Why pharmaceutical grade supplements are just marketing hype
Sometimes, clever marketers play on your fears and desires by making up words.
One such made-up term is “pharmaceutical grade” as applied to vitamins and supplements.
The idea is to show the ingredients are purer than others. Therefore, you assume they’re safer and work better.
And the manufacturer can charge you 2 to 3 times more for it too.
But ask any pharmacist to look up the term in their stacks of reference books and you’ll be hard pressed to find a real definition of what pharmaceutical grade means.
Because there’s no such thing. It’s just marketing hype.
The truth is, there are only one universal term for purity worldwide: USP-NF. And this only applies to prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
USP stands for United States Pharmacopeia. The NF stands for National Formulary.
Basically, the USP-NF is a big list of ingredients manufacturers can use to make prescription and over-the-counter drugs. If the ingredient’s on the list, it met the purity standards set by the USP.
Simple enough, right?
Here’s the rub: supplements and vitamins aren’t regulated like a bottle of Advil or a prescription for Zocor.
So anyone can slap any label on the bottle and claim what’s inside is better than the next guy’s.
Here’s another thing. If your supplements are all natural, they won’t have any pharmaceutical ingredients in them. So the USP-NF label doesn’t apply.
So what’s the bottom line?…
Caveat Emptor (Let the buyer beware)
Whether you’re buying a car or a bottle of vitamin C, it’s your responsibility to be a smart consumer.
Do your due diligence making sure your supplements come from a reputable source. And that they have high quality manufacturing practices.
As we always say, it’s best to stay informed to stay healthy. And we’ll add…protect yourself from marketing hype.