What you won't find in Protocol for Life Balance™
Artifi cial Sweeteners: We use only natural sweeteners such as xylitol, erythritol, and BetterStevia™-brand Stevia. We do not sell or use artificial sweeteners such as saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low®), sucralose (Splenda®), ACE-K, or aspartame (Equal®). While these sweeteners are widely sold in the U S , their long-term toxicity is still questioned.
Artifi cial Vitamin E: Synthetic Vitamin E (dl-alpha-tocopheryl) is chemically and physiologically different from the natural family of Vitamin E components, which consists of four tocopherols (including d-alphatocopherol) and four tocotrienols Protocol For Life Balance® sells only natural Vitamin E.
D-Amino Acids: L-form amino acids are natural. D- and DL-form amino acids are synthetic. We use only natural L-form amino acids in our products.
Ephedra & Bitter Orange: Even before Ephedra was banned by the FDA, we chose not to include this controversial weight-loss ingredient in any of our products. Since the ephedra ban some manufacturers have turned to Bitter Orange as a substitute. Protocol For Life Balance® does not sell Ephedra or Bitter Orange, nor do we use them in any of our formulations.
Genetic Modifi cation (GE/GMO): We’re opposed to the genetic modification of natural products due to the real and unknown effects. Unfortunately, the great majority of the world’s corn and soybean supply is genetically-modified, which limits the number of non-GMO products we can offer. Regardless, we’ll continue to strive to bring you a variety of products that are certified non-GMO Such products will be clearly identified.
Heavy Metals: Heavy metals are naturally present in many botanicals. We test to ensure that heavy metal levels in our products are at or below naturally-occurring levels and as such are safe for consumption. In addition to botanicals, many fish oils can contain mercury and/or lead. All of our fish oils are screened to ensure they meet accepted standards for mercury, lead, PCB’s, other heavy metals, dioxins, and more.
Hormones: Protocol For Life Balance® does not sell steroids or other anabolic supplements such as androstenedione, estrogen, testosterone, or DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) due to their potentially harmful side effects.
Hydrogenated Fats & Trans-Fats: Hydrogenation is a chemical process where unsaturated fats are chemically-modified to make them more solid at room temperature. Trans-fats are chemically-modified fats that raise LDL levels and lower HDL levels. Both of these unhealthy forms of fat have significantly contributed to the rise in obesity around the world. You won’t find either one of these fats in any of our products.
Irradiation: This process exposes materials to certain levels of radiation for the purpose of killing bacteria. Unfortunately irradiation can also cause unnatural molecular modification in natural products. We do not use irradiated ingredients in any of our products. While detecting irradiated ingredients can be difficult, our microbiologists have been specially trained to look for specific red flags that can indicate the presence of irradiation.
Microbial Contamination: Microbes are naturally present in most natural products. However, contamination with high levels of microbes, pathogens and aflotoxins is unnatural and unhealthy Our contemporary in-house microbiology laboratory allows us to test all Protocol For Life Balance® products for microbial contamination, ensuring the safety and purity of our products.
Nanotechnology: Loosely defi ned as ”the science and technology of building devices from individual atoms and molecules”, nanotechnology is still an emerging fi eld of science Until the safety of nanotechnology is proven we will not incorporate it into any of our formulations.
Non-Bovine Chondroitin: The preponderance of clinical studies on the effi cacy of chondroitin have utilized bovine-source chondroitin, which is the only form used in Protocol products Our sophisticated in-house analytical laboratories allow us to accurately identify the animal source of our chondroitin We reject the unproven porcine and chicken forms, and we require BSE-free statements from all of our suppliers of bovine-source raw materials.
Oxidation: Oxidation naturally occurs during storage To minimize oxidation of our products we include silica-gel packs to trap moisture, and Ageless® anti-oxygen packets to reduce oxidation and maintain freshness
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and Propylene Glycol (PPG): PEG and PPG are industrial chemicals used for a wide variety of applications We don’t use either ingredient in any of our products, nor do we use Polysorbate-80, a derivative of PEG, in our CoQ10 formulations, unlike other brands.
Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids: Certain herbs contain these alkaloids, which are known hepatotoxins Our experienced chemists are well-trained in the detection of these and other potentially dangerous components
Residues: We carefully assay our products to detect the presence of pesticide and solvent residues.
Titanium Dioxide and Phosphates: These synthetic ingredients are widely used as excipients in dietary supplements They have no nutritive value; these excipients are used to improve processing and/or appearance We avoid the use of these excipients whenever possible Most of our softgels are specifi cally formulated to be free of titanium dioxide.
Cis- CoQ10: Coenzyme Q10 is an essential antioxidant enzyme with two forms – the all-natural and naturally-produced trans- CoQ10 form, and the cheaper, synthetic cis-form Trans- CoQ10 is the form found in the human body Cis- CoQ10 is synthesized and chemically is quite different from the natural trans-form We use only the natural trans- CoQ10 form in our products.