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Natural: Just What Does This Mean to Us?

Bruce Brightman - founder, LifeSource Vitamins


Natural products are simply better than synthetics for supporting optimal health and wellness. We carry both natural and nature-identical products in many different categories, including supplements, foods, and personal care products. Our natural product selection helps to differentiate us from the mass market. We also differentiate ourselves from many companies in our own industry who claim to sell natural products. However, when you read their product labels, you find a host of synthetic ingredients and additives. This cannot produce a healthy environment for the body to thrive in! I have always wanted LifeSource Vitamins to be a company that when you see our logo on it you just know that the products are made of all natural, synthetic free nutrients, the way it should be! We go to greater lenghts to make our products pure and clean. How could we not, We answer to God! We are a family-owned company and we are not beholden to investors or shareholders.

Let's go over just a few of the natural ingredients that you will find in LifeSource Vitamins products:

Bovine Chondroitin: Chondroitin sulfate is a key ingredient in the fight for joint support. Clinical studies demonstrating efficacy are based on bovine Chondroitin (from cow). However, Chondroitin is more cheaply available from porcine (from pig) and chicken sources. We not use the unproven pig and chicken forms, which are prevalent in the market.

CoQ10: CoQ10 is a particularly important antioxidant. However, there are two forms: the naturally produced fermented trans-CoQ10 form and the synthetic, cheaper cis-form. The trans form is the form found in your body, while the cis-form is chemically different. LifeSource only sells the natural all-trans form of CoQ10.

L-Amino Acids: The natural form of most amino acids is the L-form, (Glycine and Taurine have only a single form with no "L" designation. Synthetic forms are the D-form or the DL-form. There is some evidence that the D and DL forms are toxic or less bioavailable. LifeSource Foods does not sell the mass produced synthetic forms; only natural L-Carnitine, L-Arginine, L-Lysine, etc.

Fish Oil Purification: Our fish oils are almost all molecularly distilled. This physical separation and purification process produces the best quality fish oil, free of harmful levels of heavy metal contaminants and pesticides. A common concern with fish oils is mercury content. Our fish oil is mercury-free. Please Compare!

Natural Vitamin E: Synthetic vitamin E (dl-alpha-tocopherol) is chemically and physiologically different from the natural family of Vitamin E isomers, which consists of 4 tocopherols (including d-alpha-tocopherol) and 4 tocotrienols. LifeSource only sells the natural "d" forms of Vitamin E.

usda_logo.jpgOrganic: Organic products are the most natural. No pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are used in cultivation. This is good for our environment, and LifeSource is taking measures to increase our selection of organic products.

Oxidation: Some natural products will oxidize when stored. To keep this from happening, we include silica-gel packs to remove moisture, and in some cases use Agelessr anti-oxygen packets, which reduce oxidation and keep the product in the bottle as fresh and natural as possible.

* While it is important to know what is included in every bottle of supplements, it is equally important to assure what is not included and why. LifeSource has the quality standards, lab expertise and GMP infrastructure to guarantee exactly what you won't find in any of our products. The following items ARE NOT FOUND in any LifeSource products.

Alcohols: LifeSource does not use any alcohols in food or supplements. Only grain alcohol - ethanol - is used in some of our liquid extracts. No synthetic alcohols are used.

Aluminum: We do not use aluminum in our formulas, as it has been associated with Parkinson's disease.

Chlorinated Compounds: Chlorinated organic compounds are not found in nature. These compounds are toxic and very dangerous. PCBs and dioxin are examples. Sucralose is another example. LifeSource does not formulate with chlorinated compounds.

Ephedra and Bitter Orange: The FDA has banned Ephedra. But even during the years when Ephedra was legal, LifeSource never sold Ephedra, as we have always been concerned about its abuse, not about its proper use. Today, bitter orange is commonly used as a substitute for Ephedra in many formulas. LifeSource does not use bitter orange in our formulas.

Excipients: LifeSource does not use common mass market multivitamin excipients like hydrogenated oil, talc, Crospovidone, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Chromic Chloride, Hypromellose, Nickelous Sulfate, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Metavanadate, Sodium Silicaluminate, Sorbic Acid, Triethyl Citrate, Glucose, Polyethylene Glycol, or Lactose Monohydrate. These excipients are designed to make manufacturing processes more efficient and less expensive, but products containing these synthetic excipients can no longer claim to be natural, which is one of the many reasons we don't use them.

Genetic Modification: LifeSource is opposed to genetic modification, because there are real and unknown harmful effects. Unfortunately, much of the world's supply of corn and soybeans is genetically modified which is why we continue to offer more products that are certified GMO-free. When we say certified we mean thorough and complete documentation from the source farm to your door, which is also referred to as identity_preserved (IP). In some cases ingredients we use are GMO-free, but do not have complete documentation, so we don't declare products with these ingredients to be GMO-free, unlike others. Keep in mind that testing doesn't necessarily insure that an ingredient's source is non-GMO, as certain fractions such as lecithin and vitamins C & E can be derived from GMO crops yet contain no detectable GMO's.

Heavy metals: Natural botanicals may contain background levels of heavy metals because heavy metals are naturally occurring in soil and water. We test all of our herbal ingredients and products to ensure that their heavy metal content is within recognized safe levels. A concern with fish oils is mercury content. LifeSource fish oils are purified by molecular distillation or similarly effective processes and are mercury-free.

Hormones: LifeSource does not sell androstenedione, estrogen, testosterone, or DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). These are all steroid and/or anabolic supplements that may have potentially harmful side effects.

Hydrogenated fats and trans-fats: Hydrogenation is a chemical process where unsaturated fats (vegetable oils) are chemically modified to make them more solid at room temperature. Artificial trans-fats are a particular form of these chemically modified fats. These man-made fats are unhealthy and have contributed to the obesity of America. LifeSource does not formulate our products with either of these fats.

Irradiation: Irradiation is used to kill bacteria. But irradiation also has side effects, transforming the natural components in herbs and botanicals into unnatural molecules. LifeSource conducts microbiological tests, and rejects ingredients where this test indicate sterilization by irradiation.

Microbial contamination: Many natural ingredients contain naturally occurring low levels of microbes. However, high microbial contamination and contamination with pathogens and aflatoxin are potentially unsafe. We have an in-house state-of-the-art microbiology lab staffed with professional microbiologists that test our materials and products against microbial contamination.

Parabens: These synthetic chemicals are widely found in personal care products as preservatives. Many brands that prominently declare themselves to be natural use parabens - making their claim untrue. LifeSource does not formulate its Personal Care products with Parabens.

Pesticide Residues: We use pesticide-free products as much as possible. Our Panax ginseng is pesticide-free. Roots are most susceptible to contamination by pesticides. As described earlier, our fish oils now are primarily molecularly distilled, then tested for pesticides.

Peak E free Tryptophan: LifeSource has demanding specifications for our L-Tryptophan products. All of our L-Tryptophan products are free of detectable levels of Peak E. Peak E contamination was linked to a disabling autoimmune illness in 1989. LifeSource audits all its sources of L-Tryptophan and tests every lot for contamination. If any Peak E is found, the lot is rejected.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and Propylene Glycol (PPG): PEG is antifreeze. PPG is in the same family. LifeSource does not use any PEG or PPG in our supplements, and is replacing the PPG in our deodorant stick. All of our health and beauty products will soon be PEG- and PPG-free.

Polysorbate 80: a PEG derivative, is used in many formulas to increase bioavailability. This petroleum-derived synthetic ingredient is not used in any of our products. Did you know that many enhanced delivery CoQ10 formulas contain Polysorbate 80? Our CoQ10 formulas do not contain Polysorbate 80.

Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids: Some natural herbs contain these alkaloids which are hepatotoxins (liver toxins). These herbs include comfrey and butterbur. Our butterbur is free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, and we do not sell comfrey for internal use.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): This nasty, toxic synthetic surfactant is also widely used in personal care products such as shampoos and oral products such as toothpaste. NOW Foods does not use SLS.

All Natural, No Synthetics is what we are all about here at LifeSource Vitamins! This is how we earn your trust each and every day!


Bruce Brightman – founder

LifeSource Vitamins

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*Disclaimer: None of the above statements have been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As always, consult your physician before taking any and all supplements. LifeSource Vitamins. Individual results may vary.

Disclaimer: All the information contained throughout this website is based upon the opinion of the founder of LifeSource Vitamins, Bruce Brightman, and the entire team at LifeSource Vitamins whose relentless research and studies have been ongoing on since 1992. Other articles and information are based on the opinions of the authors, who retains the copyright as marked on the article. The information on this site is not intended to replace your health care professional, but to enhance your relationship with them. Doing your own studying and research and taking your health care into your own hands is always best, especially in partnership with your health care professional. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or have any medical conditions, always consult your health care professional before taking supplements based on the information on this site.


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