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The Hidden Costs of Buying Vitamins For Cheap

Be honest - are you one of those people who puts price above all else when buying vitamins? Well, you're not going to like this article, because cheap you probably already know somewhere deep down...are cheap for a reason.

When purchasing most things, price should weigh heavily in your decision-making. Take jeans, for example, you can pay hundreds of dollars for designer jeans or just by a pair of Levis for $30. Jeans are jeans to you and Levis are quality jeans and will do just fine. So why pay more?

But this is not how it works with dietary supplements. Cheap vitamins provide you with poor health benefits at best. To find out 3 reasons why, keep reading.

(1) No Manufacturing Oversight

To save money, most vitamin supplement companies contract out the manufacturing of their products. They don't directly oversee production or audit the manufacturer's facility, which are two red flags. These contract manufacturers often buy ingredients in bulk to reduce costs. And they neglect to perform quality control tests on those ingredients---again---to cut costs.

What tests should they do?

Before production, they should do microbial or heavy metal testing of the raw materials. And also test the potency of the active ingredients.

After the production process, they should retest the final product to ensure that there was no contamination during manufacturing.

Before buying vitamins, find out who manufactured them. The best vitamin supplements are manufactured in-house; it's more expensive but it shows a commitment to excellence to the consumer.

(2) No Enteric Coating

Drug companies all use enteric coating. It's the outside layer on tablets that provides protection from stomach acid. This is the main reason why pharmaceutical drugs are so effective and fast-acting, the ingredients pass through the stomach unharmed and are released into the bloodstream.

Why don't most supplement companies use it? It's expensive. But it's also vital for absorption. So how do supplement companies get around this? Instead of paying extra for enteric coating, they formulate supplements only using ingredients unaffected by stomach acid.

This is why you see so many vitamin-only supplements or vitamin and mineral supplements. It's not because they're effective. It's because they're the easiest to produce.
Before buying vitamins, find out if they use enteric coating. Any vitamin supplement that contains herbal extracts, amino acids, or phytonutrients must have it to guarantee absorption.

(3) No L-Glutathione

This is a key ingredient. In fact, I wouldn't recommend any vitamin supplement without it.

What is it?

It's the most abundant antioxidant in your body, but your body makes less of it as you get older. It's critical for cell health and organ functioning. But here's the thing...

It needs to be included in its "reduced" form or it will be poorly absorbed by your body. A lot of companies use regular l-glutathione knowing full well that it can't pass through cell membrane walls.


Because l-glutathione (reduced) is expensive. Seriously, it's 80 times more expensive than vitamin C. Before buying vitamins, see if l-glutathione (reduced) is on the label. If not, you can be confident that you're looking at a mediocre product.

Now, after reading just 3 examples, I hope you can see why cheap vitamins are cheap. As you learned, cheap vitamins lack:

Manufacturing Oversight
Enteric Coating
L-Glutathione (reduced)

Hidden costs? How can you possibly quantify the costs of contamination, no potency confirmation, poor absorption, and lack of one of the most effective ingredients? Let's just say, they're huge. Two bad things are happening at once when you buy cheap vitamins---you throw money away and you receive pitiful health benefits.

Buying vitamins is a long-term investment in your health - Get it right the first time.

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1 comment:

Precious Leonna said...

L-glutathione is one of the very effective anti oxidant. although it is really expensive.