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    Herbal Products Sold Online Contaminated in 20 Percent of Cases

    Post by sang_garuda on Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:35 am

    One in five herbal products used in so-called Ayurvedic medicine and sold over the Internet contain harmful levels of toxic metals, a study found.

    Herbal pills, powders and liquids are the foundation of Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient system of health care that originated in India. It has become more popular in the U.S. as interest in yoga and alternative medicine has grown.

    Almost 21 percent of 193 Ayurvedic products purchased online contained amounts of lead, mercury or arsenic that exceeded one or more U.S. safety standards, according to the research published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found. In a finding that surprised the researchers, products manufactured in the U.S. were slightly more likely to contain contaminants than those made in India.

    ``The take-home message here is that current regulations in our country governing dietary supplements, in general, are inadequate to protect the consumer,'' said Robert B. Saper of Boston University School of Medicine, the study's lead author, said an Aug. 25 interview.

    The highest concentrations of metals were found in a type of Ayurvedic product known as ``rasa shastra,'' in which mercury, lead, zinc and other metals are deliberately combined with herbs to produce a therapeutic effect, Saper said. Rasa shastra products, primarily made in India, were more than twice as likely to contain lead and mercury, the researchers found.

    In the worst cases, some rasa shastra medicines from India contained lead and mercury levels that would be 100 to 10,000 times greater than the acceptable limit for a person to ingest,'' the authors wrote.

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    Based on the findings, Saper said he would recommend that consumers avoid remedies labeled as rasa shastra products.

    The report's authors called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to establish and ``strictly enforce'' daily dose limits for toxic metals in dietary supplements, and require that suppliers submit to independent, third-party testing of products to ensure quality.

    The finding on U.S.-sold herbs was surprising because their sale is generally unregulated in India, Saper said. In the U.S., dietary supplements, such as herbal products, are largely subject to the same regulatory standards as food, not the rigorous scientific testing that applies to prescription or over-the-counter drugs, he said.


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    Re: Herbal Products Sold Online Contaminated in 20 Percent of Cases

    Post by +loudest-scream+ on Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:39 am

    Thnx 4 Letting Us Knw Abt This........

      Waktu sekarang Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:48 am