Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/6/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Used as substitutes for pharmaceuticals, herbal supplements are often fake, even harmful.

America is obsessed with drugs, an obsession that costs billions each year, leads to the contamination of water supplies, and doesn't always equate to better health. In an effort to combat this trend, herbal supplements have gained popularity as a route to better health that does not include drugs, unfortunately, those supplements now appear to be mostly junk.

Powdered nuts, rice, wheat and soy often combine with random weeds, laxatives, and mass quantities of caffeine, to create the herbal supplements many people consume daily.

Powdered nuts, rice, wheat and soy often combine with random weeds, laxatives, and mass quantities of caffeine, to create the herbal supplements many people consume daily.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/6/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: herbal supplements, fake, quality, pills, research, study, truth


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A Canadian exposé has found that many of your herbal supplements are little more than powdered rice, wheat, and common weeds. Even common and popular supplements are filled with innocuous substances, and in a few cases, with dangerous plants and chemicals.

The study suggests that the herbal supplement industry, a $5 billion per year business in the United States, may be selling people placebos rather than actual supplements. Even in cases where the supplements are genuine, doctors often say the dosages are too low, or too ineffective to have significant impact.

The active ingredient in virtually all of your weight loss supplements also tends to be caffeine--an intuitive choice, since caffeine works as an appetite suppressant. However, it's not often found on the label since the law allows manufacturers to substitute ingredients such as "guarana, green tea or yerba mate" which functionally means caffeine.

Naturally, the herbal supplement industry is lashing out against the report.

Canadian researchers performed their study by purchasing supplements from both the United States and Canada. They focused on popular brands, but did not disclose which brands they selected. They say the brand selection process in each store was also random.

The samples were then subjected to DNA barcoding, a form of DNA testing that reveals what organic substances are truly made of.

Taken from drugstore shelves were bottles of Echinacea, among others. Echinacea is a popular supplement used to ward off colds. The study found that the pills, which were supposed to contain actual Echinacea, actually contained Parthenium hysterophorus, an invasive weed that can actually cause rashes, nausea, and intestinal gas.

Two bottles of St. John's Wort, used to treat mild depression, contained absolutely none of the herb.

One bottle was filled with powdered rice. Another bottle with an herb known to be effective as a laxative. Bottles of Ginko bilboa, taken for memory improvement, were filled with powdered black walnut-not a problem, unless you're allergic to nuts.

According to the study, they tested 44 supplements and a full third of the random selection were outright frauds, containing zero of the herb on the label. Many others had filler ingredients that were not listed on the labels. People with gluten allergies could be in danger because the fillers could sometimes contain gluten, yet make no mention on the label.

This suggests that the herbal supplement industry is plagued with major quality control issues. Furthermore, manufacturers know this, and peddle their products anyway, relying on diet fads, multi-level marketing schemes, and loose labeling laws that permit them to charge you, the consumer, big money in exchange for powdered rice, wheat, or soybeans, or even potentially harmful substances, and of course, caffeine that's just labeled as an exotic herb.

These findings add to a growing conundrum in the United States. The food, medicine, and herbs Americans consume are still poorly labeled and poorly regulated. Manufactures are fond of using fillers, farmers are compelled to use pesticides, ranchers hormones, and more. The end result is that many Americans have little idea what they're actually putting inside their bodies every day because they are being lied to by every major industry.

There are plenty of substitutes for meat, medications, and herbs. However, there is no substitute for truth.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Health

OLD HEARTS: Many Americans have hearts older than their chronological age Watch

Image of Many Americans have an old, old heart . and while this sounds like the lyric to a country western song, it's a biological fact for many.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Many Americans have an old, old heart... and while this sounds like the lyric to a country western song, it is a biological fact for many. A new study says that three out of four Americans' hearts are older than their chronological age. This sobering medical fact means ... continue reading


Deadly amoeba kills 14-year-old Olympic hopeful Watch

Image of Michael Riley Jr., three-time Junior Olympic qualifier posing with his medals.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Three-time Junior Olympics qualifier Michael Riley passed away last Sunday after a short battle with a rare brain infection. His family says they will pursue a campaign for a better understanding of the disease to honor the short, but well-lived, life of the teen. ... continue reading


Federal guidelines for school lunches: Does it really make a difference? Watch

Image of More food was wasted after federal guidelines requiring healthier options was enacted.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Even if school trays are loaded up with fruits and vegetables during lunchtime, kids are not actually eating them. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Healthier lunches have been required in schools in accordance to federal guidelines, but children remain ... continue reading


Orthorexia: The third major eating disorder Watch

Image of Over-restricting yourself can lead to malnutrition.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Obsessions with healthy eating could yield dangerous results, due to the lack of essential minerals and vitamins. An eating disorder called orthorexia may be silently leading avid nutrition fans toward malnutrition and even death. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic ... continue reading


Bloodstream swimming 'fish' delivers drugs and detects toxins in human body Watch

Image of Microfish glow red in the presence of toxins.

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Microfish, 3D-printed microbots have been developed at the University of California San Diego. The "smart" microbots were created to swim through bloodstreams to deliver drugs to specified places in the body. They can also sense and remove toxins. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Does self-control end up hurting you? New research pinpoints its negative affects Watch

Image of The brain activates different sections depending on stimulus.

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a test involving 120 images of faces, a new study claims self-discipline is negatively affecting our ability to recall information. Researchers hope the new findings will help develop treatments for certain conditions like ADHD and addiction. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES ... continue reading


LIVING SICK: Global life expectancy increases faster than healthy life expectancy Watch

Image of Misao Okawa, the oldest woman in the world at 117-years-old.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study shows that men and women across the world are living an average of six years longer than they did 25 years ago. Even in some of the world's least developed countries, life expectancy is rising. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Healthy life ... continue reading


Are people who worry more creative? New study links neuroticism, daydreaming and creativity Watch

Image of [Photo by: Shutterstock]

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Neurotic people tend to be more anxious and sensitive toward matters that don't usually concern people. Psychologist and self-proclaimed neurotic, Adam Perkins believes there is a link between neuroticism, creativity and daydreaming. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic ... continue reading


87-year-old woman to have unusual 'unicorn horn' removed from head Watch

Image of Liang Xiuzhen, 87, and her

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

What began as an itchy mole on the head of an 87-year-old villager in China has sprouted into a horn. The "horn" grew 13-cm long, earning her the nickname "unicorn woman" from local residents. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Liang Xiuzhen, an 87-year-old ... continue reading


12,000 children may be exposed to HIV and Hepatitis from unsterile surgical equipment at hospital Watch

Image of The Seattle Children's Hospital is under controversy once again.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Seattle's Bellevue clinic Children's Hospital contacts the parents of 12,000 children who might have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to un-sterile surgical equipment. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Parents of roughly 12,000 children who were ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Colossians 1:9-14
9 That is why, ever since the day he told us, we have ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 98:2-3, 3-4, 5-6
2 Yahweh has made known his saving power, revealed ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 5:1-11
1 Now it happened that he was standing one day by the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 3rd, 2015 Image

Pope Saint Gregory the Great
September 3: St. Gregory, born at Rome about the year 540, was the son of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter