Dr. Oz busted the rip-off health products today on his show titled “The Top 7 Health Scams.” We also learned about fatty liver disease, one-minute miracles for your skin and beauty bargains.
Dr. Oz’s Top 7 Heath Scams
Dr. Oz says he is sick and tired of people selling products and saying that he endorsed them, when all he did was talk about the supplement on his show. Today, he set the record straight with the help of Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of Consumer Labs.
African Mango Supplement Scam
First on the list was African Mango which Dr. Oz actually recommended on his show last season! It went viral and now he has had enough of his name being used to make sales for other companies! As an example he showed us a fake website called dynomango.com. He put his picture on there and 60% of the visitors clicked through to buy the product!
To combat this kind of scam, Dr. Oz walked us through the ways we can spot a health scam or a shopping scam.
- Results are too good to be true.
- 30-day money-back guarantee. This usually means you’re going to get billed again every 30 days and good luck trying to stop it.
- Celebrity endorsements. Don’t buy something just because someone recommends it.
To be clear, Dr. Oz does not endorse ANY products. So if you see a website that says Dr. Oz endorses something, run.
Omega-3 Supplements Scams
The second health scam that Dr. Oz busted today was omega-3 supplements. We all know that Dr. Oz recommends these all the time, and wants us to take them regularly for a variety of reasons. But upon testing at Consumer Labs, they found that 30% of them failed quality testing. They either didn’t have enough actual omega-3 fatty acids in them or they were spoiled. You need to look out for a claim of being “pharmaceutical grade.” There is no pharmaceutical grade for fish oil. Also if it says tested in an FDA-approved lab, that’s a scam too.
Ginsing and St. John’s Wort Supplement Scams
Dr. Oz has recommended both of these supplements but it turns out that these can also be scams. 40% of St. John’s Wort brands tested failed Consumer Labs’ testing. Some even were contaminated with cadmium, which can be toxic.
The two brands that passed the testing were Nature’s Way Perika St. John’s Wort and Nature’s Bounty Double Strength St. John’s Wort 300mg.
For ginseng, the two products that passed were Spring Valley’s Korean Ginseng Standardized Extract and Nature Made Ginseng.
Probiotics are great for you and Dr. Oz recommends them often as the best way to replenish the healthy bacteria in your intestines. But you need at least 1 billion live organisms in your product, but most of the products Consumer Labs tested did not have the amount claimed. Some had as little as 7% of the amount listed!
The thing to watch out for is the date of manufacture. If you see an asterisk on the label, check it out. The amount of microorganisms that is listed on the label was accurate at the date of manufacture. But since these are live organisms, they start dying off as the product sits on the shelf. Be sure you’re getting fresh product.
Coconut Water Scams
Coconut water is recommended for the amount of electrolytes it contains. But of the three biggest brands tested, only Zico coconut water had the amount of electrolytes listed. O.N.E. and Vita Coco both failed.
Valerian Supplement Scams
Doctor Oz has recommended valerian root tea to help us sleep at night naturally, but guess what? Consumer Labs tested some brands of supplements and teas, and over 70% of them failed the testing for not containing the amount of valerian that was claimed. Some them were also contaminated with lead!
Free Pass on ConsumerLab.com
Fatty Liver Disease
The liver is our body’s primary defense organ, and everything we put in our bodies gets processed by it. But there is a disease called “fatty liver disease.” In America, one in three of our livers are enlarged and super-saturated with fat.
The risk factors for fatty liver disease are high cholesterol, being overweight and having diabetes. Most of us think that drinking alcohol can cause liver disease, but so can eating sugar and fried foods and other junk foods.
The good news is that the liver is capable of rejuvenating itself. So you can heal yourself if you’ve not lived a healthy life. Taking fish oil supplements can help. Dr. Oz also recommends taking Milk Thistle Extract, 5-7 drops once a day. He says the powdered form in a smoothie is even better though.
One-Minute Miracles For Your Skin
Reduce eyebrow-plucking pain: use gum-numbing gel. Typically used for a toothache, this also will numb your skin before you pluck your eyebrows. Put it on and wait 20 seconds for it to take effect.
Make your skin glow without makeup: Make a facial scrub with coffee grounds and olive oil. The caffeine reduces swelling and the olive oil hydrates. Rub it on gently, then leave on for a minute or so. Wipe off and your skin will be glowing.
Beauty Bargains Under $10
Primrose Oil: fights fine lines and wrinkles by tightening skin. Take 5 drops in a glass of water or take 500mg supplement twice daily.
Black Current Oil: Take 500mg twice a day to strengthen your hair and help prevent split ends.