Congressional Investigation Of Herbal Supplements Show Disturbing Trends

May 26, 2010

(ChattahBox) – An investigation into herbal supplements currently on the market has shown that nearly every single brand tested has trace amounts of various metals and chemicals, among other problems.

Most commonly found in the supplements were traces of lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury, though not in amounts specifically considered dangerous.

They also found traces of pesticides, which went over legal limits allowed in almost half of those tested by the group.

These supplements are almost always made overseas, most commonly in China, and so are not subject to FDA inspection to clear the location and practices prior to shipments.

In addition to these troubling findings, the Government Accountability Office, who ran the Congressional study, said that many products are making false claims about their effectiveness against diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, as well as a preventive or treatment measure against diabetes.

They also fail to list certain ingredients, such as steroids, in their labeling, which leads to complications for many users later on.

The findings will be presented later today in front of Congress.

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