Whole Foods and the Vitamin Shoppe St. John’s Wort Claims Might be Deceptive E-mail
February 14, 2017

St. John’s Wort Extract and St. John’s Wort are supplements distributed by The Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods Market, respectively. Recent studies have shown that either of these products may not contain enough of the listed and advertised active ingredient. The ingredient is Hypericin and certain watchdog groups, such as Consumer Labs, have tested both products and found that there is less significantly less Hypericin than advertised.  The Vitamin Shoppe St. John’s Wort Extract, was advertised that there was 0.9 mg to 2.7 mg in each pill. However, testing may have shown that there might only be .036 mg to 0.11 mg instead. Meanwhile, Whole Foods advertised a similar amount of Hypericin in their products, and testing may have shown that the supplement only contains 58.6% of what was advertised. 

This might be damaging as consumers have been told by Whole Foods and the Vitamin Shoppe that the supplement products have “Standardized” mixtures, which might not be true, based on these reports. Because of these potentially false statements, consumers might have been misled by both companies.


Finkelstein Thompson LLP will be investigating whether Whole Foods and The Vitamin Shoppe’s St. John’s Wort products actually contain the advertised amount of Hypericin. So, if you or anyone you know takes St. John’s Wort Extract or St. John’s Wort, sold by Whole Foods Market or Vitamin Shoppe, please reach us at  This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it  or by phone at 202-337-8000.