Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: Do I need Vitamin and Mineral Supplements?

In theory, a person can get all the nutrients they require from a well balanced diet, assuming there are no health conditions that cause an increased need for a particular nutrient. In actual practice, however, few if any people actually get all the nutrients they require in their diet. There are also factors such as enzyme inhibitors , tannins, fiber, and phytate found in natural foods that can reduce the bioavailability of nutrients from foods, thereby increasing the difficulty of obtaining all the nutrients that are found in the diet (for more information on this subject consult "Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease" chapter 39: Diet Factors Affecting Nutrient Absorption and Metabolism). There is good reason, therefore, to believe that nutritional supplements can provide a much needed protection against nutrient deficiency. There are also special conditions that may increase the needs for particular nutrients beyond normal requirements, for example, cigarette smoking and other physiological stresses are known to increase the need for vitamin C. The ubiquity of nutrition related chronic disease in our society is evidence that most people could benefit from a carefully planned nutritional supplement program. 

Question 2: Will using supplements compensate for my "junk food" diet?

No! While supplements can compensate for some dietary insufficiencies, there are several important reasons why they can not completely compensate for a poor diet. First there are probably many factors in natural foods that are not yet recognized as important nutrients, and are not included in supplements. Only recently have some minerals, such as vanadium and boron, become recognized as important nutrients. There are thousands of phytochemicals such as flavonoids and carotenoids found in natural foods that will be the subject of intense scientific study for many years to come. Secondly, a poor diet high in fat and sugar may increase the need for nutrients beyond normal requirements. Finally, supplements are not a practical way to obtain the total requirements for dietary fiber, an important defense against cardiovascular disease and colon cancer. While we believe that supplementation is an important part of an overall health program, it is just one part. There are many lifestyle factors involved in achieving optimal health, including:

  1. Proper diet - including dietary supplements.
  2. A regular exercise program.
  3. Positive mental outlook.
  4. Fresh, clean water.
  5. Fresh air.
  6. Sunlight (not over done).

All of the above factors must be incorporated into an individuals lifestyle for optimal health and vitality. 

Question 3: Do you manufacture your own products? 

Yes, unlike most supplement companies, we do manufacture our own products and also manufacture products for other supplement companies with their own brand names. We are fully capable of blending, tableting, and encapsulating all vitamins, mineral, and herbs. We are proud of our excellent quality control as well as the research and development that goes into each of our products. By manufacturing our own products we are certain that we are providing our customers with fully potent and fresh nutritional products.

Question 4: What does the term "elemental" mean when describing mineral potency, how do I know how much of a mineral I am getting in a supplement?

Minerals are always bound to some other element or compound. An example is calcium citrate. In this case three calcium atoms are chemically bound to two citrate molecules {Ca3(C6H5O7)2}. Most of the calcium citrate is citrate and only about 24% is calcium. Therefore, a tablet containing 500 mg of calcium citrate would have only 120 mg of calcium. It is important to be aware of how much actual mineral is being obtained from a supplement. The term elemental refers to how much of the actual element, in this case calcium, is present. The 500 mg calcium citrate used as an example contains 120 mg of "elemental" calcium. An alternate way of specifying how much elemental calcium is present would be to say that the supplement contains 120 mg of calcium from calcium citrate. 

Question 5: How do I know if my supplements are natural, and how important is it that they be "all natural".

We prefer to use the most natural ingredients that can be obtained. All natural is a term difficult to define, since the majority of supplements require some processing. It is therefore necessary to explain what has been done to the product since each person has a different opinion about what "natural" means. The actual vitamin C in fruits and vegetables is not different from the vitamin C produced in a laboratory. What is different is the co-factors found associated with vitamin C in whole foods. Foods rich in vitamin C are also rich in many phytochemicals that may act synergistically with vitamin C and increase its benefits. If vitamin C was highly purified from orange juice for instance, that vitamin C would be no different from chemically synthesized vitamin C, and many factors associated with the orange juice vitamin C would be lost.

Most "natural" vitamin C is made from the fermentation of glucose derived from vegetable products. Many of the preparations, such as Daily Spectra-Scorb, add back bioflavonoids and other substances normally associated with vitamin C in foods. This vitamin C can be further modified by combining it with minerals which form a vitamin C

compound that supplies well absorbed minerals and vitamin C. This is just one example of the processes that go into making "natural supplements". More investigation is required to learn more about how each nutrient is prepared to make it the most effective natural supplement possible. 

Question 6: Are your supplements FDA approved?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve nutritional supplements. It does approve drugs, but we do not manufacture drugs. 

Question 7: Is your Factory FDA inspected?

The FDA does inspect our factory and review literature. 

Question 8: Who was Dr. Carey Reams?

Dr. Reams was a bio-chemist who started out in the area of agriculture, plant and animal nutrition, and later brought many of the principles he learned there and applied them to human nutrition. He developed a systematic approach to balancing the chemistry of the body just like you balance the chemistry of the soil. Although he has since passed away there are a large number of practitioners of this method today and several people actively training others in this methodology. For the past 17 years Daily Manufacturing has been the official supplier of supplements for the health care professionals using this method. Because we deal with people who are professionals, our commitment has always been first .. to quality.