Quality and Innovation – The ARG Tradition
For more than thirty years, Allergy Research Group® has been known for the highest quality, most hypoallergenic, and most cutting-edge nutritional supplements available. Physicians and healthcare practitioners around the world depend on ARG for their patients’ nutritional support. Originating with the ground-breaking oxidant/antioxidant work of Stephen Levine, Ph.D., Allergy Research Group was one of the first to introduce truly hypoallergenic products to the market.
Superior Quality Control
Since 1979, Allergy Research Group® has used only the purest raw materials available, and has implemented strict quality control procedures in every stage of production, including inspection of raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, and storing. ARG is licensed by the California Department of Health Services, Food and Drug Branch, registration number 0021150.
Our products are manufactured under the recognized principles of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), brought into final form by the FDA in June 2007. The GMP standards are applied to a wide variety of procedures associated with the manufacturing of dietary supplements, including receiving, testing, and approval of raw materials, production, and process controls, laboratory testing of labeled and packaged finished product, distribution control and accountability, and shelf life expiration testing to ensure freshness and potency.
For many years we have used the same manufacturers to produce our powder formulas, capsules, tablets, softgels, gels, and liquid products to ensure consistency. All of our certified manufacturers meet or exceed cGMP requirements established by the FDA, as well as state and local regulations. In our facility in Alameda, California, our highly trained staff bottle, label, and ship our finished products. Our newly installed automatic bottling line has multiple built-in quality checks, such as weight verification and metal detection, to ensure all finished packaged products have the pre-determined physical count and are contaminant-free.
Independent Third Party Laboratories
In addition to our in-house quality control department, we use certified independent analytical laboratories to test raw materials as well as finished products. All of our certified laboratories meet or exceed cGMP requirements. Our products are assayed for identity, purity and potency, and are confirmed to contain pre-determined amounts of the contents listed on every label. Microbial, pesticides/herbicides, aflatoxins, residual solvents, and heavy metals analysis are also conducted on all applicable products.
The following is a list of inactive ingredients used in some of our products. These are fillers and excipients as defined by the Food Chemical Codex, nutrient compounds utilized for their physical properties to aid in the supplement production process. Derived from edible sources, they are generally free of common allergens. To determine which natural inactive ingredients are included in a specific product, please refer to the supplement facts panel.
Annatto extract is a natural food color and protectant from the achiote tree, used in some CoQ10 formulas.
Cellulose is a major component of plants and is the most abundant organic substance in nature. Cellulose Powder (labeled “Microcrystalline Cellulose”) is derived from this fibrous plant material and is used as a capsule filler. Cellulose powder is also sold separately as a pure fiber supplement, and is very well tolerated.
Croscarmellose Sodium is derived from cellulose, and is used to enhance tablet stability, dissolution, and disintegration in the GI tract, improving bioavailability.
Dicalcium Phosphate (calcium phosphate, dibasic) is a naturally occurring mineral, used as a formulating agent.
D-limonene oil is obtained from orange peel, and is used in a few formulas to prevent crystallization of CoQ10.
Gelatin is used in our non-vegetarian capsules, including softgels. It is a protein derived from bovine collagen, and contains high amounts of the amino acids proline and glycine.
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (sometimes labeled “Micosolle™”) is the ingredient that comprises our vegetarian capsules. It is Cellulose (see above) that has undergone further processing.
L-leucine is an essential branched-chain amino acid, found in almost all animal and vegetable proteins. Pharmaceutical grade L-leucine has replaced magnesium stearate as a lubricant in most of our formulas.
Magnesium Stearate provides lubricating properties, and is from a vegetable source. It is comprised of stearic acid (see below) and magnesium palmitate, a magnesium salt of a 16-carbon saturated fatty acid. Both fats are components of the membrane structure in the human body.
Silicon Dioxide, or silica, (sometimes labeled “Cab-o-sil®”), is a common chemical compound naturally found in a wide variety of rocks and minerals. It is used as a drying agent.
Stearic Acid is a 18-carbon saturated fatty acid used for its lubricating properties. It is a component of the membrane structure in the human body. Vegetable source.
Yellow beeswax is used as a colorant and protectant in the production of softgel capsules. It is a natural wax comprised of fatty acid esters and long chain alcohols.
Zinc oxide is used in some softgel formulations, and is generally recognized as safe (GRAS).
Procedures of Analysis
We utilize a number of advanced methods of analysis, including high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), IR and UV-VIS spectroscopy, capillary electrophoresis (CE), inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), atomic absorption (AA), thin layer chromatography (TLC), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), along with biochemistry and wet chemistry techniques.
Unsurpassed Ingredient Quality
Allergy Research Group uses only the purest and highest quality raw materials available. For example, we use only Nattokinase NSK-SD®, the first nattokinase introduced into the US market, which has established standardization and quality levels for all other nattokinase. Our MicroChitosan contains small-size chitosan oligosaccharide, and our Prima Uña de Gato contains TOA-free Cat’s Claw.
Taber’s Medical Dictionary defines “hypoallergenic” as: “Diminished potential for causing an allergic reaction”. We define hypoallergenic as “free of all common allergens”, specifically, wheat, corn, soy, gluten, yeast, dairy, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, and peanuts. Many very sensitive individuals who react to supplements in general are able to tolerate Allergy Research Group® products.
Since our inception in 1979, we have used only the purest, and whenever possible, the lowest allergy potential natural ingredients. And while many of the nutrients in our formulas are synthesized from natural plant substances, which as a whole may contain antigens, the synthesizing process removes the molecules of the desired nutrient from the original substance, and in the processing, a great percentage of the antigens and allergens are left behind. The final material then has extremely low allergy potential. This is not to say that no one will react to any of our hypoallergenic formulas, as some extremely sensitive people may. However, the potential for an allergic reaction is low, and the feedback from many of our extremely allergic and sensitive customers is that Allergy Research Group® supplements are often the only products they are able to tolerate.
The FDA requires manufacturers to identify the presence of eight major food allergens on all product labels: milk, egg, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans, as well as any ingredient derived from those foods. When an ingredient may have been derived from a common allergen, we are required by law to list that allergen on the label as a source of the ingredient, even if it does not contain any of the actual substance. For example, 100%-pure glucosamine sulfate does not contain any actual shellfish, but we are required to indicate the source material (shrimp, crab, lobster) on the label. Allergy Research Group® fully discloses all ingredients, both active and inactive on every product label, so doctors can make fully informed choices for their patients’ nutritional support.
Used by Doctors Worldwide
Many alternative doctors consider our products the standard for use for nutritional support of their patients. Our formulas list exact amounts and strengths of nutrients, so doctors who use multiple formulas can know the exact intake for their sensitive patients. For example, our best-selling green drink ProGreens is one of very few green formulas which lists the exact amount of all ingredients on the label.
The list of renowned doctors who studied and/or utilize our nutritional supplements reads like a Who’s Who of alternative medicine: Jonathan Wright MD, Leo Galland MD, Alan Gaby MD, Michael Ash DO ND, Julian Whittaker MD, Michael Rosenbaum MD, Phyllis Balch MD, Sherry Rogers MD, Linda Rector Page MD, Alfred Zamm MD, Dana Flavin MD, Ba Hoang MD, Earl Etiennne PhD, Herman Bueno MD, Hiroyuki Sumi MD, Martin Milner ND, Ralph Holsworth MD, Allan Lieberman MD, John McMichael PhD, Burton Goldberg HHD, and many others.
Allergy Research Group Innovation Continues
Allergy Research Group has consistently pioneered new breakthroughs in nutritional supplements. Our in-house Research and Development team has decades of experience in formulating original and leading-edge products to support optimal health. Working with our certified manufacturers, we continue to develop technologies that maximize product delivery, absorbency, and effectiveness, such as micronized particles and lipid matrix release.
ARG continues its tradition of innovation with some very exciting new products: Tocomin SupraBio® Pure Palm Tocotrienols (both 100 mg and 200 mg), NT Factor® EnergyLipids patent-pending phosphoglycolipids Powder and Chewables, along with several tableted NT Factor® formulas, Humic-Monolaurin Complex and Humic Acid, Icelandic Cod Liver Oil high in EPA/DHA, ProBerry-Amla® blended Berry and Fruit powder featuring Indian superfruit Amla, an expanded line of Natural Glandulars formulated by glandular expert Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez MD, Acetyl-Glutathione, Magnolia Extract (Honokiol + Magnolol 90%), truly balanced vitamin D formula Vitamin D3 Complete, and a low potency Ox Bile 125 mg. For more information on these new products, please see our New Products category.
We continue to publish Allergy Research Group Focus newsletter, with ground-breaking analysis of research, and original nutritional ideas.
Technical Support, Customer Service, and the ARG Website
Allergy Research Group® offers excellence in technical support, with experienced clinical nutritionists to answer all your questions about ARG products, Monday through Thursday 8-5 PST.
ARG’s Customer Service speed of service ranks among the fastest in the industry, with same-day shipment for orders placed by 12 Noon PST. Our order fulfillment levels are in the 98-99% range. We are available Monday-Friday from 7 AM to 4:30 PM, PST, on normal business days.
The ARG website offers the latest information on products and prices, and convenient online ordering for Healthcare Professionals. Practitioners may also enroll in the Patient Provider Program (PPP), with discounted patient ordering and automatic commissions to the doctor.
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