More than Half of Herbal Supplements Contain Unlisted Substances
A recent study published in BMC Medicine Friday suggests that more than half of herbal supplements, commonly called dietary supplements, contained plant substances that were not listed on the products’ labels.
About the Dietary Supplement Study
- According to FOX News, the study analyzed the substances found in 44 herbal products listed sold in the United States and Canada. The substances were then compared to the ingredients listed on the label.
- Nearly 60 percent of all the products contained unlisted plant substances.
- In about one-third of the products tested, the main ingredient had been substituted with other products.
- More than 20 contained fillers including rice, wheat and soybeans in addition to the listed main ingredient.
- Out of the 12 companies that produced the supplements, only 2 had no substitutes, contaminants or fillers.
Dangers of Unlisted Products in Supplemants
“A consumer has the right to see all of the plant species used in producing a natural product on the list o ingredients.” – Seven Newmaster, University of Guelph’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario as published by FOX News
- Unlike drugs, dietary supplements are not required FDA approval before being placed on the U.S. market; however, the products can be recalled by the FDA if they are deemed unsafe to consumers.
- The unlisted products themselves may be unsafe for long term use, or could result in allergic reaction.
- One product analyzed in the study listed as St. John’s wort actually contained the laxative Senna alexdrina. Senna alexdrina is no suggested for long term use as it can cause chronic diarrhea and liver damage.
- Currently, the FDA is investigating a dietary supplement, OxyElite, which, according to the New York Daily News, has caused an outbreak of hepatitis and liver infections resulting in 11 hospitalization, two liver transplants and one death.
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