Herbs are NOT created equally

Not all herbs are created equally. It can be very confusing trying to decide what you may need and where to go to find what you need. Unfortunately, there are many less than reputable companies out there trying to make a fast buck. In the herbal industry, a company can sell you an herb that could be completely ineffective. Let’s say the effective part of the herb you need is in the leaves, those leaves then need to be harvested and processed in a specific way to hold their maximum potency. But a less than reputable company can legally use a non potent part of the plant and sell it to you with no nutritional benefit to you what-so-ever.

There is also pharmaceutical grade vs. food grade, and there is a huge difference between the two. The majority of nutritional supplements you see are food grade. Typically sold in your local grocery stores, drugstores and health food stores. With the food grade standard, the manufacturer doesn’t have to guarantee that what’s on the label is what’s inside each tablet or capsule. That means you could get an inadequate dose or too much of one element in that supplement.

The FDA does not monitor the contents or purity of food grade supplements, and also allows the use of fillers and binders that offer no nutritional value. In fact, some of these fillers are bad for you and create additional work for your body to remove them.

Food grade supplements vary greatly in quality of nutrients, contaminants, and whether they actually contain what the label claims. Furthermore, much of the nutrient levels provided may not be in biologically active forms, are often poorly absorbed, and may pass through your system undigested.

Pharmaceutical grade is a standard which all controlled drugs are made by. They must be in excess of 99% pure, with no binders, fillers, dyes or unknown substances. These high standards ensure that these supplements are potent, pure and highly bioavailable. Bioavailability means it is in a form that can be absorbed by your body, and not just passed through like many food grade supplements.

When looking for an herbal or nutritional supplement, it’s very important to choose a company with high standards. But how do you know who that may be? Well, basically, you have to do your own research. I represent an herbal company  of the highest quality. I do sell herbs for them. I understand being leery of  web-sites that are selling products for their own personal gain, but we all need to make a living, as well. Research, it’s all about knowing what  you are buying.

My first priority  is to educate you. We need to know what we are putting into our bodies, whether that be an actual food or a supplement.

Secondly, if you choose to use vitamin and herbal supplements, I want you to know of and have access to a large pharmacopeia of safe and effective, pharmaceutical grade products.

I recommend Nature’s Sunshine Products, and here are a few reasons why:

Nature’s Sunshine goes above and beyond required regulatory standards, at every step of the process.

They are the leaders in the herbal industry. They were the FIRST company to encapsulate herbs and have maintained their quality of excellence for 40 years.

If you would like to find out more about how Nature’s Sunshine Products began and the quality and purity of their products, click this link.


There is another video on that page that you may find quite informative that delves a little more deeply into their manufacturing process.

4 responses to “Herbs are NOT created equally

  1. I love how you describe the difference between food grade and pharmaceutical grade. I know the difference but many people do not. It’s great that you inform people 🙂

  2. Have you ever heard of someone being allergic to echinacea like I am? Strange isn’t it? I was alwasy the one who recommended all these herbs and didn’t want to do so without experiencing them for myself – Goodness! What seemed like a good thing at the time sure wasn’t for me and I’ve never heard of anyone else who couldn’t take it but me.

    • I don’t know anyone allergic to echinacea, either. However, many of us have sensitivities to things, including foods & herbs. It certainly makes sense. You can find alternatives to use that have similar properties to echinacea, but that you are not sensitive to. AND, what was the purity of the echinacea you tried? If there were fillers, it’s possible your reaction was to one of those. But ALWAYS take the safe road!

      • As a nutritionist myself, I knew the quality I endorsed for others, was pretty good but this happened with other brands too because I couldn’t believe that it would be that herb that was making me so violently (I almost died from it) ill. I can only surmise now that I might have been allergic to ragweed or such like. But being a farm girl I was never allergic to anything previously. Strange . . . anyway thanks for answering, I thought maybe you in your adventures might come across something similar. Guess I’m one of a kind 🙂 Mom always said i was unique, 🙂

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