Often, the focus of that search for the right weight-loss supplement is aimed at the formula rather than the company behind it. We believe dieters should know where the product originates and the reputation that follows that business. We searched for expert opinions and government guidance to give you exactly what you deserve to know about supplement manufacturers.
What is a Supplement Manufacturer?
A supplement manufacturer is the company responsible for making the weight-loss product. This entity may be different from the one that sells you the formula. Many times, the business that markets and sells a diet pill is not the one that formulates or bottles it.
Finding the Supplement Manufacturer
The United States government does dieters a solid by requiring supplement companies to list the name and address of the manufacturer on the product label. If that information is not listed, that’s a big red flag telling you to skip that one.
The Importance of Finding a Trustworthy Supplement Manufacturer
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t review or approve all weight-loss supplements manufactured in the United States or imported from other countries. When a special investigation is performed, there are some reviews that take place, but those are few and far between. There have been many checks that found illegal and/or dangerous ingredients so you need a supplement manufacturer that’s trustworthy.
Look for These Things in Your Supplement Manufacturer and Seller
If the company that sells the product is also the supplement manufacturer, things are much easier. You can visit the official website and look for some specific information that can give you an idea of how trustworthy the company is. If it is not produced by the selling company, you may have difficulty finding out detailed information about the business.
Phone Number/Customer Service
On the contact page for the supplement manufacturer, look for a phone number that allows dieters to reach a representative. This means the company is dedicated to keeping the customer happy. Take things one step further by calling that number to see how long you have to wait, the demeanor of the agent and how much they know about the supplement they’re selling.
Search the Better Business Bureau website for a rating on the supplement manufacturer. Think “A” or “B”; anything below that could mean the company has infractions on its record.
Just as we said before, not all supplement manufacturers are 100% honest with product claims. To weed out the good from the bad, look for clinical research. You should have to go no further than the official website. If the science is there, the company will want to shout about it from the rooftops.
It takes money and dedication to create and maintain a professional website. Look for clear, concise information, testimonials, a dedicated contact page and extra information about dieting, weight-loss and overall health. If every word is set on selling you the product, the company may not have your best interest and well-being at heart.
Things You Need to Know About Supplement Manufacturers
When looking closely at the supplement manufacturer, you need to keep a few things in mind so you don’t step into a situation with unrealistic expectations.
According to an article in the NY Times, “experts say that there is no guarantee that supplements will do what they say they do.” If the claims are unrealistic and seem too good to be true, that’s your brain telling you to leave this one alone.
Along the same lines as the NY Times article, the Council for Responsible Nutrition says dieters need to keep expectations realistic. “Dietary supplements can play an important role in good health, but they are meant as supplements to other healthy habits and should be used in combination with other smart lifestyle choices such as trying to eat a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and seeing a healthcare professional. Dietary supplements are not intended to have the same immediate or dramatic effects that you would expect from taking a drug.”
The FDA is responsible for regulatory actions in regards to diet supplements. This does not mean they test every formula; it only means that they set forth a list of rules the supplement manufacturer must follow. If there are reports of negative side effects, the FDA may look into those and act on the companies accordingly.
Safety and the Supplement Manufacturer
While the FDA requires supplement manufacturers follow some strict rules, the safety of the product is in that hands of that company. The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements says, “Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, the dietary supplement manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe before it is marketed.” If it’s any consolation, the FDA is responsible for taking action against any company that sells an unsafe product.
The NSF attempts to help the customer find safe supplements by creating a seal of approval associated with testing. “We have developed the only American National Standard for dietary supplements (NSF/ANSI 173) and with NSF certification you can be sure that dietary supplements do not contain unacceptable levels of contaminants.” The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention offers a similar program. “A supplement successfully meeting our rigorous testing and auditing criteria receives the USP Verified Mark. When you see the Mark, it means the supplement contains the ingredients listed on the label, in the declared strength and amounts; does not contain harmful levels of specified contaminants; is made according to FDA and USP Good Manufacturing Practices, using sanitary and well-controlled processes.”
What’s the Last Word on the Supplement Manufacturer?
If you think all supplement manufacturers have the safety and well-being of the consumer in mind, you are being a bit naïve. The company is looking to sell a product, first and foremost. But, you can find businesses that want you to succeed with a supplement that is clinically tested and proven to help you achieve realistic results. Look closely at the supplement manufacturer before pulling out that credit card.