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What’s In Your Supplement?

Ascorbic acid? Extracted mineral salts? Petroleum derivatives?

The fact is, unlike Food Research supplements, nearly all companies in the US  use mineral salts/chelates in their supplements that are actually industrially produced chemicals. Minerals salts are often called natural but they are not food minerals. Likewise, most vitamins on the market are synthetically processed petroleum and/or hydrogenated sugar extracts, even if they say “natural” on the label. They are not food or derived from a food source. Synthetic vitamins and industrially produced minerals are not a complete nutrient source. They cannot be utilized, absorbed, and retained by the body or build optimal health the way food nutrients do.

Food Research products never contain extracted mineral salts, ascorbic acid, preservatives, synthetic fillers, or binders. They are just 100% natural food ingredients, pure and simple!

How to Read a Food Research Label

As we have pointed out, most companies use synthetic vitamins and/or acid-processed rocks in their vitamin and mineral formulas. They are able to use the term natural because rocks exist in nature and because the US government has not defined the term ‘natural.’ This labeling is misleading.

Food Research products are different. We include a lot of information on the labels. Consumers can see exactly what they are getting and that helps them make informed decisions about their choices.


100% Food Nutrients:

This means that the vitamins and/or minerals listed on the label are NOT chemical isolates but are part of one or more foods. The individual foods vary, but basically are low-temperature dried foods and contain the natural constituents of foods.

Vegetarian Formula:

This means that the product contains no meat. Other than Probio-Zyme-Yst, the other vegetarian products are vegan, meaning that they also do not contain any dairy-derived components.

Product Name and Statements:

This identifies the product. Below the product name are some statements which give some information about the product.

Product of the USA:

All Food Research products are mixed, formed, and bottled in the USA. With the exception of acerola cherry (which can come from various locations in or out of the USA and the beef in the glandular formulas which is sourced from Argentina and New Zealand), the vitamins and minerals shown on the label are always grown in the USA.

Supplement Facts:

This is the part of the label that shows how much of a food and/or a food nutrient are in the product.

As examples, look at the information on several different Food Research label types.

  • Label Example 1. Vitamins
    Vitamin C (in 60 mg food) 15 mg Daily Value 25%
    This means that each serving contains 60 mg of a food that is high in Vitamin C which supplies 15mg of Vitamin C, which is 25% of the Daily Recommended Intake by the US government. Understand that the Daily Recommended Intake by the US government is normally based upon synthetic vitamins or acid-processed rock minerals and may not be the same for those found in food.
  • Label Example 2. Minerals
    Calcium (in 3000 mg food) 150 mg Daily Value 15%
    This means that each serving contains 3000 mg of a food that is high in Calcium which supplies 150 mg of Calcium, which is 15% of the Daily Recommended Intake by the US government.
  • Label Example 3. Mineral with No Daily Value %
    Boron (in 24 mg food) 240 mcg Daily Value *
    This means that each serving contains 24 mg of a food that is high in Boron which supplies 240 mcg (mcg are less than mg) of Boron. The asterisk (*) shows that there is no specified level Daily Recommended Intake by the US government.
  • Label example 4. Herbal Product
    Wildcrafted Spinach Spinacia oleracea 30 mg food Daily Value *
    This means that each serving contains 30 mg of a wildcrafted herbal food commonly known as Spinach. The scientific name, Spinacia oleracea, is also given. The asterisk (*) shows that there is no specified level Daily Recommended Intake by the US government.

Other Ingredients: Vegetable coating

This means that a vegan source enzymatic coating was sprayed on the finished capsule to aid in swallowing. The coating also makes the tablet stay together better in the bottle to a slight degree. The coating is completely digestible and does not interfere with disintegration and bioavailability during the digestive process.

Other Ingredients: Vegan capsule

This means that a vegan source capsule surrounds the ingredients shown under the Supplement Facts box. The vegan capsules that are used have been shown to properly disintegrate during the digestive process.

Suggested use: 

This is a range of the number of servings typically used. Because Food Research products are normally recommended by health care professionals, they may use this as a guideline if they wish.

The Panel on the Far Right:

This panel gives general information and also lists any foods that may not have been specifically listed in the Supplement Facts box. It also states that the products are tested to be free of pesticides, herbicides, and various other items as listed.

No Synthetic Nutrients * No Preservatives * No Dairy * Vegetarian:

This repeats some of the information elsewhere, but in bold lettering so that it is easier for consumers to notice.

None of these statements on this label have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease: When nutritional labels contain statements about the products themselves, these type of ‘disclaimers’ are required by US law/regulations. Doctors’ Research, Inc. is a US FDA registered facility and has sent many Food Research labels to the US FDA, but the statements that they have not been evaluated are still required on labels.

Manufacturer and contact information is also on the label as required by US law/regulations.

Certifications and Statements of usability:

Facility certified cGMP by the Natural Products Association and is also Halal and Kosher certified:

The manufacturer that receives the ingredients, mixes them, encapsulates/tablets them, labels and bottles them is certified cGMP by the Natural Products Association. This facility has also been certified Halal and Kosher by Arizona-based certifiers.

NONE of the Food Research brand products contain either biblically-unclean meats nor Qu’ran-prohibited foods.

The facility that produces the grown vitamins and minerals in the Food Research products is cGMP certified by the State of New Jersey. All nutrients it provides for the Food Research products have been Halal certified by IFANCA and Kosher certified by Kok-K.

Storage, Safety and Use:

Note: Store in a dry place with the lid tightly closed. Keep this natural food product out of the reach of children. Not recommended if contraindicated. Dried food products have a natural attraction towards water, so keeping them in a dry place with the lid tightly closed helps prevent them from absorbing unnecessary liquids. They are recommended to be kept out of the reach of unsupervised children to prevent them from consuming more than they are given. Products are not recommended if contraindicated. Individual circumstances (pregnancy or health conditions), allergies, potential medications, etc. are possible contraindications, and the product should not be taken if it is contraindicated.

Lot number:

Products contain a lot number which makes it possible to track. This is required by US law/regulations. Because of differences in regulatory interpretations, specific expiration dates are not listed on the labels. Products distributed are considered to be fresh when sold and then typically consumed.


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