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WHITE PLAINS, NY, March 28, 2000 — Among 13 brands of SAM-e dietary supplements (used primarily in treating depression and osteoarthritis) only seven were found to contain labeled amounts of SAM-e (S-adenosyl-methionine). These results were reported today by, which conducts the largest independent analysis of dietary supplements sold in the U.S.

In addition to the low levels of SAM-e found in many of the products, also found that labeling information on several products could lead consumers to expect twice the amount of SAM-e in the product as provided. Specifically, the labeled amount of SAM-e on such products included the weight of other non-active components.

"While many manufacturers are putting out a good SAM-e product, too many others appear to be skimping on ingredient or playing a bait-and-switch game with consumers," said Tod Cooperman, M.D., president of SAM-e is among the fastest growing supplements in popularity in the U.S.

The list of products that passed's independent testing, as well as more information about the Product Review, are available at and as well as through's new content partner, eNutrition, at To further assist consumers, is licensing its flask-shaped Seal of Approved Quality to manufacturers and distributors to use on products that have passed testing. will periodically re-evaluate these products to ensure their compliance with its standards. purchased the tested products through retail stores, on-line retailers, and direct sales or multi-level marketing companies. This is the fifth major dietary supplement evaluated by since its launch last November. The next Product Review, to be released in April is of vitamin C products. By year-end, will have tested most of the popular dietary supplement categories sold in the U.S. provides online reviews and consumer information about health, wellness, and nutrition products. The company is privately held and headquartered in White Plains, New York. It is not affiliated with companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. Parties interested in licensing content or requesting testing of additional products may contact Lisa Sabin, Vice President for Business Development, at More information about is available at

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