STUDY: Not-so-herbal supplements may be fooling you


POSTED: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 7:10pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 7:11pm

East Texas man only trusts one brand

Many people choose a more holistic way to health, using herbal supplements instead of pharmaceuticals. Popular herbs like, St. Johns wort for depression, and Echinacea to help fight off a cold. But a new study conducted by a Canadian research company (read more here: shows some of these herbal supplements are missing the main ingredient. In the study, 44 popular supplements were tested from 12 popular companies. The results: label fraud in some cases, one third of the supplements tested were missing the main plant listed on the label! East Texas Pharmacist, David Davis of Goods Medical Chest in Tyler, says "I'm not really surprised, that's been a problem in the herbal industry for years. The herbal industry has very few regulations." Herbal supplements aren't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. So Davis says, it's buyer beware. "Just because it has the big words on the outside or front of the lable, turn it around and look at the back of the label, “ Davis says. Many people turn to the internet to buy cheap herbal supplements and that's where Davis says they go wrong. However, there are some more trusted brands than others and you can find them right here in East Texas. Sim Oefinger has owned Raymee's Herb Nook, in Tyler for 33 years—and he hasn't been to the doctor in 40 years. Oefinger says, there's only one brand he trusts, and it's the only one on his shelves—Nature's Sunshine. He’s toured the Nature’s Sunshine facility, and is in constant contact with the quality assurance manager, Oefinger says, They go worldwide and for the highest quality ingredients, and they test in parts per billion for the elements that are supposed to be in that product." So there are some brands you can trust—you just have to know where to look. For more information on new study regarding herbal supplements visit: For more information on Nature’s Sunshine or Raymee’s Herb Nook, visit:

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