Daily Manufacturing – Blending Science & Nature
On this page you will find some general Daily Mfg Product Info. This information will help you understand the symbols and abbreviations used on the product pages.
Elemental Values of Minerals:
Minerals do not normally occur as pure mineral, but rather, as part of complex molecules. Some common examples are calcium citrate (calcium combined with citric acid to form calcium citrate) or chelated iron (iron bound to amino acids and/or small proteins). In each case, the calcium or iron accounts for less than 25% of the total weight of the actual substance. Therefore, it is important to know how much actual calcium or iron is in each tablet or capsule. The supplement should state the actual amount of the mineral in question. A supplement may read, “100 mg of calcium from calcium citrate”. In this case there would be 100 mg of elemental calcium, but the calcium citrate would weigh 500 mg. It would take 12 of the capsules to obtain the entire RDA for calcium (1200 mg).
Milligrams: 1,000 milligrams (mg) is equal to 1 gram
Micrograms: 1,000 micrograms (mcg.) is equal to 1 mg
Ounces: 1 ounce is equal to 28.35 grams
Grains: 1 grain is equal to 64.8 mg
Liters: 1 liter is equal to 1.0567 quarts
International Units (IU):
These are activity units and not weights, however comparisons can be made.
Vitamin A: 1 IU is equal to 0.300 mcg of all-trans retinol
Vitamin D: 1 IU is equal to .025 mcg of vitamin D 2 or D3
Vitamin E: 1 IU of vitamin E activity is equal to 0.672 mg [d]-alpha-tocopherol.
Daily Manufacturing is now using vegetarian capsules (Vcap) in all encapsulated products, except softgel capsules (in which vegetarian are not available). This represents a substantial cost to us, but we believe that it adds quality to our products. Vegetarian capsules are made from a plant derived cellulose and are digested as easily and rapidly as gelatin capsules
Symbols To Help You Along:
In most cases it is easy to determine everything that goes into your supplement just by reading the label. FDA labeling regulations require that all active ingredients be listed in the “Supplement Facts” box, and other ingredients be listed beneath as “Other Ingredients”. This is a reasonable regulation that allows the consumers to know exactly what they are taking. It is frequently necessary to use excipients to maintain a consistent capsule weight or even to make a product at all. We use only excipients that are safe and natural, and in some cases even contribute to the nutritional content. We only use excipients when we absolutely must, in order to produce a quality product. Many Daily supplements have no excipients. The list of excipients below explains what they are and why they are used. The identifying codes can be used to tell what excipients are in the products listed. The letter codes are at the end of each product description in parenthesis. The following excipients may be used in Daily products. Each name is followed by an alphabetical code that is used at the end of each product description to indicate what excipients are used.
If a product contains any of the excipients below, it will be indicated in the product description and on the label.
No Excipients (NE): Many products contain no excipients.
Cellulose (C): Also known as micro-crystalline cellulose. A purified plant fiber used as a filler, flowing agent, and aids tablet disintegration. Besides aiding in manufacturing, cellulose supplies a high quality dietary fiber.
Chlorophyll (CL): Natural plant material used as a protective coating on tablets.
Croscarmellose Sodium (CS): This form of cellulose absorbs large quantities of water and expands rapidly. This is used in small amounts to help tablets disintegrate. This effectively eliminates the problem of undigested tablets.
Magnesium Stearate (MS): Magnesium stearate is made by combining magnesium with vegetable oils. Magnesium stearate assists in allowing ingredients to flow into tablet dies and capsules.
Shellac (S): A natural coating produced from tree resins by insects and collected by farmers in India. Used on a few tablets that need protection from oxygen and moisture.
Silicon Dioxide (SD): A natural silica used as an anti -caking agent, that allows “sticky” materials to flow. All silica is poorly absorbed, but does add some silicon to the diet. Typically used in concentrations of 1% or less.
Soybean Oil (SO): This natural vegetable oil is frequently included in softgel capsules containing fat soluble vitamins or oils.
Stearic Acid (SA): A natural vegetable oil often used as a lubricant to allow difficult agents to flow. Used in small amounts (usually 2% or less) therefore, not adding significant calories from fat.