I have the GNC "fingerprinted" valerian root caps, which just made me pull my magnifying light down to look closely for the first time. No fingerprints unless that is the horsey smell. I have the PharmAssure Melatonin 3mg tablets. There is vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine HCL) mixed with it 3/2 and smells normal.
One of each together helps me sleep nice with some vegetable juice. Works for me! I must wake up at 4 AM and switched to tea instead of coffee. If melatonin magnifies depressive tendencies at 4AM, that's for the observer, not the observed. I have work to do. If you're standing around observing, I may make you do something.
Hey Bob, GNC is ***outrageous*** in price!!
It is possible to get many many supplements from www.beyond-a-century.com, they sell bulk powders of almost any supplement at super cheap prices. I highly recommend them, I have done buisiness with them for years.
If you don't want to mess with capping it yourself, I wouldn't buy from them. www.iherb.com is another great business, their prices are very low....and all their stuff is already encapsulated.
A great resource for what vitamins and supplements to take is www.lef.org, they have "treatment protocols" for many conditions. They also sell supplements, but their prices are pretty dang high too.
Hope this helps....