Go to any grocery store, health food store or vitamin specialty shop and you will see shelf after shelf lined with colorful well-designed vitamin and supplement bottles. It’s confusing to say the very least. Comparing labels, you see many of the exact same ingredients. It is natural to assume the products to be “the same”, but what about quality and potency?
Are all supplements created equal?
Labeling can be deceptive. Many vitamin companies do not even produce or formulate their own products. They buy and relabel. The standards vary greatly from one company to another. Quality and age of ingredients drastically affects absorption.
Vitamins begin to lose potency from the time they are created. Only 90% potency of what is listed on the label at the time of shipping is what is mandated. Light, heat, moisture, and oxidation can cause potency loss rather rapidly. Vitamins, Supplements, and Nutraceuticals are all perishable. Therefore, there are expiration dates on all bottles.
Synthetic vitamins may also be mislabeled as natural as the word natural can be misleading on a technical level. A manufacturer can use a mix of 10% natural and 90% synthetic and still label the product as natural. This greatly reduces the production cost, but it also reduces the effectiveness. Vitamins can also contain fillers which are potentially questionable such as hydrogenated oils, metals, inorganic elements, titanium oxide and magnesium stearate which hold no health benefit and could be potentially detrimental.
Ideally, our vitamin intake should come from our diet. It is not easy to eat perfectly and due to soil, which can be nutrient depleted, many fruits and vegetables do not pack the nutritional punch they used to. Because of this supplementation is often necessary.
On your own without testing, it is hard to know what your body really needs. Buying and taking vitamins can be like throwing everything at a wall to see what sticks. It is expensive to do so and often you are literally just flushing money down the drain. Visiting a Nutritional Response Therapist can allow you to pinpoint exactly what your body needs to complete your nutrient profile and fully support your health.
When working with Nutrition Specialists of Florida we use only top quality well-established companies that you can trust. We have chosen to work with Standard Process and Energetix.
Both companies produce all of their own products themselves, sourcing only high-quality, organic ingredients.
We can be reached at 239-947-1177 or by going to our contact page and sending an email.
How did we end up with a country that prohibits health information under the guise of safety?
Herbs, minerals, supplements and vitamins are all made by nature. They are God given and our birthright as humans to be able to utilize nature to heal us when needed. They are currently classified as public domain.
So far anyway, you cannot take out and own a patent on plants, minerals or other elements found in nature. The FDA is all about patents and profit. Therefore, if something that actually works to heal the body falls outside of their grasp, they must quash it and anyone who tries to bring to light the fact that it works. The FDA has gone so far as to try and ban certain vitamins.
Their party line is very much that pharmaceuticals are the only cure, the only answer, and the only way. This simply isn’t reality. Vitamins, minerals, supplements, and herbs are natures medicine and unlike pharmaceuticals work without side effects.
In doing marketing for a Vitamin Company, due to the FDA’s government mandated and imposed rules and regulations; we are forced to mark every single bottle with the standard FDA disclaimer “This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to cure, prevent, diagnose or treat any disease.”
Somehow the FDA has named them selves the end all be all in declaring “what works”. Strangely the majority of America simply sit back and accepts their verdicts.
Example Letter from the FDA
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
December 28, 2014
Town, State, Zip
This is to advise you that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed your website and has determined that certain products are promoted for conditions that cause the products to be drugs under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)(B)]. The therapeutic claims on your website establish that the products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.
The marketing of the products with these claims violates the Act.
Examples of some of the claims observed on your website include:
– GREEN TEA: helps lower cholesterol levels. Helpful for … stabilizing blood sugar and insulin levels, and protecting the body against cancer.
– LYCOPENE: has also shown to aid with Cardiovascular Disease. This supplement has shown beneficial in lowering high levels of LDL degeneration within the tissue. By lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol, it can help reduce one’s chances of heart attack.
– MELATONIN: Research has shown that this supplement can aid those who suffer from insomnia by playing a role in inducing sleep
– OMEGA3: Taking Omega 3 decreases the risk of heart disease. Omega 3 can also be used as an anti-inflammatory to relieve pain around the joints.
– TURMERIC: This well known spice offers many benefits for Arthritis sufferers.
– SELENIUM: Research has shown that Selenium can assist in the prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration.
All of the above statements are true and can be backed with scientific study. This does not matter according to the FDA.
The letter continues:
The claims quoted above are supplemented by the metatags used to bring consumers to your website through Internet searches. The metatags include: “anti-inflammatory,” “prostate cancer supplement,” “joint pain,” and “arthritis pain.”
Your products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses and therefore, the products are “new drugs” under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(p)]. New drugs may not be legally marketed in the U.S. without prior approval from FDA as described in section 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(a)].
You should take prompt action to correct the violations described above and prevent their future recurrence. Failure to do so may result in enforcement action without further notice. The Act authorizes the seizure of illegal products and injunctions against manufacturers and distributors of those products [21 U.S.C. §§ 332 and 334].
Essentially if you attempt to inform, educate, and boost people’s health you will be found to be in violation and possibly subject to having your inventory seized.
Access to truthful natural health information is important. Not all of us are walking encyclopedias of herbal and vitamin knowledge.
By limiting the publics access to information on specific products by way of censoring what producers are allowed to say they are taking away your right to information.
Without information there is no further learning and without the ability to research for yourself your options become more limited – and so does your ability to stay healthy.
To learn more here is a great book written on the subject:
UPDATE : BePure is no longer available thanks to the FDA. One more wonderful and effective product pulled due to big pharma and red tape.
Over the years I have tried all kinds of internal cleanses. Psyllium husks, Herbal Fiber Blend (which claimed to be raspberry flavored, but just tasted like potting soil to me), Colon Blow (that was a rough one), Oxypowder (using the power of oxygen), Candida cleanses, Parasite cleanses, Juice cleanses, water fasts, you name it – I have tried it.
All of them worked to one extent or the other.Then last year I came across the BePure Cleanse by Universal Formulas. It is touted as one of the strongest yet most gentle full body, all organ, and cellular level cleanses on the market. It came highly recommended so I decided to give it a go.
Before I go into my personal experience let me share a little bit about the cleanse with you.
BePure is a one-of-a-kind 21 day cleanse system developed by experienced physicians, herbalists, and supplement formulators. It will holistically detoxify and de-stress the entire body. Bepure vegi-capsules are 100% vegetarian. Formulated from wild-crafted and organic herbs with no harsh ingredients and no caffeine. It is physician approved, safe, easy to use and travel-friendly. Bepure is designed to help the body balance acid / alkaline levels in the tissues, stimulate removal of waste from the cells and create a more oxygenated environment. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Benefits of this cleanse:
▪ Restore good digestion
▪ Eliminate pain, gas, bloating, & irregularity
▪ Stimulate removal of toxins from cells
▪ Help reduce excess weight
▪ Revitalize organ function
▪ Strengthen the immune response
▪ Balance pH & hormone levels
▪ Increase mental clarity and well-being
▪ Provide high-quality nutritional support
It supplies your body with:
▪ Minerals +Trace Elements
Plus it is caffeine free and vegetarian friendly.
I found BePure super easy to do. They give you a small travel case so you can get your supplements ready for the day and easily take them with you without toting bottles all over the place. They also give you a wallet-sized card to check off and track your progress.
Daily when you wake up drink a large glass of water with lime. This helps to wake up your organs and start you on the right track to detoxification.
There are supplements for morning, noon and evening. Take each with a big glass of water. Drinking lots of pure clean water is important as you are releasing toxins and want to wash them out of your system.
Currently BePure is also offering with the cleanse at no extra charge the Pre-BePure and Post-BePure formulas. You can either take them during the cleanse (over lapping the 21 days in the beginning and the end) OR you may take them 5 days prior and 5 days post. I did them 5 days before and after making my cleanse really 31 days. My reason for doing this was that when I am focused on a supplement regimen I pay more attention to what I am eating and the longer I eat very well, the more thorough the cleanse. This is personal choice.
What to eat:
Clearly the point of cleansing is to clean you out. You don’t want to be adding toxins back in as you are doing it. Eat as cleanly as you can. If you slip up don’t worry, just get back on track.
Eliminate junk: all packaged, boxed, and frozen foods, such as pizzas, TV dinners, desserts – even those that say “health” and no fat — these are poison! Eliminate jelly, jams (unless natural sweetener is used), peanut butter with sugar of any kind, commercial cookies, and sweet desserts, ice cream, deli meats, and prepared deli dishes (unless you know all the ingredients). Eliminate potato chips, tortilla chips, and pretzels. Eliminate all kinds of processed food and all fried food. Do not drink soft drinks, energy drinks, alcohol, and anything with sugar and caffeine – including mochas and lattes. It is only 21 days – you can do it!
▪ Drink lime juice in temperate water upon waking
▪ Select organic whenever possible
▪ Eat whole, raw vegetables
▪ Juicing of fresh fruits & vegetables
▪ Whole grain cereal, not pre-sweetened
▪ Chicken, turkey, & fish are acceptable animal proteins
▪ Vegetable sources of protein are preferred
▪ Purified and/or distilled water
DIET #1 Eliminate all animal meat and dairy, especially cheeses and ultra pasteurized milk and milk products, all pastas and breads – except for sprouted-grain breads and crackers.
Dominant foods to eat are homemade soups with clear vegetable broth (no creams or milk or meat in broth) that have lightly (still crunchy) cooked vegetables, mushrooms, dark greens (bok choy, spinach, etc); salads like shredded beet, carrot, cabbage, and multi-greens; fresh fruit. Brown rice, beans, oats, and multi-grains are good and free-ranges eggs are fine. Snacks include cashews, almonds, pecans, flax seeds, and oils – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sesame Oil, or Grape Seed Oil. Buy as much organic, Non-GMO food that you can find.
Eliminate all beef and pork, ultra-pasteurized milk and cheese, (see foods in Diet #1). In addition to the dominant foods in Diet #1, you may eat broiled or baked fish, chicken, or turkey. If you are craving a burger, have a buffalo or ostrich burger without the bun. Select organic, multi-grains for breads. Brown rice, beans, oats, and multi-grains are fine (no highly processed foods, like instant oatmeal with added sugars/flavors). You may buy organic plain yogurt and sweeten it with your own local, raw honey or real maple syrup. You can mix in your own fruits, blended or shredded, for additional flavor (bananas, pineapple, apples, or berries are good choices).
Super foods: Cacao, hemp protein, Goji berries, and Macha are all great additions to your diet.
You can read my daily posts as I did the cleanse on Facebook just scroll down to the very beginning of the page to begin my journey.
What you experience will depend on what you have ingested, come in contact with and what ailments you have had in the past. Often we experience what’s known as a Herxheimer reaction (click to read the article and go more in depth on that).
Essentially when toxins are released you may briefly re-experience the symptom one last time.
The first week of the cleanse I experienced:
Flu and cold like symptoms
Intestinal releases (this isn’t a rough cleanse where you are glued to the restroom)
Skin beginning to clear and look better and brighter
The second week:
Fluctuating moods and energy levels
Minor body aches
The third week:
Energy buzzing (raised/increased energy in bursts)
Amazingly clear vision
Glowing skin (where people were complimenting me)
Overall feeling of increased wellness
Raised mood level the majority of the time
The fourth week:
Hit another pocket of toxins – itchy watery eyes and headache
Tired on and off
Clothes fitting far bigger even though the number on the scale was not huge. (toxins take up space)
Felt better, lighter, like my body was vibrating
Clothes fit better
Very high energy levels
Very happy with myself for completing this cleanse
Everyone’s cleansing experience will vary depending on current health.
I love BePure and will continue to do it yearly. If you are severely toxic (and actually ill) it is advisable to do it bi-yearly.
The way that I really confirmed that it worked was in doing a 10 day juice fast 6 months after this………. For the very first time ever in cleansing I did not have a single Herxheimer reaction. That can only happen when the body is detoxified.