2015 got off to a bad start for herbal supplements in the United States when major retailers GNC, WalMart, Target and Walgreens were caught out carrying supplements that didn’t actually contain the herbs the labels claimed they contained. CNN, the Washington Post and other major news outlets all reported on the story.

fake supplementsThe New York State attorney general’s office conducted the investigation. When tests revealed the supplements did not contain the ingredients listed on the label or contained only trace elements of them, the office of the attorney general issued a “cease and desist” order and the products were removed from the shelves.

The Washington Post article began: “A warning to herbal supplement users: Those store-brand ginkgo biloba tablets you bought may contain mustard, wheat, radish and other substances decidedly non-herbal in nature, but they’re not likely to contain any actual ginkgo biloba.”

Back in 2012, warnings began circulating about popular multivitamins that contained synthetic vitamins and were composed mostly of fillers. The “multivitamins contained synthetic vitamins are produced synthetically from petroleum in chemical plants, while the minerals come from mining companies” according to an article in Live to 110 and other sources confirm this.

None of these revelations came as a surprise to holistic health practitioners, who are aware that natural herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals have to cost more because they contain the ingredients they claim to contain in effective doses.

Read the Washington Post warning a little more closely and you’ll see it says “store-brand.” Store brands are the discount supplements you can buy in supermarkets. In the United States, the industry is self-regulated, which explains why unscrupulous companies got away with selling “gingko biloba” that claimed to be wheat and gluten free, but actually contained no gingko biloba and did contain wheat.

Choose Only Quality Supplements


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You can save money by purchasing cheap supplements, but it’s money wasted. Quality supplements will cost more, but they contain the ingredients they claim to contain. You won’t find them on supermarket shelves, but you will find them on the shelves of conscientious holistic health practitioners who know the difference between effective natural treatments and synthetic vitamins and fraudulent labelling.

Metagenics sells their products only through authorised health care practitioners. The company has built its reputation not on advertising or discount pricing, but on solid research and scientific integrity. Their Science Based Products page states:

Time-honored plant derivatives are formulated in patented combinations with other nutrients for targeted approaches to health. And industry leadership gives us preferred access to nutrient discoveries from suppliers around the globe to use as raw materials. These novel ingredients are supported by reputable clinical and laboratory research that complement our own high standards.

Petrozzi Wellness Centre is proud to be an authorised Metagenics healthcare practitioner. If you live in the Sydney region and are looking for quality supplements, call in to PWC at 183 Norton Street, Leichhardt and confidently choose Metagenics. If you’re uncertain about which supplements you need, consider arranging an appointment with Dr.  Michael Estein at Petrozzi Wellness Centre. For more information about his services, email Norma at reception@petrozziwellness.com.au or call 95180096 to book an appointment.