Physician grade supplements are pharmaceutical quality meaning they are developed and manufactured under drug standards. Most are developed to supplement specific deficiencies for the human body. The supplements we prescribe provide consistent results based on the results we achieve with our patients. We have approximately twenty-five pharmaceutical grade manufactures we use and select the most effective products from most of these companies
Capsules vs Tablets
Thorne Research statements about the benefits of “Capsules” used in pharmaceutical grade supplements. Encapsulating nutritional supplements offers significant advantages over tableting. First and foremost is the greater purity and bioavailability of the nutrients in the product. Making tablets requires that other substances be added in addition to the nutrients; for example, binders, lubricants, coatings, disintegrants, and other excipients are the substances most commonly used by tablet manufacturers. These substances are added to make the tablet stay together, to make the tablet shiny, and to make the tablet break apart.
Tableting machines compress the powdered nutrients (that have already been mixed with binders and lubricants) with tremendous amounts of force. Then, to make them shiny and easier to swallow, tablets are often sprayed with coatings such as shellac – like the shellac found on furniture but instead labeled “pharmaceutical glaze” – or coated with vegetable protein, most often a protein derived from corn.
Manufacturing Consistency with Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements
Below is a short clip about one of the key companies producing pharmaceutical supplements that we use; Pure Encapsulations. Randee has toured their manufacturing facilities in Sudbury Mass. and talked with their product development team regarding their present products and potential products. Since she relies on supplements as a component of her therapy she is continually evaluating supplements and tracking their success with patients. Using her recommended supplements result in better and faster results. She uses several manufactures for the most effective products for specific illnesses.