When you buy a supplement, you’re TRUSTING that what’s on the label is actually in it. But what if it’s not, and you’re paying top dollar for fillers? I’ve been weary of supplements for a while now, due to the fact they are often low quality, contain irritating additives/fillers, and most of the raw materials are imported without strict regulation regarding safety and purity. But I never actually thought they would straight-up LIE! If you’re a supplement junkie, it might be a good time to invest those dollar bills in real food– the safest supplement (get some real food supplement ideas here).
Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself…
According to the New York Times,
“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. ” [Keep reading…]
Can supplement companies really be trusted? Especially the low end brands that most people typically pick up at the drug store? I wouldn’t bet my dollar on it, would you?
Photo Credit: Depositphotos.com/monticello