Dr Oz: Coconut Water Zico, Probiotics & Valerian Root Tea

Dr Oz: Health Scams

Dr Oz’s Show on Health Scams continued by revealing the way that companies trick us with products including Probiotics, Coconut Water, and Valerian Root Tea.  Coconut Water is gaining in popularity these days, so you might find it interesting to note that the only brand Doctor Oz presented as containing the amount of electrolytes that it claims is Zico Coconut Water!

Dr Oz: Probiotics Scam

Dr Oz said that this supplement is great for digestion and to alleviate IBS Dr Oz Consumer Lab Free Trial(Irritated Bowel Syndrome).  According to Dr. Tod, most foods do not contain the amount of probiotics claimed, with some products having only 7 percent of the claimed amount.  Labeling tricks are used.  On the label of those scam products, it states that they contain 5 billion CFUs (Colony Forming Units).  However, these products frequently have an asterisk, noting that the number of CFUs is as of the date of manufacture.  The problem with that is that probiotics are live organisms that die over time.

Dr Oz: Zico Coconut Water

Coconut water is used to rev up metabolism and is filled with vitamins, amino acids, and electrolytes.  If using for rehydration, only 1 in 3 have the electrolytes they advertise. O.N.E. brand had only 18% of their electrolytes (sodium and potassium).  Vita Coco didn’t hit the mark either—it only had 60 percent of electrolytes.  One brand that came up with positive marks: Zico.

Dr Oz: Valerian Root Tea Scam

Valerian Root Tea is commonly found in “relaxation” drinks to help you de-stress and for sleep.  Dr Oz called up Amy, an audience member, to perform an experiment.  Amy worked in a coffee house and took the pill one evening to see if it worked.  She claimed that she fell asleep much faster and stayed asleep for 6 hours, so yes, it did work for her.  Dr Oz had Dr. Tod test the product Amy used and, yes, it was good! (Would have been embarrassing for her if it wasn’t.)  Although Amy’s product was good, Dr. Tod informed us that Valerian Root is one of the worst culprits when it came to scams.  70 percent failed for not containing the proper amount of the supplement as claimed.

Dr Oz: Consumer Lab Free Trial

Hurry!  For the next 24 hours, consumerlab.com will give all of Dr Oz’s viewers a free trial to see which vitamins and supplements are the best!


  1. says

    If you try to go to the site and use the free trial to look up Valerian Root you have to buy a subscription for about $40. The Dr. Oz show is just a daily infomercial selling medical related items… to bad

    If you bought everything he recommended you’d go broke. But his sponsors would be quite happy. Who’s scamming who?

  2. Barbara Miller says

    I was not able to go the the website at all thru Dr. Oz’s website. If you go directly to consumberlab.com (which is the only way I could get there), you were asked to join and charged a membership fee. I won’t check any products recommended by the Dr. Oz show. I’ll take my chances at GNC.

  3. Jason Caron says

    Seems like everything is a scam these days including the sites that claim to beat the scammers

  4. Stan says

    Actually, there is a 24-hour pass from the Dr. Oz site that gives you free access to 3 of the reports on ConsumerLab.com. There are many other reports on the site, but those require membership.

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