The numbers don’t lie: More people are turning to natural products to case their emotional aches and pains. But buyers beware. The products don’t always deliver what they say they do, as GH discovered when it tested eight brands of SAMe, a high-profile natural antidepressant.
Simply put, what’s promised on the bottle isn’t always what’s inside. In our tests, the amounts of actual SAMe–the active ingredient–varied wildly from brand to brand. In one brand, no SAMe was detected. Because these products are legally classified as “dietary supplements” and not drugs, they are essentially unregulated. David Kessler, Ph.D., M.D., dean of the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, railed against this lack of oversight during his tenure as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, lie and others have called for supervision and regulation of these potent–and, at times, dangerous–products. “We all take for granted that because a product says that something’s in it in the label, it’s actually in it in the bottle,” Dr. Kessler said. “That’s not the case with dietary Read More