Beta Analytic Case Studies

“Natural vs Synthetic” Huperzine A

A case study on Huperzine A featured in the June 2020 issue of Nutraceuticals World shows how a plant-based nutraceutical can be vulnerable to adulteration through the use of fossil-derived synthetics. Huperzine A is a supplement ingredient extracted from the clubmoss Huperzia serrata. The case study used two methods to detect ingredient adulteration ⁠— High […]

How to Identify Fraudulent Natural Products

ISO 17025-accredited Beta Analytic presented the results of its garlic oil case study in an article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The lab tested five commercially available garlic oil — four were labeled as “natural” and one sample was clearly labeled as “artificial”. All five samples passed GC-MS testing. However, Carbon-14 […]

Natural vs Synthetic Peppermint Oil – How to Screen for Adulteration

In a recent issue of Perfumer & Flavorist, Beta Analytic Marketing Specialist Haley Gershon described how carbon-14 analysis can be used to screen for synthetic petrochemical-derived adulterants in essential oils like peppermint oil.

How Carbon-14 Analysis Enhances Garlic Oil Quality Control

Garlic oil is vulnerable to economically motivated adulteration and misleading or false labeling. ISO 17025-accredited natural products testing lab Beta Analytic selected garlic oil as subject of a case study precisely because of these reasons and to highlight the need for strict quality control measures for essential oils.