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Many herbal products sold as food supplements don’t contain key ingredients

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3833 (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3833
  1. Saleyha Ahsan
  1. 1London

A BBC investigation has found that some herbal remedies sold as food supplements do not contain the main ingredient as marketed.

The BBC Two television series Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, working with University College London School of Pharmacy, tested more than 70 commonly used herbal remedies. The findings feature in a programme broadcast on the channel on Wednesday 15 July at 8 pm.

As a nation the United Kingdom spends £118m (€165m; $185m) on …

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