Numerous store brand supplements aren’t what their labels claim to be, according to an ongoing investigation that subjected popular herbal supplements to DNA testing. Some of the biggest national store chains are selling fake herbal supplements.
Besides containing “cheap fillers” as oppose to herbs, some of them are even mislabeled as gluten-free and wheat-free. See which these stores and supplements are to avoid buying them in future.
Stores Which Sell Fake Herbal Supplements
Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and GNC have been exposed for selling fake, potentially harmful herbal supplements. Instead of good herbal mixtures, these “supplements” have loads of “cheap fillers” in their content, such as:
- Regular House Plants
- Powdered vegetables (garlic, radish, soy, beans, carrots, peas, legumes)
If you’re buying supplements at these stores, you’re definitely not having a healthier diet. This is mostly because many of the filler ingredients in these products are actually common allergens. You might want to avoid these national retailers when it comes to getting your dose of healthy herbal supplements.
- Target’s Ginkgo Biloba, St John’s Wort, and Valerian Root
The content of these Target’s “herbal supplements” doesn’t include any herb. Instead, they are packed with carrots, beans, rice, and peas.
- Walgreen’s Ginseng Supplements
This supplement contains no ginseng at all, but only powdered garlic and rice.
- GNC Herbal Supplements
Some herbal supplements sold at GNC contain harmful allergens such as peanuts and soybeans.
- The Memory-Boosting Ginkgo Biloba from Walmart
Walmart’s Ginkgo Biloba supplement is mostly produced from house plants, wheat, and radishes, even though the company claims to be wheat-free and gluten-free.
Eric Schneiderman, the New York state attorney, demands an immediate removal of these fake herbal supplements from the store shelves, saying that false advertising, contamination, and mislabeling is dangerous and illegal.
GNC stood behind the purity and quality of its store brand. Walgreens said these products will be immediately removed from shelves across the nation. Target still hasn’t responded to the cease-and-desist letter issued by Eric Schneiderman, whereas Walmart stated it will take appropriate action.