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Pharmaceutical Grade Supplement Facts

In order to have a therapeutic effect, nutrients must be absorbed into your bloodstream. The extent to which they can be absorbed is referred to as their bio availability. In most cases, the same substance can have a greater or lesser degree of bio-availability, depending on the way it is manufactured.  It is important that they are also manufactured in a FDA registered facility. Otherwise, you have no true assurance that what is on the label is even really in the tablet or capsule. The overwhelming majority of supplements on the market today do not follow these guidelines.

Fact #1: Not all products are created equal - Pharmaceutical Grade: What does it mean?

There are basically three different grades of raw materials used in products they are:
• Pharmaceutical Grade - meets pharmaceutical standards
• Food Grade - meets standards set for human consumption
• Feed Grade - meets standards set for animal consumption

Fact #2: The main difference is of quality and purity

Due to the addition of various other substances, no product is 100% pure. Pharmaceutical Grade Vitamins must be in excess of 99% purity containing no binders, fillers, excipients - substances used as diluents for a drug - dyes, or unknown substances. Regular Vitamins of the other two grades are available as Over The Counter (OTC) products.  Questionable fillers and binders such as; cork by products, chemical FD&C dyes, sodium benzoate, dextrose, ethycellulose, and propylene glycol to name only a few can be added in OTC products.  Although these ingredients may be legal, what are the nutritional benefits?

Fact #3: Quality Control begins with the raw materials

There are numerous raw material suppliers. What makes one superior over the other begins with how the material is grown. Raw materials and quality control is the key to an excellent nutritional supplement.

Synthetic versus Natural:
Most vitamin supplements found in drug and health food stores do not contain vitamins that are truly natural, but are synthesized predominantly from petrochemicals and less frequently from plants. There is much controversy concerning the body’s reaction to synthetic vs. natural vitamin supplements. Many believe that the small differences between synthetic and natural are of no consequence. However, clinical evidence and several studies indicate that the body detects the difference and that natural forms of vitamins including A, B-complex, C, D, and E are more easily absorbed by the body and have a more profound effect on deficiencies and disease than synthetics.


Every supplement at V5 Nutrition has been created by medical experts and complies with the highest standards and meets Pharmaceutical Grade Guidelines.  All V5 products are GMP certified.