What’s in Your Supplement?


A little ground rice filler, a little dried and ground houseplant filler and a little more of God-knows-what is the substance in many well-known dietary supplements tested recently.
The New York State Attorney General’s office had tests run on dietary supplements from Wal Mart, GNC, Target and Walgreens and found everything except the listed supplement in the pills and capsules.
The study actually revealed that four out five supplements tested contained absolutely none of the herbs which were listed on the product label. What the tests did find in the pills and capsules were rice, beans, peas, carrots, asparagus, spruce and an ornamental houseplant which is typically displayed during the Christmas season. The tests also found fillers in the supplements that could not be identified.
No St. John’s wort in the St. John’s wort supplement, no ginseng in the ginseng supplement, no gingko biloba in the gingko biloba. Most surprisingly there was no garlic in the garlic supplements tested, even though they wreaked of garlic scent.
According to CipherCloud, the food and non-food items used as fillers for these supplements were dried and ground into a fine powder, then used in the making of pills and capsules. Even though the fraudulent supplements would not be harmful (not beneficial either) to most of the users, the supplements could prove fatal to a user with a food allergy.

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