Think the supplement labels contain all the information you need to know about what you’re putting into your body?
Between 2004 and 2012 the FDA recalled 237 supplements because they contained unlisted drugs in their ingredients. Adulteration and mislabelling have always been a problem and these are 6 commonly adulterated supplements.
When in doubt, always buy from reputable brands!
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MedlinePlus US National Library of Medicine (2014) Gingko. Last reviewed on 21 October 2014. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/333.html
MedlinePlus US National Library of Medicine (2014) St. John Wort. Last reviewed on 14 October 2014. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/329.html
MedlinePlus US National Library of Medicine (2014) Ginseng, American. Last reviewed on 16 July 2014. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/967.html
MedlinePlus US National Library of Medicine (2014) Garlic. Last reviewed on 14 October 2014. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/300.html
MedlinePlus US National Library of Medicine (2014) Echinacea. Last reviewed on 7 July 2014. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/981.html
MedlinePlus US National Library of Medicine (2014) Saw Palmetto. Last reviewed on 10 October 2014. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/971.html
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Office of New York State Attorney General (2015) A.G. Schneiderman Asks Major Retailers To Halt Sales Of Certain Herbal Supplements As DNA Tests Fail To Detect Plant Materials Listed On Majority Of Products Tested. Published 3 February 2015. http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-asks-major-retailers-halt-sales-certain-herbal-supplements-dna-tests
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