Tuesday, February 03, 2015


It's one thing to allow various supplements with unproven health benefits to be sold. It's quite another to allow companies to commit fraud by lying about what they're actually selling to you.
The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.

Think extract of turtle shell is good for you? Fine. But there had better be some damn turtle shell in there.