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About Us

Our state-of-the-art 3,400 sq. ft. laboratory contains cutting-edge, sensitive, and high-technology instruments. With these sophisticated instruments, we achieve the most precise test results possible to bring you contaminant-free products.Our state-of-the-art 3,400 sq. ft. laboratory contains cutting-edge, sensitive, and high-technology instruments. With these sophisticated instruments, we achieve the most precise test results possible to bring you contaminant-free products.

Since 1997, Vitazan Professional is a leader in the natural health industry for the manufacturing of high-quality products. Operating out of a fully GMP-compliant facility, located on the outskirts of Montreal, Canada, we pride ourselves with offering innovative, well-researched and formulated therapeutic natural products.

Exclusive to health-care professionals, our products are sourced from the best raw materials available worldwide. The integrity of our raw materials is tested upon arrival and throughout the entire manufacturing process.

We are proud to offer this product line exclusively to you and look forward to sharing our passion for the natural health industry.


Analytical TestingAnalytical Testing

SCIENCE IS IN OUR NATURE!

With one of the most advanced laboratories in North America, we are able to test over 800 raw materials using the latest analytical equipment, employing a very wide range of specialized and often material-specific methods. Our raw materials include herbs, vitamins, minerals, nutraceuticals, as well as vegetable and fish oils. We test every single raw material lot that comes in, without exception.

Raw and finished product analytical testing is only one layer of quality assurance at Vitazan Professional. To ensure products’ adherence to all relevant Health Canada guidelines as well as labelling requirements, we employ numerous specialists dedicated to total quality assurance. They help ensure that what is on the label is in the bottle. In addition, they ensure that all products meet all standards for safety and efficacy. Quality control is intimately linked to the production of every bottle at Vitazan Professional.

All our products undergo testing and strict quality assurance for:

1 - Identity
2 - Potency
3 - Oxidation
4 - Disintegration
5 - Purity
6 - Heavy Metals
7 - Over 80 different pesticides, PCBs, and solvent residues
8 - Aflatoxins, mycotoxins, dioxins, microbial contamination
9 - Additional specific analyses


Our People

At Vitazan, we are relentless in our aim to make the best natural health products in the world. To achieve this, we have an extensive, knowledgeable, and experienced staff devoted to quality assurance. We employ 15 full-time scientists dedicated to bringing you professional-grade supplements of the utmost quality.

Furthermore, we maintain an internal training program to keep our specialists up-to-date and informed on all new processes.

Their qualifications include (but are not limited to):

Their experiences includes (but are not limited to):

Their fields of expertise include (but are not limited to):


Our Lab Equiment

HLPC1High-Performance Liquid Chromatogram (HPLC)

Our laboratory possesses and utilizes 4 HPLCs.

The HPLC excels at determining the identity and quantity of elements and molecules, be they the activity in an herb, the product of an enzymatic reaction, or any molecule which absorbs light or that can be made chromophore (able to absorb/transmit light). The HPLC is very specific in being able to absolutely determine what a substance is and exactly how much of it there is.

The HPLC works by automatically injecting a small volume of liquid sample into a column packed with particles 120 the thickness of a sheet of paper. The liquid sample is forced through the column by powerful micropumps. The detector sends a digital signal to the computer, where specialized software is used to identify and determine the quantity of the separated components.

We routinely use it to analyze the composition of compounds present in complex mixtures, such as water- and fat-soluble vitamins. We also use the HPLC to analyse a large variety of plant materials, for example astragalus, dandelion, and red clover.


UPLCUltrahigh Pressure Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometer—Dual Detector (UPLC/MS)

Our laboratory possesses and utilizes 1 UPLC/MS.

The UPLC/MS is able to do everything the HPLC can do, only better and more precisely. It does this by using a very-high-pressure micropump (15,000 PSI) combined with a dual-detector photodiode array (PDA) and a more powerful mass-spectrometer detector. It is used in cases where extreme sensitivity is needed.

Currently, this is the most-advanced and widest-application tool for analysis. It allows for the most precise measurements in parts per trillion rather than billion or million. The UPLC/MS is able to effectively analyze herbs and medicinal components.

The UPLC/MS combines the advanced separation capabilities of an HPLC with the powerful analytical abilities of a mass spectrometer.

A sample is injected into the UPLC system and separated into its various components. These components enter the MS through an “electrospray interface,” where very rapid ionization takes place. At this point, their mass spectra can be used to pinpoint-analyze the sample.

The main advantage of this system is that it generates fast, accurate, and extremely precise measurements by creating an electronic signature of a compound. We test many nutraceuticals with this instrument, such as glycosides in black cohosh, thujone in wormwood, and residual antibiotics in royal jelly.


GASGas Chromatograph—Flame Ionization Detector/Mass Spectrometer Detector (GC)

Our laboratory possesses and utilizes 3 GC‑FID/MSs.

The GC is used to analyze volatile molecules with a high melting point, such as fatty acids in fish oil. In addition, samples submitted to the GC do not need solvents or a “liquid mobile phase.” Instead, samples are carried by an inert gas through the system. Hence, if we are testing for solvents, the instrument of choice is the GC‑FID/MS. No steps are needed to factor out any solvents used to prepare the sample.

GC‑MS is precisely able to identify and determine the quantity of the molecules of interest, whereas, GC‑FID is only used to determine the quantity of molecules. Like LC‑MS/MS, GC‑MS is also able to create an electronic signature of a molecule. The complexity of running the test will dictate which instrument will be used.

In a GC system, the vaporized sample is moved with a carrier gas through a specially coated capillary column. The column separates the components before entry into the detector; in our case, either the FID or MS, depending on the application.

We also use the GC‑FID system to determine the quantity of common fatty acids as well as essential oils present in oils such as tamanu, argan, and fish oil.

PCBs and pesticides are tested for through the GC‑MS. As the samples pass through the ionization chamber, they are bombarded with a very high voltage of electricity that results in complete fragmentation (separation) of the individual compounds. The fragments are reconstructed as they move through a vacuum tube as per their mass-to-charge ratio. The given signal is recorded by the computer for analysis.

The compounds are compared with a well-known library from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) or a certified reference standard material.


ICPInductively Coupled Plasma—Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP‑OES)

Our laboratory possesses and utilizes 1 Inductively Coupled Plasma—Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP‑OES).

ICP specializes in analyzing metals and minerals. With this device, we can effectively and precisely determine the identity and quantity of any metal present in a sample, be it iron, magnesium, lead, mercury, or boron. The process to test for these metals is much more straightforward than it would be on the HPLC or LC‑MS/MS.

With an ICP‑OES, a sample flows into a plasma torch where it is incinerated into atomized particles. Electrons of the atomized sample go through different levels of energy, and by doing so, the atoms emit light. That light is analysed for meaningful information.

We use it to detect contamination by low-level trace metals including mercury, arsenic, lead, and cadmium. These contaminants permeate the Earth’s crust and can be especially present in foodstuff grown in the ground or any items originating from the soil.

Essentially, the only remnants of an atomized sample will be any residual metals which we are then able to detect. This makes methods developed to test metals easier to run for on the ICP.


SpectroSpectrophotometer

Our laboratory possesses and utilizes 2 Spectrophotometers.

The spectrophotometer is a tool that can be used to determine the quantity of samples which absorb or transmit light. Based on absorption or transmittance of light, a correlation can be made to determine the quantity of a substance. The identity of the sample will be determined through other instruments.

A spectrophotometer is a device used to measure light intensity. NASA typically includes a spectrophotometer on their interplanetary landers such as the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers. A small beam of light passes through the sample; some of the light is absorbed, but what passes through is detected and measured by the spectrophotometer. We are able to use this information to determine the quantity of a substance.

Our spectrophotometer is used to determine some enzymatic activities, such as papain and bromelain, or anthocyanidin content in bilberry.


HPLCHigh-Precision Thin-Layer Chromatogram (HPTLC)

Our laboratory possesses and utilizes 1 HPTLC.

The HPTLC is an effective tool to verify the fingerprint of plant material against a reference plate. We are able to confirm the profile of a plant thanks to this tool and ensure the right material is being used.

With an HPTLC, individual components of a mixture are separated on a thin glass-coated plate, which is then placed in a developing chamber. The TLC plate is placed under ultraviolet lamp, and bands of the different components are visualized. Unlike a standard TLC, with an HPTLC many tasks are automated via robotics, eliminating uncertainty from samples being applied to plates by hand.

We use the HPTLC to detect if products have been contaminated by mycotoxins, a dangerous class of toxin that can develop on plant matter in humid conditions.


NIRNear-Infrared Spectroscopy

Our laboratory possesses and utilizes 1 NIR.

NIR can be used to test a wide variety of substances; for example, herbs and isolates such as amino acids. NIR can test almost anything, so long as we have a sample known to be that substance. With this device, we can guarantee the freshness of the plants we use in your product.

NIR works by comparing the fingerprint of a substance with an average of fingerprints of samples known to be that substance. Those fingerprints form a 3D reference model of what is acceptable. This is important, as even grown under similar conditions, the same plant will not grow in an identical fashion.

NIR allows us to identify herbal products’ total quality. We ensure that only those samples that meet our strict criteria for freshness and quality are able to pass. We only include the highest-quality herbals in the reference models we create for the NIR.

The NIR gives a reliable identification of a sample by comparing its spectra to the spectra of a sample of known characteristics. NIR analyses the transmissive properties of specific wavelengths of light in the sample being measured.


MicroscopeMicroscope

Our laboratory possesses and utilizes 1 microscope.

The venerable microscope is still a staple in any laboratory. Of course, we use a modern light microscope. This style of microscope utilizes a focused beam of light that is converged by the condenser lens onto a specific point on the specimen. We use it to examine the broken cell status of Chlorella samples.



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