The Problem with Supplements


Do you know that more than half of the US adult population take supplements? If you’re one of these multivitamin pill popping adults, then you might want to take a second look.

What do Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC have in common?

Supplements being sold in these four giant retailers have been discovered to not contain what it says it does. Confusing?

Imagine yourself entering Walmart. You need to buy a new bottle of those multivitamins that you’ve been taking. But you recently read about the wonderful benefits of Gingko Biloba and decided you wanted to purchase supplements with it. You happen to chance upon a brand called Spring Valley Vitamins and got excited when you saw a bottle with Gingko Biloba sprawled all across the label. You grab it and ran for the nearest counter. You take these supplements as soon as you get home, religiously every single day.

But nothing is happening. You don’t feel the effects as you still suffer from forgetfulness and you even forgot you needed to buy other things from Walmart, but your excitement for Gingko Biloba got to you.

What they found out

Here is a table summarizing the supplements and what they claimed they had but they didn’t:

Brand Gingko Biloba:  St. John’s Wort  Ginseng Echinacea Saw Palmetto
GNC, Herbal Plus No gingko biloba foundDid detect allium (garlic), rice, spruce and asparagus


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


No ginseng foundDid detect rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus


No echinacea foundDid detect rice in some samples


One sample contained the clear presence of palmettoOther samples contained a variety of ingredients, including asparagus, rice and primrose
Target, Up & Up brand  No gingko biloba foundFound garlic, rice and mung/French bean


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


  Most but not all tests detected EchinaceaOne test identified rice


Most tests detected saw palmettoSome tests found no plant DNA


Walgreens, Finest Nutrition brand  No gingko biloba foundDid detect rice No St. John’s Wort foundDetected garlic, rice and dracaena No ginseng foundDetected garlic and rice No echinacea foundIdentified garlic, rice and daisy Contained saw palmetto 
Walmart, Spring Valley brand  No gingko biloba foundFound rice, dracaena, mustard, wheat and radish No St. John’s Wort foundDetected garlic, rice and cassava No ginseng foundFound rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus No echinacea or plant material found  Some samples contained small amounts of saw palmettoAlso found garlic and rice


Not all supplements are the same though. These are just what the New York authorities have discovered based on a testing that they did. You can still take supplements, of course, but it’s best to ask your physician about it. And if you do decide to take supplements, watch this video and learn more:


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  • Lusi Martin says:

    OH MY. That’s not nice at all. Next time, I’m going to check the labels. It’s such a lie!

  • Juli Woods says:

    I feel like I’m not getting my money’s worth because of these supplements.

  • Jurik Smith says:

    No way, I bought supplements there! Good thing I stopped because I feel like it’s not helping at all. So, I just eventually stopped trying to fool myself.

  • Nataliya Smith says:

    Then, what on earth were in those supplements? What a rip off.

  • Fannie Hall says:

    I know you said that it’s okay to take supplements, but because of this I might not be able to trust a lot of companies anymore.

  • Lana Wiliam says:

    I’m never buying from these brands.

  • Jesse Wyss says:

    I’ve always been obessed with ginko biloba as well because the energy it gives is just amazing. But these brands are crap.?

  • Marina Bozek says:

    I feel sorry for those who purchased these supplements, thinking that it will do a lot for them. Instead, they paid for not even 1% of the ingredient.

    • Same, they wasted their money. But I kinda also want to blame them because they didn’t check the label.

  • Lancy Stanford says:

    What’s foolish is that these are the places wherein a lot of people trust buying products from them. They should be ashamed of themselves for selling something that’s full of lies.

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