The Ketogenic Diet – A Trend on the Rise

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The ketogenic diet has been sky rocketing to fame. By looking on Google Trends you’ll see that the term keto is growing rapidly in popularity. The growth can be seen in both the food industry and the supplement industry.

A ketogenic diet (keto) is a low-carb diet, which turns the body into a fat-burning machine. It has many potential benefits for weight loss, health and performance. A ketogenic diet is similar to other strict low-carb diets, like the Atkins diet or LCHF (low carb, high fat). It offers you a solution for healthy eating that in turn helps you lose weight.

A keto diet is designed specifically to result in ketosis. It’s possible to measure and adapt to reach optimal ketone levels for health, weight loss, or for physical and mental performance.

When it coming to Keto Supplements, there are some great opportunities for growth in the industry. Supplements are starting to pop up with high doses of MCT oil, fats, and BHB’s. As the category grows we’re seeing more innovative formulations being developed. One of our favorites is coffee creamer. The combination of both caffeine and high fats has proven to be a successful recipe, and as everyone knows America runs on caffeine.

Depending on what type of supplement you’re looking at marketing, the ketogenic diet is a trend that is growing at a rapid rate and successful launch pads into the supplement industry or a vital add on to your product line.

Choosing the Right Sports Certification for your Supplements

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When looking for third party certification for your sports supplements, there are a number of elements to look into. The testing of supplements for prohibited substances in sport has become a popular choice for most brands looking to provide elite athletes with their products.

There are a few certification options available to brands such as Informed-Choice, NSF Certified for Sport, BSCG, Aegis Sheild, and now Labdoor. When looking for the right certification there are a number of elements to look into. Not all certifications are the same, and in order to make sure that you get the best value from your certification here are a few areas to consider.

1.        What experience does the laboratory have? Anti-doping is an extremely complicated area. The anti-doping landscape is continually changing, and new compounds are regularly been discovered and banned. It’s essential that a brand looks for a certification body that has vast experience in the anti-doping industry, and keeps up with the ever changing landscape.

2.       Look at compounds that are covered. Unfortunately no laboratory can test a sports supplement for everything on the World anti-doping agency list, so it’s essential that a wide range of compounds are tested. Within the supplement industry new ingredients are regularly being launched that may be legal to use, but illegal in sports. It’s essential that the laboratory can keep up with the industry.

3.       Laboratory quality. A requirement for any quality laboratory is ISO17025 accreditation. This shows the laboratory has adequate procedures to carry out testing. As an additional requirement, a laboratory should have ISO17025 validation on the detection of the compound, a set detection limit, and the supplement type such as a capsule, tablet, powder or gel.

4.       Testing regularity. In most cases professional sport such as the NBA, MLB, NFL and others require that every batch of product they use be tested for banned substances in sport to provide additional quality assurance to their athletes. This is where it’s essential that the certification that a brand uses can meet the requirements of the professional teams.

If you’re looking for more information USADA have set out guidelines for a valid testing program http://www.usada.org/substances/supplement-411/reduce-risk-testing-positive-experiencing-adverse-health-effects/third-party-testing-guidance/

At 4Excelsior our experience in the industry can help guide you through the process of choosing the best sports certification for your brand. We believe in providing our customers with the best information possible, so that you can make the decision for your brand.

Anaheim based contract manufacturer 4Excelsior attains international sports nutrition manufacturing certification Informed-Choice

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Professional athletes such as Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay, and others have blamed the use of sports supplements for past failed doping tests.

International supplement quality assurance program Informed-Choice has identified supplement contamination to be an issue within the industry supply chain. One of the main sources of contamination of supplements, with prohibited substances in sport, is due to manufacturing facility equipment being contaminated.

To provide supplement brands with confidence in their quality assurance processes, 4Excelsior, a contact manufacturer of dietary supplements and sports nutrition products has attained the international sports nutrition manufacturing certification Informed-Choice.

The Informed-Choice certification requires that a facility does not carry, and or produce products containing ingredients that would be prohibited in sports by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), MLB, NFL, NCAA and the PGA. As part of the certification, the facility is audited every six months by Informed-Choice, this includes the swabbing and testing of facility machinery for trace residue of substances prohibited in sport.

“We are extremely proud of our achievement. Attaining the Informed-Choice sport facility certification provides our clients with complete confidence in the quality and integrity of our manufacturing facility.” said 4Excelsior President Lin Malcolm. “We understand the needs for supplement brands looking to supply professional athletes with product, and we want to make sure that brands have full confidence in our manufacturing quality.”

Informed-Choice’s Business Development Manager Paul Klinger commented, “The Informed-Choice sports facility certification helps provide brands with confidence in the quality of their contract manufacturer. We commend 4Excelsior on the completion of the Informed-Choice sports facility certification, as this provides supplement brands with an additional level of quality assurance needed when supplying products to professional athletes.”

As supplements continue to be an issue in the professional sporting world, the Informed-Choice certification provides a step forward for the sports nutrition manufacturing industry, by setting additional quality assurance standards within the supplement supply chain. 4Excelsior’s completion of the certification provides supplement brands with the assurance they need to be confident in 4Excelsior’s quality and manufacturing integrity.

About 4Excelsior:

4Excelsior provides high quality contract manufacturing solutions for the dietary supplement and sports nutrition industry. The 78,000 square foot NSF GMP certified facility consists of 16 humidity and temperature controlled ISO 8 cleanrooms, a complete in-house laboratory, and fully automated machinery. 4Excelsior is certified by NSF GMP, NSF GMP for Sport, Informed-Choice, USDA Organic, Halaal, and Kosher.

4Excelsior’s services include blending, encapsulation, tableting, and a wide variety packaging solutions.

For more information please visit www.4Excelsior.com

For more information please contact:

Anthony Broom

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Anaheim, California based contract manufacturer 4Excelsior attains the NSF GMP and GMP for Sport certification

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4Excelsior, a dietary supplement and sports nutrition contract manufacturer, recently attained the NSF GMP and GMP for Sport certification adding to their expanding list of certifications including, USDA Organic, Halaal, and Kosher. Their extensive third party certification list has been implemented to assist in driving transparency within the sports nutrition and dietary supplement market to provide clients with confidence in their manufacturing procedures.
The NSF GMP certification certifies that 4Excelsior has systems of processes, procedures and documentation to assure a product has the identity, strength, composition, quality and purity that appear on its label. These GMP requirements are listed in Section 8 of NSF/ANSI 173 which is the only accredited American National Standard in the dietary supplement industry developed in accordance with the FDA’s 21 CFR part 111.
“We are a constantly striving to provide the best in quality services and standards. Our goal is to make sure that our clients are confident that we will deliver a quality product on their behalf,” said 4Excelsior’s President Lin Malcolm. “In a competitive market like dietary supplement and sports nutrition contract manufacturing it’s essential that you provide the highest quality service possible.”
The NSF GMP certification assists in providing supplement brands with additional assurance in 4Excelsior’s quality practices. 4Excelsior’s 78,000 square foot facility offers a wide array of services including high capacity powder blending, encapsulation, tableting, granulation, stick pack packaging, bottling, pouching and an in-house laboratory in order to meet the needs for a wide custom base.