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Life Extension Magazine

December 2003 Supplemental

Finding a Supplement Supplier You Can Trust

There are thousands of commercial supplement companies in the United States. Many of these suppliers offer top-quality products, while others sell bogus concoctions that have zero efficacy because the ingredients listed on the label are not contained in their products.

The FDA stopped regulating dietary supplements in 1994. This has been mostly good news for the consumer. Prices have come down for many products, and there is now a greater selection of dietary supplements available in the United States than in any other country.

The Life Extension Buyers Club was created to provide pharmaceutical-grade supplements at near wholesale prices to Foundation members.

The purity of dietary supplements is critical if one plans to take them throughout life. For example, there are several different manufacturers of coenzyme Q10, but the Life Extension Buyers Club restricts its purchases to the pharmaceutical company whose CoQ10 is sold as a “drug” in Japan and meets the rigorous standards of the Japanese Ministry of Health. This Japanese CoQ10 consistently assays out at 100% purity, while lower-cost brands do not. Through our unique “buyers club” concept, Foundation members pay significantly less for this premium quality coenzyme Q10 that is packaged in highly absorbable softgel caps. Most commercial supplement companies package their CoQ10 into dry powder capsules that do not absorb as well into the body as oil-based softgel capsules.

Extracts from the nettle root and the nettle leaf are approved as drugs in Germany. The Life Extension Buyers Club purchases these nettle extracts from the identical pharmaceutical companies who supply the German drug companies. There are cheap sources of nettle available on the supplement market, but none of them have been documented to lower a dangerous cytokine called tumor necrosis factor-alpha. Several degenerative diseases have been linked with increased levels of tumor necrosis factor that occur as people grow older.*

All kinds of nettle root products are being sold by commercial companies in the United States, but the Life Extension Buyers Club imports the identical nettle root extract used in German drugs that have been documented to alleviate prostate discomfort. There is a huge difference in efficacy when using pharmaceutical herbal extracts compared to food-grade knock-offs that often don’t provide the active constituents of plants that are proven to prevent or treat degenerative disease.*

Foundation members are an elite group of people who are willing to take extraordinary steps to stave off aging and death. When members buy products from the Life Extension Buyers Club, they know that the quality of the products is backed up by the organization’s commitment to achieving an indefinitely extended life span free of the ravages of disease.

Commercial vitamin companies do nothing to slow human aging, often use the cheapest Chinese ingredients in their products, and capitulate to unconstitutional FDA edicts. The Life Extension Buyers Club, on the other hand, is spending vast resources on pioneering research, uses only expensive pharmaceutical-grade nutrients, and is fiercely battling the FDA’s attempts to censor peer-reviewed published scientific data.The large discounts available to Foundation members enable them to purchase premium-grade nutrient supplements at prices that are often below those charged by discount commercial companies.