With so many food supplements on the market, it can be difficult to figure out which ones actually work.
Thankfully there are a few things to look out for when trying to verify the effectiveness of supplements.
Check The Supplement Certifications
The food supplement industry is relatively unregulated. This means supplement certifications are crucial tools in ensuring the quality and efficacy of food supplements. These certifications verify that a supplement meets the specific quality standards. They are typically carried out by independent third parties that assess supplements and vitamins.
Supplement certifications can cover a variety of standards, including label verification and quality assurance. They check if a supplement is gluten-free, non-GMO and other claims made by the manufacturers.
For example, MacuPrime holds a Certificate of Compliance from the laboratories of Supplement Certified at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, South East Technological University (SETU) in Waterford. This certification verifies that MacuPrime’s active ingredients are present as listed on the label. It also gives you a guarantee that these ingredients are shelf-stable, meaning they won’t break down before being used.
Research carried out to-date by the team at Supplement Certified at SETU on commercially available nutritional health supplements that are promoted for human function has found that up to 65% do not match label claim.
So wouldn’t it be reassuring to know that the product you’re spending your money on really does contain what it claims on the box? If it does, then there’s a good chance the product will actually do what it promises! Supplement Certified is an independent stamp of approval and offers you peace of mind that the claimed active ingredients (in our case Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin and Zeaxanthin) are actually present in the supplement you are buying.
Read The Ingredient Label
Another way to verify the quality of a supplement’s ingredients is to review the list of ingredients on the box. This will show if artificial sweeteners, additives, fillers, and preservatives were added to the supplement. Fillers are typically used to cut costs and add substance, while some additives increase the shelf life or improve the taste or colour. It is generally a good idea to avoid supplements with long lists of additives.
MacuPrime only uses all-natural ingredients and additives. These are the gelatine capsule, marigold flower extract, yellow beeswax, and sunflower seed oil. The gelatine capsule is made with EFSA-approved gelatine, while the carotenoids are harvested from the marigold flower extract. The beeswax allows the formulation to keep its uniformity. The sunflower oil protects the product from being degraded by oxidation. When carotenoids are exposed to oxygen, they die off which decreases the carotenoid content and effectiveness. The use of these additives in the MacuPrime supplement is designed to keep the supplement as pure and straightforward as possible, without any unnecessary additives that may affect its efficacy.
Review The Scientific Evidence
It is also important to review any available scientific evidence before taking supplements that make extreme health claims. Under E.U. law, only approved and substantiated health claims can be used on food supplements. These claims must be backed by strong scientific evidence that proves a link between a specific condition and the food substance present in the supplement.
The MacuPrime formulation has been independently tested and proven to reform the protective macular pigment layer in front of the macula with daily use. The supplement’s effectiveness has been confirmed by Professor John Nolan and his team at Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) as they have conducted numerous clinical trials testing the effectiveness of supplementation with Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin and Zeaxanthin (MacuPrime) on both healthy eyes and those suffering with early Age-related Macular Degeneration. Furthermore, the “Central Dip” study showed that Meso-Zeaxanthin is critical in rebuilding macular pigment.
So before you invest in a food supplement, be sure of the quality and potency of what you are buying. Investigate the products certifications. Scrutinise the ingredient list and evidence of ingredient quality. Look for and read the published, peer-reviewed scientific evidence to find out if a supplement’s health claims are backed up by clinical data.
MacuPrime is a supplement that has undergone extensive testing, has high-quality ingredients, and has been certified for its quality and stability. Consequently, MacuPrime is a supplement that may be worth considering for those who want to support their eye health.