Consumers rely on labels to tell them what's inside the product. But what if supplement labels are not accurate or misleading? How can you tell if you're actually getting a supplement that matches label specifications? In fact, unless a product has been tested by a third party lab, you can never be too sure about what’s inside your supplement. Such was the case of 21 percent of the prostate supplements tested by Consumer Lab in 2009.

Consumer Lab provides independent lab testing for products related to health, wellness and nutrition. While it found that most prostate supplements have been able to "provide their claimed amounts of saw palmetto or beta-sitosterol and to meet other quality standards," in their 2009 evaluations of 19 prostate supplements, 4 products failed to make the grade. Discrepancies lay in meeting quality standards, label specifications and in the amounts of beta sitosterol or saw palmetto used in the supplement.

One supplement contained none of the saw palmetto on their label claim; another had only 69.2 percent of its beta sitosterol claim; and two prostate supplements failed to adhere to Food and Drug Administration labeling requirements since they did not list the part of the saw palmetto plant that was used. In some products, serving sizes were not in accordance with serving sizes used in clinical trials shown to have efficacy and proven results.

Have you ever thought about what's really inside your prostate supplements? If the label lies, the consumer would be none the wiser. In the light of these findings, it's time to reconsider whether you are using a prostate supplement that actually meets the grade. Unless there is third-party Lab verification, there are really no guarantees, but here's a quick list of how you make an informed decision:

  • Be sure to purchase your prostate supplements from a reputed manufacturer. You need to be aware that fly-by-night companies do exist and steer yourself to companies who have held a good reputation for producing quality products over the years.
  • Based on evidence from clinical trials and research, beta sitosterol has far more efficacy than saw palmetto in supporting prostate health. In fact, the reason why saw palmetto works for prostate health is because the star ingredient in it is beta sitosterol. Saw palmetto extracts also contain many other bio-factors and this dilutes the potency of beta sitosterol. In contrast, a supplement that contains pure beta sitosterol is known to be100 times more concentrated.
  • Make sure your prostate supplement contains the right amount of beta sitosterol. The right amount is the dosage used in major clinical trials and shown to have proven and positive results. Since there are no long term human studies on beta sitosterol, there is no recommended dietary allowance. The dosage used in most clinical experiments was 60 to 135 mg, but higher amounts may be required according to the extent of an individual’s discomfort. Prostate supplements normally take between 2 to 4 weeks to show effective results.
  • If your prostate supplement has third party verification, especially from reputed labs like Consumer Lab, you know you've got a prostate supplement that meets label specifications and other quality standards!

Super Beta Prostate has passed the Consumer Lab testing and thus has certified quality approval. Over 2 million capsules have been sold and thus safety and efficacy is well recorded in this voluminous sale! One serving of 2 capsules of Super Beta Prostate contains 250 mg of beta sitosterol. Sufficient data from clinical trials and intensive research show beta sitosterol's ability to support prostate health and promote healthy urinary functions and flow. Along with 12 additional essential minerals and vitamins, Super Beta Prostate offers you an extremely high-quality supplement at a very reasonable price.

Author's Bio: 

New Vitality is a health supplements company. It develops beta sitosterol supplements which are carefully formulated under the guidance of an elite panel comprised of renowned doctors, nutritionists, chemists and researchers. Whether you want a prostate health supplement, pet health supplement, a personal care product or a health care product, New Vitality is a one-stop shop for all needs.