On Monday, the New York State Attorney General’s office accused four major retailers of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements to consumers and has demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.

The authorities said they conducted tests on the top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers (GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart) and found that, on average, four out of five products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. These tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.

At Bellissimo, we believe it is critical that consumers understand the importance of this issue and remain educated. We fully understand the dilemma patients find themselves in. Clearly not all supplements are created equal. That is why we at Bellissimo uses only medical grade nutraceuticals.

At Bellissimo, we spend time with our clients listening to their medical past and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic illnesses. Contact us to learn more.

DrNerette@bellissimomedical.com

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