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What is CELLFOOD and is it a healthy supplement?
Question: What is CELLFOOD and is it a healthy supplement?
Answer: CELLFOOD® (NuScience Corporation) is marketed as an "oxygen+nutrient supplement" for body detoxification, providing bioavailable oxygen to the body. However, the concept of ingesting oxygen is nonsense. Oxygen is certainly good and necessary, however, the most effective method to get oxygen to our tissues and muscles is breathing. Ingesting oxygen will not enhance this process (Wing, Wilderness Environ Med 2003). Regarding the nutrients in CELLFOOD, amounts are likely to be extremely small, as these are described on the label as "ionic trace mineral blend, trace enzyme blend, trace amino acid blend." It's generally not a good idea to rely on ingredients for which specific amounts are not listed because the amounts could be ineffectual.
Another concern with CELLFOOD is that it lists deuterium sulfate as the first ingredient in its "proprietary blend." As the other ingredients in the blend are identified as "trace" ingredients (as noted above), a substantial amount of the 328 mg of this blend in each 8 drop serving of CELLFOOD appears to be deuterium sulfate. Another name for deuterium sulfate is sulfuric acid-D2, which may be similar to the sulfuric acid contained in drain cleaners. Deuterium sulfate is listed as a highly corrosive and poisonous material — although the health risk is based on data for sulfuric acid. Even though the instructions indicate that you are supposed to dilute several drops of CELLFOOD in a cup of water, it's disconcerting to think that the product may contain an undisclosed amount of sulfuric acid. (NuScience Corporation has informed ConsumerLab.com that there has never been an adverse reaction report for CELLFOOD, although ConsumerLab.com has not confirmed this with the FDA).
CELLFOOD has also been promoted for improving athletic performance, fibromyalgia, weight loss, cancer, and for general health. There seems to be little evidence supporting these uses. The company cites a small study in women with fibromyalgia which suggests that CELLFOOD might reduce symptoms (Nieddu, Reumatismo 2007). However, due to poor study quality, these findings are not very reliable. The company also cites test tube studies showing that CELLFOOD has antioxidant properties in different types of cells (Ferrero, J Physiol Pharmacol 2011; Benedetti, Food Chem Toxicol 2011). Unfortunately, antioxidant effects on cells in laboratories don't necessarily translate into beneficial effects in humans.
In August, 2013, the U.S. retailer of CELLFOOD (Lumina Health Products) was warned by the U.S. FDA about drug claims it made in marketing CELLFOOD, as well as for violations of Good Manufacturing Practices in its handling of CELLFOOD. (Lumina Health Foods has informed ConsumerLab.com that re-inspection by the FDA one month later found the alleged violations to have been corrected, although ConsumerLab.com has not confirmed this with the FDA.)
It is worth noting that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cited companies for marketing oxygen-containing supplements for treating cancer, heart disease, and others (Federal Trade Commission 2000), although CELLFOOD has not been a subject of these actions.
The Bottom Line:
There appears to be no reliable evidence that CELLFOOD is beneficial for any use.