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Which supplements may benefit people with essential tremor, and which should be avoided?
Learn about supplements used for treating essential tremor, including caprylic acid (also called octanoic acid), thiamin (vitamin B1), cannabidiol (CBD), GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), and branched-chain amino acids. Find out which work and which don't. Also find out which supplements and food may make essential tremors worse.
Do essential amino acid (EAA) supplements help build muscle better than dietary protein or protein supplements?
Comparison of essential amino acids vs dietary protein and protein supplements for building muscle.
What is Metafolin (5-methylfolate)? I see it in some supplements instead of folic acid. Is it better than folic acid?
Metafolin and Quatrefolic information - compare to folate and folic acid.
I'm thinking of changing my multivitamin, but the one I'm considering doesn't contain molybdenum. Most others have it. How important is molybdenum?
Learn more about the essential nutrient molybdenum, including foods that contain it and possible deficiency.
How important it is to reduce total dissolved solids (TDS) in drinking water from my tap?
Removing dissolved solids (TDS) may be desirable if your tap water is known to contain large amounts of dissolved solids that negatively affect taste, but you may also be removing essential minerals. Learn more about our tests of water filter pitchers.
What is the best protein supplement for vegetarians and vegans?
Find out which protein supplements for vegetarians and vegans are best, including those made from whey, casein, soy, rice, pea, and hemp. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
What are trace minerals and do I need them?
Trace minerals include boron, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, zinc, and others. Find out what they do, how much of each trace mineral you should be getting, and who's most likely to be deficient in these minerals.
Why is beta-carotene still an ingredient in some supplements? Isn't it dangerous?
Beta-carotene can be found in supplements. Get clinical evidence from studies on beta-carotene's impact on mortality, smoking, and vision.
What Is Marine-D3 and does it live up to anti-aging claims?
Learn more about Marine-D3, a supplement from Marine Essentials, including evidence from clinical studies on aging.
Can glycine improve sleep or reduce nighttime urinary frequency?
Can glycine really help improve sleep? Lean more about glycine and its uses and benefits.
Is it true that iodine can cause acne or other skin problems?
Information on iodine causing acne and other skin problems such as rashes and hives. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Which foods are a good source of B vitamins?
Find out which foods are a good source of B vitamins (like folate and B-12) and when you should take Vitamin B supplements.
Which vitamins and supplements are good for acne, and are there any that make it worse?
Information about supplements for acne and clearer skin. Plus, find out which vitamins and supplements can make acne worse.
Is there a multivitamin that contains only the recommended daily vitamins and minerals? Most that I have looked at contain more.
Are there any multivitamins that contain only the recommended daily vitamins and minerals? Choose the best multivitamin based on age & gender.
The maker of my multivitamin says it doesn't include folic acid because too much from supplements can be harmful. Is that true?
Learn more about the harmful effects from too much folic acid, including increased risk of prostate cancer and kidney damage.
Help! How do I know how much magnesium I am actually getting from my supplement? The label says it contains 500 mg of magnesium "as magnesium citrate" -- but how much of that is magnesium and how much is citrate?
Understand the actual amount of magnesium dosage (or "elemental magnesium") you are getting from your supplement. ConsumerLab.com explains.
Do any supplements help with the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do supplements like vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?
Find out if natural remedies & supplements for coronavirus such as zinc, vitamin C, garlic, or elderberry help to prevent or treat COVID-19.
What's the best protein to keep and gain muscle when you're older?
Find out which type of protein is best for older adults who want to maintain or gain muscle. Info on protein powders and shakes, whey, soy, casein, hemp, pea and more.
How should curcumin dose be adjusted if using formulations with enhanced bioavailability such as Meriva, BCM-95, CurcuWin, Theracurmin, Bioperine, and C3?
Info on how much curcumin to take when also using formulations with enhanced bioavailability such as Meriva, BCM-95, CurcuWin, Theracurmin, Bioperine, and C3.
Do Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins make hair shine, nails stronger, and help both to grow? They taste good but are super expensive.
Info on Sugar Bear Hair vitamins. Do they make hair shine, nails stronger and help hair and nails grow? ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
What are the health benefits of bone broth, and which bone broth is the best?
Learn about the health benefits of bone broth, a good source of protein and collagen, including whether bone broth can help for joint pain or osteoarthritis, improve skin or reduce wrinkles, heal the gut or boost the immune system. Plus, see ConsumerLab.com's tests of popular bone broths, find out how much collagen they contained, and which bone broths are best.
When is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?
Find out the best time of day to take your multivitamin for best absorption of vitamins and minerals, whether you should take your multi with food, which vitamins and minerals may inhibit the absorption of other vitamins and minerals, or medications. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
I'm interested in using Himalayan salt. What are the health benefits with it and other specialty salts? Are there contaminants in these salts?
Himalayan salt health benefits, along with other gourmet salts like Hawaiian and Mediterranean. Info including what's in them and their safety.
I'm at risk for both macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease. I've read that more EPA than DHA is good for macular degeneration, but the reverse is true for Alzheimer's. What do you recommend?
Find out if taking fish oil supplements or eating fish can help for macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Do I need to divide my daily 300 mg dose of CoQ10 into smaller doses, or can I take it all at once?
Find out when to take CoQ10 supplements. Should you take CoQ10 at once, or in smaller doses? Understand the best way. ConsumerLab.com explains.
What are the health benefits of zinc carnosine, also called polaprezinc, and is it safe?
Find out if zinc carnosine is beneficial for any GI conditions, including stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori infection, taste disturbances, aspirin-induced small-bowel injury and oral mucositis, and learn if it is safe.
Can supplements with antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamins A and E cause you to die sooner?
Learn more about antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, and their effect on mortality, or premature death.
Are there any red flags to look for on the label when choosing a fish oil supplement?
Learn more about safety concerns when choosing a fish oil supplement.
Do Vital 3 collagen drops really help for joint pain?
Learn more about Vital 3 collagen drops withundenatured type II collagen, and if they can help joints move better and feel better.
Does Oral-B Glide or other dental floss contain toxic chemicals called PFAS? Where else are PFAS found, and how can I avoid them?
Some brands of dental floss, including Oral-B Glide, may contain potentially toxic chemicals known as PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances), according to one study. Get the details in ConsumerLab's answer.
What is vitamin B12 and how much do I need?
Vitamin B12 dosage varies depending on your age, gender, and various other factors. Our CL Answer explains why B12 is important, the recommended dosages, deficiency, health benefits, and the best form.
Does silica have health benefits? What is BioSil, and can it really increase collagen production and strengthen hair, skin, nails and bones?
Information about the health effects of silica (silicon dioxide) and orthosilicic acid (an ingredient in BioSil), including whether these forms of silicon can really increase collagen production, thicken hair, strengthen nails & bones.
What is shilajit? Does it have any proven health benefits, and is heavy metal contamination a concern?
Shilajit information, including its potential health benefits, safety, proper doses and impact on male health.
How does bone broth protein compare to other types of protein?
Bone broth protein supplement information, including their effectiveness compared to other types of protein, how much collagen they contain, and safety.
I read an article stating that some of the ingredients in Centrum multivitamins may be dangerous or toxic. Is that true?
Learn more about the safety of ingredients in Centrum, including binders, fillers, and coloring agents.
My HDL (good) cholesterol level is low. Should I take niacin to raise my HDLs?
Learn more about niacin and find out if it can raise HDL ("good") cholesterol levels.
Is it true that some vitamins or supplements can cause cancer?
Learn more about the effects of certain vitamins and supplements on cancer, including beta-carotene, vitamins E and B9, and multivitamins.
Do hair loss supplements work, such as Viviscal?
Vitamins and supplements that may help with hair loss and thinning, including saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, protein, iron, and vitamin D.
Which dark chocolate bar has the most flavanols with the least calories?
Find out which dark chocolates are lowest in calories and contain the most flavanols, according to our lab tests.
Is sublingual vitamin B-12, which is placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve, really better than the pill form?
Learn the difference between sublingual vitamin B-12, vitamin B-12 pills and more through information including clinical evidence.
Is it safe to consume fish oil as a long-term food supplement?
Learn more about fish oil supplement safety including long-term use, side effects, and more.
Are lithium orotate supplements as effective and safe as prescription lithium for bipolar disease and depression?
Lithium orotate supplement info, including proper dosage, safety, and how lithium orotate supplements compare to prescription lithium for bipolar disease and depression.
Do collagen or hyaluronic acid supplements really help aging or wrinkled skin?
Find out if collagen & hyaluronic acid supplements really help for aging or wrinkled skin and for skin care.
What is inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) and myo-inositol? Are they helpful in treating cancer or other conditions?
Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6): Find out if IP6 (also known as phytic acid) can prevent or treat cancer. Clinical evidence, dosage, safety and how IP6 differs from myo-inositol. Consumerlab.com's answer explains.
What are the health benefits of black cumin seed (black seed) oil?
Find out if black seed oil has health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure or cholesterol, asthma, weight loss, and others. Dosage, forms, including black seed oil and black seed powder, safety information, using black seed oil in foods and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
To prevent ticks, is it safe to spray permethrin on sleeping bags or bedsheets, as well as clothes?
Find out how permethrin sprays differ and which can be used on sheets and sleeping bags versus clothing
How much calcium do you need each day, what forms are best, and how much is too much?
Learn about the recommended daily intake of calcium from food & supplements and why taking too much can be harmful. Also, learn about the forms of calcium that are available and which are best.
How Should You Take Care of Yourself After You’ve Had COVID-19?
Find out the best way to care for yourself when recovering from COVID-19, including how long you should quarantine, whether you should get vaccinated, when it is safe to undergo a surgery, and how to spot and, possibly, improve lingering symptoms.
What is Perque Bone Guard Forté? It is safe and effective for bone health?
Find out about the ingredients in Perque Bone Guard Forté, including which ingredients may be beneficial for osteoporosis and bone health and which may be a safety concern.
Are supplements such as Thyroid Care Plus helpful for hypothyroidism? Can supplements worsen thyroid function? And what is nascent iodine?
Learn about supplement ingredients such as iodine, selenium, zinc, acetyl-l-carnitine, ashwagandha and guggul used for thyroid conditions and find out if they are beneficial. Also learn why ingredients such as alpha-lipoic acid, soy, resveratrol, quercetin may impair thyroid function.
Which supplements can help me sleep and which cause insomnia?
Find out which supplements may improve sleep, including melatonin, L-tryptophan, and magnesium, and which may make sleeping more difficult.
How do the Beyond Burger, the Impossible Burger, and a beef burger compare in terms of vitamins and minerals, and which is best?
Read our comparison of the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger. Compare nutrition, vitamins and minerals. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
I read that famotidine (Pepcid) may help treat COVID-19. Is this true? Might a proton pump inhibitor, like Prilosec, help?
Pepcid (famotidine) was reported to improve outcomes in people with COVID-19 in China. But is there evidence that Pepcid really helps to treat COVID-19?
Is it possible to take too much vitamin C?
Find out the daily value of vitamin C, along with possible side effects of excessive vitamin C intake. ConsumerLab explores the topic of proper vitamin C supplement usage, and why taking too much can be harmful.
Do any supplements or lifestyle changes reduce the symptoms of tinnitus? Is it true that some supplements can cause tinnitus?
Learn which supplements can ease tinnitus, including melatonin and pine bark extract. Understand which may actually cause tinnitus.
Do any supplements help for flu?
Which supplements may help prevent or reduce symptoms of colds or the flu, including vitamin D, ginseng, NAC, and elderberry.
Do any supplements or foods help with brain function, like memory and cognition?
Find out which supplements help improve memory, brain function and cognition, including fish oil, some B vitamins, cocoa, and curcumin. ConsumerLab's answer explains the evidence for supplements promoted to help with brain function and cognition.
Is it better to get vitamins from foods or supplements, and are natural vitamins better than synthetic vitamins?
Learn more about the benefits of getting vitamins from food versus supplements, natural versus synthetic vitamins, and more.
Do arnica pills really work to prevent bruising?
Find out if arnica tablets really work to prevent bruising, information about homeopathic products and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Do any supplements help reduce muscle pain, muscle cramps, or nighttime leg cramps? Do magnesium creams, sprays and oils help?
Find out which supplements, and topical products such as magnesium creams, can help reduce muscle pain, leg cramps, and nighttime leg cramps, and which may worsen muscle cramps. Also, learn about vitamin and mineral deficiencies and common medications that can cause muscle cramps and nocturnal leg cramps.
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FDA Warns Sellers of CBD, Colloidal Silver, Essential Oils, and More Promoted to Treat Coronavirus
FDA Warns Sellers of Essential Oils, CBD, Vitamins, and More Promoted to Treat Coronavirus
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FDA Warns Sellers of CBD, Colloidal Silver & Natural Remedies Promoted to Treat Coronavirus
Seller of Thrive "Anti-Viral" Supplement Barred from Making Unproven Coronavirus and Cancer Claims
FTC Charges Seller With Falsely Promising Consumers Next Day Shipping of Face Masks and Other PPE
Maker of Joint Health, Blood Sugar, Prostate, Ginkgo Supplements and More Warned For Drug Claims, Misbranding and Adulteration
Maker of Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, B Vitamins and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims
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FDA Warns Seller of Menopause, Sexual Enhancement, Prostate Supplements and More For Manufacturing Violations
Clinical Updates (3)
Seizures from Essential Oils
Amino Acids Speed Recovery From Knee Surgery
Does Your Multivitamin Have Too Much Folic Acid?
To find out which multivitamins exceed the tolerable limit for folate, see the update in the Multivitamins Review. You'll also learn how the daily requirements for many other nutrients have changed and differ from what labels currently tell you.