And Look, we all know (at least here on HT) that selecting & taking supplements is a bit of a Bro-Science. -Or if we’re Really honest, it’s Amateur Human-Guniea-Pig Biochemistry Gambling.
Well, thanks to what we’re learning from NY AG, Eric Schneiderman, and Canada’s University of Guelph, the truth is a lot worse than that.
In a battery of tests, it turns out the supplements we think we’re paying-for, dubious as some of the drug-like claims may be, aren’t even in the pills we’re taking.
It seems a particularly-apt time, given our current race-to-the-bottom consumer culture to dig up an old adage:
You Get What You Pay For.
(ok, doesn’t hold for GNC, because they’re pricey (and hence, doubly-reprehensible, non?))
But at GNC, Target, Walgreen’s & Walmart, Schneiderman’s team discovered through a type of DNA-Snapshot-Testing, that in a battery of examinations on Gingko, St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Valerian, Garlic, Echinacea, and Saw Palmetto, almost all of the samples were either compromised or complete, 100% filler, void of all advertised herbs.
GNC fared the “best” and Wal-Mart the worst, with Target & Walgreen’s in the middle.
Anywhere from a minimum 78% fillers+contaminants occurred on GNC products, all the way down to 96% fillers+contaminants were found in the Wal-Mart samples.
Furthermore, not only were many of the fillers undisclosed, significant contamination of things like: Houseplant, Wood Pulp, Allergens, or even Dangerous-if-overdosed supplements were found instead.
And again I repeat: Some of the samples contained -Nothing But- contaminants & fillers.
And if you heed the caution of one commenter on CBS’s site,
You just might reconsider the whole supplement-warrior health-nut avocation altogether.
Even more worrisome is this: As much as AG Schneiderman’s DNA-snapshot results might be circumstantially-criticized on extracts changed by heat & processing, his tests were probably done on at least 3 of the cheapest brands out there.
…-But what about that 2013 study done by the University of Guelph?
-Where they bought –All Different Kinds of Brands-…,
And didn’t disclose them?
What if it’s not just the Walgreen’s & Wal-Marts of the world?
What if the filler-gouging & cheap Chinese production of indiscriminate houseplant substitution goes higher up the food-chain into the Solgars, Solarays, Jarrows, Doctor’s Bests & VitaminShoppes of the world?
It seems that both Guelph & Schneiderman’s assertion that we need at-least expanded certification & testing of all supplements by the FDA or something like it, is the healthiest, most non-suicidal, route to take.
If I have to take any supplements in the future, I’ll certainly pay for the best quality I can afford. But right now, it seems like there are Absolutely NO Guarantees,
especially at the low-end.
Stay safe out there until LabDoor goes widescale.
Check out the expanded details at the Links:
“Sign, Summer Night”, by kelilina
“Slot Machines”, by William Picard
• Source: AG Schneiderman Asks Major Retailers To Halt Sales…
• via: CBS News
• More Coverage: U. Guelph Study | NY Times
• Source Study: BMC-DNA barcoding detects contamination and substitution in North American herbal products