What makes a superior supplement?

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Is it the ingredients, the formulation of the ingredients, the delivery method or the manufacturing process? Obviously it is yes to all of the above and it can make a significant difference to you. You need to feel confident that you can get the results you want for a happier and healthier lifestyle. It is always wise to check the source.

Ingredients:
In my previous post, “Whole Foods for a Happy, Healthy and Productive Life” ingredients in their whole natural state are best. Only Non-treated or steam treated organic and wildcrafted botanicals (herbs) should be used. There are plenty of cheaper ingredients when available and used by many companies.

Formulation:
You may have the highest quality ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies but if the proper steps are not followed (correct proportions, order, temperature and time), you will not get a delicious tasting cookie. Only experienced professionals with extensive knowledge of the historical use of herbs can provide formulations that will get results. Formulators for NutriRain have training that includes degrees from The School of Natural Healing.

Delivery Method:
Herbal formulations are available in tablet, capsule, pill, liquid, oil and extract states. Oils are external and tablets, capsules, pills and liquids are swallowed. NutriRain chose extracts due to their superiority over other formula states and combined it with an oral sprayer. The sprayer delivers a metered dose of extract formula that is more easily and quickly absorbed by the body. Oral spray is an effective method for the body to assimilate nutrients.

Manufacturing Process:
Botanical extracts are best for several reasons. First they are naturally concentrated. For example, extracts used in NutriRain dietary supplement sprays are a 4:1 ratio (4 part herb to 1 part vegetable glycerin or in some cases a small amount of pure grain alcohol). NutriRain uses a proprietary cold percolation process originally developed by the John R. Christopher to ensure that no enzymes are destroyed. This extraction process preserves the natural occurring enzymes in the plant. Unfortunately it’s all too common for other manufacturers to use a heating process which destroys many of the vital nutrients and enzymes in the plant. The glycerin is tested for DEG contamination and is DEG free, kosher, and derived from palm.

Secondly they have a longer shelf life than dry herbs and thirdly they are easy to take (no difficulty swallowing hard tablets or dry capsules). NutriRain also makes them pleasant tasting by adding cinnamon oil (Cinnamomum verum ) for natural flavoring.

CofA’s (Certificates of Analysis) are standard for dietary supplement ingredient sourcing but the manufacturing process for NutriRain includes additional qualifying steps. Each ingredient is validated for efficacy before acceptance for use through High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography and then again once each batch is finished to ensure the highest quality. Many competitors use IR (Infrared) to verify the identity of each plant. This method is cheaper, less accurate & does not have the ability to detect contaminates, such as pesticides in the herb. NutriRain also used Organoleptic testing and a full spectrum of Microbiological Testing on each plant. These tests include TVC (Total Viable Count), yeast and mold counts, coliform counts, E-coli and salmonella. Additional quality assurance tests are performed on all raw materials include High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography & Heavy Metal ICP-MS test.

This manufacturing process meets and exceeds current government GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) quality standards and is more testing than many competitors. All to ensure the highest quality and consistency. The NutriRain facility is climate-controlled, contains a state of the art laboratory and performs regular in house audits as well as FDA audits

Whole Foods for a Happy, Healthy and Productive Life

 

Our bodies work hard each day. They require nourishment to supply energy, replenish and repair muscles, organs and skin as well as support the immune system to fight diseases. Each day we consume food and water to provide our bodies with what they need to have a happy, healthy and productive life. How can we get the most of what we eat? Most would agree that a diet of natural healthy foods is the foundation. What is a truly natural food?

The term “natural” has a very broad application by manufactures today. For this discussion, natural is defined “as found in nature” or plants in their whole state or “whole foods.” This includes organic, non-GMO and free of pesticides or other chemicals. ”Wildcrafted1” is whole plants in their natural state. Wildcrafting will be discussed in greater detail in an upcoming article.

"We live in a society that eats so much processed and manufactured food, that I think there's some genuine confusion about what qualifies as a whole food," says Tara Gidus, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. 

When you eat whole foods, you're getting the food in its natural state," Gidus tells WebMD.  "You're getting it intact, with all of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are in the food." Basically, it's the healthy whole food, rather than the bits that remain after refinement and processing2.”

Our bodies are designed to easily recognize whole food as found in nature. Whole food is easily and completely assimilated and utilized by the body. Assimilation is facilitated by the digestive process beginning in the mouth where it is chewed, mixed with saliva and swallowed continuing the process.

Standardized, processed or synthetically produced substances also called food are more difficult for the body to recognize, properly digest and utilize. Plant chemistry is very complex and to attempt to isolate a compound and standardize it is a feeble attempt to improve on nature. Optimal results can best be achieved when trusting the balance and combination of the unique list of compounds found in natural whole foods. All compounds in Echinacea, for example, work properly together for the best result.

We all want to enjoy life to the fullest, feel young and energetic and eliminate disease as much as possible. A diet of whole foods and dietary supplements formulated with whole plants, as found in nature, along with proper exercise, regenerative rest, plenty of fresh air and water and balanced emotions provides the sure foundation. Whether shopping for your dinner menu or selecting the proper dietary supplement, look for whole food/plant sources.

The ingredients in NutriRain brand supplements are whole botanical plant based as found in nature.

The next article will discuss how to best utilize whole foods and plants for dietary supplements to provide optimal results.

References:

1 http://nutrirain.com/pages/we-support-wildcrafting

2 http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-benefits-of-healthy-whole-foods