Frequently Asked Questions
What are Nutritional Supplements?
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others they are defined as drugs or natural health products.
Supplements containing vitamins or dietary minerals are included as a category of food in the Codex Alimentarius, a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety. These texts are drawn up by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, an organization that is sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Should I take my supplements with meals or between meals?
Typically, most products can be taken with meals. For specific recommendations, please refer to the label’s suggested use.
Why would the color of the ingredients in a capsule look slightly different from batch to batch?
Since PRL sources many ingredients in their natural state, the color, texture and even odor of a product may vary somewhat from batch to batch or from season to season. Despite these natural variations, each product contains its exact formula and is rigorously tested for purity, identity, and quality as are all of our products.
Can your products be taken during pregnancy or lactation?
PRL does not make recommendations concerning the use of products during pregnancy or lactation.
Why don’t you use gelatin capsules?
Gelatin capsules are typically derived from bovine sources and may contain questionable constituents. Gelatin capsules are half the cost of vegetable capsules and are much harder to digest than vegetable capsules. Gelatin capsules may only partially dissolve and may have a sticky, glue-like effect in the body.
For people who want the best delivery system when consuming nutritional ingredients, solvent-free vegetable capsules offer superior digestibility, convenience and purity as well as providing beneficial fiber and easier absorption. This becomes a very important issue when you consider that a person may be taking nutritional supplements on a daily basis for many years.