Ingredients: We Look to Nature First
The superior quality of our products is a result of respect for nature's
wisdom and use of state-of-the-art research and production methods. To
hold true to our values and to deliver quality products to our customers, all
our ingredients are selected from the most natural sources available while
ensuring their nutritional effectiveness is maintained by using the most recent
scientific and technological advances and equipment.
Our number one priority is to use natural ingredients whenever
possible. In fact, the vast majority of ingredients are naturally
sourced. For example, beta carotene is harvested from specially grown
algae, and vitamin E is obtained from soybean oil. Many plant-derived
ingredients are also included in products as potential sources of what Dr.
Shaklee referred to as unknown nutritional factors, or, those dietary factors
that may be important to health, but have yet to be identified by scientists.
The mineral ingredients our company uses are considered natural
ingredients. Minerals are natural elements of the earth, and some are
dietary essentials for good health. Sometimes, essential minerals can be
sourced directly as they are found within the earth, for example, calcium from
limestone. More commonly, however, minerals must be purified and bound to
specific carriers to enhance their bioavailability and digestibility.
Naturally Derived Ingredients
Although an ingredient may be found in nature, it may not occur in a
concentration that is sufficiently elevated for high-potency and adequate
bioavailability. Luckily, such ingredients can often be derived from
natural sources through processes such as fermentation. Vitamin C is a
good example. Rose hips and acerola are two of nature's most concentrated
sources of vitamin C, but are not concentrated enough for high-potency vitamin
C-containing formulations. Fortunately, vitamin C can be derived from the
carbohydrate that is present naturally in corn through a multi-step process that
There are some ingredients that are derived from natural sources that may be
modified to perform a certain function. For example, soy lecithin can be
modified to make hydroxylated soy lecithin. This type of lecithin serves
specific functions such as increasing its solubility in water and enhancing its
ability to coat and protect tablets.
Scientifically Formulated Ingredients
Sometimes, a sufficiently concentrated source of an ingredient cannot be
found in nature, nor can it be derived from natural sources. In these
instances, advances in nutritional technology allow us to use highly bioavailable
ingredients formulated from biochemical building blocks. Whenever our
company uses these types of ingredients, they are thoroughly tested to ensure
bioavailability, purity, and potency. The B vitamin, thiamin, is an
example of a nutrient that is formulated from biochemical building blocks.
Another category of scientifically formulated ingredients are those that
originate from a natural source, but are modified so that their final form is
structurally and functionally different. An example is the ingredient
hydroxypropyl ethylcellulose. Cellulose is a natural plant fiber.
The cellulose is modified so that it takes on different properties that make is
functionally for a particular product.
Ingredients with Special Functions
Not only do our products contain a host of essential nutrients, they often
contain specific ingredients that have a functional role in improving the
bioavailability of a product. Our scientifically advanced multivitamin
and multimineral dietary supplement tablets, for example, are coated with
a mixture of spirulina and cellulose gum. Spirulina gives our multivitamin
its natural green color and the cellulose gum coating makes the tablet smooth
and easier to swallow. The core of each multivitamin tablet features
another ingredient, croscarmellose sodium. Also called modified cellulose
gum, croscarmellose sodium's function is to absorb water rapidly and promoted
the breaking apart of the tablet and subsequent release of nutrients for
Another example of ingredients with specific functions occurs with our
company's vitamin C supplement product whose sustained-release tablet technology
is based entirely on natural gums and waxes from plants.
Our Difference - The Highest Standards
This ingredient philosophy, though, is only one part of our company's
difference. The unique blend of ingredients coupled with the cumulative
power of ongoing science reflects a commitment to research, to product
development, to the care taken to adhere to strict clinical testing, and, as
we've seen, to meeting the highest manufacturing standards in the
industry. That's the combination that sets our products apart from all
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