Supplements are great, and many times people use them for themselves as an alternative to pharmaceuticals or to otherwise improve their health. Many people also buy and administer supplements to their pets. How often do you wonder is this safe, effective, neither or both?
Published studies have proven the efficacy and safety of many supplements on the market. However, the same studies have shown that some products can contain anywhere form 0% to 110% of the active ingredient listed on the label. What may be more surprising is that some of the most expensive products were among those with 0% of the labeled ingredients.
With this in mind, how can we be sure we aren't flushing money down the drain? Well for human supplements there are four laboratories that perform analysis on supplements. If you buy supplements without such a seal you may be wasting money. As for pets, there is also one company that performs these same tests and grants a "seal of approval."
This company is called the National Animal Supplement Company. Every product that contains this seal meets the label claims. They even have a list of approved supplements on their website. The NASC requires four key criteria to be met to grant their seal. These criteria are:
So what should you take away from reading this post?
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