Quality Counts with Multivitamins
The quality debate is always an interesting one. After all, who doesn’t want quality?! We all do! And the issue of quality is especially important when it comes to multivitamin supplements because these supplements are taken by so many people. The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements estimated that in 2014 alone, Americans spent $5.7 billion just on multivitamin supplements. Multivitamin quality is also important because these supplements are meant to be taken daily for years.
While practitioners will agree that quality counts, especially when it comes to their recommendation of a multivitamin, it can be challenging for them to analyze and monitor supplement quality on an ongoing basis. That’s where the Emerson Quality Program (EQP) comes in.
“While every brand in the Emerson Ecologics’ portfolio meets the minimum quality hurdle of cGMP compliance, our quality criteria is much higher for Silver and Gold EQP partners,” explains Jaclyn Chasse, ND, Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Emerson Ecologics. “The quality team at Emerson verifies that our Silver and Gold partners are strictly following the policies and processes to ensure purity, potency, safety, and other issues associated with quality.”
Each quarter, Emerson chooses a top-selling product from each of the EQP partner brands and sends them to an independent lab to test for one of the following parameters:
- Heavy metals
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Microbiological contaminants
Testing for ingredient identity including speciation of plants has been done as well. This ensures that herbs aren’t adulterated or “cut” with less effective, cheaper sources.
Chasse is the first to admit that testing finished products can be complex and is not without its challenges. “We use a comprehensive approach to quality testing that includes quarterly testing, manufacturer site visits, report submissions, and an open dialogue with all supplier partners,” explains Chasse. “This helps ensure that our customers can have a high degree of confidence in the quality of our supplements.” And that includes the multivitamin supplements available through Emerson.
Multivitamin supplements are deemed “multi” for a reason—they have multiple ingredients. As such, extra attention to quality is important to ensure all of the ingredients are pure and provide the promised potency.
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