What’s Really In Those Supplements?

The New York State attorney general’s workplace accused four national merchants on Monday of offering dietary supplements that were deceitful and in a lot of cases contaminated with unlisted components.

The authorities stated they had run tests on popular store brands of herbal supplements at the merchants– Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC– which showed that approximately four out of five of the products included none of the herbs noted on their labels. In many cases, the authorities stated, the supplements included little bit more than inexpensive fillers like rice and residence plants, or compounds that could be hazardous to people with food allergies.

At GNC, for example, the agency found that 5 out of 6 samples from the business’s trademark “Herbal Plus” brand of supplements “were either unrecognizable or a substance aside from what they claimed to be.”

At Target, the firm tested 6 herbal products from its popular “Up and Up” shop brand of supplements. 3 from six– consisting of ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and valerian root, a sleep services– tested unfavorable for the herbs listed on their labels. However the company did discover that the tablets consisted of powdered rice, beans, peas and wild carrots.

Right here are the products that were analyzed by the attorney general, along with the test results that were explained in cease-and-desist letters that the firm sent out to the 4 retailers.

From GNC, Herbal Plus brand:

Gingko Biloba:

No gingko biloba discovered
Did find allium (garlic), rice, spruce and asparagus
St. John’s Wort

No St. John’s Wort found
Did detect allium (garlic), rice and dracaena (a tropical houseplant).

No ginseng discovered.
Did spot rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus.

Included garlic.

No echinacea found.
Did identify rice in some samples.
Saw Palmetto.

One sample contained the clear presence of palmetto.
Other samples contained a range of ingredients, including asparagus, rice and primrose.

From Target, Up & Up brand.

Gingko Biloba.

No gingko biloba found.
Found garlic, rice and mung/French bean.
St. John’s Wort.

No St. John’s Wort found.
Found garlic, rice and dracaena (houseplant).

Consisted of garlic.
One test recognized no DNA.

Most however not all tests identified Echinacea.
One test recognized rice.
Saw Palmetto.

Most tests identified saw palmetto.
Some tests discovered no plant DNA.
Valerian Root.

No valerian root found.
Found allium, bean, asparagus, pea household, rice, wild carrot and saw palmetto.

From Walgreens, Finest Nutrition brand.

Gingko Biloba.

No gingko biloba discovered.
Did identify rice.
St. John’s Wort.

No St. John’s Wort found.
Identified garlic, rice and dracaena.

No ginseng discovered.
Identified garlic and rice.

No garlic found.
Identified palm, dracaena, wheat and rice.

No echinacea found.
Determined garlic, rice and daisy.
Saw Palmetto.

Included saw palmetto.
From Walmart, Spring Valley brand.

Gingko Biloba.

No gingko biloba found.
Found rice, dracaena, mustard, wheat and radish.
St. John’s Wort.

No St. John’s Wort discovered.
Identified garlic, rice and cassava.

No ginseng found.
Found rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus.

One sample revealed small amounts of garlic.
Found rice, pine, palm, dracaena and wheat.

No echinacea or plant product found.
Saw Palmetto.

Some samples consisted of percentages of saw palmetto.
Also discovered garlic and rice.

Trust, but Verify!

Youngevity products are now NSF and IFOS licensed!

Youngevity welcomes two voluntary 3rd party certification programs

An old Russian proverb states “Доверяй, но проверяй” (Trust, but validate.) President Ronald Reagan estimated this maxim consistently during negotiations of the IMF nuclear arms treaty in the 1980’s.

Today, given the rising popularity of dietary supplementation, and the hundreds of business that have surfaced to satisfy the need, verification of item quality is vitally important.

Natural items do not get the very same policy as prescription or non-prescription drugs, and this truth raises concerns in the minds of lots of consumers. Youngevity has always been a leader in product purity, but current advancements demonstrate the business’s confidence when it pertains to item stability.

Youngevity is now a voluntary participant in rigorous independent item analysis involving 2 extremely respected testing companies– NSF International and IFOS.

The goal of these organizations is to safeguard both the customer and the market by establishing strict standards for purity and quality, and screening and certifying products at numerous points throughout the supply chain. They check for damaging pollutants and validate that the supplements consist of the components listed on the label and absolutely nothing else.

Let’s be clear, no one is requiring Youngevity to take part in this accreditation program. It is just an outcome of the company’s devotion to excellence, and it’s continuous dedication to rebuild the health of people worldwide.

Let’s look at each screening entity in more information:

NSF International

Founded in 1944 as the National Sanitation Foundation, this company has broadened into many categories of customer security and into international markets. Their engineers, microbiologists, toxicologists, chemists, and public health experts test and accredit items in modern laboratories.

The NSF certification mark on a product implies that the item adheres to all conventional requirements. You will certainly start seeing it on the complete line of Beyond Tangy Tangerine items and other keystone items. The certification mark provides:

Knowledge that an unbiased review against developed requirements or guidelines has been conducted

Proof that product labeling and claims have actually been objectively evaluated by a trusted third party

A way to differentiate Youngevity products from competitors’ products and acquire advantage in the market

Proof of Youngevity’s company-wide commitment to quality, compliance and safety
Support by a team of specialists committed to public health and safety operating in more than 150 countries all over the world

Every element of a product’s development is completely evaluated before it can make NSF certification. NSF does not merely examine test data submitted by manufacturers or examine simply a single sample of an item and offer it their okay.

They perform product screening in certified labs to verify that the actual contents of the supplement item match those printed on the label. And accreditation is not a one-time event, however includes routine on-site assessments of manufacturing centers and regular re-testing of products to ensure that they remain to fulfill the same high requirements needed to preserve certification in time. Annual audits guarantee compliance against the hardest testing standard in existence today.


The International Fish Oil Standards ™ (IFOS ™) Program is the only 3rd party screening and accreditation program for fish oils. IFOS certification has actually been given for EFA Plus, S.M.A.R.T., and FX products.

IFOS sets the world’s highest standards for purity, potency, and freshness. As a voluntary, subscription-based service offered to the entire fish oil supply chain, IFOS tests products by lot, utilizing direct analysis, for active ingredient material, pollutants, and freshness.

Omega-3 fatty acids, in particular eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are responsible for the many health advantages associated with fish oil products. Regrettably, not all items on the marketplace include the amount of active components mentioned on the product label. As a customer, you have to be assured that the item you are paying for consists of adequate levels of its most crucial components. IFOS certification supplies that assurance.

Another element to consider when assessing a fish oil product is possible contamination. Ecological impurities and hazardous chemicals can go into the ecosystem as a result of industrial activity.

These compounds bio-accumulate in the fatty tissues of fish, suggesting that oil originated from these tissues might include excess concentrations of pollutants. Contaminants commonly detected in fish oil samples consist of heavy metals (e.g., mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium) PCBs, dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs. Scientific research suggests that impurities from edible aquatic sources can have unfavorable health effects, many of which exceed the useful health results of omega-3 consumption.

IFOS is the only program that checks fish oil products by batch/lot number to make sure that they do not contain dangerous levels of contaminants. In response to increased customer queries about fish oil and radiation, all fish oil samples submitted for IFOS screening have radiation analysis info.

Likewise an issue is service life and stability. Active ingredients that are prone to degradation or ruining, such as fish oil, can quickly turn rancid if the item was not developed effectively, not handled correctly during manufacturing, or stored in inappropriate conditions (e.g., extreme temperature level or humidity). Once again, IFOS is the only program that tests fish oil products by batch/lot number to make sure that they are steady and fresh for intake.

Why verify?

What if you’ve learned to trust Youngevity’s products through the most important verification process of all—your individual results! Why verify?

Do not forget that important to Doctor Wallach’s mission is the have to spread the word of 90 important nutrients to the whole world. Let’s face it; it’s a significantly doubtful world! The clinical confirmation and recognition enabled through independent, 3rd party screening will pave the way for a quicker awareness of our objective.

And as the complexity and footprint of the Youngevity operation broadens to meet world demand, it’s vital to verify that absolutely nothing is ever compromised in ANY quarter. It’s an insurance policy for now and the future. We are lucky to have corporate leadership that agrees to invest, in a lot of methods, to achieve the greatest requirements of quality.