Supplements are one of the most popular ways to ensure optimal health—but do you really know what’s in them? While there’s no denying the convenience of being able to take a pill to help replace or enhance certain hormones, vitamins, and nutrients to create balance in your body’s makeup, there are a slew of ingredients in many options on the market today that just aren’t up to par and may actually damage your health! This is due to the fact that over-the-counter (OTC) items have very open and lenient laws which allow manufacturers to compromise the quality of ingredients when formulating and producing certain products. And unfortunately, YOU are the one that it affects most!
Let’s take a cold, hard look at some facts and uncover the ugly truth about supplements.
Lots of companies like to add color to their supplements—sometimes to make them more attractive to their target audience, as is the case with children’s vitamins, or simply for branding purposes and ease of recognition. Many scientific studies found the most common ones (Red 40, Blue 2, Yellow 5) cause allergic reactions and may even damage DNA, giving certain types of cancer the ability to grow rapidly.
You know that fruity gummy fiber you take? Those aren’t made with real fruit juices! Usually, they come from artificial flavorings that are heavily derived from high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners. These ingredients are often linked to diabetes, hypertension, and weight gain.
Many supplement brands use hydrogenated oil to their products as a filler. This is terrible for health, as this type of fat causes LDL cholesterol—the bad kind—and often leads to coronary heart disease, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, nervous system problems, and more.
Whether for ethical reasons or for health purposes, lots of people have chosen to opt for a vegan or other lifestyle which seeks to reduce the use of animal products. But did you know that many popular supplement brands use animal products to formulate their products? Gelatin can be found in a lot of different pills and is derived from animal bones!
Why GMP Certified Supplements Are The Better Choice
Nobody wants to wreck their healthy progress with less than quality supplements! That’s why there’s GMP Certified options—like the ones here at R3 Health—that strive to only provide great products.
GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices and is marked by an extensive process pharmaceutical brands need to adhere to for independent safety verification. Basically, companies must avoid any toxic, hazardous, or otherwise harmful ingredients to their products. This way, consumers can take these supplements without creating new or worsening symptoms.
The right kind of wellness products should ideally derive their benefits from whole plant sources wherever possible to maximize results and provide optimal health. The goal should always be to emphasize an approach to healing that focuses on the whole body and how every system fits together, relying on each other for proper functioning. When one organ is out of balance, the rest usually follow. So taking supplements that fix one problem only to create another isn’t wise.
The R3 Health GMP certified product line, R3 Health Essentials, ensures optimal wellness by delivering nothing but the best, most wholesome ingredients to help ensure we all are on our way to achieving optimal wellness and longevity.
So there you have it—the ugly truth about supplements. Of course, we’re not trying to say to stop taking them all together. Rather, we encourage you to seek out higher quality options that revitalize your body, fill nutritional gaps, and provide relief from annoying or debilitating illness. Need help finding the right ones for you? Try shopping our selections at R3 Health—or reach out to our experts for a consultation today!