CONSUMERLAB.COM REPORTS IMPROVEMENT IN QUALITY OF SAM-E SUPPLEMENTS USED FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS AND DEPRESSION
— Recent Testing Shows Quality Is Up Since Studies in 2000 and 2003 —
WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — April 24, 2007 — ConsumerLab.com announced that all eight SAMe supplements that it recently selected for review passed quality testing — an improvement over tests in previous years. SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine) is used to treat depression and joint pain. It is a prescription medication in European countries, but sold as a supplement in the U.S. where sales have steadily grown to reach $96 million in 2005 according to Nutrition Business Journal.
In 2000, ConsumerLab.com found that nearly half of thirteen SAMe products selected for testing contained less ingredient than claimed. In 2003, the situation had improved to where one product had only 30% of its SAMe but seven others met their claims. All products passed the recent testing.
"It is nice to see steady improvement in the quality of SAMe supplements and I hope that it will persist," said Tod Cooperman, M.D., ConsumerLab.com's President. "This is not always the case. We recently reported that another popular ingredient used for osteoarthris — chondroitin — was missing in many of the supplements tested."
The SAMe Review can be found at www.consumerlab.com/results/same.asp and includes results for ten products. Eight of the products were selected by ConsumerLab.com and two others are included for having passed the same evaluation through ConsumerLab.com's Voluntary Certification Program. Also listed is one product similar to one that passed but sold under different a brand name. The Review provides information on how to choose and use these supplements. Brands included in report are Baywood, Jarrow, Kal, Life Extension, Natrol, Nature Made, Nature's Bounty, NutraLife, Olympian Labs, Vitaline, and Vitamin Depot.
Reviews of other popular types of supplements are also available online. New Reviews soon to be released include Alpha Lipoic Acid, Eye Health Supplements (Lutein and Zeaxanthin), Nutrition Drinks, Milk Thistle, and Resveratrol.
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