What’s in your Supplements

Question Mark Written in Flour on Black BackgroundYou’ve just purchased a bottle of the latest and greatest dietary supplement that money can buy – at least that’s what the late-night TV commercial and Internet advertisements said – and you’ve done your diligent research on the key ingredients. It seems safe enough, and you saw that several of your Facebook friends and TV celebrities have been using it, saying it works for them. But what if the product isn’t what it says it is? What if the label that you assume is complete and accurate isn’t telling you everything you need to know?

There has been an unsettling history in the supplement industry with some companies routinely producing products that are mislabeled, contaminated, or otherwise adulterated.1–7 This unacceptable practice has led to untold negative consequences for people including illness, hospitalizations, failed drug tests (employment or athletic competition), allergic reactions, poisonings, and even death.8–10 The mass majority of these products come from companies and internet sites with questionable integrity, usually from foreign countries, however this practice has also occurred with many seemingly reputable companies including large pharmaceutical companies, and American manufacturers.2 Continue reading

Quality Matters

Scientist Examines LeafThink about the last time you were faced with a difficult decision about an item you were about to purchase, such as a new car. There are so many factors that go into the decision – cost, color, extra options, size, mileage – the list goes on. But at some point you need to make your final decision, and there is one factor that pushes you towards one choice or another. For many people, that final deciding factor comes down to a matter of quality. You expect a certain level of care has been put into every step of producing that vehicle so that you have the most dependable vehicle that money can buy – yet without spending your life savings to get it.

There should be no exception when it comes to deciding which nutritional supplements you and your loved ones use. You deserve to know that these products are consistently made with precision and utmost attention to purity and potency. You and your health care providers need to know that when you use a supplement, you are getting exactly what the label says.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where quality is not always a promise that some companies strive for. This is especially true when looking at nutritional supplements that can be produced or contain ingredients from all corners of the world with inconsistent regulations for quality control.  This is why it is so important to be able to recognize when your nutritional supplements are coming from a reputable source that adheres to strict quality standards.

How do I know if I’m Using a High Quality Supplement?

Quality of a product begins with selection of the ingredients that are going to be used. A good product will only include ingredients that are known to be safe and effective following intensive research and scientific scrutiny. Once the ingredients have been chosen, it is time to find sources for the raw ingredients. A responsible company will be diligent about each raw ingredient they use and only select them from trusted sources that adhere to the same principles of quality, purity, and potency.

group-imageRaw ingredients need to undergo intensive laboratory testing at a qualified third party laboratory that follows current Good Laboratory Processes (cGLP) with ISO certifications. Ingredients should be pharmaceutical grade meeting the strict requirements defined by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) or National Formulary (NF).  In the case of plant-based ingredients, it becomes extremely important to find USDA or EcoCert certified organic sources that are free from toxins, heavy metals, and pesticides.  Organically grown plants have also been shown to contain higher concentrations of the beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants that you want in a supplement.

After ingredients are verified at a cGLP laboratory, they can be used to make the final product at a manufacturing facility that follows current Good Manufacturing Processes (cGMP) with strict adherence to all regulatory guidelines.  Following manufacture, further testing is performed to verify the purity, potency, and stability of the final product. 

Leaf Test tubeUltimately, determining the quality of a product comes down to finding a company that is transparent with regards to their quality standards. In the world of nutritional supplements, it means finding a company that holds itself to higher standards than what is required by regulatory bodies and exceeding all expectations.

At Pinnaclife, we adhere to the principals of utmost quality for all of our products. We start by only using the finest raw ingredients that are independently tested at a cGLP, ISO:9001 facility before being incorporated into our final products at a our cGMP manufacturing facility based in the United States. All products are then independently tested for stability, purity, and potency before being approved for sale, meeting or exceeding all standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When you use the Pinnaclife Nutritional Supplements, you can rest assured that you and your family are getting an affordable scientifically proven product with a level of quality that goes above and beyond what is expected.


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 Disclaimer: These statements have not been reviewed by the FDA. Pinnaclife products are dietary supplements and are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The decision to use these products should be discussed with a trusted healthcare provider. The authors and the publisher of this work have made every effort to use sources believed to be reliable to provide information that is accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The authors and the publisher shall not be liable for any special, consequential, or exemplary damages resulting, in whole or in part, from the readers’ use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this article. The publisher has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URLs for external or third party Internet websites referred to in this publication and does not guarantee that any content on such websites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate.

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Pinnanclife-Products-062212-_DSC3977-_SelectThere are numerous benefits to incorporating Omega-3’s (fatty acids) into your daily diet

Why you may not be getting enough Omega-3’s (fatty acids)

  • You may not eat a lot of fish and seafood products
  • You may not eat a lot of poly-unsaturated plant oils
  • You may have a condition that requires you to take a larger dose of omega-3’s

How Pinnaclife Omega-3 Supplements Can Help

  • Contains the powerful antioxidant blend of Olivamine10TM not found in any other supplement line
  • Has the 3:2 ratio of Eiposapentaenoic acid (EPA) to Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), polyunsaturated fatty acids recommended by the American Heart Association
  • Safe for daily use
  • It is extracted from only the fish fillet and no other part, ensuring purity. It contains the highest purity fish oil that exceeds all European and Unites States EPA safety standards for toxicity content guaranteed by the Pure Max certification
  • Specially blended with vitamin E to protect the integrity of the fish oil

*Warning: If you are taking anticoagulant drugs, use only under the supervision of your physician. Blood tests that measure clotting time can be used to ensure the nutrients are not reducing clotting factors in your blood to abnormal levels.

Pinnaclife Omega-3 Purity Standards:

Pinnaclife MultiVitamin

Pinnanclife-Products-062212-_DSC3949_SelectPinnaclife® Multivitamin provides the body with what it needs to support a balanced diet and great health. Getting enough nutrients daily compliments a healthy diet. The American Medical Association currently recommends the use of a good multivitamin daily.

Why you may not be getting enough nutrients

  • You may not always have time to eat well-balanced meals
  • You may not eat foods rich in certain nutrients
  • You may not know where to get certain nutrients
  • Many modern foods lack essential nutrients

How Pinnaclife® Multivitamin supplements can help you

  • Contains the powerful antioxidant blend of Olivamine for added health benefits not found in any other supplement line
  • Each ingredient is in a form that can be used by the body
  • Each ingredient has been researched and has been carefully balanced in order to work in harmony with one another
  • Pinnaclife® Olivamine Multivitamin contains amino acids that are not usually found in other multivitamins, which provide additional health benefits without the need for further supplementation
  • Does not contain fillers
  • Contains 50 mg of Coenzyme Q10
  • Contains 50 mg of Acetyl-LCarnitine and Alpha Lipoic acid

Olivamine D3 + Magnesium

D3It is very important to add mineral supplements to a daily diet because essential minerals are almost non-existent in today’s foods. Most mineral supplements on the market today focus on calcium and not magnesium, which actually can be counter productive to health.

Why you may not be getting enough minerals

  • Most fortified foods do not contain enough minerals to satisfy an adult’s daily mineral needs in order to protect children from receiving too much
  • Essential minerals are non-existent in almost all of today’s foods (Eby)
  • The body produces vitamin D3 when exposed to the sun; so, often people using sunscreen or living further from the equator tend to not get enough vitamin D3 (Chapuy)

How Mineral Boost Pinnaclife Supplements can help you

  • Contains the powerful antioxidant Olivamine, not found in any other supplement line, for added health benefit
  • D3 + Magnesium contains 100% of magnesium and vitamin D3’s daily recommended values
  • Combines three important vitamins and minerals in one supplement for cost effectiveness and ease of use
  • Combines two important bone health minerals, vitamin D3 and calcium, to help promote optimal bone health (Dawson-Hughes)