How to pick the right health products for your practice?

Just yesterday I was walking through my local grocery store, its a Safeway if you were curious, and made my way down the vitamin, nutritional, medicine aisle to get some toothpaste.  I was blown away at all the different types of herbs, vitamins, minerals, gel-caps, liquids, powders, packets, patches… that my local run-of-the-mill grocery store had to offer.  I thought only specialty stores like the vitamin cottage had selections like that!  As I tried to find the toothpaste I like, I was caught up looking at literally over 75 different types of basic multivitamin packages.  Each one had its claim to fame, offering this because of that, packed full of everything you need, yada yada yada.  But there was one thing that was consistent on all the supplements I picked up: “These statements are not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent any diseases.”

With that said I did some research and found that vitamin supplements are monitored by the FDA but are treated as foods as long as they don’t make any health or disease claims! Hints the “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent…” So this is saying:

Dietary supplements are not required to prove what’s on their label is actually in the bottle!

Even though it has a nutritional facts label on it stating what is mostly in the bottle, the supplements can have trace elements of other substances from cross-contamination.  Some Olympic committees has even gone as far as telling its athletes to not take vitamin supplements because several athletes have tested positive for illegal substances from the contaminants in the vitamins they were consuming.  Vitamin companies do not own up to these issues because the majority of supplement companies are about making large profits, not quality products. Get this, any Joe Schmoe of the street can call up one of the hundreds of supplement manufactures, pick the ingredients, make his own label and start selling it to the masses.  There is no regulation to who enters this marketplace. And according to the FDA, its all good as long as they do not make a health claim.

  • So as health professionals that want to take the best and offer the best to their patients and clients; here are the top four questions you must ask of a product before you start earning from a product partner.

Does the company or product…

1)Follow GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)?

  • GMP are guidelines that outline the aspects of production and testing that impact the quality of a product. Following GMP is required by all pharmaceutical grade products, but not for vitamin supplements. Very few supplement companies choose to follow these practices.

2)Follow USP standards (U.S. Pharmacopeia)?

  • “The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a non–governmental, official public standards–setting authority for prescription and over–the–counter medicines and other healthcare products manufactured or sold in the United States. USP also sets widely recognized standards for food ingredients and dietary supplements. USP sets standards for the quality, purity, strength, and consistency of these products–critical to the public health. USP’s standards are recognized and used in more than 130 countries around the globe. These standards have helped to ensure public health throughout the world for close to 200 years.” – http://www.usp.org Once again vitamin companies are not required to follow USP, so it is important that you find one that does.

3)Have a high rank in the Nutrisearch Comparative Guide?

  • Nutrisearch comparative guide to nutritional supplements ranks over 1500 dietary supplements in the U.S. and Canada. NutriSearch’s mission is to provide consumers with scientifically based information about dietary supplements, particularly multiple vitamin and mineral supplements.  Included in that mission is the necessity of examining not only the nutrients included in a supplement, but also the balance of those ingredients, manufacturing practices, including testing, and over 10 other quality control concerns.

4)Besides the quality of the products and the company, what is the companies compensation plan, meaning how do you get paid?

This section is subjective to each person but here at Health Professionals Connected, we recommend you find a company that has the following:

  • -No required inventory
  • -No customer service needed
  • -Sell products and earn income in more then one way… retail, wholesale, online, etc…
  • -Low start up cost with high income potential available
  • -Potential to build towards retirement… ask yourself: “if I sell my practice, do I lose my product business as well?”

If the product partner you choose answers these four questions, then you have selected a great product partner.  If you have any questions about choosing the right products, finding the right company, etc.  feel free to contact us at HealthProfessionalsConnected@gmail.com

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