Buyer beware? When it comes to herbal supplements. Findings of a recent study using DNA analysis, suggest that many plant-based remedies on the market today may do more harm, than good? http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/herbal-supplement-scam-dna-tests-reveal-fake-200700726.html
Most people assume that if their local pharmacy, health food store, or grocery store stocks a particular herbal supplement, it must be safe.
But, unlike both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, which are strictly regulated, dietary supplements don’t have to be proven safe and effective to the FDA before hitting the market. Scientists from the University of Guelph in Ontario tested 44 popular herbal supplements (such as St. John’s wort and echinacea) that are sold by 12 different companies in Canada and the United States.
They found that one-third of the supplements contained none of the plant extracts indicated on the product label. Fifty-nine percent were contaminated with plant species not listed on the ingredients list, including some that were considered toxic or allergy producing, as well as other potentially hazardous substances. Only two out of 12 companies sold supplements that were all completely genuine and free of plant substitution, fillers, or contaminants.
BTW: Over the last 20 years, herbal supplements have become a $5 billion-a-year business in the US alone. Nearly 40% of Americans have tried herbal supplements…
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