A 2015 investigation into herbal companies was a reminder that not every company is looking after the welfare of the consumer. Big corporations have been known in the past to cut corners when it comes to cost. You as a consumer don’t know which corporation has done this until they are exposed. Our goal at G2N is to help you not rely on the big companies. And hopefully, save yourself money in the end by growing your own herbs and supplements.
Have you or someone you know taken an herbal supplement and didn’t really see an improvement in your health? For some people, they dismiss herbal remedies completely because of one non-helpful experience. In February of 2015, the State of New York Attorney General accused four major retailers of selling fraudulent and possibly harmful herbal supplements. The products tested were store brands at GNC, Target, Walgreen, and Walmart, these companies were requested to remove the products from the shelves. The test showed that 4 out of 5 products tested did NOT contain any of the herbs listed on the label. What is more concerning, the products tested did contain, cheap fillers. Ingredients such as powdered rice, asparagus, houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies. They should also have been on the list of ingredients but where not.
In the investigation, the Walmart brand of ginkgo biloba contained no ginkgo biloba. It did contain. “ .. little more than powdered radish, houseplants and wheat — despite a claim on the label that the product was wheat- and gluten-free.” This would cause someone with celiac disease severe reactions, from taking a supplement promoted as gluten-free. Whether or not to regulate the production of herbs and vitamins has been a long debated topic. Especially among those who prefer herbal remedies over pharmaceutical choices.
It’s hard to promote regulations of Vitamin and Herbal companies (at this time there are no regulations). The FDA would be regulating the companies it has a history of holding hands with. (i.e. the large pharmaceutical companies.) This would be like asking the fox to guard the hen house. Pharmaceutical companies would not want the consumer to quit taking their blood pressure medicine, in exchange for a natural remedy such as cayenne. Yet at the same time, unregulated herbal supplements can be noneffective and have potential dangers to the consumer. You will need to decide for yourself as the consumer. Should we be regulating companies that produce vitamins and herbal supplements?
One way you as a consumer can avoid non-effective supplements is to grow or make your own from dried herbs. While doing your research always know the side effects of any herb, proper use and mixing herbal supplements. At G2N we will share with you some of our own recipes and help you learn to be self-sufficient.
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Switching to Cayenne – You can make your own cayenne capsules. Just replace the calcium with cayenne in the DIY calcium supplement article.