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Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is widely considered to be an effective cure for the common cold. Other benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. As per Dietary Guidelines for Indians, 2011, by National Institute of Nutrition, the daily requirement of vitamin C for both man and woman is 40 mg. So, higher is better for consumers.

  • Highest vitamin C was found in Zandu Sona Chandi (30.4 mg/100 gm) and lowest in Baidyanath Kesari Kalp (7.8 mg/100 gm).
  • Lead

    Lead is an extremely toxic metal and affects the liver, kidneys, the reproductive system and the nervous system. Lead exposure can happen quietly and causes permanent problems, especially to the brain. As per Government of India Voluntary Certification Scheme for AYUSH Products, the permissible limit for lead is 10 ppm (parts per million) for AYUSH Standard Mark. So, lower lead content is better for consumers.

  • All the tested brands were within the required limit.
  • Lowest lead content was found in Patanjali and Multani; it was highest in Baidyanath Kesari Kalp.
  • Total Bacterial Count

    Bad bacteria can cause disease, food poisoning, bad odours, and decay of food and organic material. As per Government of India Voluntary Certification Scheme for Ayush Products, the permissible limit for total plate count is 100,000 (one lakh) per gram for AYUSH Standard Mark. So, lower count is better forconsumers.

  • The lowest bacterial count was found in Himalaya and Hamdard; the highest was in Patanjali.
  • Marking

    The following information shall be clearly and indelibly marked on the label of each container/ packet as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations and Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules:

    • Name of the product
    • Trade name, if any
    • Name and address of manufacturer/importer
    • Batch or code number
    • Net quantity in grams
    • List of ingredients in descending order
    • Month and year of manufacture
    • ‘Best before’ (month and year to be indicated)
    • Nutritional information
    • FSSAI license number
    • Logo indicating ‘vegetarian’ (green dot) or ‘nonvegetarian’ (red dot) status
    • Storage information
    • Maximum Retail Price (MRP)
    • Customer-care details

    All brands provided the required information on their labels.

  • All brands provided the required information on their labels.
  • Gold (Sona) Label Claim

    The gold provides a boost of energy to the body and rejuvenates it from within. It also strengthens the immunity system, keeps the cardiac muscles healthy, and improves blood circulation in the body. Only two brands, Baidyanath Kesari Kalp and Zandu Sona Chandi, claimed to have gold and silver in their products, and so we arranged for lab testing for these brands only.

    In both brands, gold and silver were found to be less than their label claims

    Gold (Sona) Lab Results

    The gold provides a boost of energy to the body and rejuvenates it from within. It also strengthens the immunity system, keeps the cardiac muscles healthy, and improves blood circulation in the body. Only two brands, Baidyanath Kesari Kalp and Zandu Sona Chandi, claimed to have gold and silver in their products, and so we arranged for lab testing for these brands only.

    In both brands, gold and silver were found to be less than their label claims

    Silver (Chandi) Label Claim

    The silver is beneficial to the nervous system. It improves the nerves, boosts memory, enhances the health of the brain, and increases the mental power of a person. Only two brands, Baidyanath Kesari Kalp and Zandu Sona Chandi, claimed to have gold and silver in their products, and so we arranged for lab testing for these brands only.

    In both brands, gold and silver were found to be less than their label claims.

    Silver (Chandi) Lab Results

    The silver is beneficial to the nervous system. It improves the nerves, boosts memory, enhances the health of the brain, and increases the mental power of a person. Only two brands, Baidyanath Kesari Kalp and Zandu Sona Chandi, claimed to have gold and silver in their products, and so we arranged for lab testing for these brands only.

    In both brands, gold and silver were found to be less than their label claims.