When I look through the search statistics on my websites I see very few indicators that people are interested in learning about the manufacturing processes we utilize when producing our supplements. This fact causes me some concerns. The vast majority of searches people make when finding our websites relate to the perceived benefits of our products and in some cases the actual product brand name. But why are more people not tuned into the fact that the processes involved in manufacturing supplements have a significant impact on any benefits the supplements might provide.
Let me give an example. We supply a product for a niche market – royal jelly. The benefits of royal jelly are said to include hormonal regulation, fertility aid, weight loss, energy, skin/hair/nails health and more. But not all royal jelly is created equal. Understanding the origin of this product will help you understand why this is the case. The product starts out as a liquid and is locked in the sanitary environment of the beehive. The beehive is sanitized naturally and propolis plays a role in this process with its natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-microbal properties. But remove royal jelly from the hive and it starts to behave like any other liquid product, it starts to go bad. The key to handling the substance is to get it from the hive into a frozen state in under 2 hours. Or in some instances, from the hive into the processing plant for lyophilization.
Once it’s in the processing facility it will generally be ‘lyophilized’ or ‘freeze dried’, whereupon the moisture is removed and the product is stabilized. Or it may be packaged and sealed in liquid form either in direct-to-consumer packaging or in larger containers for subsequent processing. If the substance is for export, it must generally be pasteurized in accordance with food safety regulations in the country of origin and destination.
Now many US suppliers of royal jelly and bee products obtain their raw materials from overseas, with Asia being the largest supplier by far. The format in which the ingredients arrive in the US will largely determine the processes required to treat the products prior to being shipped. In the case of royal jelly and other liquid products they will in most instances have been pasteurized.
So when our USA suppliers talk about ‘fresh’, and ‘nutritious’, and ‘live enzymes’, they’re referring to a product which may have been pasteurized at source. We all know what the pasteurization process does to live enzymes and nutrients.
So basically it is possible to stand two products side by side, from two different manufactures, each with the same label and ingredients, but one product has been neutered where the other product might still be effective as a vitamin supplement. And of course I’m not just talking about bee products like royal jelly, honey, bee pollen and propolis, I’m talking about any vitamin supplements where the ingredients originally contained some percentage of water.
The Internet provides people with a vast resource for diagnosing health problems and researching potential cures. Though I do not condone the usual type of self-diagnosis and treatment when it comes to medical conditions, it does happen nevertheless. But for our chosen herbal/vitamin remedy to have some chance of being effective, it must have been processed with integrity throughout all stages of collection, transportation and production. Otherwise you may be getting what it says on the label, but you might be just as well off without it as you are from taking it.
If you plan on long-term use of nutritional supplements, try to find a supplier with whom you can build some trust. Ask them to explain the processes they use and how they work to retain the nutritional integrity of the products they supply.
It pays to go the extra step to finding supplement products which might actually benefit your health.
Author Bio – The author is owner of The Natural Shopper, a company specializing in providing the real benefits of royal jelly products using processes designed to retain full nutritional integrity through all stages of supply and manufacture. Hruza operates various web blogs and focuses on raising awareness of all matters relating to natural health, organic foods and the protection of our food chain.