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How To Spot A Worthless Health Supplement A Mile Away
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Don’t waste your hard earned cash by purchasing worthless health supplements.

Many health supplement manufacturers engage in dishonest practices in order for them to save dollars.

To ensure you avoid buying poor quality, in-effective health supplements, we provide you with this 5 point check list.

1.   Beware of Proprietary Blends

When a proprietary blend of ingredients is shown on a supplement label and/or no percentages of purity are shown against each ingredient, this means poor, low grade ingredients have been mixed together with practically no or low purity and no nutritional value.


Always look for standalone ingredients to be noted separately on a supplement label with the percentage of purity noted against each ingredient.

2.   Beware of Certain Fillers, Binders and Artificial Sweeteners

Fillers, binders and artificial sweeteners will generally be noted under the “other” section at the bottom of the supplement facts panel.  Sometimes they are noted as “inactive” ingredients. Most of these substances are not good for you. They are mostly used to bind ingredients together, fill and/or lubricate capsules, pills and tablets and are often used only to aid consumption and/or accelerate manufacturing processes.

Fillers and binders are NOT common in liquid supplements because they are not needed, as per the points below. Binders are mostly used to bind or hold ingredients together.  They are typically a sugar derivative and include: lactose, sucrose, microcrystalline cellulose, sorbitol, propylene glycol, xylitol to name a few.

Sweeteners such as corn, sucralose (or splenda) should be avoided.  In 2013 Splenda (sucralose) was downgraded from “safe” to “caution” after an Italian animal study linked sucralose to a higher risk of developing leukemia.

Magnesium stearate is used as a lubricant. It is formed by adding a magnesium ion to stearic acid. It is mostly used in vitamins to avoid them sticking to one another or the equipment when they are manufactured.  Research to date shows stearic acid suppresses T cells (your natural killer cells) that are a key component of a healthy immune system. Avoid hydrogenated oils.  These have been found to encourage heart problems and upset blood sugar regulation.


The bottom line is you don’t want fillers, binders and artificial sweeteners in your health supplements.

3.    Always Check The Label

Have you ever come across a health supplement that states the ingredients only in IUs (International Units) or Mcgs (micrograms)?  Like nanograms (ngs) these measurements often equate to zilch. It is crucial you understand what these measurements mean and equate too before you buy your health supplements.


Only buy health supplements that state the ingredients in milligrams (mgs) or grams.  If IUs, Mcgs or Ngs are noted, ensure you do the math.  Beware of that small “c” in Mcgs (micrograms).  Also always check the daily dosage requirements under supplement facts, especially for IUs, Mcgs and Ngs.

Links to some conversion tables are below to help you.

Example 1.    Converting IUs into Mgs

5000 IUs of Vitamin D only becomes 0.125mg of Vitamin D.

Example 2.    Ng, MCG, MG and G Conversation Rates

5000mcg = 5mg

1000 nanograms (ng) = 1 microgram (mcg)

1000 micrograms (mcg) = 1 milligram (mg)

1000 milligrams (mg) = 1 gram (g)

Conversion Table Links

Just recently, The New York state attorney general’s office accused four major retailers (GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart) of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and they demanded they remove these products from their shelves. The authorities had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at these four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products tested did not contain any of the herbs that were noted on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies. It’s important to note that these major retailers have their own manufacturing laboratories.  A reputable laboratory will have strict quality and labelling controls in place and would never allow this to happen.

“Mislabeling, contamination and false advertising are illegal,” said Eric T. Schneiderman, the state attorney general. “They also pose unacceptable risks to New York families — especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients.”

4.    Absorption Is Everything

A health supplement in liquid form that is consumed by spraying under the tongue is known as intraoral delivery.  In certain contexts, it may be referred to as sublingual.

Intraoral is a viable way to take your health supplements as it offers an absorption rate of up to 95% of its nutrients compared to only a 10% to 20% absorption rate that pills and capsules provide. The sub-mucosal membrane that sits under our tongue enables nutrients taken intraorally to get directly into the bloodstream, straight away. With intraoral delivery you do NOT waste 80% to 90% of the nutrients as you do with pills and capsules.

Almost all pills and capsules are metabolized in the intestines and liver, resulting in less than 5 percent of the oral dose in pill and capsule form remaining in the blood plasma. This metabolic process is known as the “first pass effect,” and results in the compounds being eliminated from the digestive and urinary system right after ingestion, therefore providing no nutritional value. Even if larger dosages of ingredients are consumed in pill form or a certain type of capsule coating is used (i.e. vegetable capsule), of all cases, over 90% of all concentration levels inside the blood still fail to reach the required levels necessary for effective nutritional value and most ingredients within the pill don’t even reach required levels for laboratory testing conditions. Intraoral delivery avoids the “first pass effect” issue.

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This study found resveratrol administered by intraoral delivery is 250 times more effective than when taken in pill form.


Intraoral (apart from intravenous) provides the most concentrated and effective route of nutrient delivery. A 95% absorption rate compared to a 10% - 20% absorption rate that pills and capsules offer. See the graph above that illustrates absorption rate percentages for various applications.

Whenever possible BUY your quality health supplements in liquid form (preferably for administration via intraoral spray).

5.   Intraoral Spray Supplements Provide The Most Advantages

Until now, buccal and intraoral spray delivery had been best advised for smaller particle molecules, therefore most vitamins and minerals ideally suit this form of administration. However, more recent science shows a great deal of biological compounds, nutraceuticals and drugs can be effectively administered in intraoral format.  This is also a much more cost effective method of administration as a lower dosage of ingredient is required due to this being such a concentrated source of delivery.

The intraoral route of administration has recently been investigated for insulin and heparin. [Reference:  International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science Research – ISSN: 2249-0337 – February 2013 and Life Enhancement Magazine].


Science and technology have moved on.  It’s time for the health supplement industry to do the same.

Key Advantages of intraoral delivery

- Avoids the discomfort associated with swallowing pills and capsules

- Most cost effective and concentrated form of delivery

- Increased bioavailability

- Higher plasma levels

- Rapid absorption and onset of actions (95% absorption immediately into the bloodstream)

- Avoids pre-systemic elimination in the GI tract

- Avoids first-pass effect of the liver

- Avoids exposure to a hostile GI environment.


From the Stem Cell Worx Team

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