#026: Herbal Supplement Adulteration

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by Brett Hawes

Herbal supplement adulteration is more common than you might think. My guest today, Mark Blumenthal, has been tracking this for years and joins us to discuss the ins and outs of herbal supplement adulteration.


Mark is the founder of the American Botanical Council as well as their Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program.

On today’s show we get into what constitutes adulteration, how this happens and the different ways suppliers can adulterate herbal supplements. We talk about standardized extracts and how this can be used to artificially bolster the perceived efficacy of a product; as well as how some herbs lend themselves well to isolating the medicinal compounds. We discuss peer reviewed, scientific validation for herbal efficacy and dive into the nitty gritty when it comes to methods of testing and verifying herbal supplements.

Lastly, we talk about the most common herbs that are adulterated, dry-labbing and falsification of labels

A very dense and enlightening discussion with one of the worlds foremost herbal experts

Listen to the show directly on the Holistic Health Masterclass Podcast page. You can also subscribe and listen via your favourite podcast app listed below.

You can catch up with Mark via his website: http://abc.herbalgram.org/ This is truly a goldmine of resources for the herbal enthusiast! View Mark’s extensive biography

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