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I am curious why some probiotics do not require refrigeration even though they contain some of the same bacteria in probiotics that require refrigeration? Which probiotics need to be refrigerated?
Refrigerating certain probiotic pills and other probiotic supplements is important. Get tips on how to store probiotics properly.
Do probiotics help with lactose intolerance?
Find out if probiotics can help with lactose intolerance. ConsumerLab's answer explains, including some foods that may cause fewer symptoms in the lactose intolerant.
Do lion's mane supplements improve memory or cognitive function in older adults?
Lion's mane has been studied for its effects on cognitive function and memory, but its effects are still unclear.
When choosing a protein powder, which protein source is best -- whey, casein, soy, pea, rice, hemp or egg?
Protein powder information including the various sources of protein, including whey, casein, soy, pea, rice, hemp and egg.
Flu Vaccines: How do different flu vaccines compare and which is best for older people?
Learn how flu vaccines differ and find out which may be most suitable for older people, as well as those with egg allergy.
I'm trying to pick a good multivitamin for my children and husband, and for myself. Any suggestions based on your research?
Find out how to pick the best multivitamin for you and your family, based on diet, price, and effectiveness.
Is it best to take probiotic supplements with or without food? It seems like everyone has a different recommendation.
When is the best time to take probiotic supplements? Learn if you should take your probiotic with or without food.
Is it true that low-carb or Mediterranean diets help for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
Find out if a low-carb diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, or lifestyle changes help with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
If I buy NAC as a loose powder in a large bag, as opposed to in tablet form, will it spoil? I've heard it can spoil or degrade into a harmful by-product.
Learn more about the different forms of N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), including whether or not powder will spoil faster than tablets.
I'm over 50 and looking to take a vitamin B-12 supplement. Many contain a form of vitamin B-12 called cyanocobalamin, yet I read on the Internet that this form is toxic. Should I be concerned?
Looking to see if the cyanocobalamin form of vitamin B-12 is safe? Read research and safety information on ConsumerLab's report.
Is Spirulina safe? I heard that it can contain toxins, such as BMAA and microcystin toxin.
Is Spirulina safe? Find out if Spirulina contains toxins like BMAA and microcystin toxin.
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.
What is Prelief? Does it really help for heartburn and/or bladder pain from acidic foods?
Prelief information, including what it has been claimed to do (such as helping with painful bladder, frequent urination, heartburn or indigestion from acidic foods), clinical evidence, and safety.
I live in Canada. Does ConsumerLab.com ever test Canadian products?
Find out which Canadian products ConsumerLab.com has tested, including Jamieson, Natural Factors, Webber Naturals and Lacteeze. Our answer explains.
Is there cause for concern with "gummy vitamins?" There are many different gummies out there. Are some better than others?
Learn more about gummy supplements, including those for multivitamins, vitamins C and D, calcium, and B vitamins.
Are vitamins and supplements from Canada of better quality because they are licensed?
Find out if Canadian vitamins and supplements are better quality because they are licensed, what it means to for a product to have an Natural Product Number (NPN) in Canada, and if vitamins and supplements in Canada are tested for quality and purity. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
How are you staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic?
Tips for staying healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Tips from ConsumerLab members for maintaining physical health, mental health and social well-being during COVID-19.
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.
I eat one to two cups of Greek yogurt every day. Do I still need to take a probiotic supplement?
Find out if eating Greek yogurt is sufficient to obtain probiotics, or if supplements can still help.
How concerned should I be about glyphosate in foods and supplements?
Find out if you should be concerned about glyphosate in foods and supplements. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Does heat kill coronavirus (COVID-19)? Can it disinfect face masks and packages?
Find out if heat kills the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 infection. Learn what temperature kills the coronavirus and more. ConsumerLab explains.
Which supplements help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer?
Find out which supplements may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, including folate, fiber, selenium, and vitamin D.
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.
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.
What are the side effects of red yeast rice?
Find out which side effects can be caused by red yeast rice supplements that are taken to lower cholesterol levels. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
What is acrylamide? Is it true that coffee and cocoa contain this toxin?
Find out what acrylamide is, how much is found in coffee and cocoa, and how you can minimize your intake of acrylamide.
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.
How do I choose the best probiotic supplement? There are so many different strains of bacteria!
Information on how to choose the best probiotic supplement based on safety and our lab test on probiotic bacteria content.
I've heard that soaking dried beans for 24 hours reduces the phytate level, allowing for greater access to nutrients. Is this true?
Does soaking dried beans in water help reduce phytate levels to help gain greater access to nutrients?