Fake Supplements or Not?
- Created: 20 August 2014
In the US they spend $5 Billion on unregulated herbal supplements.
DNA testing on some of these herbal supplements have shown that they contain rice powder and weeds. Researchers used DNA barcoding to conduct blind testing for 44 popular herbal products from 12 countries.
These tests came from 12 companies and 30 different species of herbs, 50 leaf samples and 42 herbal species.
Results showed that 59% of the products tested contained DNA barcodes from plant species not listed on the labels.
48% of the herbs were able to be authenticated, though 33% of them did contain contaminants and filers that were not listed on the label.
Product substitution occurred in 33 of 44 products that were tested and only two of the 12 companies did not have any substitutions, contaminants or fillers.
Some of the contaminants that were used were known to pose serious health threats.
Two of the most common herbal supplements that were found to be of poor quality were St John’s Wort and Echinacea.
Samples of Echinacea were found to contain a bitter weed known as Parthenium hysterophorus which is an invasive plant that is found in Australia and India.
Two bottles of St John’s wort contained no St John’s wort. Instead they contained rice and a form of Alexandria senna.
Gingko supplements were found to contain fillers and black walnut.
Most supplements that were tested were of a very poor quality.
It is worth noting that all HEALING HERB products are made with 100% authentic correct herbs of the highest quality.