Jamison is a Canadian Company with an informative website – which states -
“Jamieson Laboratories is Canada’s oldest and largest manufacturer and distributor of natural vitamins, minerals, concentrated food supplements, herbs and botanical medicines.”
In an interview with Pharmacy Business magazine, Jamieson Laboratories’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Vic Neufeld explains the company’s growth and history which began in 1922.
He explains, “Our Company has evolved from pharmaceuticals to vitamins, and core nutritionals from the 1940s. Growth for us has really been in the last 20 years, when we started to focus strongly on the Canadian consumer, who was desirous of taking health into their own hands.”
The company originally a pharmaceutical company , switched in the 1960′s when purchased by the Margolis family to vitamins and supplements – basically to supply the Big Box Drug stores in Canada – London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart etc.
Jamieson’s website states its 360 pure – mission statement. This is to provide 360 quality control steps to the best product, from the original ingredients – to the final product.
They source Italian grapes, Vitamin C from Scotland (why?) and omega 3 from the Antarctic etc.
So they get the message – use food ingredients, not lab made synthetics for your vitamin and minerals.
The products cost for a month supply anywhere from $13 and up.
The tablets are made by a dry compression method, which tends not to destroy the potency of the ingredients.
The ‘Power Vitamin has all the likely suspects, a good range of vitamins and minerals, plus some added grape seed, garlic, saw palmetto and Ginko Biloba (this is a product for males)
However it is basically a Drug Store brand, made for the shelves of the discount drug stores, designed for their typical customer, who is not that discerning as a health buyer.
The ingredients do seem better than Centrums say – but in general testing on Lab review sites Jamison’s unfortunately don’t fare much better than Centrum.
• They have a website that is aimed at the health market – and they seem to care about their ingredients
• The bulk of the vitamins and minerals are from whole foods as opposed to being synthetic
• They don’t cost much
• From lab reviews around the web, Jamieson comes out in the middle of the pack or slightly below, for potency and deliverability.
• Consumer labs 2010 review of vitamins puts Nutrilite Vitamins 2nd and Jamiesons do not even appear
• If you are going to spend your money on a health product, buy one that is not on a drug store shelf.
It’s not like a car where you‘d like a Rolls Royce, but a Chevy will do (they’re everywhere, and have great ads).
Buy what’s good for you
I’d pass on Jamison’s.
Too bad, I like Canada