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Are You Getting What You Pay For?
Monday, 02 July 2007

ConsumerLab.com Tests Point Out Importance of Buying Quality Joint Health Supplements like CosaminDS.

(Edgewood, MD) – Joint health supplements are some of the most widely used nutritional supplements on the market. But are you getting what you pay for when you buy them? The answer depends on which product you choose.

As reported on MSNBC.com in April, ConsumerLab.com, LLC randomly tested 20 joint health supplements for people and their pets to see if they contained what their labels promised. Of those tested, almost half did not meet the label claims. The main problem was with supplements containing chondroitin sulfate, an important and expensive ingredient that has been shown in studies to protect joint cartilage. Of the products tested which claimed to contain chondroitin sulfate, a whopping 73% failed the test and contained less of the ingredient than stated on the label. Hardly any chondroitin sulfate was found in three products (only 1% to 8% of the amount stated on the label), and one product contained none at all!

One brand consistently passes ConsumerLab.com, LLC testing. That brand is Cosamin®DS from Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.  Cosamin DS is the original joint health supplement and has consistently been the gold standard quality leader in the category. The two main ingredients, TRH122® LMW (low molecular weight) chondroitin sulfate and FCHG49® glucosamine hydrochloride, are exclusive specifications found in Cosamin DS.

Also from the makers of Cosamin DS is Cosequin® for dogs, the #1 veterinarian recommended brand, which has been used for over a decade to maintain joint health.  Each batch of Cosequin is subjected to the same stringent quality control measures. Cosequin is the first pet supplement to pass ConsumerLab.com, LLC testing in consecutive years with voluntary testing.

“Our product is the number one glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate brand recommended by Orthopedic Surgeons and Rheumatologists and has not changed from day one,” explains David Moore, Vice President, Consumer Products Division with Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. “Cosamin DS contains the same ingredients, same dosage form and same quality as always. While our competition continues to alter formulas and remove active ingredients, we have simply continued to produce a quality product, made with exclusive proven quality raw materials, that is exactly what it claims to be.”

Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. has long been in favor of both regular and random testing of joint health supplements for label compliance. Content and label claim are the most basic elements of the company’s internal quality control.  In fact, Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. has its own in-house testing standards that are an extreme challenge for competitors to pass.  That’s why Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. is eagerly awaiting the enactment of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for the supplement industry to set higher standards and ensure that consumers truly get what they pay for.

“Content is only one part of the quality equation, and it’s the most basic from our standpoint,” says Moore. “All products at a minimum should meet label claim, but additional quality measures such as safety/efficacy studies, purity and absorption of ingredients should be considered when choosing a joint health supplement.”

Cosamin DS is the only brand of joint health supplement proven effective in controlled, published, U.S. clinical studies to reduce joint pain. To find out more about Cosamin DS and other Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. products, visit www.nutramaxlabs.com.

CosaminDS is the only glucosamine/chondroitin brand available in Australia to be proven effective in published controlled clinical studies.