Do you buy your supplements at Target?
An investigation by the New York Attorney General found nearly 60 percent of Target's "Up and Up" brand herbal supplements didn't contain what the label said was being sold.
"Of 90 DNA tests run on 18 bottles of the herbal products purchased, DNA matched label identification 41% of the time," a report released yesterday reads. "Contaminants identified included allium, French bean, asparagus, pea, wild carrot and saw palmetto."
When I think of supplement manufacturers I used to get a pristine image of companies built on honesty, integrity and good will. Now I know better. But, here's my problem, I also believe that we need daily supplementation.
Supplementation is important for a long life, because even if you eat a healthy, predominantly plant-based diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, chances are great that you still suffer from deficiencies.
Tips for choosing the highest quality supplements-
- Choose supplement formulas that have been tested by third-party organizations.
- Choose a company that only uses the highest quality ingredients.
- Choose supplements that reveal the source of ingredients.
- Choose additive-free supplements.
With a little bit of knowledge, you can ensure that your choice of supplements will get you the results you are looking for.
Wal-Mart: Should you buy your supplements from Walmart?
I don't think so! The Washington Post reports Walmart to be the worst out of all retailers in the area of supplement fraud. Only 4% of the Walmart products tested showed DNA from the plants listed on the products’ labels.
This mislabeling not only cheats consumers out of the substances they thought they were buying, but also exposes them to unknown ingredients that could be hazardous