Using harmful ingredients in order to boost the profit is, unfortunately, an old practice that can be dated back to the very beginning of the industrial and mass production of the early capitalism. However, one would like to believe that things have changed since then. It pains us to say that is not true, so, every single one of us needs to approach shopping, even in markets with a famous name, with caution. If you happen to shop at Walgreens, Walmart, GNC or Target, all well-known, profitable brands, you should be aware of the fact that in 2015, these stores were exposed for selling fake, potentially harmful herbal supplements to their customers. These so called supplements were found to be full of fillers instead of healthy herbal mixtures. The ingredients that were supposed to stand for healthy supplement ingredients, were, in fact, wheat, soy, peas, beans, rice, legumes, house plants, and radish.
The four fake supplements:
1. GNC Herbal Supplements
Some GNC brand supplements have been proven to contain soybeans and peanuts; both common allergens!
2. Target’s St John’s Wort, Valerian Root, and Ginkgo Biloba
These three supplements contained beans, carrots, peas and rice.
3. Walmart’s Memory-Boosting Ginkgo Biloba
This popular supplement contained radishes and wheat. Not to mention it claimed to be gluten-free and wheat-free!
4. Walgreen’s Ginseng Supplements
This particular pill contained no ginseng, but powdered rice and garlic.
How to Choose a Good Supplement
Purchase it from a health food store, not a drugstore
If you can afford so, don’t choose the cheapest option.
Get recommendations from a practitioner.
Avoid supplements loaded with too many fillers or binders and with artificial colors.