According to the 2010 Holistic Primary Care Survey1 of 2,000 primary care doctors, approximately 13% of those providers are dispensing supplements as part of patient treatment plans. 86% of those surveyed use supplements for their own health and 79% recommend or “prescribe” some type of nutritional supplement to patients.
The HPC Survey also revealed that 21% of respondents discuss supplements with their patients at least once daily, and 39% said they had multiple discussions every day.
Healthcare practitioners recommend and provide supplements for various reasons. Nutraceuticals and herbs are basic protocols for naturopaths and other functional medicine practitioners. Dispensing non-pharmaceutical products in the office is a cornerstone of their practice. Chiropractors, as well, enjoy the convenience and additional revenue provided by office-based dispensing. The recent increase of in-clinic supplement dispensing among more mainstream practices is driven by two factors: a growing need for income diversification and the awareness and acceptance that patients are taking supplements with or without the guidance of their doctor. By dispensing products that have been researched and approved, practitioners can provide quality supplements, assistance with implementing them in the overall treatment plan, and convenience for the patient.
“If I knew that some supplements/natural products were manufactured with higher quality standards, I would recommend or ‘prescribe’ them more often.”
Despite all the advantages to both practitioner and patient, not all providers are comfortable with such a “business-like” endeavor. For those who are unsure about recommending and dispensing nutraceuticals in the office, knowledge is key. There are enormous differences between the quality and potency of practitioner-only lines and typical retail shelf products. Understanding these differences will help raise practitioner comfort level with implementing a supplement business. In the HPC survey, over 60% agreed with the statement that: “If I knew that some supplements/natural products were manufactured with higher quality standards, I would recommend or ‘prescribe’ them more often.”
The Price of Health vs. The Price of Disease Management
Today’s healthcare practitioner understands the importance and effectiveness of addressing the root cause or imbalance involved in a particular health condition. Patients are also demanding treatments that do more than mitigate on-going symptom management without an end in site. Choosing a supplement manufacturer that honors this approach is key.
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At World Nutrition Inc., we adhere to the philosophy of employing natural approaches to health and healing. Each one of our products is comprised of a proprietary blend of vegetarian ingredients† formulated for optimum absorption and benefit. Free of toxins, allergens, and side effects, our nutraceuticals are manufactured with the highest purity and quality standards.
Product safety, purity, and hygienic manufacturing are our highest priorities. Our advanced quality control systems ensure our customers receive the same high quality systemic enzymes every time. We are committed to the highest quality ingredients that are naturally non-toxic. Our entire product line is free of animal by-products, fillers, contaminants, gluten, yeast, talc, and GMOs. †
Things to Consider When Selecting Superior Supplements:
- Consistency of blend
- Potency of formula
- Quality and safety of ingredients (organic food sources, non-GMO, no fillers etc.)
- Commitment to customers
- Good Manufacturing Practices and other certifications
The Vitälzӯm™ Difference: Enteric-Coated Liquid Gel Capsule Delivery System
In our commitment to continually provide the highest quality products for the best possible results, World Nutrition was the first to manufacture a vegetarian systemic enzyme supplement and encapsulate this ground-breaking product in an unmatched enteric-coated liquid gel capsule delivery system.
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World Nutrition, Inc. recognizes that, above all else, our customers expect the highest quality products, manufactured in a safe and reliable manner. Consistency counts; we ensure that every bottle of Vitälzӯm™ is pure, potent, and powerful each and every time.
That’s why we’re happy to share with you a detailed breakdown of the production process for both the Vitälzӯm™ liquid gel capsules and the ever-popular Dr. Wang’s Ketsumeisei™ Chinese herbal product. From ingredient selection, formulation, safety and quality controls, and final bottling and inspection, our commitment to our customers is first and paramount in every process.
The formulation of our Vitälzӯm™ liquid gel capsules begins with the selection of the most potent ingredients to serve as the base for our unmatched proprietary liquid enzyme blend. Ingredients are immediately inspected, mixed, and then checked for viscosity, color, taste, and scent. The formula is then filtered to complete phase one of production.While the enzyme mixture is being processed, the capsule production begins, which includes the same basic steps mentioned above. Ingredients are selected, inspected, mixed, checked for viscosity, color, taste, and scent, and then filtered.
The powerful enzyme formula is now ready to be encapsulated into its protective outer shell. Once encapsulation and filling is complete, stringent quality control measures ensure the thickness, temperature, and weight of each and every capsule.
Capsules are now dried and checked to ensure water content has been limited to extremely minute amounts. The surface is then wiped clean with a 100% cotton cloth.
We’ve now reached one of the most important steps in the Vitälzӯm™ production process – adding the revolutionary enteric coating. Our enteric coating provides a super-strong outside barrier that protects the contents of the capsule from the harsh environment of the stomach, and ensures our enzymes reach the small intestine, where nearly 100% of the enzyme activity is available for absorption into the bloodstream.Once the enteric-coating process is complete, every capsule is checked in a detailed visual inspection by two highly-qualified individuals for appearance and product specifications. To be sure that each capsule is receiving a proper amount of care, a new pair of inspectors is rotated in every 20 minutes to avoid any potential fatigue issues.
After packaging, the entire production process yields a fully-effective, all-vegetarian, completely non-toxic Vitälzӯm™ product that has been inspected five times for quality and is ready to live up to its reputation as the world’s best enzyme supplement to promote natural healing.
Dr. Wang’s Ketsumeisei™ is a groundbreaking blend of Chinese herbs that has been formulated to improve liver health, metabolic function, and micro-circulatory disorders. The Ketsumeisei™ production process begins with the selection of our proprietary blend of natural herbs, which are allowed to dry for 3-12 months. The medicinal parts of the herbs are then cut in very specific ways to very specific sizes, as every Chinese herb has a unique cutting specification that yields the best extraction results. Each ingredient is now inspected to be sure it meets the stringent herbal cut requirements.
Active ingredients are now ready to be extracted from the herbs with a special process that uses alcohol as a solvent – and not just any alcohol, a unique Chinese spirit especially made for Ketsumeisei™. This solvent is unique in that it does not spoil which eliminates any concerns of purity during the extraction process. During extraction, the solution is monitored for optimal pressure, temperature, pH level, time, and stirring.
The solution is inspected again before moving onto the separation process. The herbal blend is filtered and then sent through a centrifuge, where each different herbal extract is separated out. After another inspection, the mixture is then placed into a 20-foot-tall tower where it goes through what is called a spray-dry process. The herbs are sprayed with an alcohol mist and then heated to approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The alcohol mist then naturally evaporates and the herbs dry into a fine powder. The powder then granulates into the amazing finished product found in your Ketsumeisei™ capsules. The product is inspected one final time before being packaged and shipped.
Vitälzӯm™ and Ketsumeisei™ are manufactured with a consistent and thorough production process that includes inspection after inspection to ensure their purity, potency, and power. Our healthcare practitioners rely on the safety and efficacy of every World Nutrition product to improve their patients’ health and lives.
† Flexera, our proprietary formula for joint health, does contain chondroitin sourced from shellfish.