Black Raspberry Supplements Put to the Test

Black Raspberry Supplements Put to the Test

September 16, 2019 67 By Ewald Bahringer


the regulation of dietary supplements in the United States has been described as too little too late dietary supplements may be adulterated with dangerous compounds be contaminated have failed to contain what they say they contain or contain unknown doses of the ingredients listed on the label be sold at toxic dosages or produce harmful effects in other ways this not only messes up any research done on them but can put the general public at risk a third-party company that’s tested thousands of supplements identified approximately one in four with a quality problem either not containing what it says or contaminated in some way one in four for example i’ve done a few videos on the remarkable properties of black raspberries can always find them fresh or frozen so how about black raspberry supplements you go to the store look online how about this one fresh raw pure that sounds good let’s look at the back says it contains just seedless black raspberry powder and absolutely nothing else exclamation point it’s nice to see there’s no fillers or artificial ingredients so you plunk down your $23 seventy seven cents but it turns out you’ve been had the first clue was that the picture on the front was actually blackberries photoshopped to look like black raspberries they couldn’t even be bothered to put a real image on their fake supplement the researchers second clue was that it sure didn’t look like pure black raspberry powder and so they put it to the test and indeed there was no black raspberry at all instead of absolutely nothing else they should have just stopped with this bottle contains absolutely nothing or at least you hope it contains nothing who knows what’s actually in those capsules they tested every black raspberry product they could find in even ones with the right picture on the front and powder that actually looked real I get more than a third appeared to have no black raspberry fruit at all at the moment a consumer who assumes the u.s. dietary supplement marketplace is free from risk or even honest is unfortunately naive how widespread is this deception researchers use DNA fingerprinting techniques to test the authenticity of 44 herbal supplements from a dozen different companies less than half of the supplements were authentic containing what they said they did most contain plants not listed on the label substitutions with cheaper plants contaminants unlisted fillers or apparently all filler and this isn’t just fraud some of this deception can really hurt people for example one st. John’s wort supplement had no st. John’s wort at all but actually contains Senna instead which is an herbal laxative that can cause adverse effects such as chronic diarrhea liver damage skin breakdown and blistering here’s how the 12 companies did only tested products from two of the 12 companies all appear to authentic herbs only work if they’re actually present the supplement industry suffers from unethical activities and by some of the manufacturers and by some they mean 80 percent of the manufacturers in this study until dietary supplements in the US are better regulated and quality control standards are defined and endorsed the safer source of phytonutrients as a consumer is from actual food [Music] you