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What Affects Dietary Supplement Pricing?

What Affects Dietary Supplement Pricing?

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5 Key factors that influence the price of your supplement. Regulatory Compliance Let’s dive into the first and most important issue, which is regulatory compliance. There is a lot of confusion by consumers who falsely assume that the dietary supplement industry is unregulated. In 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) defined dietary supplements as a category of food; therefore, regulations are in place for all dietary supplement manufacturers and...

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Why Should You Care About Your Fish Oil Quality?

Why Should You Care About Your Fish Oil Quality?

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Why should you care about fish oil quality? Fish oil is prone to oxidation because it is made up mainly of fats. When exposed to the oxygen in the air, the fat molecules in the oil start to break down. How does this affect fish oil quality? It can lead to an unpleasant “fishy” smell and spoiled, rancid product. Stability, also known as shelf life, refers to how quickly and easily a product will break down under the product’s directed storage conditions. Just like dairy and...

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DHA and Babies: Here’s What Happens When You Stop Breastfeeding

DHA and Babies: Here’s What Happens When You Stop Breastfeeding

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Although breast milk is the preferred source of infant nutrition, epidemiological studies have shown that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) levels in breast milk are highly dependent upon the geographical location of the female population under study and the related habitual diet of the population, with the highest DHA levels in N. American Inuit and in some Asian populations. 1, 2 In women supplemented with DHA at a level of 200-400 mg/day, DHA levels are increased to at least...

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Lutein: Part of the Optimal Nutrition Necessary for Your Baby

Lutein: Part of the Optimal Nutrition Necessary for Your Baby

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Much of a baby’s cognitive health is determined during gestation; unfortunately, today’s typical diet often doesn’t provide expectant mothers with all the nutrients her developing baby’s brain needs for healthy development. Lutein and Brain Health for the Developing Baby During pregnancy, lutein levels in the mother’s bloodstream increase while other carotenoid levels remain fairly constant.1 The same differential pattern for increased lutein over other carotenoids is also...

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DHA: The Building Blocks of the Brain

DHA: The Building Blocks of the Brain

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DHA, found in Omega-3 essential fatty acid, is well researched and well known for its health benefits in adults and in children. In 2002 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the inclusion of omega-3 and omega-6 Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) in infant formula. Supplementation with DHA is especially important since this fatty acid is predominant in the membranes of cells in the brain and in the retina of the eyes. One of the most interesting studies on omega-3 EFA...

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About IFOS and Its 5-Star Rating System

About IFOS and Its 5-Star Rating System

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Fish oil must to go through a purification process to reduce contaminants and must be carefully handled and stored to maintain its quality. To ensure that the fish oil products have in fact been purified and been handled appropriately, tests are performed for validation. Test results must meet certain standards. Standards have been determined as being safe and are scientifically determined to ensure a stable product. Different standards exist for different organizations,...

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