There is a big difference between pharmaceutical grade vitamins (medical grade) and their counterpart, store grade vitamins, or supplements. Now, this topic can get a bit fuzzy because it is very difficult to separate the need for a high grade supplement and also realize that these supplements also need to be whole-food supplements.
These are two different topics but you must remember that just because a supplement is pharmaceutical grade does not mean it will be absorbed as well as one that is pharmaceutical grade that is not whole-food based, chelated, or attached in a way to add to the absorbability of the supplement. On the other hand, just because a supplement is derived from concentrated forms of whole food does not necessarily mean that it is what it says!
There are basically three major types of grades pertaining to what is in a product. Of course, the lowest on this scale would be that of feed grade, which is suitable for animal consumption. We won't even talk about that one! The middle classification is food grade, which many call store grade, and the last is pharmaceutical grade or what some term, medical grade.When we are talking about supplements, let's begin the discussion of food grade vitamin supplements. What are they? Simply put, food grade supplements can allow capsules that include only 20% of what they say they contain. They may contain all of the ingredients in a batch but not per capsule, so you really don't know what you are taking.
Have you ever read articles citing the incidence of “Port 'o Potty” companies finding hundreds of undissolved vitamins at the bottom of the screen filter? This happens because many vitamin supplements are not absorbed at all. They are so poorly absorbed, in fact, that the brand name can still be read on the tablet found on this filter. This is caused by the lack of bioavailability found in food-grade vitamins.
So the two major factors in using pharmaceutical grade vitamins would be one of bioavailability and the other . . . that you might want to know what you are ingesting!
In short, pharmaceutical grade supplements must meet the USP, or the United States Pharmacopeia standards. The USP provides assurance to consumers of the purity of the capsule. It must contain in excess of 99% of the ingredients stated. In addition to this, the bioavailability is much higher in pharmaceutical based supplements than that of store or food grade vitamins.
I would warn you, however, to make sure that the pharmaceutical grade vitamins that you choose, are whole-food based, chelated, are combined with other high end supplements that in combination, enhance the bioavailability. However, if you are not up to studying the intricacies of such combinations, contact me and I will give you the name of the best vitamin supplement. You need to ensure the bioavailability of supplements into your system, or you are wasting your money and worst of all the benefits of supplementing and working towards a good quality of life.
a vitamin or nutrient supplement is going to be imperative for your
life today and into the future. Choosing one with phytonutrients, one
that includes ingredients that reduce inflammation and help detoxify the
liver, and one that includes micro nutrients such as vitamins and chelated minerals, will help you maintain the blueprint of your health!