Supplements are not regulated by the FDA, and most of the supplement industry does not follow the guidelines needed to make a high quality natural supplement. The industry at large is not held accountable, by anyone or any agency to a high standard of quality assurance.
Quality Assurance is important in two ways.
- To ensure the product is what it says it is and contains the dose it claims on label in order to be clinically effective
- That the ingredients are pure so that you are not increasing your toxicity by exposing yourself to harmful contaminants that can worsen your condition or cause other health problems.
Common contaminants include bacteria, mold, yeast, chemical solvents, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, aflatoxins, heavy metals (mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, etc.), dioxins, and PCB's.