Allergy Research Group
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.
ARG 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 labelled and packaged finished product, distribution control and accountability, and shelf life expiration testing to ensure freshness and potency.
For many years ARG have used the same manufacturers to produce their powder formulas, capsules, tablets, soft gels, gels, and liquid products to ensure consistency. All of ARG’s certified manufacturers meet or exceed cGMP requirements established by the FDA, as well as state and local regulations. In their facility in Alameda, California, their highly trained staff bottle, label, and ship their finished products. Their 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 their in-house quality control department, ARG use certified independent analytical laboratories to test raw materials as well as finished products. All of ARG’s certified laboratories meet or exceed cGMP requirements. All their 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.
Procedures of Analysis
ARG 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.
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 ARG’s inception in 1979, they 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, ARG 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 sulphate does not contain any actual shellfish, but ARG 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 and Nutritionists Worldwide
Many Doctors and Nutritionists consider ARG products the standard for use for nutritional support of their patients. ARG formulas list exact amounts and strengths of nutrients, so doctors who use multiple formulas can know the exact intake for their sensitive patients.
The list of renowned doctors who studied and/or utilize ARG nutritional supplements reads like a Who’s Who: 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.