’t easy to examine.

I have a long history with supplements and am researching wellness claims, but even for me, it can be a long and difficult process to decide if a product is likely to be effective and safe. When I was a child, my father sold Nutrilite, one of the first “natural” supplement brands. Later, when I was a nutrition student, I was taught to be wary of supplements. (At this point, my father accused me of having been brainwashed by the establishment.) I have since come to the conclusion that supplements can be life changing, but they must be selected carefully.

For a time after college, I worked as a laboratory scientist. And for my second career, I was a nutrition educator. My clients had a lot of questions about supplements and wanted me to recommend specific products. Specifying the amounts of nutrients was simple, but evaluating the brands was not.

Before coming to Journal Beat in 2018, I spent seven years in the dietary supplement industry, working on product research and development. And that inside information has helped me a lot. Contrary to what you may have heard, Dietary supplements other wellness devices They are regulated by the FDA. However, the FDA does not have the resources to ensure that all manufacturers follow the regulations. And some are not.

If an advertisement or label says that a product is effective or organic, the FDA and FTC require that there be evidence that the claim is true. For example, consumable products labeled “organic” must be certified by the USDA, which does not allow the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. If a product is said to affect the body, there must be scientific research to support the claim. Unfortunately, products regularly appear on the market that are promoted with unsubstantiated claims. Regulatory agencies may not take action for years, if ever. At Journal Beat, we don’t claim supplements are effective, organic, or anything else unless we have proof.

The scientists on our wellness team make sure that the claims about the third-party and Journal Beat-brand supplements we sell are supported by scientific research or, in some cases, ancient medical traditions. Goop’s director of science and research, Jennifer Kovacs-Nolan, PhD, spends most of her workday researching. To give you an idea of ​​his line of thought, I asked him about some of the products he helped evaluate from different categories: “The products we carry from Wooden Spoon Herbs are carefully formulated with traditional botanical ingredients and are certified organic,” She explains. “And the sugar control mints in Sweetkick’s 14-day sugar reset are backed by a clinical study about the product, as well as facts about the key ingredient, gymnemic acid. “

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The vFit device is another good example. It uses heat, red light, and vibration to stimulate blood flow and promote pelvic floor health. We say this because a clinical study showed benefits for a healthy bladder and sexual function. And the brand worked with the FDA to classify the vFit as a wellness device.

WELLNESS PRODUCT EVALUATION: COMPLAINTS

  1. Do the statements seem too good to be true?

  2. Does the product claim to cure cancer or cause sudden weight loss?

  3. Has the company shown that it does not mind complying with FDA guidelines and does not mind misleading you?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, that is a red flag.

If the claims look good, the next thing to look at is the ingredient list. Are there chemicals you don’t recognize? There is a good chance that the Environmental working group has information about your safety. And as part of our research process at Journal Beat, we take care of this for you. We detect elements such as endocrine disruptors, such as phthalates and parabens, and other potentially harmful ingredients. We also select artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners.

WELLNESS PRODUCT EVALUATION: INGREDIENTS

  1. See if you recognize the names of the ingredients. (Note: some chemicals are perfectly safe, so an unfamiliar name is not necessarily a cause for alarm, but perhaps just a little investigation.)

  2. Products may contain related compounds with potentially harmful effects on health or the environment. CEE is a source you can refer to for ingredient information.

Journal Beat examines all products for a long list of ever-evolving undesirable ingredients.

The evaluation process becomes more complex when it comes time to determine if a product contains the active ingredients listed on the label and does not contain harmful contaminants. If manufactured using current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) as defined by the FDA, it should be OK. The supplements we manufacture and the supplements we sell from other brands are manufactured in facilities that use CGMP. Many go further and seek CGMP certification from an external auditor, including, for example, Gaia and the manufacturing facilities used by The Nue Co.

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However, complying with CGMP requires extensive and expensive testing to verify the presence of active ingredients and the absence of heavy metals and harmful microbes. It can take years for the FDA to catch up with non-compliant manufacturers. “We examine the results of tests for heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic) and for bacterial contamination to make sure the products are safe,” says Kovacs-Nolan.

WELLNESS PRODUCT EVALUATION: QUALITY CONTROL

  1. The focus in quality control is to determine if the product contains the desired ingredients and if it contains harmful contaminants.

  2. The FDA requires that CGMP be used when manufacturing dietary supplements. CGMP requires proof of identity (is this ingredient what the manufacturer says it is?), Purity (is this ingredient as strong as it is supposed to be?), And contamination (is this ingredient free of adulterants, naturally derived or not?) among other parameters.

  3. CGMP implementation by a manufacturer can be validated by certification from an independent auditor, such as NSF or USP.

An important part of the CGMP is clear labeling when allergens such as peanuts are present. Goop’s five vitamin protocols are made without the common allergens wheat, soy, egg, dairy, tree nuts, and peanuts. And they are
without gluten.

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article presents the advice of physicians or medical professionals, the opinions expressed are the opinions of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Journal Beat.

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