How can scientific tests be made to tell if herbal supplements even work at all if there's no standards to the pills and tea bags. Some contain the wrong herbs, some contain nothing more than lawn grass, and some contain nothing that once grew at all (and it's just a mystery what it is).
Right now there is no Government regulation to an industry that makes billions of dollars a year selling stuff that's sometimes fake.Â Sometimes the supplements even cause liver damage, because a look-alike weed was mistakenly used instead.
But now science can look at the DNA of the herbs in the supplements to see if it contains the right thing, or if it contains a lot of filler.Â The FDA should use that to test our herbal supplements to make sure we all aren't getting ripped off.
They talked about this last night on PBS: