Many Herbal Supplements Don’t Contain the Herbs Listed, DNA Test Finds

February 4, 2015 3:05 PM

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On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that the DNA tests commissioned by his office showed that hundreds of dietary supplements sold by Walmart, GNC, Target and Walgreens did not contain the herbs listed on their labels.

For instance, an echinacea-based supplement commercialized by Walmart had no genetic traces of echinacea in it. People use Echinacea because it is said to boost the immune system and ward off against colds during the winter season.

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