Unfortunately, the functional food market sees little in the way of quality control standards, which is worrisome. But our mission at JOYÀ is to create effective products that consumers can trust.
When a product is regulated as a “dietary (or herbal) supplement”:
- it must be independently lab tested to confirm max allowable levels of certain heavy metals & microbes
- the manufacturer must follow specified operational regulations and be registered to manufacture dietary supplements
- claims made about the product’s functional health benefits are regulated
On the other hand, the requirements imposed on regular “food” products purporting to have medicinal properties are less stringent.
Pro tip: Confirming with brands whether they independently lab test their functional products is always a great idea!