Quality of health supplements

You may have heard stories of health supplements or traditional medicine preparations contaminated by pharmaceutical drugs, heavy metals like lead, or adulterated with herb substitutes (example – Tribulus leaf is often substituted with the cheaper Chinese Tribulus, which does not have the therapeutic properties of Bulgarian Tribulus) or worse case scenario – mixed with pharmaceutical drugs such as steroids to enhance the effect.

This may explain (though not entirely) why there are huge differences in pricing of different brands. Some supplement suppliers or manufacturers are drugs producers, which increases the risk of drug contamination. Many, if not all, do not have herbal expertise in their technical team. The herbal industry is a big business and many (including drug makers) jump on the bandwagon.

Most health supplements are supposed to be produced in a facility, which is GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified. However, there are 2 types – Food GMP and Pharmaceutical GMP. The latter has very stringent requirements and most health supplement manufacturers are not Pharmaceutical GMP certified. For example, in my clinic, all Mediherb products are produced according to Pharmaceutical GMP certified.

Besides the above criteria, I source from time-tested reliable producers who specializes in the formulation and manufacture of nutraceuticals or herbal products exclusively for healthcare professionals such as medical doctors and naturopaths. This ensures safety and reliability for the public. All my products under SLC brand are produced by such a manufacturer.

In addition, I don’t take any chance for heavy metal contamination. For example, even though my product Phytolec was produced in a reliable facility and tested for contamination, I made it a point to re-run heavy metal tests in Singapore. I am very particular about my own products, partly because I consume them too!

The herbal industry is a complex industry. It is, therefore, useful to understand or appreciate the vast differences in quality.







About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website http://slnaturopath.com
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