Vitamins and Supplements FAQs

How Do I Know I'm Actually Getting the Ingredients You Say You're Putting In Your Swanson Supplements?

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Vitamins and Supplements FAQs
Question: How do I know that I'm actually getting the ingredients you say you're putting in the supplements?


This question cuts to the core of our family-owned, customer-focused business here at Swanson Health Products. It is by no means the first time we've been asked this, and we usually get questions like this whenever the news cycle spins around to another "investigation" into the efficacy or safety of dietary supplements. It usually happens about twice a year. 

We're very fortunate to be able to answer these questions head on with great confidence. Why? Because we've put into place numerous safeguards and checks throughout the production process to make sure what's in our bottles matches what's on our labels. 

All ingredients used in Swanson brand supplements require documentation from the supplier, including a Certificate of Analysis, ensuring that they meet our product specifications. Ingredients are tested at various stages throughout the production process to verify purity and potency. All finished products are inspected by our Quality Control specialists and tested for potency and stability by independent third-party laboratories to ensure that each supplement contains exactly what is stated on the label.

Swanson Health Products is committed to maintaining the highest quality products and the utmost integrity in business practices. Since 2001, we have been operating in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)—nearly a decade before it was a regulation issued by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). We are recognized as a Registered GMP Facility by NSF International, the world's leading authority on standards development and public safety. As participants in the voluntary NSF GMP program, our headquarters and bottling facility in Fargo are audited by independent investigators to ensure complete compliance with federal regulations. With over 65 years of experience operating in 80 countries around the world, NSF conducts investigations with the highest level of scientific and technical expertise. The NSF Mark is recognized for its value in international trade around the world and is respected by regulatory agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.

To produce our high-quality supplements, we select the purest premium-grade ingredients on the market. We work with reputable developers and manufactures who have proven their abilities to meet our rigid standards for quality production, purity and potency. Further, our state-of-the-art facilities enable us to produce products in quantities tailored to our sales volume, thereby ensuring minimal storage time, optimal freshness and maximum shelf-life in your home.



What is Coenzyme Q10 Derived From?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Vitamins and Supplements FAQs

Question: What is Coenzyme Q10 derived from? I have read the label ingredients but want to know about the coenzyme itself. If it's from animal, what kind. I'm considering taking this product but always want to know what I'm taking.
Thanks, Dean

Well this is an easy one! Our CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) is an all-natural trans isomer derived from yeast fermentation.


Follow-up Question: You don't say if this is Ubiquinol or Ubiquinone? As we know, the former is clearly the best, as it does not require converting to ubiquinol, as the latter does. so which one is this?

The CoQ10 in this product is in the form of ubiquinone.  While ubiquinol (the reduced form of CoQ10) can be a more desirable form for some people,  especially for people that are above the age of 40, we do have our customers covered with whatever form they would prefer!  If you would like ubiquinol may we suggest that you take a peek at the following wonderful products…the item numbers are SWU393, SWU377 and SWU460!  Once again, thank you so much for your interest in our products!



Supplements for Brain Health: What's Best for the Elderly?

Friday, June 14, 2013 by Vitamins and Supplements FAQs

There are so many different supplements that benefit brain health, such as bacopa monnieri, phosphatidyl serine, vinpocetine, acetyl l-carnatine, etc. Which, if any, is best for the elderly?

Thank you!

When you’re talking about brain health, there are many things to take into consideration...

  • Circulation
  • Membrane integrity
  • Level of neurotransmitter health
  • Antioxidant status

 We have no way of knowing what each individual’s particular concerns would be, so it would be ideal to speak with your primary health care provider about specific supplements you may be interested in trying...supplements that would specifically target one of the above considerations over the other depending on your individual needs. 

The “shotgun approach” would be to try something like our Intelligence Enhancer supplement, which would have components directed towards most all areas of brain health.  Otherwise, most popular supplement by far is phosphatidylserine, which has gotten good reviews for general brain and memory support from our customers. 

Another common choice is acetyl l-carnitine, which supports neurotransmitter functioning in the brain similar to phosphatidylserine.  If you would also like to help improve circulation throughout the brain, then adding vinpocetine might be a good option as well.



L-Carnitine and Acetyl L-Carnitine Question

Monday, April 22, 2013 by Vitamins and Supplements FAQs

Dear Swanson Vitamins,

I read your Explanation of the Difference Between L-Carnitine and Acetyl L-Carnitine. There is a new study by the Cleveland Clinic stating that Carnitine may contribute to preventing the body from excreting excess cholesterol.

I regularly take an Acetyl-L-Carnitine + Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplement. My question is: will the Acetyl-L-Carnitine also be damaging, or would that only be the L-Carnitine? Would the Acetyl group prevent the reaction in the gut with the bacteria? This supplement seems to help my cognitive function a great deal and I would like to continue to take it, but do not want to damage my heart.

Thanks very much for any information you may have.

There are multiple animal, as well as human studies, which demonstrate the beneficial effects of L-Carnitine.  The results of this study indicate more research is necessary to determine if there is truly a causal link between L-carnitine and cardiovascular risk.  With any research, it is possible that further research may change or disprove early conclusions.  This study was performed using the diets of the animals, and not carnitine supplements.  The researchers themselves stated that one could not conclude that the same study using a carnitine supplement would produce the same results.  There are several human scientific research studies over the past several years that contradict the latest study’s findings and support l-carnitine’s beneficial role in supporting cardiovascular health. 

We should also remember that the human body naturally produces L-Carnitine in addition to obtaining carnitine from the diet, especially red meats and dairy products.  It can also synthesize carnitines from the amino acids, lysine and methionine.

Read more about meat, carnitine and cardiovascular health here.

In regards to your question about acetyl-L-carnitine, unfortunately we don't have much to add... in the bigger picture, we don't know if it is appropriate to use that one study you mentioned as a cause for concern when there has been numerous other studies that show the safety and benefits of l-carnitine, and at the very least we don’t think that this study sheds any light on how the human body uses acetyl l-carnitine.