4 Criteria on How to Select Quality Health Products

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Nowadays many people know about the importance of health products. We include supplements as part of their daily habit. Unfortunately, we do not know how to choose good quality supplements and end up burdening our liver and kidney from long-term consumption of the wrong stuff.

In this article, I will share with you 4 criteria on how to identify the characteristics of Quality supplements. These are the yardsticks you must always have in mind when you shop for health products. Having this knowledge will help you differentiate quality products from run-of-the-mill ones in the market.

The selection criteria for good health products are as follows:

1. Natural v. Synthetic

The food that enters our mouth will be digested, absorbed and utilised by the body, and then the wastes are eliminated. If the food is natural, whatever unwanted residues can be fully and easily eliminated. On the other hand, if the food, drugs or supplements is synthetic in nature, which means they have chemicals and colouring, our body does not have the ability to eliminate it. It becomes toxins inside the body. An easy way to identify is by looking at a person's complexion - a dull complexion can mean there's a lot of toxins in the body.

There are 2 categories of food:

(a) Food that "caters to the Tongue" (meaning it's eaten mainly for the delicious taste) is usually unhealthy for the body in the long-term.

According to TCM theory, the flavour of the food we crave for is influenced by the health of the 5 key body organs. The more unhealthy is the organ, the more we crave food of that particular flavour:
Heart = Bitter
Lungs = Spicy
Spleen = Sweet
Liver = Sour
Kidney = Salty

(b) Food that nourishes the body cells

People may be obese but their cells can still be hungry, because the cells don't get the nutrients they need. For instance, diabetic patients. The food they eat cannot be converted and thus cannot reach the body cells, resulting in the feeling of lethargy.

Carbo is converted to glucose, which enters RBC (with the help of insulin), and the RBC circulates and transports the nutrients to the cells of all the body organs for their use.
Unutilised glucose are stored in the liver in the form of glycogen. In times of depletion of energy, glycogen will be released and converted back to glucose to supply the body with energy. Excess glycogen (which are unutilised in the long-term or if the liver is unable to convert back) are turned into fats and fatty acid. Thus these people become fatter and fatter.

The GI (Glycemic Index) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in food according to how quickly these food cause an increase in blood glucose level. Good quality fiber can delay / slow down conversion of carbo to glucose (not merely prevent constipation). That's how it can help people control blood sugar level. Fiber also help reduce weight as it controls the absorption of excess glucose into the body system.

Click on this link to see how Jia Hor Fiber helps with weight management:

2. Safety

Many products may be effective, but they are not safe.
By Safety, it means the food can be taken for Long-term and in Large Quantity. It does not burden the body.

There are 4 categories of food when we analyse their safety level:

(a) Inferior
These are drugs which can be taken only if one is sick. If one is healthy, they should never be taken. They are used for symptomatic treatment e.g. if you don't have cancer, you cannot go for chemo; if you don't have headache, you won't take aspirin. Therefore, it is very specific and taken to address specific diseases.

(b) Medium
This includes supplements, which one takes for certain purpose to complement the missing nutrients and maintain one's health. But they are not functional food and cannot be used to treat diseases.
E.g. if you have cancer or lupus, the vitamins and minerals do not have the ability to cure you. If you want to fly, you have to take the plane; because even the fastest car does not have the ability to fly. A car cannot replace a plane.

E.g. high dose of vitamin C may have anti-cancer ability. But it may not be safe or one cannot physically eat so many oranges a day. Many oranges are needed to produce each tablet of vitamin C. Hence if the product is cheap, it cannot be 100% natural. In fact, most of these vitamins are synthetically manufactured, hence taking at high dose would harm the kidney and liver in the long-term.

(c) Superior
(i) It has an overall normalising effect and can be taken to regulate the body as a whole.
(ii) Non-specific - not for a particular problem / body organ. It can be taken even if you don't have any health problem. It can be taken by children and the elderly.
(iii) Functional - can boost up the immune system, enhance the endocrine system etc.

In this world, there are about 7-8 types of Chinese herbs in this category including ho sau wu, ginseng, tong chong sia chau and phu ling. But they are not safe to be taken in large quantity e.g. overdose of ginseng may cause blood pressure to shoot up.

(d) Supreme
Supreme herbs have all the characteristics of the superior herbs but can be taken in large quantity over long-term. Lingzhi is the only herb that falls into this category.

Shuang Hor Lingzhi is extremely safe, so much so that you can take up to 8 bottles of Yung Kien Ganoderma a day. In fact, practically all the Shuang Hor products sold in Malaysia can be safely consumed at high dosage.

3. Easily Absorbed

If whatever you eat cannot be easily absorbed, your body cannot utilise it. It doesn't benefit your body. A simple test to see how good is your body's absorption ability is by looking at the condition of your stools. If the absorption ability is bad, your stools would look loose and watery, not in banana shape. They would also be sticky. There may be indigested food amongst the stools.

For instance, one of the reasons some people are very skinny is that the small intestines are not able to absorb the food they eat. According to TCM theory, people with weak small intestines will find the area at the side of their palms painful when massaged. As the small intestines is also linked to the heart and shoulder meridian points, such people will usually have shoulder ache and weaker heart too.

All Shuang Hor products are easily absorbed by the body, including Jia Hor Soya Protein.

4. Effective

(a) Direct effect e.g. people with high blood pressure or diabetes can see direct effect on their readings when they take Shuang Hor Lingzhi.

(b) Multi-function e.g. you may decide to take Lingzhi to address your cholesterol problem, but you will find that your blood pressure and blood sugar are also regulated eventually.


These are the 4 criteria of good health products.

Do they make sense to you?
If Yes, then you must seriously analyse if what you are taking now fulfil these 4 criteria. Only consume them if you can satisfy yourself that they do. If they don't, you have to be careful, as these are things you put into your mouth everyday for long-term.

In other words, if you believe in health products, and you want your family to take them for long-term, please take a look at these criteria to equip yourself with the knowledge to choose good quality ones.

I have done my research and find that Shuang Hor products satisfy all the 4 criteria. That's why I have peace of mind to take them over the last 10 years.

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