FDA FALCPA (Food Allergen Labeling And Consumer Protection Act)  identifies eight foods or food groups as the major food allergens. They are milk, eggs, fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp), tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans), peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. Of course, there are more than 160 foods that have been identified to cause food allergies in sensitive individuals. However, the eight major food allergens identified by FALCPA account for over 90 percent of all documented food allergies in the U.S. and represent the foods most likely to result in severe or life-threatening reactions. 
The primary role of magnesium stearate in products is to act as a lubricant to prevent tablet and capsule contents from sticking to the machinery that processes them. This ensures that production machinery can operate at maximum speeds and profit targets can be met.  Bottom line, at the cost of quality, magnesium stearate helps brands / manufacturers improve profit margins. It is far more costly and time-intensive to produce supplements without magnesium stearate.
More importantly, a higher level of magnesium stearate reduces the ingredient dissolution rate for the product.  It is commonly understood in medical literature that magnesium stearate increases the time it takes for tablets and capsules to dissolve due to the film it forms on capsule or tablet ingredients. Magnesium stearate coats a good portion of the molecules in a tablet or capsule, requiring digestive enzymes to break down the magnesium stearate coating before being able to access the nutrients it envelops.
In a study  published in the journal of Pharmaceutical Technology (April, 1985), the dissolution rate for capsules after 20 minutes in a solution went from 90% without stearates to 25% with stearates. In other words, stearates reduced the capsule dissolution rate by 65%! This may result in the nutrients not dissolving in the appropriate section of the intestines as intended. We are particularly concerned about individuals with impaired digestion who may have more difficulty absorbing nutrients coated with magnesium stearate.
GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimize the risks involved in any pharmaceutical production that cannot be eliminated through testing the finished product. 
Our products are blended and packaged in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the USA, registered with the FDA and operating in compliance with Pharmaceutical GMP’s (Good Manufacturing Practice), and the latest, most stringent dietary supplement health safety regulations.  Ingredients are carefully sourced from around the world. Safety and quality are our top priorities at HCF Science.
As a trusted company since 2001, HCF Science is well known for advocating the highest quality leading products free of:
Herbal Stimulants / Inhibitors - Only extensively researched foundational building blocks of high absorption amino acids,  minerals and vitamins, unlike the common high-dose ‘all-in-one’ or artificially stimulating / inhibiting herbal supplements found on the market today.
Non-Quality - Magnesium stearate free, preservative free, coatings free, yeast free, artificial coloring free, sweetener free, caffeine free.
Eight Major Allergens - 1) milk free, 2) egg free, 3) fish free, 4) shellfish free, 5) peanut free, 6) tree nut free, 7) wheat free, 8) soy free.
Ingredients are carefully researched, sourced and selected from around the world. The bigger question is that of purity and cleanliness. Our products are all manufactured in GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified facilities, using the highest quality standards. Each one of our product lots is subjected to microbiological analysis, but, more importantly, we conduct third-party testing to verify all the results. All products undergo testing to confirm ingredients and label claims, as well as heavy metal and microbial analysis. Heavy metal and microbial testing includes, but is not limited to, the following analytes: lead, cadmium, mercury, yeasts & molds, coliforms, E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus aureus. Learn more about our independent third-party testing here.
In other words, if it doesn’t meet our standards, it’s not getting our label.
HCF products include a 30 day minimum remaining shelf life on all orders unless a different expiration date is stated on the product page at the time the order is placed.
HCF bottles are all made of recyclable PET with the number “1” in the middle of the recycle triangle.
As part of our commitment to accountability and authentic transparency, we have provided the Certificates of Analysis for our products, which include detailed information on what we test for and the actual lot-specific results. Simply submit your lot number to view the third-party testing results for that product.
Have questions, comments, or concerns about the test results? Just email us at [email protected] and one of our product specialists will be more than happy to assist you in making an informed purchasing decision that is right for you and your loved ones. Learn more about our independent third-party testing here.
Before taking our products, we always recommend that you consult with your healthcare professional by showing them the ingredient list/supplement facts to ensure they won’t interfere with any other medication or supplement you may be taking.
If you have a medical condition that requires medication, including monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI), or are under a physician’s care, we advise you to consult with your healthcare professional before taking our products, by showing them the ingredient list/supplement facts.
We recommend that pregnant women or nursing mothers consult with their healthcare professionals before consuming our products.
As with any dietary products for non-adults, make sure to always consult a physician for approval, supervision, and determining the appropriate daily dose.
If you have Phenylketonurea (PKU) or High Blood Pressure or any other medical condition, we advise you to consult with your healthcare professional before taking our products, by showing them the ingredient list/supplement facts.
If you have a medical condition that requires medication or are under a physician's care, we advise you to consult with your healthcare professional before taking our products, by showing them the ingredient list/supplement facts.
Simple, check the status of your order with the following:
1) Login to your HCF account
2) Scroll down the “Account Summary” page and find your order under “Recent Orders”. Review the “Status” column:
- “Processing” - Order is currently being prepared for shipment
- "Shipped" - Order has been packed and is in transit with the shipping carrier
Simple, once your order ships you will receive an email with your tracking information. You can also access your tracking information with the following:
1) Login to your HCF account
2) Scroll down the “Account Summary” page and find your order under “Recent Orders”. If your order has been set to "Shipped" status click on the "View Order" link.
3) On the order view, click on “Order Shipments” tab and then "Track Shipment" and a pop-up window will appear with a tracking link to the shipping carrier's website to view your shipment's progress.
Go to the “Order Review” section on the final page of checkout and click on “Coupon Code” or “Store Credit” links (make sure you’re logged into your account).
Note: Store Credit cannot be applied to Subscription orders.
Our coupons are designed for one-time use, and exclude the following products, unless otherwise noted:
- Existing discounts
- Subscription orders
If your Coupon Code is not working on products not listed above, please contact us.