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CL Answer

The vision supplement I take is based on the AREDS2 formula, but it contains a lot of zinc -- 80 mg in the recommended daily serving. Is it necessary, and safe, to take this much zinc every day?

AREDS information on the safety of supplements containing high levels of zinc, including vision supplements.

Elderly Man Reading Supplement Bottle

CL Answer

Is it true that taking glucosamine might make my glaucoma worse?

Learn if taking glucosamine may make glaucoma worse, including overall impact on eye health.

Review of Supplements for Joint Pain

Product Review

Vision Supplements Review (with Lutein and Zeaxanthin)

Find the Best Vision Supplement. Tests and Reviews of Popular Vision Supplements.

Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Vision Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Which supplements are helpful for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Find out which vitamins & supplements are helpful for macular degeneration (AMD), such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and others used in the AREDS studies.

Supplements for Macular Degeneration -- woman getting eye examination

News Release

11/27/2017

Flaxseed and Other Popular Omega 3 & 6 Oil Supplements Tested, But Not All Brands Pass -- Tests of Black Currant Oil, Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Flaxseed Oil, and Hemp Oil Supplements

White Plains, New York, November 27, 2017 — Flaxseed oil and other popular seed oil are popular supplements that provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and may help with inflammatory conditions. But which seed oil supplements are the best? To find out, ConsumerLab.

Product Review

Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review

Find the Best Multivitamin Supplement for Adults, Seniors, Men, Women, Children and Pets. Tests and Reviews of Multivitamin Supplements and CL's Top Picks.

Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Vitamin E Supplements Review

Find the Best Vitamin E Supplement. Tests and Reviews of Popular Vitamin E Supplements & CL's Top Picks.

Vitamin E Supplements, Cream, and Oil Tested by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Is it true that magnesium can make coffee taste better?

Find out if magnesium in your coffee can improve its taste and if it matters whether the magnesium is added before or after brewing.

Coffee being poured into white coffee cup

CL Answer

Can castor oil eye drops improve or dissolve cataracts? Is castor oil or tea tree oil helpful for other eye conditions such as blepharitis or dry eye?

Can castor oil eye drops help cataracts and glaucoma? Find out if castor oil eye drops are safe to use, and if they help for other conditions. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Castor Oil for Cataracts? -- bottle of castor oil and dropper

CL Answer

Is aloe an effective remedy for dry eye?

Find out if aloe can be used as an eye drop to help for dry eye, plus information about other supplements that may help for dry eye.

Aloe for Dry Eye? -- Close up of cut aloe leaf and drop of aloe gel

CL Answer

Do any supplements help prevent or improve cataracts?

Find out which supplements may help with cataracts, including selenium and vitamins A, B1, B3, C, and E.

Doctor Shining Light for Patient Eye Exam

CL Answer

Can supplements, natural eye drops, or lifestyle modifications improve symptoms of dry eye?

Can supplements such as fish oil, flaxseed oil or curcumin (from turmeric) help treat dry eyes? Find out, including formulas and doses that have shown benefit. Also, learn if drinking more water or using eye drops containing castor oil, N-acetylcarnosine or aloe can help with dry eye.

Older man with dry eye rubbing his eyes while holding his glasses

CL Answer

Are CoQ10 and ubiquinol safe to take for a long period of time? Should I give it a rest period?

CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements safety tips - including dosage, side effects, drug interactions and prolonged usage.

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

What are the side effects of glucosamine and chondroitin?

Learn the side effects of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements for joint health and joint pain, including stomach upset, headache, and many others. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Review of Supplements for Joint Pain

CL Answer

Does glucosamine raise "bad" LDL cholesterol?

Learn more about the link between glucosamine and cholesterol, including evidence from clinical studies.

Supplements and Water in Hand

CL Answer

Does CoQ10 reduce wrinkles, increase skin elasticity, or tighten the skin? Are there any other supplements that can help?

Learn about CoQ10 and other supplements, such as collagen and cocoa, for reducing wrinkles and improve aging skin.

Elderly Woman Smiling Looking in Mirror

Clinical Update

6/02/2013

Glucosamine May Increase Eye Pressure

New research suggests that people with glaucoma or intraocular hypertension could have worsening eye pressure if they take a glucosamine supplement. Get the details (along with our tests of glucosamine and other joint health supplements) in the updated Glucosamine/Joint Health Supplements Review >>

CL Answer

Which is the best mask to prevent COVID-19 and how do cloth, disposable, N95, and KN95 masks compare? How can I stop glasses from fogging?

See our Top Picks for masks. Learn how to make COVID-19 masks from materials at home that can be almost as effective as surgical mask and N-95 masks.

Four masks shown for comparison

CL Answer

Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?

Find out eye floaters (vitreous floaters) be treated with supplements like vitamin C, lutein, ginkgo, milk thistle, collagen or hyaluronic acid, or with products such as VitreousHealth.

How to Reduce Eye Floaters With Vitamins & Supplements -- Close-up of an eye

Clinical Update

1/25/2022

Goji Berries for the Eyes?

Goji berries are a good source of zeaxanthin, an anti-oxidant compound that, like lutein, may help protect the retina of eye. But does eating goji berries improve a measure of macular health (macular optical density) or improve vision? See what recent research showed in the Getting Lutein and Zeaxanthin from Food section of our Vision Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among vision supplements.

Clinical Update

5/28/2019

Glucosamine & Eye Pressure

Glucosamine may increase eye pressure in people with glaucoma or intraocular hypertension. But does it have this effect in people who don't have these conditions? See what a new study found in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Joint Health Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for glucosamine and chondroitin.

CL Answer

What are CoQ10 side effects?

CoQ10 side effects, such as nausea, headache, and insomnia, and how you can reduce the occurrence of CoQ10 side effects. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

8/23/2022

Can-C Eye Drops for Dry Eye?

A product called Can-C Eye Drops has been promoted for improving dry eye as well as reducing the risk of cataracts. Does the evidence support this? Find in our updated CL Answer about supplements for dry eye.

News Release

9/13/2016

Best Fish Oil? ConsumerLab.com Tests 44 Popular Omega-3 Supplements and Identifies Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, September 13, 2016 — Fish oil and omega-3 fatty acid supplements containing EPA and DHA are among the most popular supplements, and clinical studies suggest a wide range of potential benefits, from improving mental health to treating inflammatory disease.

Clinical Update

7/28/2018

Dry Eye, Fish Oil and Contact Lenses

Taking fish oil can help people with dry eye and it was recently studied for dry eye associated with wearing contact lenses. Find out what the recent study found and learn more about fish oil for dry eye in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil & Omega-3 Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among fish oil supplements.)

Clinical Update

8/19/2022

Supplements for Dry Eye

We added information about the following topics to our article about supplements and lifestyle modification for dry eye:

Clinical Update

6/24/2015

Fish Oil for Dry Eye

A large study of computer-using young men and women experiencing dry eye found that fish oil significantly improved symptoms. Benefits have also been reported in postmenopausal women with dry eye. Details, including dosage, are found in the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

6/14/2022

Fish Oil For Dry Eye?

Can taking fish oil reduce dry eye in older men and women? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of our Fish Oil Supplements Review.

Also see our CL Answer about Supplements for Dry Eye.

Clinical Update

3/11/2022

How Vitamin A Deficiency Can Affect the Eyes

Vitamin A deficiency was linked to eye floaters and loss of peripheral vision in a recently reported case. Get the details, and learn about other symptoms of vitamin A deficiency, in the What It Does section of our Vitamin A Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among vitamin A supplements.

See our answer to the question: Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?

Clinical Update

9/21/2021

Enzyme Supplements for Eye Floaters?

Can enzyme supplements (bromelain, papain and ficin) reduce eye floaters? Find out what a recent study suggests in the What They Do section of our Digestive Enzyme Supplements Review.

Also see our answer to the question: Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?

Clinical Update

8/16/2022

Water for Dry Eye?

Does drinking extra water help with dry eye? Find out in our updated article about dry eye -- which includes information about supplements and lifestyle habits than can help.

Clinical Update

9/07/2022

Supplement for Eye Floaters?

Did a supplement containing vitamin C, zinc, and other antioxidant ingredients help reduce eye floaters in a recent study? Find out in our article: Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?

Clinical Update

9/16/2022

Gluten & Dry Eye?

A CL member commented that their chronic dry eye went away after eliminating gluten from their diet. Is there clinical evidence that this can help? Find out in our article about supplements and lifestyle modifications for dry eye.

Clinical Update

11/30/2021

Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

Find out if flaxseed oil helps with eye floaters in our updated answer to the question: Do any supplements help prevent of reduce eye floaters?

CL Answer

What is Brain Bright and can it really improve memory or cognition?

Learn more about BrainBright, including clinical studies on memory and cognition, safety, and cost.

CL Answer

Do UV light sanitizing wands and boxes kill coronavirus (COVID-19)?

UV light is promoted as an effective and convenient alternative to chemical disinfectants, but can it work against the coronavirus? Learn the the pros and cons and see our reviews and comparisons of popular UV devices on the market.

UV Light to Kill Coronavirus (COVID-10)? -- UV Light, Medical Mask and Stethoscope

CL Answer

Are light boxes effective for preventing and treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as "winter depression," or circadian rhythm disorders such as jet lag? Which light boxes are best?

Learn about the benefits and safety of light boxes (including who is most likely to benefit), how to use these devices, which commercially available products appear to meet the technical requirements, and who should not use light boxes.

Man reading a book while sitting in front of a light box

CL Answer

What face shield is best to protect from COVID-19 and when should I wear one?

Review of face shields and information about face shields to help protect against coronavirus (COVID-19). If properly made and worn, face shields provide extra protection for close interactions with individual who may be infected.

Face Shield to Protect From Coronovirus (COVID-19) -- Woman Wearing Face Shield, Mask and Gloves

CL Answer

Does Longevinex resveratrol really help for age-related macular degeneration?

Longevinex resveratrol information including how it helps age-related macular degeneration & clinical evidence.

Product Review

Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils Review

Oils Tested for Authenticity and Purity

Clinical Update

8/30/2022

Tea Tree Oil Toxicity

Is tea tree oil safe to use around the eye? Be careful -- it can potentially cause eye injury.

There is also concern that tea tree oil can cause growth of breast tissue in young boys. Learn more about this in the Cautions and Concerns section of our Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils Review.

Clinical Update

7/15/2017

Lutein May Reduce Eye Strain and Headaches

Taking a combination of lutein and other carotenoids may help reduce eye strain, fatigue, headaches and sleep problems associated with extended time spent in front of computer screens. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of our Vision Supplements Review. The Review includes our tests and quality comparisons of popular vision supplements.

Clinical Update

4/14/2018

Fish Oil for Dry Eye?

A major study evaluated the effects of supplementing with the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in people with dry eye. Get the results and details in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among fish oil supplements).

Clinical Update

7/13/2018

Fruit for the Eyes

Can consuming certain foods or beverages reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) — a common eye disease? Yes, according to a recent study. Get the details in the food section of the Vision Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Rated vision supplements.)

Clinical Update

8/04/2013

Supplement Helps Dry Eye

A supplement containing omega-6 (from black currant seed oil) and omega-3 fatty acids (from fish oil) was recently shown to improve symptoms of dry eye. Get the details about this formula (plus our test results of other omega-3 and -6 fatty acids supplements) in the updated Black Currant, Borage, Evening Primrose, and Flaxseed Oils Review >>

Clinical Update

6/21/2015

Lutein and Visual Processing

Lutein and zeaxanthin are known to help certain people who suffer from macular degeneration, an eye disease. A new study suggests that they may also improve visual processing, perhaps through effects outside the eye. For more details of the study, including dosage, as well as our tests of supplements, see the Review of Vision Supplements with Lutein and Zeaxanthin Review >>

Clinical Update

9/22/2020

Fish Oil and Eye Bleeding

Can high-dose fish oil increase the risk of bleeding in the eye? Get the details of a recently reported case in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Fish Oil Supplements review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oil.

Clinical Update

11/01/2019

Eye Risk With High-Dose Niacin

Very high doses of niacin are sometimes used to lower high cholesterol, but there are risks -- including damage to the eye, as shown in a recent case. Get the details in the Niacin section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

12/14/2021

Fish Oil for Dry Eye?

Does supplementing with fish oil, alone or in combination with other oils, improve symptoms of dry eye? See the results of the latest study in the What It Does section of our Fish and Marine Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among fish oil supplements.

CL Answer

Is it true that there is no point in taking fish oil supplements for heart health?

Taking fish oil for heart health may be a benefit. Learn more about omega fatty acids from fish oil and it's impacts.ains.

Fish Oil for Heart Health? -- fish oil capsules and stethoscope

News Release

12/17/2015

ConsumerLab.com Focuses on Vision Supplements, Spotting the Best and the Worst

White Plains, New York, December 17, 2015 — Supplements containing lutein and other ingredients have been shown to slow deterioration of the retina in people with age-related macular degeneration.

CL Answer

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.

Fish Oil Capsules and Salmon on White Table

CL Answer

What is EpiCor? Does it really "boost" the immune system and prevent colds?

EpiCor supplement info, including evidence from clinical studies on immune function and cold/flu prevention, safety, and price.

Woman with Cold Holding Pill Bottle

CL Answer

Does ergothioneine help prevent age-related problems such as impaired cognition, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or cataract, and is it safe?

Learn about ergothioneine and its potential use for cognitive impairment, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, cataract, or kidney disease, as well as its safety and cost of supplements containing this ingredient.

Various types of mushrooms that contain ergothioneine in a wooden bowl on a wooden countertop

CL Answer

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.

Fish Oil

CL Answer

Do melatonin supplements reduce the body's own production of melatonin?

Find out if taking melatonin supplements can decrease the body's own natural production of melatonin (endogenous melatonin), plus other factors that can decrease melatonin levels. ConsumerLabcom's answer explains.

Effects of melatonin supplements on the body's own production of melatonin -- melatonin capsules, glass of water, eye mask

Product Review

Vitamin A Supplements Review, Including Beta-Carotene and Cod Liver Oil

Find the Best Vitamin A Supplement. Best Quality Vitamin A Supplements Identified, Including Cod Liver Oil.

Vitamin A Supplements (Including Cod Liver Oil) Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

7/19/2022

Quercetin for Seasonal Allergies?

Did quercetin improve nasal and eye symptoms among people with seasonal allergies in recent study? Find out in the Seasonal Allergy section of our Quercetin Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

1/28/2022

Symptoms of Vitamin A Deficiency

Although not common, be aware of signs of vitamin A deficiency involving the eyes, skin, and nails, as exemplified by a recent case. Get the details (including medical conditions which can cause it) in the What It Does section of our Vitamin A Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among vitamin A supplements.

Clinical Update

10/02/2021

Sanitizer Warning

Consumers are being warned not to use a specific hand-held UV sanitizing wand that could cause skin or eye injury within seconds of use. Details are in our updated article about UV Light Sanitizers and COVID.

Clinical Update

11/08/2015

When to Use Lutein

Lutein and zeaxanthin can help people who have macular degeneration of the eye. However, a recent study found that taking lutein and zeaxanthin may only help those with existing low levels of these compounds. Get more details, including dosage, in the Lutein and Zeaxanthin Review >>

Clinical Update

8/23/2016

Omega-3s and Diabetic Eye Disease

Getting the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from eating fish is associated with a much lower risk of developing sight-threatening retinopathy in diabetics, according to a recently published study. The same benefit has been shown in non-diabetics. But do omega-3 supplements help? Find out in the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

1/19/2014

Multivitamin Lowers Cataract Risk

A large, long-term study using a low-dose multivitamin found that it reduced the risk of developing cataract (a clouding of the lens of the eye) by 9% compared to placebo. Interestingly, the reduced risk of cataract was negated when a separate vitamin C supplement was also taken. For details about the study and dosage, as well as our tests and comparison of multivitamins, see the updated Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review.   

Clinical Update

4/20/2014

Probiotic Helps a Little with Allergy

Among people already taking a daily antihistamine, adding a daily probiotic provided a small, additional benefit -- particularly with ocular (eye) symptoms, according to a new study.  For more information about the probiotic used, and our tests of probiotic supplements, see the updated Probiotic Supplements Review >>   

Clinical Update

4/10/2011

Fish Oil and the Eye

A study of over 30,000 women showed that the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) was reduced by up to 42% among those consuming the most fish and highest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. Find out the specific types and amounts of fish and the amounts of DHA and EPA associated with the greatest reductions in the risk of AMD. See the Fish Oil Supplements Review for more >>

Clinical Update

9/03/2019

Collagen for Wrinkles?

A new study put a popular branded collagen ingredient to the test, measuring its effects on collagen content in the skin and on facial wrinkles, including wrinkles around the eyes. See the results in our updated answer to the question: Do collagen or hyaluronic acid supplements really help aging or wrinkled skin?

Clinical Update

10/01/2017

Does Lutein Help?

Lutein is an antioxidant that helps protect the retina of the eye and can slow the progression of macular degeneration. But does taking lutein help if you already have normal macular density? Two studies have "looked" at this question (including one published this week) and, you can "see" the answer in the "What It Does" section of Vision Supplements (Lutein & Zeaxanthin) Review >>

Clinical Update

2/25/2017

Lutein for Stress?

Supplementing with lutein can help some people protect against macular degeneration of the eye. A new study suggests it may also reduce stress. For details, see the "What It Does" section of the Review of Vision Supplements with Lutein and Zeaxanthin (which includes our tests of products) >>

Clinical Update

10/31/2020

Fish Oil & Vitamin D for Macular Degeneration?

Can taking fish oil and vitamin D reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? See what a large study found in the Eye Disease section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see the Vision Supplements Review for our tests of vision supplements, including those that most closely resemble the AREDS2 formula and our Top Picks among products.

Clinical Update

8/03/2019

Concerns With Colloidal Silver

Consuming colloidal silver may affect the eyes and cause a type of vasculitis, according to recently published reports. Get the details in our answer to the question: Is ingesting colloidal silver helpful for any condition and is it safe to use?

Clinical Update

7/03/2020

Lycopene for Wrinkles?

A recent study tested the effects of lycopene supplementation on wrinkles around the eyes ("crow's feet") in older women. Find out if it helped in the What It Does section of the Lycopene Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick among lycopene supplements.

Clinical Update

3/07/2020

Melatonin and Cataracts

Do you have cataracts (clouded lenses of the eye)? A recent study suggests that having them removed and replaced with a certain type of intraocular lens may increase natural melatonin production. For details, see the ConsumerTips section of the new Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.

Clinical Update

4/28/2020

Early Sign of Thiamin Deficiency

Thiamin (vitamin B1) deficiency can cause lasting neurologic damage and affect heart function. It can occur with poor nutrition and as a result of taking certain diuretics. A recent case highlighted an early sign of thiamin deficiency that involves the eyes. We've added this information to the Thiamin section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick for thiamin and B complexes that contain thiamin. You can also get thiamin from a good multivitamin.

CL Answer

I was told I have a MTHFR gene mutation. Do I need to take methylated forms of B vitamins, such as methylfolate and methylcobalamin?

MTHFR gene mutation can impact B vitamin bioavailability. Learn more about this and which deficiencies are more likely to occur.

Testing for B Vitamins

CL Answer

Do vitamin C supplements help prevent cataracts?

Learn more about the link between vitamin C and cataracts, based on clinical evidence.

Does Vitamin C Prevent Cataracts? -- bottle of vitamin C

Recalls & Warnings

1/16/2015

CVS Sued for Eye Health Supplement Claims

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against CVS for promoting the company's Advanced Eye Health supplement as comparable to the formula used in the large National Institutes of Health (NIH) eye disease study known as AREDS2, despite the fact that it does not contain the same ingredients.

CL Answer

Are L-carnosine supplements helpful and safe?

Learn about the potential health benefits of L-carnosine, as well as possible safety concerns, drug interactions and cost.

Capsules with white powder and spoon holding white powder on white background

News Release

12/10/2014

ConsumerLab.com Identifies Best Zinc Products for Colds, Eyes, and Zinc Deficiency -- Popular Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Tested and Compared

White Plains, New York, December 10, 2014 — "Zinc supplements have been shown to shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration, but not all products provide the dosage proven effective, as well as pass criteria for supplement quality," says Tod Cooperman, M.D.

News Release

4/09/2014

Best Fish Oil? ConsumerLab.com Testing Finds Many High Quality Supplements, But Pitfalls Exist

White Plains, New York, August 10, 2014 — Recent laboratory tests of fish oil, krill oil, algal oil, calamari oil, and green-lipped mussel oil supplements by ConsumerLab.com revealed quality problems with four out of 30 supplements selected for review.

News Release

12/16/2013

What's Really in Turmeric Supplements and Spices? You May Not Want to Know -- 33% of Turmeric/Curcumin Supplements Fail ConsumerLab.com's Review; Filth Found in Spices

White Plains, New York, December 16, 2013 — Supplements containing the herb turmeric or its key constituent, curcumin, are popular treatments for inflammatory diseases. ConsumerLab.

News Release

10/17/2012

ConsumerLab.com Tests and Compares Vision Supplements - Guides Consumers Through a Variety of Ingredients and Formulas

White Plains, New York — October 17, 2012 — Can a supplement improve your vision or prevent it from deteriorating? "The evidence shows that some supplements may help improve vision in people with macular degeneration and others can slow its progression," says Tod Cooperman, M.D.

News Release

12/20/2011

Choose zinc supplements carefully -- ConsumerLab.com finds only some have dosage proven to shorten colds, reduce eye disease

White Plains, New York — December 20, 2011 — Can zinc supplements shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration? "Yes, but not all supplements provide a dosage that has been proven effective." says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com.

News Release

9/21/2011

Not all vitamin A supplements pass ConsumerLab.com tests -- New report reviews beta-carotene and cod liver oil supplements

White Plains, New York — September 21, 2011 — Recent tests of vitamin A supplements by ConsumerLab.com found one to contain only 54.3% of its listed amount of vitamin A. Another product mislabeled alpha carotene as vitamin A.

News Release

2/16/2011

Some turmeric and curcumin supplements fail quality review -- ConsumerLab.com finds 20% of turmeric supplements selected for review deliver less than 15% of promised compounds

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — FEBRUARY 16, 2011 — Supplements containing the herb turmeric or its key compound, curcumin, have become popular in the U.S. ConsumerLab.com cautioned today that two out of ten turmeric products recently selected for quality testing were found to provide only 7.

News Release

12/16/2009

"Eye health" supplements vary widely in formula but product quality is high according to ConsumerLab.com

"Eye Health" Supplements Vary Widely in Formula But Product Quality is High According to ConsumerLab.com

Recalls & Warnings

9/26/2012

Maker of Eye Health Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

On September 18, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to EyeScience Labs, L.L.C. because statements made about the company's Macular Health Formula, Dry Eye Formula and Diabetic Vision Formula supplements were found to constitute drug claims.

News Release

12/09/2008

Tests of zinc supplements by ConsumerLab.com show only some provide dosage proven to shorten colds, reduce eye disease. Lead contamination found in one product.

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 9, 2008 — Zinc supplements can shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration, among other uses. But a new report by ConsumerLab.

Recalls & Warnings

7/22/2022

FDA Warns Seller of Vision, Calcium & Magnesium Supplements and More

On June 14, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to New Sun Inc. following inspection of the company’s website which found statements about the company’s products to be drug claims.

News Release

10/28/2008

Tests reveal quality problems with vitamin A supplements -- New ConsumerLab.com report focuses on vitamin A, including beta-carotene and cod liver oil

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — OCTOBER 28, 2008 — ConsumerLab.com is cautioning that the amount vitamin A in some supplements may be much higher or lower than the amount stated on labels. Among ten supplements recently selected for testing, ConsumerLab.

News Release

7/12/2007

ConsumerLab.com finds lutein & zeaxanthin supplements vary widely in strength but most meet ingredient claims — Right amount of antioxidant may help prevent macular degeneration and improve vision

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — July 12, 2007 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that all but one of the thirteen lutein and zeaxanthin supplements it recently chose to test met quality standards.

Recalls & Warnings

8/25/2022

Oregon’s Wild Harvest Warned by FDA for Manufacturing Violations

On July 8, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Oregon’s Wild Harvest, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

4/02/2021

Seller of Vision Supplements Warned by FDA

On March 19, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Lipotriad LLC following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about the company's products Lipotriad Visionary, Lipotriad Adult 50+, Lipotriad Dry Eye, and Lipotriad Vision Support Plus to ...

News Release

6/12/2007

Tests show many milk thistle supplements low in key component — Seven products fail ConsumerLab.com testing of herb used in diabetes and liver diseases

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — June 12, 2007 — Tests by ConsumerLab.com of nine milk thistle supplements that it selected showed that only two contained the expected amounts of silymarin compounds, believed to be the active constituent of milk thistle.

News Release

5/15/2007

ConsumerLab.com finds some alpha lipoic acid supplements come up short — Improper formulation may cause ingredient degradation

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — May 15, 2007 — ConsumerLab.com announced that two of eleven alpha lipoic acid supplements that it recently chose to test contained significantly less ingredient than promised on their labels.

News Release

4/24/2007

ConsumerLab.com reports improvement in quality of SAM-e supplements used for osteoarthritis and depression — Recent testing shows quality is up since studies in 2000 and 2003

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — April 24, 2007 — ConsumerLab.com announced that all eight SAMe supplements that it recently selected for review passed quality testing — an improvement over tests in previous years. SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine) is used to treat depression and joint pain.

News Release

4/11/2007

Many arthritis supplements lack key listed ingredient — ConsumerLab.com finds chondroitin missing or low in eight supplements; Glucosamine and MSM also tested

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — April 11, 2007 — Forty percent of the supplements for osteoarthritis that ConsumerLab.com recently selected for testing were found to lack all or some of their key ingredients. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting an estimated 20.

Recalls & Warnings

6/30/2022

FDA Warns Seller of Vision and Allergy Supplements

On May 26, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Golden Lab LLC following an inspection of the website, which found statements about the company’s DoctoRx’s Optimal Formula Ocular Pressure & Optic Nerve Support Formula Ocular Health Capsule, DoctoRx’s Optimal Formula ...

Recalls & Warnings

12/29/2020

FDA Warns Five Sellers of CBD for Claims of Treating Arthritis, Alzheimer's and More

On December 22, 2020, the FDA issued warning letters to five sellers of CBD following reviews of the companies' websites, which found statements made about the companies' products to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

2/09/2022

FDA Warns Seller of Colloidal Silver Eye Drops, Copper Products & More

On February 1, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to New Earth Healing Essentials, LLC d/b/a 5D Full Disclosure following a review of the company’s website, which found statements made about some of the company's products, including Plasma Colloidal Silver Eyedrops, Gaia’s ...

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3/30/2021

Real Water Alkaline Water Recalled for Possible Link to Liver Illness

On March 24, 2021, Real Water, Inc. recalled all sizes of Real Water bottled alkaline water because it may be linked to multiple cases of non-viral hepatitis that occurred in Las Vegas, NV in November of 2020.

Recalls & Warnings

11/17/2021

Mountain Meadow Herbs "Cleanse" Recalled, Risk of Injury from Exploding Bottle

On November 17, 2021, Mountain Meadow Herbs issued a recall of 54 bottles of Mountain Meadow Herbs brand Candida Flush due to the bottles becoming pressurized over time in storage.

News Release

2/14/2007

ConsumerLab.com reports on anti-depressant herb — St. John's Wort — Few supplements pass quality testing

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — FEBRUARY 14, 2007 — St. John's wort may be helpful in treating mild to moderate cases of clinical depression, but a new report from ConsumerLab.com shows that few of the herbal products tested met quality standards. Americans purchased $64 million of St.

Recalls & Warnings

3/09/2022

FDA Warns Seller of Magnesium, CBD, Herbal Extracts & More

On February 9, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bea Lydecker’s Naturals, Inc.

News Release

1/19/2007

Consumers warned of problems with multivitamins — ConsumerLab.com uncovers defects in over half of products tested

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — JANUARY 19, 2007 — Fifty-two percent of multivitamins recently selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com were found to be contaminated with lead, unable properly break apart, or to contain significantly more or less ingredient than claimed.

News Release

12/12/2006

Probiotic supplements grow in popularity but viable bacteria missing in many — ConsumerLab.com cautions consumers to select probiotics carefully and store them properly

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 12, 2006 — Sales of supplements containing beneficial organisms (probiotics) have grown rapidly, but a new test report from ConsumerLab.com shows that 44% contained fewer viable organisms than claimed or generally known to be effective.

Recalls & Warnings

3/17/2015

Seller of Tea Warned for Drug Claims

On March 4, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Four Elements Organic Herbals, LLC because statements made about HERBAL TEA Power, Energy & Stamina, ORGANIC HERBAL TEA Tulsi TelepaTea, ORGANIC HERBAL TEA To Your Health, Hawthorn Fresh Herb Extract, Elderberry Fresh Herb ...

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3/06/2015

Seller of Tea Drinks Warned for Drug Claims

On February 26, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to the seller of Anamu CancerHerb Tea Box, Anamu CancerHerb Tea Box with Honey and Organic Bottled Tea Drinks because statements made about these products on the websites, www.cancerherbtea.com and www.anamucancerherbtea.

Recalls & Warnings

2/17/2015

Seller of Muscle Supplements Containing Synthetic Steroids Warned

On February 9, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to A2Z Industries, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's muscle enhancing supplements, including HaloV and EPI2A3A to be labeled as containing synthetic steroids.

Recalls & Warnings

2/06/2015

Seller of Aloe Supplement Warned for Drug Claims

On January 21, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Pristine Nutraceuticals, LLC, following a review of the company's website, http://www.digestaqure.com, which found statements made about DigestaCure to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

2/17/2010

FTC Warns of Deceptive Claims with Children's Omega-3 Supplements

On February 17, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had sent letters to 11 companies that promote various omega-3 fatty acid supplements, telling them they should review their product packaging and labeling to make sure they do not violate federal law by making baseless ...

Recalls & Warnings

7/05/2013

Seller of Vision Supplement Warned For Drug Claims

On June 25, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nutrient Synergy, Inc., following a review of the company's website which found statements made about the dietary supplement Nepretin to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

4/17/2020

Seller of Vitamin D, MSM, Selenium & More Warned for Drug Claims

On March 31, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to KetoKerri LLC following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about some of the company's products, including Dr.

Recalls & Warnings

3/18/2021

Don't Drink Real Water Alkaline Water, FDA Warns After Reports of Liver Illness

On March 16, 2021, the FDA warned consumers not to drink or use Real Water bottled alkaline water while it investigates reports of hepatitis associated with the product.

Recalls & Warnings

7/21/2022

UV Light Wands That May Cause Injury, According to the FDA

The FDA recently warned consumers of potential exposure to unsafe levels of ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation associated with the use of certain brands of ultraviolet (UV) wands, as found from testing conducted by the agency.

News Release

11/13/2006

Tests of "muscle" supplements finds some "weak" products but most contain expected creatine, HMB, or amino acids — Review of muscular enhancement supplements published by ConsumerLab.com

WESTCHESTER, NEW YORK — MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2006 — Bodybuilders and athletes often turn to supplements to enhance muscle size and strength.

News Release

8/25/2004

ConsumerLab.com finds not all vitamin E products meet claims — Results for 33 vitamin E supplements and skin products released today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Wednesday, August 25, 2004   (Updated 10/24/04) — ConsumerLab.com announced today that five vitamin E products failed to pass recent testing for having either too little vitamin E and/or for containing synthetic vitamin E when claiming to be natural.

News Release

1/29/2004

ConsumerLab.com finds lutein supplements vary widely in strength but most meet ingredient claims — Right amount of antioxidant compound may reduce risk of blindness

WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 29, 2004 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that only one of the 19 lutein/zeaxanthin supplements it recently tested failed to contain the claimed ingredients. Although product quality was generally high, ConsumerLab.

News Release

8/28/2003

Some problems persist with ginseng supplements but overall quality improves according to ConsumerLab.com — Test results published online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — August 28, 2003 — In contrast to its testing three years ago in which nearly 60% of Asian and American Ginseng supplements were found to have significant problems, testing of recently purchased products by ConsumerLab.

Recalls & Warnings

6/06/2017

Seller of Vision, Cholesterol, Prostate Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On May 25, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbal Doctor Remedies following a facility inspection and review of the company's websites, www.herb-doc.com, www.ChinaSecretMed.com and www.theraherb.

Recalls & Warnings

5/15/2016

Seller of Vision Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

On April 28, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Macular Health, LLC.

Recalls & Warnings

10/18/2017

FDA Warns Seller of Arthritis, Blood Pressure, Diabetes Supplements For Making Drug Claims

On August 15, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Years to Your Health, Inc., following an inspection of the company's website which found a number of their products to be misbranded, as they contained drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

11/21/2017

Health Canada Calls for Stronger Warnings of Liver Risk on Green Tea Extract Products

On November 15, 2017, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the FDA) recommended stronger warning statements about the risk of liver toxicity on labels of supplements containing green tea extract sold in Canada. 

Recalls & Warnings

6/05/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Colloidal Silver

On May 17, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Silver Armor, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

1/04/2020

Hormonal Balance Supplement Tied to Liver Failure

An otherwise healthy 23-year old woman in Texas is reported to have recently developed liver failure (requiring a liver transplant) after taking the supplement Balance (from Alani Nu) for four months.

Recalls & Warnings

10/27/2004

Some Supplements Can Damage Eyes At High Doses and with Topical Use

As reported by Reuters Health on October 21, 2004, an article in the current issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology suggests that some herbal remedies and nutritional supplements can damage the eyes.

Recalls & Warnings

11/04/2016

Energy Drink Linked to Case of Acute Hepatitis

A case of acute hepatitis has been linked to daily consumption of energy drinks, according to a report published on November 1, 2016, in BMJ Case Reports.

Recalls & Warnings

3/10/2015

Seller of Vision Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On February 26, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Biosyntrx, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including BioTears Oral Gel Caps, ZoOmega-3 Concentrated Pharmaceutical-Grade Fish Oil, EpiCor A Nutrient-dense High Metabolite Immunogen, Sight C+ Mineral ...

Recalls & Warnings

2/19/2005

Seller of Eye Supplement Purporting to Restore Vision and Eliminate "Floaters" Settles FTC Charges

On February 15, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Hi-Health Supermart Corporation (Hi-Health) and its owner, Simon Chalpin, have settled FTC charges that they made unsubstantiated advertising claims that their product – Premier Formula for Ocular Nutrition-Optim3 (Ocular ...

Recalls & Warnings

5/22/2018

FDA Warns Companies Selling "Sun Protection" Supplements

On May 18, 2018, the FDA issued warning letters to four companies selling supplements for sun protection because statements made on product labels, websites and in marketing materials were found to be drug claims, which are not permitted for dietary supplements. 

Recalls & Warnings

12/23/2017

Seller of Meal Replacement, Protein Drinks, Cranberry and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On July 6, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Professional Botanicals, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

12/20/2017

Seller of Supplements for Pain and Allergies Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On December 13, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to GnuPharma Corporation, following a facility inspection which found a number of the company's products, including Relief capsules, Foundation capsules, Aller-geez capsules, Fit capsules, Aller-Geez Tea, Foundation herbal tea and ...

Recalls & Warnings

5/20/2005

Seller of "Ocular Nutrition" Supplement Settles FTC Charges

On March 16, 2005, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Hi-Health Supermart Corporation (Hi-Health) and its owner, Simon Chalpin, settled FTC charges that they made unsubstantiated advertising claims that their product – Premier Formula for Ocular Nutrition-Optim3 (Ocular Nutrition) – ...

Recalls & Warnings

7/28/2010

Choking Concern Prompts Eye Supplement Recall

On July 28, 2010, the U.S. FDA posted a recall by Bausch + Lomb of its PreserVision® Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3 soft gels, only available within the United States.

Recalls & Warnings

2/11/2012

Herbal Sprays for Colds and Cold Sores Recalled

On February 10, 2012 the U.S. FDA posted a notice announcing the recall of all "Koff & Kold" and "Kold Sore" sprays by Wholistic Herbs Inc. The products were distributed throughout the United States.

Recalls & Warnings

12/22/2005

Health Canada Warns Consumers Not to Take Chaparral

On December 21, 2005, Health Canada (Canada's health ministry) warned consumers not to ingest the herb chaparral in the form of loose leaves, teas, capsules or bulk herbal products because of the risk of liver and kidney problems.

Recalls & Warnings

1/02/2004

Canada Reiterates Warning on Products Containing Kava

On December 23, 2003, Health Canada reminded Canadian consumers of the serious risks associated with the use of products containing kava.

Recalls & Warnings

5/01/2009

FDA Warns Consumers to Stop Using Hydroxycut -- Product Being Tested by ConsumerLab.com

On May 1, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ontario and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, N.Y.

Recalls & Warnings

3/28/2011

Dangerously High Levels of Vitamins A and D in Product Prompt FDA Warning

On March 28, the U.S. FDA warned consumers to stop using Soladek, a vitamin-solution product marketed by Indo Pharma, S.A., of the Dominican Republic, because the product may contain dangerously high levels of vitamins A and D.

Recalls & Warnings

1/27/2015

Seller of Aloe, Sexual Enhancement Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On January 8, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Aloe Man, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including The Aloe Man's Super Bright, Dr. Johnson's Maximum Desire, Dr. Johnson's Body Healer, and Dr.

Recalls & Warnings

1/07/2002

Liver Toxicity with Kava

As announced in a December 19, 2001 letter to healthcare professionals, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating whether the use of dietary supplements containing kava (also known as kava kava or Piper methysticum) is associated with liver toxicity.

Recalls & Warnings

2/20/2013

Cold, Flu and Stress Supplement Company Warned For Adulteration, Drug Claims And More

On October 5, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement manufacturer Wholistic Herbs, Inc. following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including At-Ease, Morning Calm, Aller-Ban, Stomach Flu, Kold & Koff, Kold Sore, and L.

Recalls & Warnings

7/29/2009

FDA Warns Against Body Building Supplements with Steroid-like Compounds

On July 28, 2009, the U.S. FDA notified the public about new safety information concerning products marketed for body building and increasing muscle mass.

Recalls & Warnings

1/02/2004

Health Canada Warns Consumers Not to Use Health Products Containing Comfrey

On December 12, Health Canada advised Canadian consumers not to ingest the herb comfrey or any health products that contain comfrey because they might contain a compound called echimidine, which may cause liver damage.

Recalls & Warnings

8/25/2002

Canadian Recall and Stop-Sale Order on All Kava Products

Health Canada is issuing a stop-sale order for all products containing the herb kava after a safety assessment concluded there is insufficient evidence to support their safe use. The department is also requesting the recall of these products from all levels of the market.

Recalls & Warnings

1/29/2004

U.S. Action on Mad Cow -- Supplements Included As Well as Food

On Jan. 26, 2004, the U.

Recalls & Warnings

2/21/2013

Pet Supplement Company Issues Recall Due To Potential Bacterial Contamination

On February 20, 2013, animal supplement company Nutri-Vet, LLC issued a recall of Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

10/09/2013

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use OxyElite Pro As It Investigates Link With Hepatitis

On October 8, 2013, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use USPLabs’ weight loss supplement OxyElite Pro because it has been linked with 24 cases of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii.

Recalls & Warnings

8/27/2013

FTC Refunds Consumers of Children's Vitamins as Part of Deceptive Advertising Settlement

On August 8, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it has mailed 10,144 refund checks to consumers who purchased Disney or Marvel Hero -themed children's vitamins, including Disney Princesses, Winnie the Pooh, Finding Nemo, and Spider-Man varieties, between May 1, 2008 and September ...

Recalls & Warnings

3/25/2002

FDA Advises Consumers of Risk of Severe Liver Toxicity with Kava

On March 25, 2002 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)issued a Consumer Advisory, as well as a letter to health care providers, advising of the potential risk of severe liver injury associated with the use of kava-containing dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

11/21/2014

Seller of Diabetes, Prostate Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On October 7, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement distributor Windmill Health Products, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Nutri-Betic caplets, Vita-betic caplets, ProstrinRx tablets, Polyflavanol capsules, and Glucoflex Joint ...

Recalls & Warnings

8/13/2016

Seller of Omega-3, Ginkgo, Vision Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims

On July 22, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Viva Nutraceuticals (J & E International Corporation) following a review of the company's website and promotional literature, which found statement made about its products, Eyestonia, Ginkgo Biloba 60mg, Golden Omega-3 Max, ...

Recalls & Warnings

2/09/2016

St. John's Wort Supplements Recalled

On February 8, 2016, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) (the British equivalent of the FDA) announced that certain St. John's wort supplements are being recalled because they contain excessive levels of a toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid (PA).

Recalls & Warnings

2/15/2006

New Zealand Warns of Liver Toxicity from Black Cohosh

On February 9, 2006, New Zealand's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced new labelling and consumer information for medicines containing Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa).

Recalls & Warnings

7/12/2015

Marketers of Memory Supplement to Pay $1.4 Million to Settle FTC Charges

On July 8, 2015, the FTC announced the marketers of Procera AVH (Brain Research Labs Inc.) have agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle charges they made deceptive claims that the supplement could significantly improve memory, mood and cognitive function.

Recalls & Warnings

11/20/2013

OxyElite Pro Recall Expanded

On November 19, 2013, USPlabs LLC expanded its recall of OxyElite Pro products to include Raspberry Lemonade OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo Powder (4.6 oz., UPC #094922447494).

Recalls & Warnings

5/03/2013

Homeopathic Company Warned For Drug Claims and Improper Labeling

On March 12, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Natural Medicine Associates, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

6/22/2010

Pet Vitamin Recalled for Salmonella Risk

On June 22, 2010, the FDA reported that United Pet Group, Cincinnati, Ohio is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of its PRO-PET ADULT DAILY VITAMIN Supplement tablets for Dogs due to possible Salmonella contamination. This product is not among those included in ConsumerLab.

Recalls & Warnings

9/17/2003

FDA Warns of Illness from Star Anise Teas

On September 10, 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to consume "teas" brewed from star anise.

Recalls & Warnings

10/21/2014

Seller of Weight Loss, Saw Palmetto Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On October 9, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bethel Nutritional Consulting, Inc., following a review of the company's website which found statements made about 15 Day Detox Diet, Alpha Lipoic Acid. 300 mg.