Practitioner Grade Supplements
Practitioner grade products are high-strength, high-quality vitamins and supplements that typically have less excipients, and are often considered hypoallergenic compared to their retail comparisons. Practitioner only products are quite often formulated to support a specific health issue and are generally only available to those under the care of a qualified health practitioner following a personalised Practitioner consultation.
Over the Counter vs Practitioner Grade Supplements… what’s the difference?
The supplements you find in supermarkets and on some online discounters websites often contain additional fillers, cheaper forms of vitamins, minerals etc. at non-therapeutic dosages.
This is because retail products need to meet very low retail price points shoppers expect to find in a supermarket or on an e-commerce discounters website.
Because of this approach, you may have to take several servings to meet the recommended daily dose, which could also mean you’re taking in higher volumes of additives, we need to ask our selves as consumers does this approach really provide any true long term sustainable value.
There is some truth in that old saying ”you get what you pay for” when it comes to seeking out trusted higher quality dietary supplementation, especially under the guidance of an appropriately qualified healthcare practitioner.
Ingredient Quality & Source
Practitioner only nutritional supplement brands typically take more care in sourcing their raw ingredients from suppliers. Practitioner only brands typically work at a higher level of manufacturing certification and certified processes than bargain bin brands.
Practitioner only brands typically have strict systems in place to ensure they only source from well-known pre-approved ingredient suppliers that they have a long-standing relationship with built on trust over many years.
Manufacturing & Excipients
There is also risk with retail supplements being manufactured with little adherence to high standards regarding use of excipients (fillers and binders). Use of these excipients and therapeutic ingredients used in a formulation may be based on profit over therapeutic value and health.
By getting supplements from a practitioner, you are most likely to have access to the highest quality of ingredients from companies that adhere to high standards, regulations, and ethics.
The practitioner’s skill and access to product technical information allows them to know if a product is best suited to the person. Self-prescribing can lead to confusion, negative effects, potential side-effects, clashes with other supplements or medication, or ineffectual therapeutic effect.
Whether you’re deficient in a certain nutrient or seeking a supplement to help manage a pre-existing condition, practitioner grade supplements are the winner when it comes to quality and effectiveness.