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Description
  • Supports Vitality and Energy.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

As a dietary supplement take one to two capsules daily. Do not take near bedtime.

Serving Size 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container 100
Amount Per Serving % DV
Guarana Seed Extract (Paullinia cupana)(36% Caffeine = 108 mg) 300.00 mg **
Panax Ginseng Root Extract (3% Ginsenosides = 3 mg) 100.00 mg **
Rhodiola rosea Root Extract (1% Rosavins = 1 mg) 100.00 mg **
Yerba Mate Leaf Extract (llex paraguariensis) 100.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose Capsule, Cellulose

No Sugar, No Artificial Color, No Artificial Flavors, Sodium Free, No Wheat, No Gluten, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free

Storage Instructions: Store in a cool dry place.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to using this product if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication, or have a medical condition. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Consult your physician prior to using this product it you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, under 18 years of age or have a medical condition. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery.KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Distributed by: General Nutrition Corporation Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Health Notes

Are Herbal Supplements Safe?

Are Herbal Supplements Safe?
A Healthnotes Newswire Opinion
Are Herbal Supplements Safe?: Main Image
Though concerns should be taken seriously, just being aware of them allows consumers to easily protect themselves
The recent investigation of some herbal supplement manufacturers and retailers by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has raised industry issues that are important for supplement users to know, even though it does not indicate an immediate cause for widespread alarm. First, in violation of existing regulations, the authors of the report discovered ten instances in which herbal supplement sellers deceptively marketed their products to elderly people. Second, 40 popular single-ingredient herbal supplements were tested and many found to contain trace amounts of heavy metals and pesticide residue, though none at levels that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers dangerous to public health. Though both concerns should be taken seriously, just being aware of them allows consumers to easily protect themselves.

What unethical marketing practices were discovered?

Posing as elderly people calling in to 22 online and store-front retailers, the GAO report describes 10 instances of questionable marketing practices, including store associates advising people to take dietary supplements in place of their prescription medications. The GAO also identified multiple instances of suspect labeling practices, including claims that a dietary supplement can cure or prevent diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, or high cholesterol.

It is unquestionably unethical to overpromise supplement effects (especially to people managing serious diseases) or to encourage anyone to discontinue using medication or adding a new supplement to a treatment regimen without consulting their healthcare provider. Fortunately, the report does not demonstrate a pattern that gives reason to believe that the transgressions are widespread. It describes the sample of retailers investigated as "non-representative," which presumably means that they did not look objectively across the thousands of supplement retailers nationwide and select a group that somehow represents the industry. The names of the retailers were not included in the report, nor was it clear whether the instances of illegal marketing were discovered by a single retailer or across the group.

Since 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act has expressly forbidden these types of marketing practices, and it seems reasonable to expect that responsible supplement manufacturers observe the laws.

What impurities were found in the tested supplements?

Though none of the contaminant levels exceeded those thought to cause acute toxicity, the GAO found that 93% of the 40 supplements tested contained at least one contaminant and that 18 of them contained at least one pesticide residue. All of the contaminated supplements contained lead and others contained the heavy metals, mercury, arsenic, or cadmium. While the Environmental Protection Agency and FDA did not express concern over the immediate negative health consequences of taking any of the supplements that were tested, since conscientious consumers are increasingly interested in organic foods and knowing where their foods come from, extending that awareness to include the source and purity of supplements is the next logical step. In a statement to the New York Times, Steve Mister, spokesperson for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, pointed out that it was "not surprising that herbal supplements contained trace amounts of heavy metals, because these are routinely found in soil and plants."

Buyer be...smart

Alan R. Gaby, MD, chief science editor at Aisle7 believes that, "while it is important to identify the purest sources of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural substances, the majority of the evidence indicates that the benefits of taking recommended amounts of dietary supplements for proven benefits outweighs the risks."

The concerns raised by the GAO report certainly warrant further investigation, but before action is taken, it is preferable that regulatory agencies put the findings into context and support the efforts of reputable manufacturers and retailers, many of which go out of their way to provide meaningful, science-based information and high-quality products. Until more is known, there are plenty of things that you can do to choose your supplements safely:

  • Research before you buy. Avoid "miracle cures" by learning what you should realistically expect from supplements. Look for unbiased, science-based resources (online and in-store, such as those provided by Aisle7) that can help you make informed decisions on whether supplements are right for you and what is safe to take with your medications.
  • Do not trust anyone that recommends you take a supplement in place of your medication. ("Take red yeast rice instead of your cholesterol medication.")
  • Read product labels carefully and rely on credible third-party information to help you sales staff to interpret the message. "This product helps lower blood pressure" does not mean the same thing as "This product supports heart and vascular health."
  • Ask retailers for documentation of supplement claims. For example, an abstract from peer-reviewed journal can help lend support to the "suggested uses" of the supplement. Look out for studies funded by the supplement's manufacturer.
  • Consider the source. Check labels and websites if you are interested in finding the purest supplements. Many companies use organically produced ingredients in their supplements. Look for labels stating that the herbs are "certified organically grown" to ensure that no pesticides have been used in the manufacturing of the supplement.
  • Ask a professional. Make an appointment to speak with someone trained in the proper use of dietary supplements and knowledgeable about drug-herb-nutrient interactions, such as a licensed naturopathic doctor, a holistic medical doctor, or a certified nutritionist.

"A closer look into the findings of the GAO reveal a chance for enhancing consumer awareness and empowerment through informed decision making," says Gaby. "This is the time to bring to light the reams of studies supporting the use of traditional remedies for common ailments. With enhanced access to decision-making tools and properly trained medical professionals, people will be able to safely utilize alternatives or adjuncts to over-the-counter and prescription drugs. In the end, access to truthful scientific information regarding dietary supplements is more helpful to the public than basing policy on questionable claims made by a handful overzealous or unscrupulous supplement manufacturers."

(GAO Testimony Before the Special Committee on Aging, US Senate; Herbal Dietary Supplements, Examples of Deceptive or Questionable Marketing Practices and Potentially Dangerous Advice; http://aging.senate.gov/minority/_files/hr221gk.pdf)

Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. She cofounded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI, and now sees patients in East Greenwich and Wakefield. Inspired by her passion for healthful eating and her own young daughters, Dr. Beauchamp is currently writing a book about optimizing children's health through better nutrition.
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GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula
 
4.1

(based on 10 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Boosts energy (9)
  • Good value (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (7)
      • Gender:
      • Female (4)
      • Where did you hear about this product?:
      • Other (3)
      • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
      • 1-2 supplements daily (4)
      • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
      • Price (4), Quality (4)

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    2.0

    Mildly effective

    By nickiepsu

    from Carlisle, PA

    About Me First Time User

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Ineffective

      Best Uses

        Comments about GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula:

        I purchased this product hoping it would help me keep from drinking so much soda. Ive been taking 2 pills at a time. If you are a moderate to heavy caffeine drinker, these do not work. Ive taken them and been able to take a nap afterwards. They do not give you that all day energy boost that they claim to. I can see that the only way they would be effective is if you do not drink any caffeine at all.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Product!

        By kfils1

        from Lafayette, LA

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        Pros

        • Boosts Energy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula:

          This the only energy product that I have found that doesn't give you the jitters and crash!

          • Gender:
          • Female
          • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
          • 1-2 Supplements Daily
          • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
          • Convenience, Price, Quality
           
          5.0

          Helps to boost body energy daily.

          By Everett_meme

          from Hugoton, Kansas

          About Me Workacholic

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Boost Body Energy Daily
          • Boosts Energy
          • Good Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula:

              Part of morning breakfast

              • Gender:
              • Female
              • Where did you hear about this product?:
              • Other
              • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
              • 1-2 Supplements Daily
              • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
              • Convenience, Price, Quality

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Hands Down!!!

              By paulahandlon

              from southern Indiana

              About Me Rarely Work Out

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Boosts Energy
              • Quickens Recovery Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday

                Comments about GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula:

                Gives me a normal boost not a shakey feeling.. mentally & physically alert.

                • Gender:
                • Female
                • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
                • 1-2 Supplements Daily
                • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
                • Quality

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love this product

                By vrtatum

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Rarely Workout

                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • Boosts Energy
                • Good Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday

                  Comments about GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula:

                  I am a night shift worker. 12 hour shifts are rough and this product really keeps me going when I need to stay awake. I am just sure to not take this too close to bedtime, which is around 8 a.m. for me, because I'll be awake all day!

                  • Gender:
                  • Female
                  • Where did you hear about this product?:
                  • Other
                  • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
                  • 1-2 Supplements Daily
                  • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
                  • Price

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Seems to Work OK

                  By plukosius

                  from NC

                  About Me Workout Daily

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Boosts Energy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday

                    Comments about GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula:

                    If you are looking for a "night & day" difference, save your money. If you are looking for a little extra edge during the day, this will help.

                    • Gender:
                    • Male
                    • Where did you hear about this product?:
                    • Other
                    • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
                    • 3-5 Supplements Daily
                    • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
                    • Price, Quality

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    It worked for me

                    By jerryheijkoop

                    from Tallahassee, FL

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Boosts Energy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday

                      Comments about GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula:

                      I take one pill first thing in the morning when I wake and it keeps me awake all day.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Daily assistance of needed energy

                      By Everett_meme

                      from Hugoton, Kansas

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Boosts Energy
                      • Good Value
                      • Quickens Recovery Time

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday

                        Comments about GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula:

                        Used daily to provide needed energy

                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Provides physical & mental endurance

                        By Everett_meme

                        from Hugoton, Kansas

                        About Me Helps with 19 hour days, Rarely Work Out

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Boosts Energy
                        • Good Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday

                          Comments about GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula:

                          With an ongoing and busy schedule, Energy Formula helps to keep my body at a steady pace with no draw-backs.

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Does EXACTLY what it says

                          By deaconll42

                          from Brooklyn, NY

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                          Pros

                          • Boosts Energy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • After Workout
                            • Before Bed
                            • Before Workout

                            Comments about GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Energy Formula:

                            I take this once a day, maybe twice depending on how long my day is.

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