How to Avoid L-Arginine Counterfeits
One of the biggest risks you can encounter when buying L-Arginine supplements online is that you may be buying a fake product.
This happens more often than you think, particularly since the FDA does not regulate dietary supplements, and the government agency puts the responsibility for the safety of the product on the distributors and manufacturers. However, the FDA does maintain a list of Tainted Products that is updated regularly.
The ConsumerLab website also does independent testing of supplements.
A basic thing that you can do to determine if the product you are buying is safe is to contact the manufacturer.
There should be contact information on the website that allows getting in touch with them so you can ask questions.
You can ask where they produce their product and under what conditions.
- For instance, are the products produced in a pharmaceutical-quality lab?
- From where do they source their raw materials?
- Are the products subjected to independent testing by a qualified laboratory?
Another thing that you can do is to determine where the product is produced.
While US-made products can also be tainted, in general, you are safer buying those produced locally than those that are made overseas, in countries such as Mexico or China.
Products produced in those countries have not only been revealed as fakes; they are also contaminated with heavy metals that can have adverse health effects.
You can also check the labels to see if they have a US Pharmaceutical Convention certification.
The UPC seal certifies the product has been tested and found free from contamination, and the ingredients used are authentic.
Alternately, you can look for an NSF label.