Don’t I get everything I need from my diet?
You get some things, but not everything. Studies show that only 5% or less of Americans consume the Daily Value for essential vitamins and minerals, leading to poorer overall health.
I've heard multivitamins are a scam, why do people say this?
Some vitamins companies go for a “everything goes” approach, loading their product with as many as thirty different ingredients or more and hoping some will stick. So yes, that’s kind of a scam. That said, there is significant, peer-reviewed, and published research that suggests using a multivitamin is better than taking nothing at all.
Supplements work when taken in the right forms and dosages. Balance is really important, and studies show supplements work better the longer they are taken.
Is the vitamin industry regulated?
Yes, very much so. The FDA regulates both dietary supplements and dietary ingredients. At Union Vitamins, we follow what the FDA established for dietary supplements in 2007 called "current Good Manufacturing Practice" (cGMP) regulations requiring that manufacturers evaluate their products through testing identity, purity, strength, and composition. We not only tested for stability with our manufacturers, but also did 3rd-party testing for potency of active ingredients, adulterants like heavy metals and microbes, allergens, rancidity and other unwanted contaminants. As a consumer, we think it’s important to do your due diligence as well, that’s why Union Vitamins has made it easy for you to learn about our products and where they come from.
How do I know if I'm getting a "good" vitamin? How can I educate myself on what to look for?
The best place to start is to look for vegan-friendly, allergen-free, and non-GMO products. Then, figure out what the most effective form of every nutrient is, so that you can find and take what will work best in the body. Many vitamin brands use the cheapest form of each nutrient. Often, these have minimal benefits, and sometimes they can actually do more harm than good. At Union Vitamins we assure you that we source only the very best ingredients available on the market.
How do I know what is in dietary supplements?
We only know what the label tells us, and unfortunately, many don’t show the full story. We think that’s not right and, frankly, pretty bogus. At Union Vitamins, we focus on an open-story approach. Our database gives consumers the ability to trace each ingredient back to its original source.
Are supplements safe?
Yes, supplements are exceedingly safe, but as the customer and supplement-taker, you should always pay strict attention to directions and dosages and follow them carefully. At Union Vitamins, one of our core beliefs is balance. We recommend taking only what's necessary in its most effective form. Union Vitamins uses active and absorbable forms of essential nutrients that are found in our food and cells, rather than cheaper forms that require the body to expend additional energy breaking them down into useable forms.
Can vitamins be anti-aging?
Yes, when done right. Deficiencies of folate, magnesium, and vitamin D3 are known to shorten telomeres, the ends of chromosomes in your cell nuclei. Shorter telomeres are a sign of aging, but you can actually preserve or lengthen them by replenishing those deficient nutrients.
Do vitamin supplements have unwanted additives that people should be aware of?
As a general rule, we think that if you can’t find an ingredient in food, it shouldn’t be in your supplement. Union Vitamins has strict criteria for the ingredients we use. 90% of other vitamins contain one or more of the following ingredients:
- Petroleum byproducts (source for most vitamins)
- Coal tar derivatives (intermediates in some B vitamins production)
- Polyethylene glycol (industrial antifreeze)
- PVP (Povidone® or polyvinyl pyrrolidone, a synthetic plastic)
- Titanium dioxide (indigestible white colorant and opacifier)
- Talc (magnesium trisilicate)
- Stearates (magnesium stearate, stearic acid)
- Mineral oil (causes vitamin deficiencies)
- Carrageenan (can lead to gastrointestinal inflammation)
- Parabens (hormone disruptors)
- Ion-exchange resins (plastics typically used for Vitamin B12 and not listed)
- Gelatin (cow skin & bones)
- Artificial colorants (carcinogens)
- Artificial flavors or sweeteners