“Supplements do not make you healthy but they’re a great addition to a healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle.” Megan Retterath, Next Health Chief Medical Officer
Big pharma’s purchase of highly-trusted supplement brands is an increasingly noticeable issue in the health and wellness community, especially with Nestle’s recent purchase of Pure Encapsulations, a favorite and trusted supplement brand of many.
Why Big Pharma’s Involvement In Supplementation Is A Problem
The pharmaceutical industry is designed to make money off of people being sick. The more conditions you have, the more medications you need, and the more money they make.
In other words, there is no financial incentive for pharmaceutical companies to keep you healthy and there is really no incentive to help make you even healthier. That is why the purchase of high-quality supplement brands by such companies is causing alarm.
Moreover, supplements are not regulated by the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) because they are considered foods, not medications, so the governmental standard for the sale of prescription and over-the-counter drugs does not apply to them. Even more shocking- the FDA cannot inspect a supplement company’s manufacturing process unless it has reasonable evidence their products are harming people.
This lack of regulation means that there is actually no guarantee that the ingredients listed on the bottle are in the nutritional supplements at all.
Not All Supplements Are The Same Quality
Big pharma’s purchase of supplement companies highlights an already pressing issue in the health and wellness community: it is difficult to find brands you can trust.
With over 70% of Americans taking supplements on a daily basis, it is important to understand that where you purchase your supplements matters.
Research shows that mycotoxins (mold), heavy metals, pesticides, and other environmental toxins like polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxins, have been detected in popular supplements.
Because of these harmful “ingredients,” supplements which are often taken to combat oxidative stress, have pro-oxidant potential, accelerating the aging process and potentially leading to health issues when taken over a long period of time.
That is why education about such wellness products is so critical, especially when considering that the majority of supplements are taken by those who are already vulnerable and over the age of 65. In fact, approximately 30% of adults age 65 and older taking 4 or more supplements of any kind.
Should I Still Practice Supplementation?
Unfortunately, mistrust of supplementation products is only part of a bigger problem: our world is not designed to keep us healthy.
Next Health’s medical experts still recommend practicing supplementation (with high-quality and trusted products) as a way to fill in nutritional gaps in your diet. The supplementation industry has been able to grow into a $28 billion market because vitamin deficiencies are a very real issue in today’s society as approximately 90% of Americans suffer from some form of a vitamin deficiency.
The loss of nutrients in the American diet is due to multiple factors.
First, overfarming, modern agricultural practices, and the increased prevalence of environmental toxins have all left our soil and food nutrient-depleted. Research shows that crops grown decades ago were far more nutrient-dense than the crops we have today. In fact, a study from the Kushi Institute analyzed nutrient data across 12 different vegetables over a 2-year period. They found that average calcium levels decreased by 27%, iron levels dropped 37%, vitamin A levels were reduced by 21%, and vitamin C levels declined by 30%.
On top of all that, the commercialization of processed and