The NYS Attorney General’s offices used DNA barcoding to assess the levels of DNA in seven herbal supplements: Echinacea, garlic, gingko, ginseng, saw palmetto, St. John’s wort and valerian.
1) The NYS Attorney General’s use of DNA barcode testing likely overstates the problem with herbal supplements sold by mass-market retailers
2) Always purchase vitamins and supplements in partnership with your healthcare provider—they are experts in quality and efficacy
3) DNA barcode testing is exciting, but not quite ready for prime time—and when used alone it does not present a complete quality assessment
4) The Emerson Quality Program is the best source for trusted supplements—EQP Partners undergo extensive third-party testing to verify quality
Emerson Ecologics provides quality supplements and herbs to health care practitioners, doctors and veterinarians.
* Be Informed, Dr. G