Back to School: Why Study Chemistry?

Chemistry touches everything you do. If The Food Babe had strong knowledge of the topic, her paranoia about chemicals would have dissolved into a lake of dihydrogen monoxide. Even the most benign things sound dangerous when you lack knowledge, and everything from yoga mats to human cells is made of chemicals. A little chemistry knowledge can help you stay healthy, relieve stress …

Trending Supplements 2017

The supplement industry will be worth $278 billion by 2024, and North America accounts for 28.5% of the market. Forget Big Pharma. Big Supp is profit-friendly enough to support you if you navigate it wisely. Amino acids generated about 14% of the revenue share in 2015, while dietary capsules were worth $26.42 billion. Omega-3 took up much of that category. …

Science or Snake Oil? Determining Quality Ingredients

In the words of Ben Goldacre, telling snake oil from remedy using online studies requires you to make sense of “a glorious, necessary mess.” Clinical trials have to confound the bias of researchers, publishers, and patients alike, otherwise their results are unreliable. Double blind, randomized human trials are the only gold standard that shows genuine efficacy. Animal and in vitro …

How are Dietary Supplements Regulated?

The same manufacturers behind Prozac and painkillers frequently make your nutritional supplements, but they’re regulated differently. Congress’s Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act removed almost all the hoops supplements had to jump through, standards to which prescription and over the counter drugs are still held. This leaves the FDA responsible for regulating nutritional supplements. Though regulated differently than prescription and …

Topical Probiotic Lotions and Cosmetics

Probiotics have been the beauty and healthcare industries’ darlings for years. Even The Wall Street Journal has joined the hype, so it’s tempting to invest in them. Yet, as is often the case, so-called “natural” remedies are often bogged down by pseudoscience. Probiotics are live bacteria that straddle scientific and alternative medicine. They replete your bacterial ecosystem, but not all of …

Does the FDA Regulate Beauty Products?

In many ways, the FDA requirements for cosmetics are more impenetrable than those for medications. They’re subject to conditions related to everything from branding to safety, all of which are outlined in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. These regulations outline general conditions of safety and honesty, but more specific laws and guidelines aren’t always as easy to comb through as you …

Getting Started with Supplement Manufacturing: cGMPs

The supplement industry is lucrative and dynamic, but it’s not as flooded as you might think. There is an excess of brands, but a scarcity of high quality products. This leaves plenty of market share behind for those who want to enter the industry. The FDA regulates these products using current good manufacturing practice (GMP or cGMP) guidelines, which assure consumers …

Understanding Percent Daily Values on Vitamins

The use of vitamins has become routine, even in healthy people. Upsetting the body’s fine balance can be harmful, leading to overdoses and even deficiencies. Consumers thus need a thorough understanding of exactly what is in their supplements and in which quantities. The FDA’s food labelling guide helps supplement brands to provide all the information buyers need to meet their …

The Best Organic Skin Care Manufacturers: Why You Need Them

The natural skincare industry is currently experiencing a boom. Many organic skin care manufacturers are reaping significant benefits since their products are in high demand. You may be wondering if you should also join the bandwagon and manufacture your own organic skincare product line. You definitely should if organic skin care products are your passion. However, you need to get a couple of things right. …

How to Evaluate Nutritional Manufacturing Services

As more people come to realize that their current diets and health regimens are lacking certain key nutrients, nutritional manufacturing services are becoming more in demand. If you’re planning on launching your own supplement line, you need to be aware of standard practices, rules and regulations, and manufacturing procedures to ensure your products are safe and effective. What You Should …
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