What’s in Those Supplements?

 The New York State attorney general’s office accused four national retailers on Monday of selling dietary supplements that were fraudulent and in many cases contaminated with unlisted ingredients.

 
The authorities said they had run tests on popular store brands of herbal supplements at the retailers — Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC — which showed that roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on their labels. In many cases, the authorities said, the supplements contained little more than cheap fillers like rice and house plants, or substances that could be hazardous to people with food allergies.
 
At GNC, for example, the agency found that five out of six samples from the company’s signature “Herbal Plus” brand of supplements “were either unrecognizable or a substance other than what they claimed to be.” In pills labeled ginkgo biloba, the agency found only rice, asparagus and spruce, an ornamental plant commonly used for Christmas decorations.
 
At Target, the agency tested six herbal products from its popular “Up and Up” store brand of supplements. Three out of six – including ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and valerian root, a sleep aid – tested negative for the herbs listed on their labels. But the agency did find that the pills contained powdered rice, beans, peas and wild carrots.
 
Here are the products that were analyzed by the attorney general, along with the test results that were described in cease-and-desist letters that the agency sent to the four retailers.
 
From GNC, Herbal Plus brand:
 
Gingko Biloba:
 
No gingko biloba found
Did detect allium (garlic), rice, spruce and asparagus
St. John’s Wort
 
No St. John’s Wort found
Did detect allium (garlic), rice and dracaena (a tropical houseplant)
Ginseng
 
No ginseng found
Did detect rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus
Garlic
 
Contained garlic
Echinacea
 
No echinacea found
Did detect rice in some samples
Saw Palmetto
 
One sample contained the clear presence of palmetto
Other samples contained a variety of ingredients, including asparagus, rice and primrose
From Target, Up & Up brand
 
Gingko Biloba
 
No gingko biloba found
Found garlic, rice and mung/French bean
St. John’s Wort
 
No St. John’s Wort found
Found garlic, rice and dracaena (houseplant)
Garlic
 
Contained garlic
One test identified no DNA
Echinacea
 
Most but not all tests detected Echinacea
One test identified rice
Saw Palmetto
 
Most tests detected saw palmetto
Some tests found no plant DNA
Valerian Root
 
No valerian root found
Found allium, bean, asparagus, pea family, rice, wild carrot and saw palmetto
From Walgreens, Finest Nutrition brand
 
Gingko Biloba
 
No gingko biloba found
Did detect rice
St. John’s Wort
 
No St. John’s Wort found
Detected garlic, rice and dracaena
Ginseng
 
No ginseng found
Detected garlic and rice
Garlic
 
No garlic found
Detected palm, dracaena, wheat and rice
Echinacea
 
No echinacea found
Identified garlic, rice and daisy
Saw Palmetto
 
Contained saw palmetto
From Walmart, Spring Valley brand
 
Gingko Biloba
 
No gingko biloba found
Found rice, dracaena, mustard, wheat and radish
St. John’s Wort
 
No St. John’s Wort found
Detected garlic, rice and cassava
Ginseng
 
No ginseng found
Found rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus
Garlic
 
One sample showed small amounts of garlic
Found rice, pine, palm, dracaena and wheat
Echinacea
 
No echinacea or plant material found
Saw Palmetto
 
Some samples contained small amounts of saw palmetto
Also found garlic and rice
 
Source: New York Times 
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