Over the years, many people have begun to see the short-term and long-term damaging effects of prescription medications. As a result, the use of dietary supplements has increased for many people and with that growth comes the question of where to buy from and what brand. Many of you may have heard, “all supplements do is create expensive urine.” While this may be true for certain supplements on the market, keep in mind that not all supplements are created equal. Diving into really understanding the difference between these supplements and their manufactures can make a huge impact on how you purchase supplements moving forward.
Pro-Balance is one of the Pharmaceutical Grade supplements that we at Pharmacy Solutions are proud to recommend to our patients. These supplements are not intended to be showy. They are formulated to work for our patients. If you don’t know the difference in what makes a supplement Pharmaceutical Grade or not, continue reading. Your health could depend on it.
First, realizing what makes a supplement pharmaceutical or not is an important step in your supplement purchasing. Supplements are available in three FDA grades. The first one is Feed Grade and usually produced for veterinary use. The second grade, and most commonly sold in health food stores and retail pharmacies, is called Food Grade. These supplements are not always tested for absorption, dissolution, purity, or potency. The third, preferred grade is Pharmaceutical Grade. This grade is typically only sold by a licensed health care practitioner such as a doctor or Compounding Pharmacy.
The next, and in my opinion, the most important factor that separates Pro-Balance from the others is the quality ingredients they are made with. Food Grade supplements do not have the same concentrations of active ingredients and can contain up to 30% fillers, binders, and impurities. Pharmaceutical grade supplements are made according to the strict guidelines of the FDA, which also oversees the manufacturing of prescription medicine. Potency and purity are guaranteed, as well as other mechanisms to protect the consumer. Of course, even if you have chosen evidence-based ingredients and provided them in a superior form, the formula will not work if the dosages are too small. That’s why Pro-Balance Supplements always include the right therapeutic dosing of each ingredient, based on established research. This approach is what separates good supplements from great supplements.
Another important factor that separates Pro-Balance from other supplements companies is the clinical research that has been done to produce these products. Pharmaceutical Grade supplements undergo testing at several stages throughout the process for purity and potency. The most reliable evidence comes in the form of well-controlled human clinical trials, in populations demographically similar to our doctors’ patients, published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This is the standard we are aiming for when we consider what Pro-Balance supplements to recommend to patients.
Luckily, if all of this is still overwhelming to you, Pharmacy Solutions has four Compounding Pharmacists with years of experience to make sure you are purchasing a quality Pharmaceutical Grade supplement that is right for you! Call (817) 274-0050 to speak with one of our experts today.