What is GMP compliance?? According to the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, “Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimize the risks involved in any pharmaceutical production that cannot be eliminated through testing the final product. GMP covers all aspects of production from the starting materials, premises, and equipment to the training and personal hygiene of staff. Detailed written procedures are essential for each process that could affect the quality of the finished product. There must be systems to provide documented proof that correct procedures are consistently followed at each step in the manufacturing process – every time a product is made.”
What does this mean for me?? The summary of all of that is that GMP compliant products have guaranteed potency, cleanliness, and dosages. If you purchase them from a physician or licensed retailer, you can feel good about what you’re purchasing. If you have a child who is neuro-diverse, their detoxification pathways are likely sluggish and they are at risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Supplementing with products that are cross contaminated can further burden their detox pathways, and supplementing with products that either don’t contain what they say they do or are not potent won’t address the deficiencies. Even if you are supplementing a neuro-typical child to optimize wellness or address other issues, it makes sense to spend a little bit more money on GMP compliant products to give your child clean effective products.
How can I be sure I know what I’m buying?? You should not only talk to your healthcare practitioner but also do your own research. Most GMP compliant companies have very transparent, educational websites. Because GMP compliant supplements are pharmaceutical grade, many of them are only available trough a healthcare practitioner. Some of my favorite brands (I recommend these for my clients and use many of these myself) are Klaire Labs, Douglas Laboratories, Apex Energetics, Xymogen, Pure Encapsulations, and Standard Process.
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The views expressed in this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition and should not be substituted for medical advice.