The NPN issue aside, users of natural health products should be paying close attention to their products as changes are made to tried and true recipes in order that they may remain available within Health Canada's NHP rules. One of these products, which is used by many of my clients, came to my attention today - so I wanted to make sure you all knew about the changes. You can make your own decisions about how you might continue to use the product in it's new form.
EstroSense has changed it's recipe, it's labeling, it's dosing and the available size. Here's what happened:
Previously the formulation included DIM; as per Health Canada's request EstroSense has removed DIM, yet kept the I3C levels the same. This is due to insufficient studies on DIM for Health Canada to deem it safe. I3C performs a similar function and, in fact, both I3C and DIM are derived from the same plant source, however the levels of I3C have not changed in the formula.
The dosing has also changed per Health Canada's request. Where as in the past dosing was 6 capsules per day, the bottle now reads 3 capsules per day, despite the reduced ingredient list.
Note that the new bottles contain twice as many capsules (increasing from 90 to 180) as before.
While some of the changes by Health Canada are keeping unsafe products off our shelves, consumers need to be aware of how these rules are effecting their day-to-day purchases, and supplement regimes.
I hope you'll take this information to heart and take a closer look at your labels the next time you're shopping for natural health products.