Are You Supporting Sinister or Safe Supplements?

IMG_81582785098700We all cut corners here and there to save a little money. Exactly how we choose to go about doing this is different for all of us. Personally, I know I don’t spend a third of what most females do on their appearances nor the time! But, I invest my money in what I feel will matter for the long run – my health being most important. (You might already know this if you’ve read how not all supplements are the same – just like our food, cough, cough) So it hurts me to see news clips like the one below because others who are doing something with the right intention can actually be causing more harm and dis-ease within. Check out the video link (Sorry the video embed was NOT cooperating with it pulling through to play w/o leaving the page) below and the highlights of what ConsumersLab reported. Then I’ll share safe supplements that I don’t go a single day without! Or holy crap, I’d be unpleasant. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/herbal-supplements-crackdown-brands-misleading-28683158 World News Videos | ABC World News Via ConsumersLab (February 2015) On February 3, 2015, the New York State Attorney General announced that his office sent letters to four major retailers, GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or which were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels. The letters, sent Monday, call for the retailers to immediately stop the sale of certain popular products, including Echinacea, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Saw Palmetto, Valerian, and Ginkgo. The letters come as DNA testing, performed as part of an ongoing investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, allegedly shows that, overall, just 21% of the test results from store brand herbal supplements verified DNA from the plants listed on the products’ labels — with 79% coming up empty for DNA related to the labeled content or verifying contamination with other plant material. The letters to retailers have been posted by The New York Times and are searchable by retailer and type of product. ConsumerLab.com has requested additional information from the Attorney General’s office regarding the exact names and identities of the tested products and details of the testing. The letters do not indicate whether the products were extracts or whole herb products. Extracts are not necessarily expected to contain DNA, but, instead, specific amounts of key marker compounds associated with the species and to which extracts are typically “standardized.” ConsumerLab.com has tested and reported on herbal extract products sold by these retailers, using validated methods for evaluating these compounds, as well as for contamination with heavy metals, such as lead and cadmium, which can occur in herbal supplements. DNA testing does not evaluate heavy metal contamination nor quantify the amount of an ingredient, i.e., how much of an ingredient (or contaminant) is in a product. While overall 21% of the product tests confirmed DNA barcodes from the plant species listed on the labels, 35% of the product tests identified DNA barcodes from plant species not listed on the labels, representing contaminants and fillers. A large number of the tests did not reveal any DNA from a botanical substance of any kind. Some of the contaminants identified include rice, beans, pine, citrus, asparagus, primrose, wheat, houseplant, wild carrot, and others. In many cases, unlisted contaminants were the only plant material found in the product samples. If the producers of herbal supplements fail to identify all the ingredients on a product’s label, a consumer with food allergies, or who is taking medication for an unrelated illness, is taking a potentially serious health risk every time a contaminated herbal supplement is ingested. (The Attorney General’s investigation is focused on potential violations of New York’s General Business Law and Executive Law, including deceptive practices and deceptive advertising. The DNA testing was performed by Dr. James A. Schulte II of Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. based on samples purchased from around New York State. (It is likely the products are the same as those sold by these retailers in other states.) The DNA tests were performed on three to four samples of each of the six herbal supplements purchased from the New York stores. Each sample was tested with five distinct sequence runs, meaning each sample was tested five times. Three hundred and ninety tests involving 78 samples were performed overall.)

And. Just because these are the ones that were selected for testing does not mean other supplements are excused or any better, or actually being honest and holding true to their word. SO How the Heck do we Know Which Ones ARE Safe?!? Well don’t take it from me, BUT I am SO Proud to be able to have found this quote in another article via The Examiner:

“The evidence for these herbs’ effectiveness is sketchy to begin with,” said David Schardt, Senior Nutritionist of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “But when the advertised herbs aren’t even in many of the products, it’s a sign that this loosely regulated industry is urgently in need of reform. Until then, and perhaps even after then, consumers should stop wasting their money. Attorney General Schneiderman has done what federal regulators should have done a long time ago.” It is for this reason the public needs to turn to reputable companies like Shaklee when purchasing their herbal supplements.” Research goes a long way and is worth the time, people. Because what we consume and put in our bodies effects our health for the long-run. Here are Standards that We NEED TO LOOK FOR & KNOW Before Buying Supplements or Nutrition-related products:

  • Clinical studies on the complete ingredients of the vitamin, not a single ingredient, especially if from a different source altogether **Peer-reviewed clinical studies are THE Gold Standard (BTW)
  • Natural ingredients on the label to AVOID artificial sweeteners, flavors & preservatives
  • Brand or company that embodies safety and quality
  • Unconditional money-back guarantee
  • Longevity of efficacy for real people
  • Do NOT follow marketing fads, rather find trust in the using science to harness the healing power of nature only in a way that is necessary and still beneficial
  • Company truly abides by the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s)
  • Company not just accepts or “relies on” the supplier’s Certificate of Analysis, which according to the FDA is a “document, provided by the supplier of a component prior to or upon receipt of the component, that documents certain characteristics and attributes of the component” BUT Actually Follow GMPs To The Highest Degree that “REQUIRES” the company to CONFIRM the identity of components, like lead, heavy metals & pesticides, and determine whether other specifications for components (including dietary ingredients), are met, either by conducting appropriate tests or examinations” (or by relying on a certificate of analysis from the supplier of the component)

These Are HUGE and Really Key to Narrow Down the List of Companies that are SAFE to Support! I know time is incredibly valuable, so I appreciate your time in reading this. And I offer a way to save not only countless hours doing research, but a lot of money that’ll have to be spent down the road when what you are doing just wasn’t working. Check out Why I Fell in Love with Shaklee Supplements And Won’t Go a Day Without Them. Or Just Give Them a Try for Yourself and Feel the Difference – Heck, if anything you DO have a 100% Money-Back Guarantee 😉 Lead with Love, Blanca Not All Multivitamins Created Equal

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