Our High Standards
How Your Supplements Are Produced
(And Why No Supplement Anywhere Can Match a VitaSource™ Creation)
While it is easy to make advertising claims for supplements, producing vitamins that will make good on those claims is the difficult part. After all, the quality of a supplement boils down to where the supplements are sourced from and how they are made, something too important to be taken for granted. Particularly since there is a significant difference in the raw materials and quality control processes different companies use.
The bottom line is what you really get for your money is determined by two factors:
1) Where the raw ingredients are sourced from (grown)
2) What happens in the laboratories where your supplements are produced and packaged
At VitaSource, our supplements are produced without regard to expense and according to the best processes we know. We accept nothing less than the highest standards of quality in every aspect of the manufacturing and packaging processes. We work with a team of experts to source the best quality, freshest, wild crafted, raw ingredients from herb growers and nutrient growers all over the world.
In our Supreme Greens, the alfalfa sprouts, spinach leafs and pau d' arco bark are grown in Brazil's nutrient rich Amazon Rain Forrest, the rosemary leaf, from Morocco, the watercress herb from Germany, and Aloe Vera from our own USA.
In our Super Omega 3 Fish Oil, our wild fish comes from cold deep waters of Norway, known for being the cleanest water in the world. And our coral calcium in our Coral Calcium Ultra comes from Okinawa Japan and is harvested without harm to the coral reefs.
All manufacturing, formulating, microbial testing, packaging and research is done from one site so every aspect of the production process can be strictly monitored. Let us walk you through the seven-step process our products go through as soon as the raw materials reach our laboratory...
Quality Control & Raw Materials Weigh-in
Quality control is integral in each aspect of the manufacturing process, starting with the quality of the raw materials. Each raw ingredient we select requires a COFA (Certificate of Analysis) and an actual sample onhand to help us clearly identity the appropriate ingredient. While many companies would take the word from their suppliers that the product is what they say it is, before we release our product to the inventory, the quality control department sends a sample to our microbial lab for further testing before production to ensure each raw ingredient is what we have been told it is (for example, the rosemary leaf in our Supreme Greens product is in fact rosemary leaf). When and if a product passes quality control, it is then released to continue onto step #2...
Measuring and Blending
Once the work order and raw materials are released, the batching department weighs, mixes and labels the ingredients, placing them in individual bags to ensure the proper amount for inclusion in each container of a batch. After materials have been weighed out, each powder is sifted through a mesh to ensure dispersion and size consistency. Then the ingredients are blended into the correct formula.
Agglomeration and Granulation:
After blending, some products require a change in particle size. We offer two processes for granulation. The first one utilizes a fluid bed agglomerator (pictured right) using water-solvent technologies. The second uses conventional alcohol solvent technologies. By using these processes, we are able to reduce the amount of binding agents needed in a tablet. All in-process powder samples are forwarded to the laboratory for a special microbial analysis.
We keep a close eye on the encapsulation process. Every 15 minutes, a staff member checks the machine to ensure capsule weights are correct, and every 30 minutes our quality assurance department verifies capsule weight and quality.
Tablet/capsule Production and Coating
Now that the identity and specific weight of the material has been determined, the unit dose department proceeds with batch processing–in other words tablet/capsule production and coating (obviously, this only applies to tablets and capsules and not powders). The batch is continuously monitored for appearance and product weight fluctuations. Every 15 minutes, a staff member checks the machine to ensure capsule weights are correct. And every 30 minutes, our quality assurance department verifies capsule weight and quality. When the run is complete, the product is forwarded to inspections.
Final Product Inspection
This serves as the final check point before the product is packaged. We inspect all tables and capsules manufactured at our laboratory. Our inspection department closely examines each capsule and tablet by hand to ensure only the highest-quality product makes it into a packaged form. Products are packaged by inspections personnel, or are forwarded to the packaging department for specialized finished product packaging.
Before the final stage of packaging, every bottle is sterilized to ensure freedom from germs, leaving you with an end product which looks like the ones below...
As you can see, we go through a painstaking and all-inclusive process to ensure every supplement that leaves our laboratory sets the standard for the health industry.
Our facilities are even monitored for temperature and humidity control. Quality and cleanliness is not carried to any greater extremes in any pharmaceutical laboratory than ours.
It has to be in order to be approved by the NSF Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) certification which has a system of procedures, processes and documentation to ensure the product produced has the strength, quality, composition, identity, purity and quality it says it has.
And while many companies, depending on their size, are being forced to achieve adherence thanks to new laws which have been passed, VitaSource is years ahead of the curve and we have gone to great expense to ensure every product which leaves our warehouse meets the highest possible standards.
That's why we also hold the highest certification available: a certificate of manufacturing from the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA),, widely regarded as the most active regulatory agency in the world for dietary supplements. To give you an idea of what this means, out of over 400 manufacturers in the United States, only 6.75% are TGA certified.
I cannot stress enough just how important it is to be as careful when choosing your supplements as you are when you choose your food.
Ask for supplements at your local shopping centre or health food store and you get the supplements that suit your retailer. They may care more for their profits than your health.
Ask for VitaSource and you get the best supplements the world has ever known.