Herbal supplements don't even contain the herbs on the label

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Herbal supplements don't even contain the herbs on the label

Postby Anaxagoras » Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:04 pm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/0 ... f=business

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bottles of Walmart-brand echinacea, an herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all. GNC-brand bottles of St. John's wort, touted as a cure for depression, held rice, garlic and a tropical houseplant, but not a trace of the herb.

In fact, DNA testing on hundreds of bottles of store-brand herbal supplements sold as treatments for everything from memory loss to prostate trouble found that four out of five contained none of the herbs on the label. Instead, they were packed with cheap fillers such as wheat, rice, beans or houseplants.

Based on the testing commissioned by his office, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday he has sent letters to the four major store chains involved — GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens — demanding that they immediately stop selling adulterated or mislabeled dietary supplements.


4 out of 5 contained none at all! Thanks both parties in congress and Bill Clinton!
(Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994)

Of course, it probably doesn't make any difference what they actually contain as long as it isn't poisonous. This just shows the makers themselves know that they are nothing more than placebos.
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Re: Herbal supplements don't even contain the herbs on the l

Postby sparks » Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:31 pm

Fucking snake oil sales pukes! String the bastards up.
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Postby corplinx » Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:45 pm

I'll just point out, that people who buy steroids actually buy labmax kits to test the product and make sure it is legit. Roid heads do more due diligence than people trying to treat their depression OTC with St Johns Wort.

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Re: Herbal supplements don't even contain the herbs on the l

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:52 pm

corplinx wrote:... people trying to treat their depression OTC with St Johns Wort.


Way to depressed to bother with that. :cry:
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Postby jacks » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:02 pm

I would bet an internet dollar that all of this crap is made in china.

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Postby DrMatt » Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:30 am

I am so surprised. :Yawn:
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Re: Herbal supplements don't even contain the herbs on the l

Postby Witness » Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:35 am

Yet they are still taken seriously:

Mayo Clinic wrote:Herbal supplements: What to know before you buy

Herbal supplements aren't right for everyone. Get the facts before you buy.
By Mayo Clinic Staff

Echinacea to prevent colds. Ginkgo to improve memory. Flaxseed to lower cholesterol. The list of herbal remedies goes on and on.

Herbal supplements, sometimes called botanicals, aren't new. Plants have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. However, herbal supplements haven't been subjected to the same scientific scrutiny and aren't as strictly regulated as medications. For example, although makers of herbal supplements must follow good manufacturing practices — to ensure that supplements are processed consistently and meet quality standards — they don't have to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before putting their products on the market.

Yet all herbs — including herbal supplement products labeled as "natural" — can have drug-like effects. Anything strong enough to produce a positive effect, such as lowered cholesterol or improved mood, is also strong enough to carry risk. So it's important to do your homework and investigate potential benefits and side effects of herbal supplements before you buy. And be sure to talk with your doctor, especially if you take medications, have chronic health problems, or are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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I love that "haven't been subjected to the same scientific scrutiny and aren't as strictly regulated as medications"! And the self-evident "before you buy". 8)

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/herbal-supplements/art-20046714

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Re: Herbal supplements don't even contain the herbs on the l

Postby Anaxagoras » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:58 am

GNC is denying it:

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-four-r ... obe-2015-2

Earlier this week, GNC said it refuted the claims made by Schneiderman in his Feb. 2 letter and said retesting results clearly and conclusively demonstrate that the company's products are pure, properly labeled and in full compliance with all regulatory requirements.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-four-r ... z3RigfHRHq


Maybe they should sue for libel?
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Re: Herbal supplements don't even contain the herbs on the l

Postby Anaxagoras » Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:30 pm

Looks like the Attorney General fucked it up.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/gnc-reaches ... 1427715439

GNC Holdings Inc. and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that a test of the company’s herbal supplements found that they are in full compliance with the Food and Drug Administration, contrary to reports from Mr. Schneiderman early last month.

Mr. Schneiderman on Feb. 3 ordered GNC—along with Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and Walgreens—to stop selling store-brand herbal supplements after certain tests showed these supplements don’t usually contain the ingredient advertised.

As per an agreement with the attorney general, the tests proved GNC’s products are safe, properly labeled, and contained all the herbal extracts advertised, GNC said. It has restored its products to stores in New York state.

“As our testing demonstrated, and this agreement affirms beyond any doubt, our products are not only safe and pure but are in full compliance with all regulatory requirements,” said GNC Chief Executive Michael G. Archbold.

A representative from the attorney general’s office wasn't immediately available for comment.
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