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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., following a review of the company's website which found statements made about MacuStrip, Visual Advantage AREDS II Formula, Visual Advantage Premier Formula, Antioxidant Only Genetic Formula, Zinc Only Genetic Formula, Low Dose Zinc Genetic Formula, Blephadex Eyelid Wipes, Blephadex Eyelid Foam, and Visual Advantage Dry Eye Formula to be drug claims.

CL Answer

Has the probiotic VSL#3 been changed or discontinued? Is Visbiome a good alternative?

Find out if the probiotic formula VSL#3 has been changed and how it compares with Visbiome. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

VSL #3 vs. Visbiome -- box of VSL#3 and Visbiome

Recalls & Warnings

8/29/2013

Seller of CELLFOOD Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On August 1, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to supplement retailer Lumina Health Products, Inc., following a facility inspection which found products sold by the company, including CELLFOOD, CELLFOOD Natural Weight Loss Formula, CELLFOOD SAM-e Liquid Formula, and CELLFOOD Essential Silica Formula (manufactured by NuScience Corporation), to be adulterated because they were packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

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

Recalls & Warnings

11/04/2002

Recall Of Selected Store Brand Infant Formula in U.S.

On November 1, 2002, Wyeth Nutrition, in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), initiated a voluntary recall of all batches of store brand powdered milk and soy-based infant formula produced between July 12 and September 25, 2002 at the Company's Georgia, Vermont manufacturing facility. Low levels of Enterobacter sakazakii (E. sakazakii), a bacterium that is common in the environment, were detected in tests of retained samples manufactured at the facility during this period.

Product Review

Probiotic Supplements Review (Including Pet Probiotics)

Find the Best Probiotic Supplement. CL Tests Reveal the Best Probiotic Supplements for You (and your pet)!

Probiotic Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Recalls & Warnings

4/15/2003

FTC Requires Scientific Evidence for "Snore Formula" Claims

On April 15 2003, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an Arizona-based company, Snore Formula, Inc., its officers, and a distributor have agreed to settle FTC charges that they failed to have scientific substantiation for the claims made for "Dr. Harris' Original Snore Formula" (Snore Formula) tablets. Snore Formula is an herbal supplement purported to cure snoring. The Commission's complaint charges that the respondents made unsubstantiated claims about the tablets' efficacy in preventing sleep apnea in adult and child users and significantly reducing snoring. The Commission accepted the consent agreement subject to public comment. It requires that the respondents possess competent and reliable scientific evidence to substantiate representations that Snore Formula or any other food, drug, device, service, or dietary supplement prevents, treats, eliminates, or reduces snoring and sleep apnea in both adult or child users.

Recalls & Warnings

8/09/2002

Recall of 7 Herbal Products from Botanic Lab in US and Abroad

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the following Class II recall information in its August 7, 2002 Enforcement Report. A Class II recall is a situation in which use or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where probability of seroius adverse health consequences is remote. This recall relates to a similar warning issued by Health Canada in June (see June 21 posting in the ConsumerLab.com Recalls and Warnings archive):

Recalls & Warnings

8/26/2014

Seller of Immune Supplement Warned for Drug Claims

On August 12, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Ad-Med Biotechnology, following a review of the company's websites and product labels, which found statements made about Immune Active Adult Formula and Immune Active Children's Formula to be drug claims. 

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.

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.

Recalls & Warnings

7/18/2017

Seller of "Super Strength Prostate Formula," Acai Berry Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims

On June 30, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nature's Health Company, LLC, following a facility inspection and review of the company's website, www.natureshealthcompany.com, which found statements made about its products, including Ojibwa Herbal Tea Formula, Acai-Acai Berry Fruit, Blood Sugar Support, Graviola, Maca, and Super Strength Prostate Formula, to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

2/24/2015

Seller of Heart, Brain and Diabetes Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

On February 6, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to LCW, Inc. dba uFresh Center, following a facility inspection which found statements made about the company's products, including uFresh, Super Ganodetma, uLiver Pro, uBrainy Formula, uDiabetes Clear, uBeauty Formula, uSlim Formula, Anti-uAllergies, uMan Formula, and uBone Strength products on the company's website and on labels to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

3/29/2016

Maker of Bone Health, Prostate, Cholesterol Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On March 17, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Rx Vitamins, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, includingTestost-Rx, DB-7, The Bone Density Formula, NaturLo Cholesterol, ThyRx-7 and Arth-9 to be misbranded. The labels for some of these products did not provide a domestic address or phone number which consumers can use to report an adverse event, did not identify the products as dietary supplements, or did not include the plant part used. In addition, the label for ThyRx-7 provided an incorrect serving size.

Recalls & Warnings

5/14/2014

Maker of Mood, Smoking Cessation Supplements and More Warned for Violations, Drug Claims

On April 17, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to CDJ Holding, Incorporated, d.b.a. Pacific BioLogic, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Grounded, Limbic Balance Morning Formula, Limbic Balance Evening Formula, TobacOff, and JittersAway, to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements. 

Recalls & Warnings

3/28/2008

FDA Warns of Adverse Reactions with Two Liquid Supplements -- Selenium Toxicity Possible

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase or consume Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor. The liquid dietary supplement products may cause severe adverse reactions, including significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue.

CL Answer

Do you have any information on SeroVital or any other HGH stimulator?

Learn more about SeroVital and other HGH stimulators in our review article on HGH (Human Growth Hormone) supplements.

Product Review

Plant-Based Milks Review (Almond, Cashew, Coconut, Flax, Hemp, Macadamia, Oat, Pea, and Soy)

Find the Best Non-Dairy Milk Alternative. ConsumerLab Tests Reveal What's Really In Plant-Based Milks.

Plant Based Milks reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

News Release

1/12/2016

Problems Found with 32% of Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements -- ConsumerLab.com Identifies Good Choices for Men, Women, and Children

White Plains, New York, January 12, 2016 — You can't always judge a supplement by its label -- or by its price, according to a new report from ConsumerLab.com, which recently tested dozens of multivitamin/multimineral supplements. "Consumers should know that multivitamins vary widely in quality, with some providing far more or less ingredient than claimed," says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com. "Fortunately, we discovered that you don't have to spend a lot to get a good multivitamin." Americans spend over $5 billion per year on multivitamins according to Nutrition Business Journal.

CL Answer

Is it better to buy supplements which are combination formulas or single-ingredient?

Find out if combination formulas or single-ingredient individual supplements are better and why.

Woman Looking at Supplement Boxes

Recalls & Warnings

10/24/2003

Court Closes the Doors on Company That Sold Weight Loss Supplement

On October 24, 2003, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)announced that Mark Nutritionals, Inc. and Edward D’Alessandro, Jr. have agreed to settle federal charges that they used false and unsubstantiated claims to sell their weight-loss product. The Federal Trade Commission sued the marketers of “Body Solutions Evening Weight Loss Formula” (Evening Formula), including Mark Nutritionals and D’Alessandro in December, 2002. In separate settlements, Mark Nutritionals is prohibited from engaging in any business activity, and D’Alessandro is required to pay $140,000 and is prohibited from making false or misleading representations about Evening Formula, or any other weight-loss product, including through the use of endorsements. The FTC’s case against one additional defendant is still pending.

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

9/14/2016

Seller of Aloe, Prostate and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On April 8, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Salud Natural Entrepreneurs, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the noni juice products sold by the company, including Aloe Vera Juice, Urinary System Tea, Nopalina Flax Seed Plus Fiber Powder and Capsules, Urcran Cranberry, Aloe Vera With Nopal Juice, Aloe Vera With Nopal And Grape Juice, Aloe Vera Gel, Cardio Support, Fat Burner, Liver Support, Prostate Support, Triple Potency, Uro-Max Formula, Arthritis Formula, Diabetes Formula, Sinusitis Bronchitis Capsules, Urinary System Tea, Respiratory System Tea, Obesy-Tea, Blood Purifier Tea, Diabetes Kit, and Overweight and Cholesterol Kit to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

11/10/2020

FDA Warns Seller of Digestive Enzymes, Nattokinase, and More

On October 27, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to World Nutrition, Inc. following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about some of the company's products, including Vitalzym Extra Strength, Vitalzym Systemic and Digestive Formula (Vitalzym Original Hybrid Formula), Vitalzym Cardio, Vitalzym Digest, Vitalzym Xe, Nattovita, Ketsumeisei, Probiotic 10/50 by Vitalzym, Flexera, and PuraCell to be drug claims.

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

CL Answer

Is Super Beta Prostate better than other prostate supplements?

Find out if Super Beta Prostate is effective, including clinical evidence and price.

Is Super Beta Prostate better than other prostate supplements? -- a bottle of Super Beta Prostate pills

Recalls & Warnings

2/13/2013

Herbal Supplement Maker Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Misbranding

On February 6, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Genesis Herb Company LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's Seizure, Relax, Formula ARTH, Disintegrate, Gout, Plantain, and Colloidal Silver dietary supplements to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions which do not meet Current Good Manufacturing Practices regulations.

Recalls & Warnings

9/10/2012

Maker of Concussion Recovery Supplement Warned For Making Drug Claims

On August 28, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Trinity Sports Group, Inc. after a review of the company's websites found statements about Neuro Impact Concussion Response Formula constituted drug claims not permitted on supplements. 

Recalls & Warnings

6/17/2004

FTC Challenges Deceptive Weight Loss Claims for Supplement Targeted at Hispanics

On June 17, 2004, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a new law enforcement action challenging false advertising for the 1-2-3 Diet Kit, a purported weight loss product. This action is part of an ongoing and comprehensive campaign to identify and halt fraud targeting Spanish-speaking consumers.

CL Answer

Which supplements reduce hearing loss?

Can supplements such as alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, N-acetyl-cysteine, folate or vitamins B-12, C and/or E help prevent or improve symptoms among people with hearing loss due to excessive noise or aging? Find out what the clinical evidence shows, and learn whether Advanced Hearing Formula, a supplement marketed for ear health, is likely to help.

Older man holding his hand up to his ear due to hearing loss

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.

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 there are bits of plastic in drinking water and specialty salts? How concerned should I be?

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic that can end up foods and beverages. Learn about microplastics found in drinking water and specialty salts. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Microplastics in water, plastic bottle of water pouring water into glass

Clinical Update

11/10/2017

Curcumin for Memory

There is mixed evidence on whether or not curcumin helps improve memory. A recently published study found that a proprietary formula helped, although, last year, a study using a different formula failed to help. In both cases, certain side effects were more common among those taking curcumin than placebo. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric & Curcumin Supplements Review >> [Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolate bars in the Review.]

Clinical Update

10/24/2020

Microplastics in Baby Bottles

Preparing infant formula in plastic bottles introduced large amounts of microplastic particles into the formula according to a recent study. Get the details and strategies to avoid this in our answer about microplastics in food and beverages.

Recalls & Warnings

12/06/2021

Fountain of Youth Formula Collagen Protein Recalled

On December 3, 2021, BUBS Naturals issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of the company's Fountain of Youth Formula Collagen Protein because it may contain milk.

Recalls & Warnings

12/11/2020

FDA Warns Seller of Curcumin and Cholesterol Supplements

On November 20, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Natures Boost LLC following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about the company's products Blood Boost Formula and Turmeric Curcumin to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

2/18/2020

Seller of CoQ10, Resveratrol and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On February 5, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to R-Garden LLC, which found the company's Vitamin O, Gamma-Zyme, L. Salivarius, Vitamin B-12, Colloidal Silver, Protease Plus, Sun Energy, Cordyceps, Cordyceps Plus, Amylase Formula, Lipase Formula, Maximizer, and Quadra-Zyme Plus to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

5/15/2018

Seller of Apple Cider Vinegar, Joint Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims

On April 25, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Baker's Best Health Products, Inc. following a facility inspection and a review of the company's website, which found statements made about some of the company's products, including Colon Formula, Eterni-D, Triple Action Joint Formula, and Apple Cider Vinegar+, to be drug claims. 

Recalls & Warnings

4/01/2017

Maker of Prelief, Urinozinc Prostate Health Formula Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On March 16, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to DSE Healthcare Solutions, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Prelief and Urinozinc Prostate Health Formula to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

2/07/2017

Seller of Chinese Herbal Products for Prostate, Menopause and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On January 23, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbal Sciences International, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including  Xiao Ke Wan (Diabetic Formula), Ping Ya San (Pressure Reduce Formula), Ruan Jian Xiao Zhen Tang (Tumor, Cancer Fighter #1, She Hu Xiao Zhong Wan (Prostate Ease), An He Jian Fei Wan (An Ho Diet Pills), Geng Nian Fu Bao Wan (New Spring Menopause Formula) and Quiang Jing By Shen Wan (Kidney Essence Power) to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

6/06/2017

Seller of Herbal Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On May 25, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Life Rising Corporation, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Stomach Regulator, Fang Feng Formula, Skin Regulator, Regulate Liver, Circulation Regulator, Pancreas Support, Lung Regulator, Pure Tea, Liver Regulator-2, Licorice, Wheat & Date, Spleen Support-GPT, Spleen Regulator, Circulation Maintenance, Lung Support-Y, Liver Regulator-2 and Lung Support to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

2/06/2016

Seller of Turmeric, Milk Thistle and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On January 15, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Terra Firma Botanicals, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Horse Chestnut Varicose Away Spray, YeastEaze Vaginal Suppositories, Hawthorne Combo, Skin Combo, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Turmeric/Ginger Combination, Depress-Shun, Bliss, Candida and Fungus Away -- Herbal Candida Relief and Herp-Eaze Formula to be adulterated because they prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

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

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., President of ConsumerLab.com. "The problem for a consumer is knowing if he or she should be taking a vision supplement and, if so, which one contains the correct dosage and combination of ingredients -- and at the best price." ConsumerLab.com's recent Product Review of Vision Supplements with Lutein and Zeaxanthin addresses these questions.

Recalls & Warnings

1/17/2006

FDA Warns Consumers about Brazilian Diet Pills Found to Contain Active Drug Ingredients

On January 13,2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to use two unapproved drug products that are being marketed as dietary supplements for weight loss. Emagrece Sim Dietary Supplement, also known as the Brazilian Diet Pill and Herbathin Dietary Supplement may contain several active ingredients, including controlled substances, found in prescription drugs that could lead to serious side effects or injury.

Product Review

Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review

Find the Best Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices. Big Differences Discovered Among Brands -- Little Curcumin In Some.

Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

What is the best sunscreen based on safety and efficacy?

Two different carcinogens, benzene and benzophenone have been found in popular sunscreens. These cancer-causing compounds are not listed on labels. Get the details and find out which sunscreens have been found to contain benzene and benzophenone.

Carcinogens in Sunscreens - Bottle of sunscreen with a question mark

Product Review

Sexual Enhancer Supplements Review (with Yohimbe, Horny Goat Weed, Arginine)

Choose the Best Sexual Enhancer Supplement. Only 30% of Selected Sexual Enhancement Supplements Pass Quality Tests.

CL Answer

Which supplements help for osteoarthritis of the hip?

Supplements for hip pain and osteoarthritis, such as SAMe, ginger and collagen, may help or reduce pain.

Woman Holding Hip from Pain

CL Answer

I find labels on supplement bottles misleading. For example, an L-theanine label says 200 mg on the front but the back says each pill contains just 100 mg, but a serving is 2 capsules. Is this legal?

Learn more about misleading supplement labels and legality, including labels that say "formulation," "blend," or "complex."

Misleading Supplement Labels -- woman reading supplement label

Recalls & Warnings

6/03/2008

Selenium Toxicity from a Supplement

The June 2008 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine provides a recent case report describing the symptoms of a woman and her husband after taking a liquid supplement found to contain excessive selenium.

Recalls & Warnings

3/04/2008

Airborne Settles Lawsuit Over False Advertising of its "Miracle Cold Buster"

On March 4, 3008, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced that the makers of Airborne -- a multivitamin and herbal supplement whose labels and ads falsely claimed that the product cures and prevents colds -- will refund money to consumers who bought the product, as part of a $23.3 million class action settlement agreement. The company will pay for ads in Better Homes & Gardens, Parade, People, Newsweek, and many other magazines and newspapers instructing consumers how to get refunds.

Recalls & Warnings

2/25/2022

Similac, Other Infant Formulas Recalled, Linked to Illness and One Death

Update: (3/7/22) This recall has been expanded to include one lot of Similac PM 60/40 following the death of an infant who tested positive for Cronobacter sakazaki and consumed Similac PM 60/40 from the affected lot. While no distributed product has tested positive for the presence of Cronobacter sakazakii, affected lot numbers are highlighted below.

Recalls & Warnings

4/11/2008

Update: Hazardous Levels of Selenium Confirmed by FDA in Two Supplements

On April 11, 2008, the FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that it has found hazardous levels of selenium in samples of certain flavors of the dietary supplement products "Total Body Formula" and "Total Body Mega Formula." Analyses of samples by FDA have found most of the samples contain extremely high levels of selenium -- up to 200 times the amount of selenium indicated on the labels of the products. The FDA has received 43 reports of persons from nine states who experienced serious adverse reactions using these products. The adverse reactions generally occurred after five to 10 days of daily ingestion of the product, and included significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain, deformed fingernails, and fatigue. Consumers should stop taking the products and consult their healthcare professional if they experience any adverse events associated with the use of the products.

Recalls & Warnings

6/13/2012

Tart Cherry Supplement Selller Warned by FDA Over Illegal Health Claims

The U.S. FDA recently published a Warning Letter (dated June 8, 2012) to Michelle's Miracle, Inc. for illegally promoting a range of tart cherry dietary supplements using health claims reserved for drugs. The products cited are: 

Recalls & Warnings

11/14/2012

Maker of Vitamin C, Aloe and Sexual Enhancement Supplements Warned for Drug Claims and Misbranding

On October 22, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Health Breakthroughs International, LLC after a review of the company's product labels and website found the dietary supplements Amazing C, MPS-Gold 100 and Power Herbal Formula to be promoted as drugs. These supplements were also found to be misbranded because information required by federal regulations, such as the quantity of each botanical ingredient, was not included on the labels.

Recalls & Warnings

6/26/2015

Seller of CoQ10, Anxiety Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On June 6, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Country Doctor Herbals, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including  Herbal Flu Be-Gone, Herbal Multi-Bac, Herbal Nervine, Herbal Pain-A-Way, Herbal Pancreas, Herbal Parasite Cleanse, Herbal Perfect Heart, Herbal S.H.A., Herbal Virex, Pain-A-Trate and COUNTRY DOCTOR CoQ10 to be adulterated because they prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

2/28/2017

Seller of Tea Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On February 3, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Kumato Labs, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including CHO WA Tea, COMOXIN IBS Formula and NEMURI Sleep Formula to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

4/03/2020

FDA Warns Pure Plant Essentials for Essential Oil Coronavirus Claims

On April 1, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Health Mastery Systems DBA Pure Plant Essentials for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Product Review

Meal Replacement & Weight Management Powders and Shakes Review

Find the Best Meal Replacement and Weight Management Products. Only 64% of Meal Powders & Shakes Pass ConsumerLab.com's Tests of Quality.

Meal Replacement Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Prostate Supplements Review (Saw Palmetto and Beta-Sitosterol)

Find the Best Prostate Supplement for Symptoms of BPH. See Which Prostate Supplement Passed or Failed CL's Tests of Quality.

Recalls & Warnings

8/14/2008

Airborne to Pay $30 Million for Deceptive Advertising of Cold Remedy -- Refunds Available

On August 14, 2008, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Airborne Health, Inc., the maker of the popular Airborne Effervescent Health Formula, an effervescent tablet marketed as a cold prevention and treatment remedy, has agreed to pay up to $30 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it did not have adequate evidence to support its advertising claims. The FTC’s lawsuit also names Victoria Knight-McDowell, the former schoolteacher who invented Airborne, and her husband Thomas John McDowell. If the settlement is approved by the court, it will prohibit the defendants from making false and unsubstantiated cold prevention, germ-fighting, and efficacy claims. The monetary judgment will be satisfied by the defendants’ adding $6.5 million to the funds they have already agreed to pay to settle a related private class-action lawsuit, bringing the total settlement fund to $30 million.

Product Review

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) Supplements Review Article

Human Growth Hormone Supplements: Evidence and Safety. What Can HGH Supplements Really Do? Beware of Misleading Claims!

CL Answer

Is bromelain a good alternative to NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, for muscle or joint pain?

Do bromelain supplements have benefits? Learn more about its safety, and if it is a good alternative to NSAIDs like ibuprofen.

Bromelain Supplements Top View

CL Answer

Is it possible to get too much vitamin D?

Too much vitamin D can lead to adverse effects, including hypercalcemia (excess calcium in the blood).

Too Much Vitamin D? -- bottle of vitamin D and vitamin D tablets in the shape of the letter D

CL Answer

How do I choose the best CLA supplement for slimming?

Learn how to choose the best CLA supplements (conjugated linoleic acid) and find out if CLA helps for slimming or weight loss.

Recalls & Warnings

9/07/2002

FDA Sends Warning Letters to Seven Online Supplement Sellers For Therapeutic Claims

On August 27, 2002, the FDA posted seven "Cyber" letters recently issued from its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) to internet website operators promoting dietary supplement products that claim to diagnose, mitigate, treat, cure, or prevent a specific disease or class of diseases. Claims of this nature are generally only permitted for drugs and not dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

9/18/2012

Maker of Noni, Nopal, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Supplements Warned For Drug Claims, Misbranding, and Manufacturing Violations

On August 27, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Naturavit, Inc. for making statements about dietary supplements Noni Imperial Hawaiian, Garlic and Parsley, Cholestol, Nopal and Diatrin that constitute drug claims. The products were also found to be misbranded due to inadequate directions for use.

Recalls & Warnings

4/18/2014

Weight Loss Supplement Recalled

On April 9, 2014, Nature's Universe issued a voluntary recall of all lots of Thinogenics weight loss capsules sold prior to February 6, 2014 because they were found to contain sibutramine.

Recalls & Warnings

8/06/2014

Seller of Mineral and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On July 25, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Mezotrace Corporation following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Calcium/Magnesium Natural Minerals & Trace Elements, Calcium/Magnesium Natural Minerals & Trace Elements with Vitamin D, and Calcium/Magnesium Powdered Minerals Natural Minerals & Trace Elements, to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

9/09/2015

Weight Supplement Found to Contain Drug

On September 3, 2015 the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the weight loss supplement Meizi Super Power Fruits Herbal Slimming Formula because it was found to contain sibutramine.

Recalls & Warnings

3/09/2020

FDA Warns Sellers of Essential Oils, Colloidal Silver & Teas Promoted to Treat Coronavirus

On March 9, 2020, the FDA and FTC announced they have issued joint warning letters to seven companies for selling products such as essential oils, teas and colloidal silver with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

3/31/2018

Supplement Manufacturer Shut Down for Manufacturing Violations

On March 29, 2018, the FDA announced that U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has entered a consent decree of permanent injunction with Riddhi USA, Inc. and Mohd M. Alam, president and owner of Riddhi USA, Inc., for selling adulterated and misbranded dietary supplements. The injunction requires company to stop directly or indirectly manufacturing or distributing dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

2/01/2018

Seller of Supplements for Opiate Withdrawal Warned for Drug Claims

On January 11, 2018, the FDA sent warning letters to ten sellers of supplements promoted to treat opiate withdrawal following reviews of the companies' websites and social media which found statements and testimonials made about the products to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

7/18/2017

FDA Warns Seller of "Quick Slim with pure Hoodia Gardonii" and "Diabalance Herbal Blood Sugar Balance"

On July 11, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Black Seed Herb, Inc. following a facility inspection which found some of the company's products, including Diabalance Herbal Blood Sugar Balance Tablets, Quick Slim with pure Hoodia Gordonii Capsules, BHealthy Black Seed Bitter Melon 90 Veggie Capsules, Black Seed w/ Olive Leaf/Garlic Capsules, Black Seed Honey Booster, Sweet Excitement Her Honey, Revive Honey Herbal Elixir, Flax Seed Oil, Black Seed Oil, and Black Cumin Seed Oil to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

7/23/2016

Maker of "Super Food" Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On July 12, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to TerraVare, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's product,  High Frequency Super Food Formula to be adulterated because it was prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

6/02/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Cough Suppressant & Grape Seed Supplements

On March 29, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Yoder's Good Health Products following a facility inspection which found a number of the company's products, including Respiratory & Cough Formula and Life Drops to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

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

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.com, which found statements made about its products, including Asma Aid, Awake, Baby Saver, Cardia Forte, Detensin, Glauco-Catar, Lipidtrol, Lupus Off, Mental Tonic, Pain Stopper, Prostatin, Stroke Saver, Thyro-H, Tumor Off, White Tiger, and Worm Off to be drug claims. For example, Glauco-Catar was promoted with statements such as "The most famous formula for treatment and prevention of glaucoma, cataract without surgery, conjunctivitis, hyperemia, blurred vision, pink eyes, photophobia and dry eyes. " (See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Vision Supplements for tests of related products.) Lipidtrol was promoted with statements such as "Indication: This formula can help reduce levels of serum cholesterol and triglyceride, reduce absorption of fatty food and enhance breakdown of fatty tissues; lowers serum glucose level and reduce synthesis of cholesterol and triglycerides; diuretic effects to reduce blood pressure, prevent coronary artery diseases, atherosclerosis and stroke. " (See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements for tests of related products.) Prostatin was promoted with statements such as "It helps . . . reduce painful swelling in the urinary tract. For pain, swelling and itching in the genital area, blood in the urine, redness in mouth, tongue and eyes. It is used for prostatits [sic], urethritis, cystitis, and inflammation of vagina ."  (See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Prostate Supplements for tests of related products.) See Related Warnings: Seller of Heart, Senior and Teen Supplements Warned For Drug Claims Seller of 5-HTP, Chromium, Curcumin and More Warned for Drug Claims Seller of Omega-3, Ginkgo, Vision Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims Seller on Noni Juice Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims Seller of Whey Protein Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims Seller of Joint Health, Omega-3 Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims Seller of Turmeric, Milk Thistle and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims Seller of Aloe, Sexual Enhancement Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims To read the FDA's warning letter, use the link below

Recalls & Warnings

6/06/2015

Joint Supplement Contains Drugs, FDA Warns

On June 5, 2015 the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use joint pain supplement Pyrola Advanced Joint Formula because it was found to contain diclofenac and chlorpheniramine. 

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. Johnson's Formula C, to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

12/12/2014

Seller of Omega-3 "Syrup" Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On October 16, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Mr. Leo Medina, following an inspection of his processing facility located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, which found the company's products, including Balsamic Honey Syrup, Arabian Formula Syrup, Limpia Pecho Syrup, Century 22 Purifier Syrup and Watercress and Onion, Radish-Honey Omega-3 Syrup to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

4/25/2022

Some OTC Skin Lighteners Contain Potentially Harmful Ingredient, Warns FDA

On April 19th, 2022, the FDA issued warnings to 12 companies for selling over-the-counter (OTC) skin-lightening products containing hydroquinone.

CL Answer

I'm taking Lumiday, a supplement to improve mood. It seems to help me but is it safe?

Lumiday info including side effects, drug interactions and reviews. Lumiday is a supplement marketed to improve mood.

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Are there any supplements I should avoid when taking acetaminophen (Tylenol)?

Find out if there are any supplements that should be avoided when taking acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Interactions With Supplements -- box of Tylenol

Product Review

Taurine Supplements Review for People, Dogs, and Cats

Find the Best Taurine Supplements. Learn When to Use Taurine and Which Supplement is Best.

Taurine Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

News Release

10/04/2012

Five Years After ConsumerLab.com Reported a Problem, FDA Agrees Generic Version of Wellbutrin XL Is Not Equivalent and Is Pulled Off Market — Important Lessons about Generics

White Plains, New York — October 4, 2012 [Updated 10/11/12]— Are all generic drugs therapeutically equivalent to their brand name counterparts? Until yesterday, the FDA, and many others, adamantly said they were. In an unprecedented move Wednesday afternoon, the FDA admitted that a generic version of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin XL 300 mg, marketed since 2006 as Budeprion XL 300 mg by Teva Pharmaceuticals, is not an equivalent drug, prompting Teva to stop shipping the product. ConsumerLab.com has warned consumers of a problem with Budeprion XL since it tested it in 2007 — a problem the FDA had gone out of its way to deny.

News Release

6/16/2011

ConsumerLab.com puts multivitamins to the test

June 16, 2011, New York, NY — Laboratory test results of 60 multivitamins have shown that you can't always judge a supplement by its label—or by its price. "Consumers should know that multivitamins vary widely in quality, "says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com. "Fortunately, you don't have to spend a lot to get a good multivitamin."

Product Review

Fish Oil, Krill Oil, and Algal Oil Omega-3 (DHA & EPA) Supplements Review

Find the Best Fish Oil & Compare to Prescription Omega-3 Drugs. See Our Top Picks Among Fish Oil & Other Omega-3 Supplements for Adults, Children and Pets.

Fish Oil and Other Marine Oil Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Does Qualia Mind boost memory and mental function and is it worth cost?

Learn about the ingredients in Qualia Mind, whether or not we think the formula works and is safe, and if we think it's worth the cost.

qualia-mind

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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.

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Can vitamin supplements strengthen brittle nails?

Learn more about strengthening brittle nails with vitamin B-7 (biotin), based on clinical evidence.

Supplements for Brittle Nails -- healthy nails

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Do hair loss supplements, such as Viviscal, Hair La Vie, and Nutrafol, or topical essential oils work?

Vitamins and supplements that may help with hair loss and thinning, including saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, protein, iron, and vitamin D.

Supplements for Hair Loss -- woman looking at hairbrush

Product Review

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review

Find the Best CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements and Learn What They Do

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Elderberry Supplements Review

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

Elderberry Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

L-Arginine Supplements Review

Choose the Best L-Arginine Supplement. Find Out Which L-Arginine Supplement Passed CL's Tests.

L-Arginine Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine) Supplements Review

Choose the Best SAMe Supplement. CL Tests Reveal Big Differences in Quality and Cost.

Sam-e supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Menopause Supplements Review (Soy and Red Clover Isoflavones, Black Cohosh) and Progesterone Creams

Choose the Best Menopause Supplement. Find Out Now Which Soy Isoflavone, Red Clover, Black Cohosh, and Progesterone Products Have the Active Compounds You Want!

Menopause Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com -- Soy and Red Clover Isoflavones, Black Cohosh, and Progesterone Cream

Product Review

Digestive Enzyme Supplements Review

Big Differences in Strength Found Among Digestive Enzyme Supplements. CL Tests Reveal Which Are Best.

Digestive Enzyme Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Ashwagandha Supplements Review

Find the Best Ashwagandha Supplement. Only 56% of Ashwagandha Products Pass Tests.

Ashwagandha supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

News Release

4/26/2012

ConsumerLab.com reviews prostate supplements with saw palmetto and/or beta-sitosterol and finds few likely to be effective

White Plains, New York April 26, 2012 — Can supplements reduce the symptoms of prostate enlargement in men, as some products claim? ConsumerLab.com researchers recently tackled this question, investigating the evidence behind prostate supplements and testing the quality of these products. ConsumerLab's review found that supplements with a certain amount of beta-sitosterol (a type of phytosterol) may reduce symptoms of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) but the latest and most reliable studies show no benefit for saw palmetto supplements. Neither ingredient is useful in treating prostate cancer. Analytical tests found several supplements with levels of beta-sitosterol likely to be effective, but ConsumerLab.com discovered that one beta-sitosterol supplement would not properly break apart and may not fully release its ingredients. Most saw palmetto supplements contained their listed amounts of the herb, while the labels of two "prostate formulas" --consisting of multiple ingredients -- made disease treatment claims on their labels which violate FDA regulations.

News Release

11/26/2012

Tests Show Many Milk Thistle Supplements Low in Key Component -- Seven of Eleven Products Fail ConsumerLab.com Testing of Herb Used in Diabetes and Liver Diseases

White Plains, NY, November 26, 2012 — Recent tests by ConsumerLab.com of eleven milk thistle supplements show that only four met ConsumerLab.com's quality standards. One product had an unacceptable amount of lead and six products did not contain expected amounts of silymarin compounds, which are believed to be the active constituents of milk thistle. Studies suggest silymarin may be helpful in type 2 diabetes, certain liver conditions, and may protect the liver from toxic effects of chemotherapy. While most products claimed that their milk thistle extracts were standardized to 80% silymarin, ConsumerLab.com found actual amounts to range from 48% to 67%. Sales of milk thistle in the U.S. were $108 million in 2011, up 10.2% from the prior year according to the latest figures from Nutrition Business Journal.

News Release

10/22/2019

Best Vision Supplements Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, October 22, 2019 — Supplements containing lutein and other ingredients can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in adults over 60 years of age. But do supplements on the market really contain what they claim? And with so many different formulas to choose from, which one is best?

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.

Product Review

Choline and Lecithin Supplements Review (Including Phosphatidylcholine, CDP-Choline, and Alpha-GPC)

Clinical Update

4/27/2021

Best Curcumin Formulation?

Which curcumin formula has the best bioavailability? Learn what a recent study found when comparing the popular formulas C3 Complex, Meriva, NovaSOL and Turmipure Gold. See the Absorption and Bioavailability section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review. Also see our Top Picks among turmeric and curcumin products.

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What is Lipo-flavonoid and does it work for tinnitus or other ear problems?

Lipo-flavonoid Plus info, including ingredients & reliability of claims to improve ear ringing (tinnitus), vertigo, ear aches, ear infection, and Meniere's disease.

Lipo-Flavonoid & Ear Problems -- Man with ear pain

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Can bloodroot or "black salve" treat skin cancer? Is it safe?

Bloodroot salve and black salve made from bloodroot and zinc - are they effective and safe treatments for skin cancer? ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Elderly Woman Getting Mole on Back Examined By Doctor

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Do any supplements help for ulcerative colitis?

Find out what supplements & vitamins can help with ulcerative colitis, such as VSL#3, curcumin, aloe or boswellia.

Woman Grabbing Stomach Due To Abdominal Discomfort

Clinical Update

3/21/2020

CoQ10 Bioavailability

CoQ10 is not well absorbed unless taken with fats or oils, such as with a meal. Bioavailability-enhanced formulations allow CoQ10 to be taken without a meal, but how good are they? We've added new information about one such formula and how it compares to taking regular CoQ10 in the Absorption and Bioavailability Enhancers section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for CoQ10 and ubiquinol.

Clinical Update

7/07/2020

Caution with Plant-Based Milks for Children

Substituting plant-based milks for milk or infant formula can be dangerous to children when the nutritional content is inadequate. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Plant-Based Milks Review. Also see how products compare nutritionally and our Top Picks among plant-based milks.

Clinical Update

6/29/2019

Popular Probiotic -- What's In a Name?

Does the popular probiotic VSL#3 contain a different formula than used in the clinical studies supporting its benefits? Find out in the What to Consider When Buying section of the Probiotics Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotic supplements.

Clinical Update

4/30/2019

Saffron for Vision

Saffron, which contains carotenoids, may improve visual acuity in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) according to a recent study. For details, see the ConsumerTips section of the Vision Supplements Review. Also see which vision supplements most closely resemble the ideal formula to slow the progression of AMD.

Clinical Update

3/10/2020

Staying Safe With Green Tea

If you use a green tea extract (alone or as part of a supplement formula), it is important to take it with food according to several reports, as explained in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks for green tea in bags, loose, as matcha powder, and in other forms.

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

5/09/2017

Curcumin and Muscle Soreness

A recent study found a particular curcumin formula helped reduce soreness after exercise – although this has not been the case in other studies with different formulas. Find out what might help you in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric/Curcumin Supplements Review >>

News Release

10/02/2008

ConsumerLab.com finds melatonin supplements range in strength but ingredient quality is high

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — OCTOBER 2, 2008 — ConsumerLab.com announced test results today from its new Product Review of Melatonin Supplements.  Melatonin supplements may help treat certain sleep disorders and disturbances, including jet lag. It may also be beneficial in conditions ranging from cluster headache to certain cancers.  ConsumerLab.com tested products offering 750 to 5,000 micrograms of melatonin per daily serving. All ten of the products that ConsumerLab.com chose for testing passed analyses for melatonin and lead contaamination, as did seven products tested through ConsumerLab.com's Voluntary Certification Program.

News Release

7/12/2011

ConsumerLab.com tests menopause supplements and creams: Most are "Approved," but some found contaminated or lacking claimed amount of ingredient

White Plains, New York — July 12, 2011 — Women looking for relief from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms often turn to supplements containing estrogen-like isoflavones (from soy or red clover), the herbal remedy black cohosh, or creams containing progesterone. A new report from ConsumerLab.com provides quality ratings for over 20 such products and identifies those providing amounts of compounds shown to be effective in clinical studies. The report also identifies products that failed to meet their label claims or with other problems. For example, ConsumerLab.com identified a menopause supplement containing only 32% of its listed isoflavones and a black cohosh supplement contaminated with a small amount of lead.

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. The problem for a consumer is determining which supplements provide an effective combination and dose of ingredients and whether or not a product actually contains what is listed on the label. To help, ConsumerLab.com recently purchased, tested, and reviewed many popular eye health supplements. The results were published online this week in ConsumerLab.com's Product Review of Vision Supplements with Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

Recalls & Warnings

11/06/2014

Seller of Prostate, Heart Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On October 9, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Health Research Laboratories, LLC/New World Health, following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about AtheChel Advanced, Betarol, BioTherapex, Omega-3 Cardio Plus, RejuvaLifeRx, and Ultimate Health Formula to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

8/25/2018

Thirty-Two Children's Homeopathic Products Recalled

On August 22, 2018, King Bio issued a recall of 32 homeopathic products for children because some have have tested positive for microbial contamination.

Clinical Update

1/11/2022

Supplement for Thinning Hair?

A reader asked if taking Hair La Vie Clinical Formula can help with thinning hair. Find out in our updated article about Supplements for Hair Loss.

Recalls & Warnings

12/22/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Liquid Magnesium, B-12, Berberine & More

On December 9, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Wholly Liquid Nutritional Supplements LLC because it found statements on the company's website and social media about its products, including SpiroLaze, BioLaze, LiquiLaurin, VIT-B12, DeStress, and Omega Plus, to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

4/16/2014

Weight Loss Supplements Found To Contain Prescription Antidepressant and Other Drugs

On March 7, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Deseo Rebajar Inc. because the company's following weight loss products were found to contain drugs:

Recalls & Warnings

2/21/2013

FDA and FTC Warn: Supplements Cannot Prevent, Treat Or Cure Cold And Flu

On February 11, 2013, the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued warning letters to three dietary supplement companies regarding their potential illegal marketing of products to prevent, treat or cure flu virus.

Recalls & Warnings

8/30/2012

FDA Warns of Medical Claims Made For Numerous Chinese Herbal Products

On August 15, 2012, the FDA warned Dragon Herbs that promotional statements made on the company's website constitute drug claims for twenty herbal products, including CardioPro 2000, Cordyceps, Duanwood Reishi, Gynostemma, Ginseng and Astragalus Combination, Dang Gui and Gelatin, Sweet Relief, Remove Stagnation, Bupleurum and Dragon Bone, Amolo Tea, Activated Minor Bupleurum, Standardized Scute, Salacia, Shou Wu Formulations, Ant Essence Capsules, Ten Complete Supertonic, Super Adaptogen, Endocrine Health, Supreme Protector, and Super Pill. The FDA also warned that these products were misbranded due to inadequate directions for use.

Recalls & Warnings

6/21/2002

Canadian Warning on Use of Seven Herbal Supplements from BotanicLab

On June 19, 2002, Health Canada issued a warning that Canadians not use seven herbal products manufactured in the United States by BotanicLab because they contain undeclared prescription drugs that could cause serious health effects if not taken under medical supervision.

Clinical Update

1/28/2022

CBD To Reduce COVID Risk?

Use of a prescription formula was associated with lower risk of COVID-19 infection in a recent analysis, but there are important caveats to this finding. Get the details in the Colds, Flu, and Viral Infections section of our Review.

Recalls & Warnings

11/25/2007

Recall of Men's "Sexual Energy" Supplement Expanded to Include "Energy Max" Product

On November 16, 2007, American True Man Health Incorporated announced that it is expanding it's voluntary recall of the Company's dietary supplement product sold under the name and identified as True Man's Sexual Energy Nutriment Men's Formula with the expiration date up to and including December 2010 to also include the dietary supplement product sold under the name and identified as Energy Max, Energy Supplement Men's Formula (the products) with the expiration date up to and including December 2010. Finished products from several lots of these products were tested and were found to contain an analog of an ingredient in an FDA-approved drug. The analog resembles the active pharmaceutical ingredients in Tadalafil, Vardenafil, and Sildenefil, FDA-approved drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Consequently, the products may possess a similar pharmacological and adverse event profile, posing a threat to consumers because of interaction with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. ED is a common problem in men with these conditions, who may seek products to enhance sexual performance. Additionally, the product may cause side effects, such as headaches and flushing.

Recalls & Warnings

4/01/2004

Aloe Producer Recalls Product Due to Toxic Levels of Vitamin D

On March 26.2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Aloe Commodities International, Inc., Carrollton, Texas, is recalling 1600 bottles of Solutions IE Ageless Formula II, Lot numbers P2207 and P2221 because they contain a significantly higher-than-labeled level of vitamin D3. (Approximately 188,640 International Units (IU) are present in each serving size of 6 capsules instead of the intended level of 400 IU). The product is distributed by Solutions International, Inc., Orem, UT.

CL Answer

Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?

Can eye floaters (vitreous floaters) be treated with supplements like vitamin C, lutein, ginkgo, milk thistle, collagen or hyaluronic acid? ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

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

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Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Support Supplements: Do they work and are they safe?

Find out what's really in supplements for adrenal support and adrenal fatigue, including herbal adrenal support supplements and bovine derived adrenal support supplements. Find out if they really work and if they are safe. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Support Supplements -- Tired Woman Falling Asleep at Her Desk

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6 Red Flags to Watch Out For When Buying Vitamins & Supplements

When it comes to buying vitamins and supplements, it's buyer beware. ConsumerLab explains six red flags to look out for on labels when choosing and buying vitamins or supplements, including claims of "FDA Approved" laboratories, what to look for in the ingredient list, and more.

What to Watch Out for When Choosing a Supplement -- Supplement Bottle Label Close-up

Product Review

Joint Health Supplements Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Boswellia, Collagen and Turmeric)

Review of Supplements for Joint Pain

Product Review

Garlic Supplements Review

Find the Best Garlic Supplements. CL Tests Reveal Big Differences in Garlic Strength -- Some Have Little to No Garlic!.

Garlic Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

St. John's Wort Supplements Review

Find the Best St. John's Wort Supplement. Only 40% of St. John's Wort Supplements Pass Tests & Strength Varies Widely.

St John's Wort Supplements Reviewed By Consumerlab.com

CL Answer

I heard that Theracurmin, a form of curcumin, was shown to help with memory, but it's expensive. Does Theracurmin really improve memory and is it worth it?

Find out if Theracurmin curcumin really improves memory, how it compares to other curcumin formulations, such as Meriva, BCM-95 and CurcuWin, and if it's worth paying more Theracurmin. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CL Answer

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.

Does Heat Kill Coronavirus? -- Women Receiving Food Delivery

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

News Release

11/01/2017

Gummies Are Most Likely to Fail Testing in Review of Multivitamins -- Best and Worst Multivitamins Identified by ConsumerLab Testing

White Plains, New York, November 1, 2017 — Multivitamin/multimineral supplements are among the most popular supplements, with many consumers relying on them to provide nutrients they may not get from their diets. However, ConsumerLab.com found problems with 46% of the multivitamin supplements it recently selected for review. Problems were most common among gummy vitamins and large tablets. Among supplements that passed testing, ConsumerLab identified top choices for men, women, and children, as well as for pets, based on product quality, nutrient levels, safety, and cost.

Recalls & Warnings

5/28/2003

FTC Challenges Claims of Five Supplements to Treat or Cure Serious Diseases

On May 27, 2003 the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had filed a complaint in federal district court against A. Glenn Braswell and four of his corporations challenging allegedly false and unsubstantiated advertising claims for numerous dietary supplements marketed under the Gero Vita and Theraceuticals brand names. The complaint also names as a defendant corporate officer Ron Tepper. The complaint challenges claims that five dietary supplements treat or cure respiratory disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, and erectile dysfunction. The FTC is seeking permanent injunctive relief, consumer redress, and a permanent ban against Braswell's participation in any business engaged in the advertising or sale of health-related products.

Recalls & Warnings

4/11/2008

Twelve Dietary Herbal Supplements Recalled -- Possible Health Risk Associated with Ephedra, Aristolochic Acid and Human Placenta

On April 10, 2008, the FDA posted a recall notice issued the same day from Herbal Science International, Inc. (AKA Jen-On Herbal Science International, Inc.). According to the company's release, it is recalling twelve dietary supplements that contain ephedra, aristolochic acid or human placenta because they may present a serious health hazard to consumers.

Recalls & Warnings

9/23/2014

Maker of Joint and Weight Products Warned for Hidden Drugs, Manufacturing Violations

On September 15, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to West Coast Laboratories, Inc., because the company's joint health supplements, Super ArthGold and Pro ArthMax, were found to contain hidden drugs. These drugs can cause serious side-effects, and may increase the risk of serious side-effects in people who are taking other medications, especially anti-inflammatory drugs.

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

Recalls & Warnings

9/10/2021

FDA Warns Ten Sellers of "Diabetes" Supplements

On September 7, 2021, the FDA issued warning letters to 10 supplement companies that made drug claims by promoting products to treat diabetes and/or lower blood sugar. Five of the products were sold on Amazon as well as on company websites. The products were promoted with statements such as

News Release

11/25/2013

Many Probiotic Supplements Fall Short on Listed Amounts of Helpful Organisms

White Plains, New York, November 25, 2013 — Probiotic supplements and foods containing "friendly" bacteria or yeast have become popular among people hoping to improve bowel function, immunity, and even mood. But consumers might be surprised to know that many products contain only a fraction of the probiotic organisms they claim. New tests by ConsumerLab.com found that out of 19 probiotics for people, 5 contained only 16% to 56% of the listed amounts of organisms. Levels of organisms in probiotics for pets were so low as to question their usefulness -- including one product apparently reformulated to provide less than 2% of the organisms it had in the past.

CL Answer

Have any supplements been shown to increase women's libido?

Learn more about supplements that may increase women's libido, including DHEA and maca.

Supplements for Women's Libido

CL Answer

Does AZO Bladder Control really work for overactive bladder?

AZO Bladder Control information, including results from clinical studies on bladder control, dosage, and safety.

CL Answer

Is Theracurmin better absorbed than other curcumin formulas - and can it really help lower my blood pressure?

Theracurmin information. Find out if Theracurmin's nanoparticle curcumin formula is better than other types of curcumin.

Two Curcumin Pills Against White Background

CL Answer

Do any supplements help relieve stress?

Are there actually supplements for stress relief and panic attacks? Learn more about holy basil, fish oil, L-theanine, and ginseng.

Recalls & Warnings

5/17/2012

FDA Warns of Drug Ingredients in Three Sexual Enhancement Supplements

On May 16, 2012, the U.S. FDA advised consumers not to purchase or use the following three sexual enhancement products: Boost - Ultra Sexual Enhancement Formula (sold on www.boostultra.biz), Firminite (sold on www.firminite.com), and VMaxx Rx (sold on www.vmaxxrx.com).

Recalls & Warnings

11/18/2011

FDA Warns Maker of Milk Thistle and L-Carnitine Supplements of Serious Violations

The U.S. FDA posted a Warning Letter to CJ Labs (Miami, Florida) dated November 1, 2011 regarding serious violations of Good Manufacting Practices in the production of its Milk Thistle and L-Carnitine supplements. The FDA found, among other problems, that these products were not tested to verify their identify, purity, strength and composition and raw materials were not tested.

Recalls & Warnings

10/05/2011

FDA Warns Nutrition Center Inc (Nutri-West) of Manufacturing Violations

The FDA published a Warning Letter dated September 9, 2011 to Nutrition Center Inc. (dba Nutri-West) informing the firm of manufacturing violations found during an inspection of the firm's facility in Douglas, Wyoming in April, 2011.

Recalls & Warnings

1/15/2002

Recall of "Prostatin" Supplement -- Contains Aristolochic Acid

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the following Class I recall information in its January 9, 2002 Enforcement Report. A Class I recall is a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death:

Recalls & Warnings

12/10/2002

Company Ordered to Cease Deceptive Marketing of Weight Loss Product

A U.S. District Court in Texas has ordered Mark Nutritionals, maker of Body Solutions Evening Weight Loss Formula, to stop making certain claims with regard to the product. The order is in response to a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accusing the company of false advertising.

Recalls & Warnings

12/15/2020

FDA Warns JC Ayur Life LLC for Drug Claims

On October 29, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to JC Ayur Life LLC following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's product Heritage of Ayurveda Dia-Tonic Incudil Herbal Dietary Supplement to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

11/20/2020

FTC Files Complaint Against Two Supplement Companies for Deceptive Marketing

On November 20, 2020, the FTC approved a Part 3 administrative complaint against Health Research Laboratories, LLC, its owner Kramer Duhon, and Whole Body Supplements, LLC for making unverified claims that their products can prevent or treat diseases. The supplements The Ultimate Heart Formula, BG18, and Black Garlic Botanicals were promoted with claims that they could prevent or treat heart disease, while Neupathic contained claims that it could treat diabetic neuropathy.

Recalls & Warnings

9/08/2017

Probiotic for Infants Recalled Due to Potential Choking Hazard

On September 7, 2017, Garden of Life, LLC, issued a recall of Baby Organic Liquid, a liquid probiotic supplement for infants, because the product, as labeled, includes directions for use that may be misinterpreted and could pose a choking hazard due to the thickness of the liquid. The company is recalling the product is recalling the product in order to relabel it with new instructions, advising parents to only administer the product by mixing in either breast milk or formula and not to administer directly into the infant's mouth. 

Recalls & Warnings

5/23/2016

Amino Acid Supplements Recalled

On May 18, 2016, Ultimate Nutrition Inc. issued a recall of its Amino Gold amino acid tablets and capsules because they contain undeclared milk in the form of hydrolyzed whey protein.

CL Answer

Do any supplements help prevent or treat a cold?

Are there supplements that can help prevent or treat cold symptoms? Learn more about zinc, probiotics, vitamin C and more.

Supplements for Colds: Zinc, Echinacea & More -- Couple with cold, sitting on couch blowing their noses

CL Answer

Can taking too much vitamin B-12 be dangerous? The label on my B-complex states it contains 50,000% of the Daily Value!

Find out the daily value for vitamin B-12 and the potential side effects of taking too much B-12. ConsumerLab explains why taking too much vitamin B-12 can be harmful.

The danger of taking too much vitamin B-12 -- bottle of vitamin B-12 with pills on the table spelling out 'B-12'

CL Answer

My supplement label warns that it contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, but with no additional information. Do you know why?

Learn more about warning labels indicating that a supplement contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.

Woman Examining Supplement Bottle

CL Answer

Do either phosphatidylserine or phosphatidylcholine help with memory and cognition? How are these supplements different?

Find out if phosphatidylserine or phosphatidylcholine supplements improve memory and cognition.

Brain Puzzle

CL Answer

What is lactoferrin and will it really strengthen my immune system?

Info about lactoferrin supplements, clinical evidence for strengthening the immune system, preventing or treating colds, gut health and treating H.

What is Lactoferrin? -- lactoferrin capsules and bottle

CL Answer

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.

Do Sugar Bear Vitamins Work? -- bottle of Sugar Bear vitamins

CL Answer

Does OsteoMD improve calcium absorption and increase bone density?

ConsumerLab reviews the evidence for OsteoMD by 1MD, a bone health supplement promoted to slow bone loss and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

OsteoMD by 1MD

Product Review

Lactose Intolerance Products Review (Lactase Enzyme Supplements and Lactose-Free Milks)

Choose the Best Lactase Enzyme Supplement and Lactose-Free Milk. Find a CL Approved Lactose Intolerance Product.

Lactase Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Vitamin D Supplements Review (Including Calcium, Magnesium, Boron, and Vitamin K)

Find the Best Vitamin D Supplement with the Right Dose

Recalls & Warnings

5/03/2002

More Information on Recall of PC-SPES - Prostate Supplement

The FDA's May 1, 2002 Enforcement Report classified the recall of PC-SPES as a Class I recall. The recall was originally announced by its manufacturer in February with additional warnings from the FDA issued in March (see the 3/11/02 posting on ConsumerLab.com's Recalls and Warnings page for more information). A Class I recall is a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. The following information was provided in the recent Enforcement Report:

Recalls & Warnings

3/12/2002

Recall of Multivitamin Due to Unsafe Bottling For Children

On March 12, 2002, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Leiner Health Products, of Carson, Calif., in cooperation with CPSC, is voluntarily recalling about 14,000 bottles of dietary supplements containing iron. The supplements being recalled are not packaged in child-resistant packaging as required under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. If ingested by children, these iron-containing supplements can cause serious injury or death.

Recalls & Warnings

3/11/2002

Recall and Warning to Stop Use of Prostate Supplements "PC SPES" and "SPES"

Note: This posting was origially made on February 8, 2002. Additional information was added on March 11, 2002.

Recalls & Warnings

1/31/2002

Recall Update for Certain Metabolife Bars - Excessive Vitamin A

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the following Class I recall information in its January 30, 2002 Enforcement Report. A Class I recall is a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death:

Recalls & Warnings

3/03/2012

Seller of Cancer Cures Warned by FDA

On February 9, 2012, the U.S. FDA sent a Warning Letter to BioAnue Laboratories, Inc. informing it that its websites at www.tumorx.com, www.cancerx.org, www.hopewelltechnologieslimited.com, and www.vmhe.com were promoting various supplements as drugs able to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease. The supplements include "Bovine Cartilage," "TumorX BioEnerGenics Co-Enzyme -Q1O," "TumorX Cardio Clean," "Diabetic Mender," "TumorX Formula CX," and "Stroke Mender."

Recalls & Warnings

7/03/2012

Standard Process Recalls Three Supplements Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

On June 29, 2012, Standard Process issued a voluntary recall of the company's Cataplex ACP, Cataplex C and Pancreatrophin PMG, after a routine FDA inspection uncovered potential Salmonella contamination in an ingredient found in these three products.

Recalls & Warnings

9/07/2012

Prebiotics Recalled For Salmonella Risk

On September 4, 2012, Eco Health, Inc. announced a recall of its florAlign Prebiotic Formula (Powder) due to the potential for the product to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products were sold nationwide between June 2011 and August 2012 through mail order, internet and direct delivery, and were available in three sizes: 90 gram, 180 gram and 270 gram. No illness has been reported at this time.

Recalls & Warnings

11/06/2012

Recall of "Bee Pollen" Supplement Found to Contain Drug

On October 24, 2012, Zi Xiu Tang Success, LLC issued a voluntary recall of Classic Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen Capsules and Ultimate Formula Capsules because the supplements contain the undeclared drug sibutramine. On the same day, the FDA warned consumers not to take Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen Capsules because the agency had confirmed the presence of the undeclared drug.

Recalls & Warnings

2/17/2014

Weight Loss Supplement Recall Expanded to Include Additional Products

On February 4, 2014, MyNicKnaxs, LLC, which first issued a recall of Reduce Weight Fruta Planta, issued a recall of nine additional weight loss supplements: Magic Slim, Fruta Bio, SlimEasy, Super Fat Burning Bomb, Slim Xtreme, Meizi Evolution, Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming, Jianfeijindan Activity Girl, and Japan Hokkaido Cangye Phamacy Co., LTD Japanese Chinese Formula pill. These supplements were found to contain phenolphthalein, sibutramine or a combination of both.

Recalls & Warnings

1/16/2014

Seller of Tea Supplements and Drinks Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On December 31, 2013, the FDA issued a warning to Prestige Chinese Teas Company, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Ginseng Lin-Chi Tuo Cha tea, Premier LIN-CHI Plus capsules, E-TEA Herbal Drink, E-TEA Capsules, Herbal Eczema Capsules, Dieters' Herbal Drink X-Strength, Dieters' Herbal Drink Regular Strength and Dieters' Herbal Drink capsules are adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

5/17/2013

Hoodia, Sexual Enhancement Supplements and More Found To Be Adulterated, Misbranded

On March 01, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Desert Rose Manufacturing, Inc. following a facility inspection which found the company's nuphedrine, alfa PXP Plus, Lithium Orotate, zialipro and cleanseRX , to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

6/20/2014

FDA Warns Some Bee Pollen Products for Weight Loss Are Dangerous

On June 19, 2014, the FDA warned consumers that some weight loss products containing bee pollen have been found to contain hidden drugs.

Recalls & Warnings

4/12/2013

Zicam Advised Against Using Cold Prevention Claim In Advertising

On April 5, 2013, it was reported that the National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that Matrixx Initiatives, maker of Zicam cold products, stop making claims in its advertising that the product can prevent colds.

Recalls & Warnings

9/02/2016

Maker of Prescription Multi to Pay $15.5 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Ingredient Claim

Endo Health Solutions Inc. has reportedly agreed to pay $15.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit which alleged its Qualitest Multi-Vitamin with Fluoride Chewable Tablets contained just 44% of the fluoride claimed on the label.

Recalls & Warnings

6/10/2017

Seller of Prostate, Immune Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On May 25, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to The Herbalist, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Prostate Choice, Wormwood Capsules, Immuno-Blast, Ache-Less and Kids Be Calm to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

5/30/2017

Seller of Vitamin C, Calcium, Mushroom Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On May 12, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to VitaPurity Corporatio., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Ellagic Ultra, Buffered Vitamin C Crystals, Coral Calcium with D3, Miracle Mushroom Blend, Lycopene 25 with Tomato Powder, Citral from Lemon Grass and Pacific Ocean Shark Cartilage to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

5/02/2017

Seller of Amino Acid Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On April 20, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Naturecom Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including NVS Labs Caffeine Tablets and NVS Labs Beta Alanin, NVS Labs Instantized BCAA and NutriVita Shop Methylsulfonylmethane to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

4/04/2017

Seller of B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Potassium & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On March 24, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to The Sanapac Company, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Vitamin B-3 (niacin), B-12, vitamin C, Wild Yam, Black Cohosh, Saw Palmetto and Potassium to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

10/31/2014

Seller of "Cleanse," Allergy Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On October 15, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Evangelical Christian Ministries, dba Health & Herbs, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, CORYDALIS and CVF BGONE to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

1/23/2015

Maker of Vitamin Drinks Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On January 7, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to NYSW Beverage Brands, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including VBlast Acai Berry, VBlast Wildberry, and VBlast Tropical Punch drinks, to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

12/29/2015

Maker of Vitamin K, Vitamin A & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On December 10 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Dherbs Health Emporium, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's product, including  10 Day Kidney Cleanse, Anti-Viral Cleanse and Regimen, Athletic Package, Cardiovascular Extract, Cough Extract, Kidneys Extract, Vitamin K, Fibroid Cleanse and Regimen, Circulation Aid, Cerebrovascular Formula, Sex Organs Cleanser and Vitamin A to be adulterated because they prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

12/23/2015

"Bee Extremely Amazed" Recalls Weight Supplements

On December 22, 2015, Bee Extremely Amazed LLC issued a voluntary recall of all lots of the following weight loss supplements, which were found to contain sibutramine and phenolphthalein: 

Recalls & Warnings

11/18/2015

Seller of "Hangover" Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations & Drug Claims

On September 17, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Life Support Development Ltd, following a facility inspection which found the company's product, including Life Support Hangover Relief to be adulterated because they prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

10/17/2015

"Herbal Viagra" Taken by Lamar Odom Was a Known Problem

It was reported this week that former NBA star, Lamar Odom, entered a coma after taking as many as 10 pills of the "herbal Viagra" formula Reload, along with cocaine. We had posted an FDA warning about Reload on June 13, 2013, indicating that it illegally contained sildenafil, the active compound in Viagra.

Recalls & Warnings

3/08/2016

Seller of Echinacea Warned Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On February 25, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbal Energetics/ In Joy Organics, following a facility inspection which found the company's product, X Out-Rays to be adulterated because it was prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements. 

Recalls & Warnings

3/02/2016

Cyanide Danger With Certain Supplements, Health Canada Warns

On February 25, 2016,  Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the FDA) warned that a number of products which were available for sale in Canada may contain a potentially toxic compound called amygdalin.  Amygdalin (also called Laetrile or madelonitrile) is a compound derived from bitter apricot kernels which can release cyanide when ingested by humans. Consuming low or moderate amounts of cyanide can have serious adverse effects, and higher amounts can be fatal. Amygdalin is sometimes promoted for the treatment of cancer. The sale of amygdalin is not permitted in the U.S., however, bitter apricot kernels, sold as a food, are available for sale in the U.S. and on online retail websites such as Amazon.com. The products sold in Canada (on websites including Amazon.ca and CDNF.com) were labeled as "B17," "amygdalin," or "bitter apricot kernel" and include the following:  

Recalls & Warnings

8/29/2017

FDA Warns Seller of Supplements for Allergies, Joint Pain, Bone Health, and More

On August 16, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Total Nutrition, Inc., following a facility inspection which found some of the company's products, including Aller Ease, Inflam Ease, Airway Clear, Osteo-Gest, Green Energy, Arth-Support, "Cold & Flu" products Olive Leaf Extract, Astragalus Root, and Elderberry Sambucus, "Asthma Clear" products Aller Ease and Airway Clear, and "Inflammation & Pain Relief" products Tart Cherry, Tumeric Curcumin, and Napro-Zyn With Tumeric, Bromelain, and Boswellia to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

8/05/2017

Children's Ayurvedic Medicine Formula Contains High Levels of Lead

On August 4, 2017, the FDA warned parents and caregivers not to use Balguti Kesaria Ayurvedic Medicine due to the risk of lead poisoning. 

Recalls & Warnings

8/01/2017

FDA Warns Seller of Acai, Garcinia & More for Drug Claims

On July 25, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Absonutrix, following a review of the company's website, www.absonutrix.com, which found statements made about some of its products to be drug claims. The following products were included in the warning letter: Absonutrix Forskolin Pure X-treme Capsules, Absonutrix Fucoidan Max Strength, Absonutrix Parasite Detox X-Treme, Absonutrix Lavender Oil X-Treme, Absonutrix Picamilon X-treme, Absonutrix Alpha GPC, Absonutrix Oil of Oregano X-Treme Purifier, Absonutrix Cissus X-Treme 1600 mg, Absonutrix Deep Comfort X-Treme, Absonutrix Deer Antler Maximum Strength, Absonutrix African Mango Max Strength, Absonutrix Cissus X-Treme, Absonutrix Phytoceramides, Absonutrix African Mango Pure, Absonutrix Acai Pure, Absonutrix Acai Burn X. Treme, Fucoxanthin Patch, and Forskolin Patch.

Recalls & Warnings

6/27/2017

Seller of Alpha Lipoic Acid, Cinnamon Supplements and More Warned For Manufacturing Violations

On May 1, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Nature's Vision, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Cinnamon Extract tablets, Alpha Lipoic Acid tablets, Elderberry Ultimate Immune Response and Party Recovery to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

7/31/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Joint Health and Cholesterol Supplements

On July 13, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to GC Natural, following a facility inspection which found a number of the company's products, including Red Pyrola Plus + Advanced Joint Formula Capsules, CSDP GOLD Capsules, Rejeune Optimal Kidney & Liver Support Extract balls, C. Mori Optimal Respiratory System Support Extract balls, and Evodia Extract Powder, to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

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. The misbranded products include: Arthritis, Tumor, Infection, Food Poisoning / Poultice, Ulcer / Wound, Asthma/Hay Fever, Energy Pick-Up, Blood Pressure, Pain Relief, Cold & Flu, Chest & Lungs, Memory & Mental Awareness, Eyes, Diabetes & Pancreas, Sinus & Hay Fever, Drug Withdrawal, Anemia & Iron, Parasites, Hypoglycemia, Tissue & Bone Rejuvination, Colitis, Congestion, Kidney Stones, Seizure Relief, Varicose Veins/Hemorrhoids, Lymphatic System, Gout, Stop Smoking Aid, Flu Guard Brand, Healthy Cholesterol, Herpes/Virus Support, Adrenal/Thyroid, Eczema/Great Skin, Inflammation, Anti-Fungal, Bronchitis Tea Blend, Candid/Yeast Infection Tea, Cataract Tea, Cold Care / Congest Ease Tea, Fat Flush / LDL Flush Tea, Feminini Tea / Female Tea, Fight Back Flu Tea, Gluco Tea, Gout Tea, Headache Tea, Hemmorrhoid Tea, Kidney / Bladder Tea / K/B Tea, Memory & Emotional Uplift Tea, Mother's Friend Tea, Root Beer Tea/Arthritis Tea, Smoking Blend Tea, Sore Throat / STH Tea, and Tumor Tea.

Recalls & Warnings

10/13/2017

Hi-Tech To Pay Over 40 Million to Settle FTC Charges of False Claims

On October 11, 2017, a U.S. District Judge ruled that Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc. violated permanent legal injunctions disallowing supplement distributors to make unsubstantiated claims about Hi-Tech's weight-loss products, Fastin, Stimerex-ES, Benzedrine, and a reformulated version of Lipodrene. The company printed unfounded advertisements about four of their products, and three individuals, including the CEO Jared Wheat, were found responsible.

Recalls & Warnings

6/05/2020

Seller of Silver and Vitamin C Lozenges & More Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On June 1, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Dr. Sherrill Sellman for selling products such as HealthMax Nano-Silver Liquid, Silver Biotics Silver Lozenges with Vitamin C, and Silver Biotics Silver Gel Ultimate Skin & Body Care with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

5/19/2020

FTC Sends Refund Checks to Consumers of Unproven Weight Loss and Sexual Enhancement Supplements

On May 19, 2020, the FTC announced it is mailing 143,636 checks totaling more than $8,500,000 to consumers who purchased deceptively marketed supplements. These products include two weight loss supplements, Thermalean and Lipodrene, and one sexual enhancement supplement, Spontane-ES. The refunds are being distributed as part of a settlement of charges that the products were promoted with deceptive claims.

Recalls & Warnings

5/12/2020

Plum Dragon Herbs Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On May 8, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Plum Dragon Herbs, Inc. for selling Chinese medicine products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

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. Her physicians believe the supplement led to her liver illness, having reportedly ruled out all other possibilities. Her initial symptoms of liver failure were abdominal pain, fatigue, and the whites of her eyes turning yellow.

Recalls & Warnings

12/21/2019

Supplement Company Continues to Make False Claims About Its Products, Says FTC

The FTC has filed a motion of contempt against two supplement companies that, according to the motion, have continued to promote their products with false claims despite being barred from doing so by a previous court order.

Recalls & Warnings

11/26/2019

FDA Warns Companies Selling CBD Products as Dietary Supplements

On November 25, 2019, the FDA issued warning letters to 15 companies for selling products containing CBD (cannabidiol) labeled and marketed as dietary supplements, and/or for making drug claims about these products. In the letters, the agency emphasized that CBD is not permitted to be sold as a dietary supplement and cannot be added to food.

Recalls & Warnings

10/08/2019

Seller of Tea, Colloidal Silver, Homeopathic Products Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 12, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbal Healer Academy, Inc., which found the company's  HHA 4-Herb Tea Bulk and HHA Colloidal Silver, to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements. 

Recalls & Warnings

1/29/2019

Prescription Drugs Found in Four Weight Loss Supplements

On January 28, 2019, the FDA the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the following weight loss supplements because they were found to contain sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein:

  • Slim Bio Capsules were found to contain sibutramine, N-desmethylsibutramine, sildenafil, tadalafil, benproperine and diphenhydramine.

Product Review

Black Currant Oil, Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Flaxseed Oil, and Hemp Oil Supplements Review: Sources of ALA and GLA (Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids)

Choose the Best Seed Oil Supplements. Find Out Which Flaxseed and Other Seed Oil Supplements Passed Our Tests.

Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, Hemp Oil and Black Currant Oil Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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 be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

2/02/2021

Seller of Aloe Products Warned for Claiming to Treat Joint Stiffness

On January 22, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to American Global Health Group, LLC following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products AloeCure VeraFlex, AloeCure Advanced Formula Capsule, AloeCure Pure Aloe Vera Extract, and AloeCure Probiotic + Enzyme to be drug claims.

CL Answer

Does Restore (Bionic Sciences LLC) really improve gut health? What is in Restore?

Learn more about Restore, including clinical studies on gut health, dosage, cost, and safety.

CL Answer

I read on your website that some B-12 vitamins cause diarrhea due to added sugar substitutes like sorbitol. I stopped mine and my diarrhea stopped immediately. Which B-12 doesn't contain sorbitol?

Learn how to avoid gastrointestinal problems with B-12 and other supplements due to added sugar substitutes.

B-12

CL Answer

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.

Collagen Supplements for Wrinkles? -- woman looking closely at her face in a mirror

CL Answer

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.

CL Answer

What is the difference between CoQ10 and ubiquinol?

Understand the difference between CoQ10 (ubiquinone) and the active form, ubiquinol, and how they are best absorbed. ConsumerLab explains.

The Difference Between CoQ10 and Ubiquinol -- CoQ10 Supplement

Product Review

Collagen Supplements Review

The Best Collagen Supplements for Wrinkles and Joints Revealed. Find Out If Collagen Really Works and Which Reviewed Products Are Best In Our Tests and Comparisons.

Collagen Supplements Reviewed By ConsumerLab

Product Review

Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review

Find the Best Zinc Supplements and Lozenges. Have a Cold? See CL's Top Picks Among Zinc Supplements and Lozenges.

Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

B Vitamin Supplements Review (B Complexes, B6, B12, Biotin, Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin & More)

See Which B Vitamins Are ConsumerLab's Top Picks!

Review of B Vitamin Supplements

Product Review

Melatonin Supplements Review

Find the Best Melatonin Supplements. Trouble Sleeping? See CL's Tests of Melatonin Supplements and Top Picks.

Melatonin Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Does Z-Stack multivitamin work to boost the immune system, and is it safe?

Find out about Z-Stack, including if it can help boost the immune system and if it is safe to use at the suggested dose.

A bottle of Z-Stack capsules

CL Answer

What are the best supplements for depression and anxiety?

Best natural supplements for depression and anxiety, including the evidence for fish oil, vitamin D, probiotics, and herbal supplements for depression such as curcumin (from turmeric) and saffron.

Best Supplements for Depression and Anxiety -- sad young woman sitting on couch, looking toward the window

CL Answer

Do any supplements help prevent or treat osteoporosis?

If you have osteoporosis, you may be interested in supplements for bone health. Find out which supplements can increase bone strength and density.

Supplements and Osteoporosis

CL Answer

I take 1000 mg of a high-absorption curcumin extract. It seems to be working, but would it be safe to take a larger dose?

Is it safe to take high doses of high-absorption curcumin extract? Learn more about these larger doses. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

High Doses of Curcumin & Safety -- curcumin capsules

CL Answer

If vitamin K absorption appears to be reduced by other fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamin D, why do some "bone health" supplements combine them? Should they be taken separately?

Should vitamin K be taken separately from fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D?

CL Answer

Which supplements make acid reflux worse? I take many and think some are causing heartburn. Are there any supplements that help treat acid reflux?

Find out which supplements can cause or worsen acid reflux, nausea and GERD, including vitamin B6, arginine, and CoQ10.

Supplements Making Acid Reflux Worse -- Man with acid reflux pain

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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.

Supplements for Coronavirus (COVID-19)? -- mask and pills

News Release

3/29/2006

ConsumerLab.com reports on 29 popular melatonin sleep supplements

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK — MARCH 29, 2006 (UPDATED APRIL 7, 2006) — ConsumerLab.com announced test results today from its new Product Review of Melatonin Supplements covering 29 products. Melatonin supplements may be helpful in treating various types of sleep disturbances and have potential benefit in other conditions ranging from cluster headache to cancer. Sales of melatonin supplements in the U.S. rose 7% in 2004 to $67 million, according to Nutrition Business Journal.

News Release

1/19/2016

SAM-e Supplements Providing Best Quality and Value Identified by ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, January 19, 2016 — SAM-e (S-adenosyl-methionine) is involved in the functioning of every cell in the body and, as a supplement, it has been found to be helpful in reducing the pain of osteoarthritis as well as improving mood in major depression. But which SAM-e supplements are best? To find out, ConsumerLab.com recently selected 10 SAM-e supplements and tested them to see whether they contained their claimed amounts of SAM-e, and if enteric coatings (which protect SAM-e in the stomach) functioned properly. In 2014, $125 million of SAM-e supplements were sold in the U.S. according to Nutrition Business Journal.

News Release

8/31/2011

ConsumerLab.com analyzes supplements for sexual dysfunction -- Only three out of ten products selected for testing pass

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — August 31, 2011 — Only three out of ten supplements selected for testing that are for sexual enhancement passed ConsumerLab.com's latest investigation. Four products contained less of a key ingredient than claimed on the label, one product was contaminated with an unacceptable level of lead, and two products lacked FDA-required information on their labeling. Due to concern over supplements being "spiked" with Viagra and related compounds, all products were screened for such compounds but none were found.

CL Answer

Do any supplements help with fatty liver disease? Are some diets more beneficial than others?

Find out if supplements such as vitamin E, fish oil, milk thistle, curcumin, choline, probiotics, vitamin D, reishi mushroom, or extra virgin olive oil are beneficial for fatty liver disease and learn which diet (Mediterranean, ketogenic, DASH, or fasting diets) seems to have greatest benefit.

Overweight man holding his right side near his liver

Product Review

CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) Supplements Review (for Slimming)

Choose the Best CLA Supplement. Not All CLA Supplements Contain What You Expect.

CLA Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

News Release

12/12/2018

Best Taurine Supplements for People and Pets Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, December 12, 2018 — Supplementing with taurine can treat taurine deficiencies in people and pets which, although uncommon, can occur with unconventional diets, such as grain-free diets for dogs. Taurine may also help people suffering from congestive heart failure and liver diseases, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, as well as dogs and cats with dilated cardiomyopathy. But which are the best taurine supplements in terms of quality and value?

News Release

7/05/2016

80% of Milk Thistle Supplements Fail ConsumerLab.com Tests of Quality -- Most Found to Be Low in Key Component

White Plains, New York, July 5, 2016 — Milk thistle supplements naturally contain silymarin compounds which may be helpful in certain liver diseases as well as type 2 diabetes. However, recent ConsumerLab.com tests revealed that eight of ten milk thistle supplements contained much less silymarin than claimed or expected.

News Release

7/26/2016

36% of Meal Replacement Powders and Shakes Fail ConsumerLab.com's Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, July 26, 2016 — Nutritionally balanced powders and read-to-drink shakes can help people lose weight, improve blood sugar control, build muscle, and provide a healthful alternative to snacks. However, recent ConsumerLab.com tests of popular meal replacement and weight management products revealed that more than one-third provided more sodium, sugar, or calories, or less protein, than listed on labels. One product, had something you might not expect, and certainly wouldn't want -- contamination with the heavy metal cadmium. Each of these problems was confirmed in a second, independent laboratory.

News Release

7/29/2016

ConsumerLab.com Discovers Problems with Most Multivitamins for Dogs and Cats

White Plains, New York, August 2, 2016 — After discovering in January that none of the three pet multivitamins it had purchased and tested contained all of what was listed on the labels, ConsumerLab.com purchased four more pet supplements — hoping to find at least one with a truthful label. The results? Two of the products met label claims. Overall, only 28.6% of pet multivitamins recently purchased by Consumerlab.com have passed testing. This compares to 64.3% of multivitamins for people (18 out of 28).

News Release

6/01/2017

Best Vitamin K Supplement? ConsumerLab.com Tests Popular Products and Reveals Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, June 1, 2017 — Vitamin K plays an important role in proper blood clotting as well as with calcium utilization in bones and the cardiovascular system, but do most people need a vitamin K supplement? And do products on the market contain what's claimed on their labels? To find out, ConsumerLab.com reviewed the clinical evidence, and purchased and rigorously tested popular vitamin K supplements sold in the U.S.

News Release

7/31/2015

ConsumerLab.com Tests Reveal What's Really in Menopause Supplements and Creams -- Soy Isoflavone, Red Clover, Black Cohosh, and Progesterone Products Reviewed

White Plains, New York, July 31, 2015 — Women looking for relief from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms often turn to supplements containing estrogen-like isoflavones (from soy or red clover) black cohosh, or creams containing progesterone — but it may be difficult to choose the right one because labels usually don't list amounts of active compounds. ConsumerLab.com recently tested popular menopause products, determined amounts of active compounds, and identified those providing amounts shown to be effective in clinical studies. The results reveal that amounts of active compounds can vary significantly among products. In products with soy, for example, amounts of genistein, an isoflavone thought to be key for reducing hot flashes, ranged from just 0.61 mg to 32.1 mg per recommended daily serving.

News Release

11/29/2011

ConsumerLab.com identifies many quality melatonin sleep supplements, but prices range from 4 cents to over $1 for the same dose

White Plains, New York — November 29th, 2011 — Can melatonin help you sleep? "Melatonin supplements may help some people get to sleep sooner, particularly those with chronic sleeping problems, but don't just buy any supplement - they vary significantly in strength, dosage, and cost," says ConsumerLab.com President, Tod Cooperman, M.D. ConsumerLab.com recently selected and tested nine different melatonin supplements. The testing showed that all contained their labeled amounts of melatonin, but the suggested daily dosage ranged from 1 mg to 50 mg; and cost ranged from just 4 cents to $1.36 for an equivalent dose of melatonin. This means you may not be using the right dose for your needs and you could be paying as much as 33 times more than necessary. ConsumerLab.com also found that one supplement failed to properly disclose all of its ingredients.

Recalls & Warnings

9/26/2020

Cognitive Enhancement Supplements Can Contain Unapproved Drugs

Recent testing detected five unapproved drugs in 10 over-the-counter cognitive enhancement and workout supplements sold in the US. Some of the supplements contained concerningly high doses of unapproved drugs or combinations of several unapproved drugs (Cohen, Neurol Clin Pract Sep 2020). All of the supplements listed at least one unapproved drug on the label.

Recalls & Warnings

8/15/2020

FTC Warns 20 More Companies for Coronavirus Claims

On August 14, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to 20 companies for selling products such as vitamin C, hydrochloroquine, omega 3, and melatonin with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

6/20/2020

FTC Warns 30 More Companies for Coronavirus Claims

On June 18, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to 30 companies for selling products such as immune system boosters, colloidal silver, vitamin C, and CBD with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

6/23/2017

FDA Warns Seller of Menopause, Sexual Enhancement, Prostate Supplements and More For Manufacturing Violations

On May 26, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Star Health & Beauty LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Nu Essentials Royal Jelly Capsules, NuMan Male Enhancement Capsules, Star's Male Potency Tonic, NuGen HP, She Max HP, and V Max H. to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

11/01/2016

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Twelve Energy and Sexual Enhancement Supplements

The FDA recently warned consumers not to buy or use the following "energy" and sexual enhancement supplements, which are sold on various websites and in some retail stores, because they were found to contain undeclared drugs: 

Recalls & Warnings

5/03/2013

Maker of Omega-3, Saw Palmetto, St. John’s Wort Supplements And More Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On March 19, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Sunset Natural Products Inc. following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Hongofin Anti-Fungus Spray w/Aloe Vera, Hongafin (pinceladas), Hongafin Anti-Fungus Powder, Fungus Control Formula by IDLS, Body Anti-Fungal Cream, Shampoo, Melatonin, Selenium, Omega 3, Spirulina, Alfalfa, Aloe Vera, Cat's Claw, Circulation, Garlic, Healthy Male Prostate, Echinacea, Saw Pallmetto, St. John's Wort Extract, DHEA, and Sugar Burner, to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that do not meet Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) requirements for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

12/06/2013

Weight Loss Supplement Claims Challenged

On November 27, 2013, the National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended HealthyLife Sciences, LLC, modify or discontinue the use of certain claims made about the company's weight loss supplement Healthe Trim. Healthe Trim contains green leaf tea extract, Hoodia gordonii, Caralluma fimbriata stem extract, coix seed, Garcinia cambogia and resveratrol. The supplement is sold as part of the Healthe Trim weight loss program, which includes a nutritional guide, lifestyle changes such as restricted caffeine intake, and weekly telephone coaching sessions. (See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Weight Loss Supplements, Garcinia Cambogia Supplements, Green Tea Supplements and Resveratrol Supplements for tests of related products.) The NAD reviewed evidence for HealthyLife's claims, including a 12 week clinical study that compared the use of Healthe Trim and the recommended Healthe Trim lifestyle changes with the use of the American Dietetic Association diet, and concluded that a number of the claims were not supported by the study (which found no statistically significant differences in weight loss between the two groups). The NAD recommended claims that "Healthe Trim ... can help you achieve your weight loss goals and gain the body you've always wanted," and "Healthe Trim gets you started losing unwanted pounds," be modified to include nutritional and lifestyle changes. It also recommended that a number of claims be discontinued, including:

  • "Healthe Trim safely suppresses your appetite and speeds your metabolism so you can lose weight without feeling hungry or deprived."
  • "It also boosts your energy so you can: go to the gym-and not think about food, be more productive — and not think about food, enjoy life — and not think about food!"
  • "Using only natural ingredients, Healthe Trim ...makes you feel great by supplying you with a LONG-LASTING ENERGY BOOST!"
  • "The secret to Healthe Trim's success is its natural ingredients. These ingredients work together to curb your appetite and increase your energy so that eating less and enjoying a more active lifestyle will come naturally, without hunger pangs or listlessness other diets can induce."
  • "Some dietary supplements may leave you hungry, feeling low on energy or with impaired digestion. Healthe Trim's advanced formula includes thermogenic appropriateties [sic] to promote fat loss without irritability."
  • "When used as part of a calorie controlled diet that includes moderate exercise, Healthe Trim will help promote fat oxidation."
  • "Our supplement works to promote fat loss while making you feel great."
The NAD reviewed the claims as part of a collaborative initiative with the Council for Responsible Nutrition to expand NAD's review of advertising claims for dietary supplements. For more information about the NAD's recommendations, use the link below.

Recalls & Warnings

8/02/2014

Judge Orders BioAnue To Stop Illegal Cancer and Disease Claims

On July 23, 2014, Gloria D. Raber, her husband Kelly Raber, and their company, BioAnue were ordered by a federal judge to stop making illegal claims that their products, including TumoRx Cardio Clean, TumoRx Apoptosis Full Strength, TumoRx Formula CX, BioAnue Diabetic Mender, BioAnue Heart Mender, and Bovine Cartilage, can treat diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Recalls & Warnings

4/16/2014

Seller of Aloe, Thyroid and Other Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On March 21, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Aloe Man International Corp., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, GAP Pills, GAP Liquid, The Body Healer, The Big C, Super Cleanser, Maximum Desire, SOC, High Thyroid Regulator, and Low Thyroid Regulator to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements. 

Recalls & Warnings

10/24/2012

Manufacturer of Green Tea, Vitamin E, Omega-3 and Cranberry Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Misbranding and Drug Claims

On October 16, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement manufacturer Advanced Nutritional Technology Inc., following an inspection of the company's facility which revealed violations of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) for manufacturing, packaging labeling and holding operations. These violations cause the dietary supplements manufactured by Advanced Nutritional Technology to be adulterated because they have been prepared, packed or held under conditions that do not meet CGMP regulations.

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. Calming Spirit, were adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

8/30/2012

Supplement Company Warned For Medical Claims and Misbranding Of Omega-3, CoQ10, Noni Juice And More

On July 12, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Alfa Vitamins Laboratories, Inc. because claims made on the company's website cause the following products to be marketed as drugs rather than dietary supplements: Alfa's Sugar Control, Aloe Vera, Anamu and Llanten, CoQ10, Diabetifen, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, MAX-EPA 2000 mg, Noni Capsules, Noni Juice, Omega-3, Pulmonary Primacare, Shark Cartilage, Vitamin E, St. John's Wort, and Cat's Claw. These products were also found to be misbranded due to inadequate directions for use.

Recalls & Warnings

3/16/2006

Garden of Life, Maker of Primal Defense, Settles FTC Charges

On March 9, 2006, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an operation that marketed dietary supplements sold at Whole Foods Market, GNC, the Vitamin Shoppe, and on the Internet settled FTC charges that they made deceptive advertising claims about their supplements. The FTC charged that Garden of Life, Inc., a dietary supplement company based in West Palm Beach, Florida, and its founder and owner, Jordan S. Rubin, made unsubstantiated claims that their supplements treated or cured a variety of ailments, ranging from colds to cancer, and also made false claims of clinical proof. The settlement prohibits deceptive claims about the results of tests or studies and requires claims by the defendants to be substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence.

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) – can restore vision already lost from age-related macular degeneration and eliminate small specks moving in the field of vision (called “floaters”). The proposed administrative consent agreement bans the respondents from claiming that Ocular Nutrition, or any similar supplement product: (1) restores vision lost from macular degeneration, or (2) eliminates floaters, unless they have competent and reliable scientific evidence to support those claims. It also requires the payment of $450,000 to the FTC.

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 Nutrition) – can restore vision already lost from age-related macular degeneration and eliminate small specks moving in the field of vision (called “floaters”). The proposed administrative consent agreement bans the respondents from claiming that Ocular Nutrition, or any similar supplement product: (1) restores vision lost from macular degeneration, or (2) eliminates floaters, unless they have competent and reliable scientific evidence to support those claims. It also requires the payment of $450,000 to the FTC.

Recalls & Warnings

7/30/2004

FTC Sues Florida Man for Illegal Spam and False "Human Growth Hormone" Product Claims

On July 29, 2004, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that a federal court in Chicago has issued a court order halting illegal spamming and deceptive product claims, and has also frozen the assets of Creaghan A. Harry, a resident of Boca Raton, Florida. Harry sells bogus "human growth hormone" products over the Internet through spam. The Federal Trade Commission alleges that Harry is responsible for what likely amounts to millions of illegal spam messages. From January 1 through May 31, 2004, consumers have forwarded approximately 40,000 complaints to the FTC concerning spam messages linked to Harry.

Product Review

L-Theanine Supplements Review

Find the Best L-Theanine Supplement. Find Out If L-Theanine Helps for Stress and Which Products Are Best.

L-Theanine Supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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.

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News Release

2/26/2021

COVID Changed Supplement Popularity in 2020, ConsumerLab Survey Reveals

White Plains, New York, February 26, 2021 — A survey of 9,647 people who use dietary supplements shows that the supplements which experienced the greatest growth in popularity in 2020 were those being promoted to prevent or treat infection with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. (For a clinical review of these claims, see ConsumerLab.com's answer to the question "Do any supplements help with the coronavirus (COVID-19)?"). These supplements were zinc (+13.5 percentage points), vitamin C (+ 7.5 pts), vitamin D (+6.6 pts), quercetin (+4.9 pts), and elderberry (+4.1).

News Release

2/23/2021

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Best Prostate Supplements With Saw Palmetto and Beta-Sitosterol

White Plains, New York, February 23, 2021 — Over half of men over age 60 may experience increased urinary frequency, difficulty urinating, or other symptoms of an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostate hyperplasia, or BPH. Supplements containing saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol are often promoted to help reduce the symptoms of BPH, but do they really work, and if so, which provide the best quality and value?

Product Review

Maca Supplements Review

Choose the Best Maca Supplement. Make Sure Your Maca Supplement Isn't Contaminated With Lead.

Maca Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Green Coffee Bean Extract Supplements Review (for Weight Loss)

Choose the Best Green Coffee Bean Extract. 50% of Green Coffee Bean Extract Supplements Don't Deliver Expected Ingredients.

Green Coffee Bean Extract Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Bone Broth Review

Find the Best Bone Broth. Find Out How Much Collagen and Sodium Is Really In Popular Bone Broths.

Bone Broth Supplements Reviewed by Consumerlab.com

Product Review

Reishi Mushroom Supplements Review

Find the Best Reishi Mushroom Supplement. See How Reishi Supplements Differ.

Reishi Mushrooms tested by ConsumerLab.com

News Release

9/27/2012

ConsumerLab.com Reveals How Much Caffeine is in Energy Drinks -- Also Finds Some Drinks and Dietary Supplements Don't Contain Claimed Amounts of B Vitamins

White Plains, New York — September 27, 2012 — Energy shots and drinks are promoted to keep you alert and energized, attributing their effects to special formulas often "packed with B vitamins and nutrients to make it last," as a commercial for 5-hour Energy proclaims. But could it just be a lot of caffeine? "Certainly," says ConsumerLab.com President, Tod Cooperman, M.D. "Many products don't disclose how much caffeine they contain, but our tests show that a single small bottle of some of these drinks contains more caffeine than two full cups of coffee." ConsumerLab.com purchased and tested three of the most popular energy drinks: 5-hour Energy, Monster Energy M-3 Concentrate; and Red Bull.

News Release

10/02/2018

Best Joint Health Supplements Identified -- ConsumerLab Tests Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia Supplements for People and Pets

White Plains, New York, October 2, 2018 — Do joint health supplements with ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, Boswellia, and MSM really relieve joint pain or slow the progression of osteoarthritis? If so, which products are best? To find out, ConsumerLab recently tested popular joint supplements for people and joint supplements for dogs and cats to see whether they contained their claimed amounts of glucosamine, chondroitin and/or MSM, and, in products claiming to contain Boswellia, amounts of the key boswellic acid AKBA. Products were also tested for contamination with heavy metals such as lead and, if tablets, for proper disintegration.

News Release

6/21/2017

Which Magnesium Is Best? ConsumerLab.com Tests Popular Brands and Reveals Its Top Pick

White Plains, New York, June 21, 2017 — Magnesium supplements are among the most popular supplements, but do you need to take one and, if so, which is best? To find out, ConsumerLab.com reviewed the clinical evidence, and purchased and tested popular magnesium supplements sold in the U.S. and Canada.

News Release

3/17/2015

CoQ10 & Ubiquinol Supplements Vary in Quality, as Well as Dose, Absorption, and Price According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, March 17, 2015 — Findings from a recent study by ConsumerLab.com highlights the difficulty consumers have in selecting a supplement containing the highly-popular anti-oxidant CoQ10 or its activated form, ubiquinol. ConsumerLab.com's tests revealed that, among 24 CoQ10 and ubiquinol products it recently selected for testing, two contained less CoQ10 than listed -- one of which provided only 61% of the amount claimed. Even among products which contained their listed ingredients, consumers need to choose carefully --- the suggested daily dose ranged from 30 mg to 1,000 mg and the calculated cost ranged from 8 cents to more than $3 to obtain an equivalent amount (100 mg) of CoQ10 from products. The results appear in a new online report showing which products passed or failed testing, offer the best value, and contain solubility-enhancers which may increase absorption.

News Release

4/28/2015

Best Supplements for Bone Health? ConsumerLab.com Finds Products with Multiple Ingredients More Likely to Contain Wrong Amounts

White Plains, New York, April 28, 2015 — Vitamin D and calcium each play a crucial role in bone health and are among the most popular supplement ingredients in the U.S., but recent ConsumerLab.com tests found 3 out of 25 popular products containing vitamin D and calcium (including some with vitamin K) contained either too much or too little of a key ingredient. Interestingly, the problems were only found in products which contained multiple ingredients.

News Release

4/28/2020

Best and Worst Multivitamins Revealed by ConsumerLab -- Problems Found With 44% of Multis Tested

White Plains, New York, April 28, 2020 — Multivitamin/multimineral supplements are among the top five most popular supplements, but with so many different formulas on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one. Some can be a good source of vitamin D, vitamin C, and zinc, which are essential for immune system function and of particular interest during the COVID-19 epidemic. However, ConsumerLab found quality issues with 44% of the multivitamin and multimineral supplements it recently selected for review.

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. ConsumerLab.com recently purchased popular zinc supplements, testing their contents and reviewing their dosage against product shown to work in clinical studies.

News Release

5/02/2018

Best Probiotic Supplements and Kombuchas? -- ConsumerLab Tests 41 Popular Products, Reveals Problems and Top Picks

White Plains, New York, May 2, 2018 — With so many different probiotic supplements on the market, each providing different amounts and strains of beneficial bacteria or yeast, choosing the right one can be an overwhelming task. How do you know which product bests suits a particular need, contains the beneficial bacteria it claims, and is the best quality and value? And how do probiotic drinks like kombucha compare?

News Release

5/17/2017

Best Vitamin D? ConsumerLab.com Tests Popular Vitamin D Supplements and Reveals Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, May 17, 2017 — Vitamin D is currently the most popular dietary supplement among people who regularly use supplements according to a recent survey by ConsumerLab.com. Its popularity is driven by the fact that having sufficient vitamin D in the body is associated not only with maintaining strong bones but a reduced risk of falls, heart attack, high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and even colds.

News Release

5/26/2017

ConsumerLab.com Tests Reveal the Best Calcium Supplements

White Plains, New York, May 26, 2017 — Most people know that calcium is important for building and maintaining strong bones, but with so many different forms, dosages and ingredient combinations available on the market, choosing a calcium supplement can be difficult. To help, ConsumerLab.com reviewed popular calcium supplements sold in the U.S., purchasing them on the market, testing the quality, and comparing their dosage and formulation. The Review included calcium tablets, caplets, liquids, chews, and gummies.

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.com shows that not all supplements are free of contamination and provide a dosage that has been proven effective.

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.com reported today that three of nine turmeric/curcumin supplements recently selected for testing failed to pass its quality review. One of the failing products provided only 8 milligrams of curcuminoid compounds (hundreds of milligrams are typically recommended) and another was contaminated with small amounts of lead and cadmium. In brands of turmeric spice used in cooking, ConsumerLab.com found large numbers of insect parts, suggesting insanitary storage. One of the "organic" turmeric spices contained a whole larva of a cigarette beetle, a known storage pest.

News Release

6/10/2015

ConsumerLab.com Tests Reveal Best and Worst Magnesium Supplements

White Plains, New York, June 10, 2015 — Magnesium supplements have become extremely popular, surpassing even calcium among frequent users of supplements. However, recent tests by ConsumerLab.com reveal that not all magnesium supplements contain what they claim -- and higher cost doesn't mean higher quality. In fact, some supplements that passed ConsumerLab.com's tests cost just a few cents per dose, while others costing twenty times as much failed. One widely promoted and relatively expensive product, for example, contained only 61.5% of its listed magnesium. Among the 18 products selected for review, three failed testing and fifteen were Approved for quality.

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. Alpha lipoic acid is a natural anti-oxidant that can help diabetics by reducing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and other organ damage. It is an approved prescription drug in Germany for treating neuropathies, but is sold in the U.S. as a dietary supplement. It is commonly promoted as an "anti-aging" supplement due to preliminary studies in animals, although such effects have not been well established in people.

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Why does my multivitamin make me nauseous? Is there anything that can help?

Find out if ingredients in multivitamins can cause nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort.

Multivitamins Causing Nausea -- woman with nausea holding multivitamin

News Release

2/24/2022

Consumers Returned to Pre-Pandemic Supplement Usage in 2021, ConsumerLab Survey Reveals

White Plains, New York, February 24, 2022 —A survey of 8,049 people who use dietary supplements shows many supplements that declined in use in 2020 began bouncing back in 2021, such as magnesium (+2.4 percentage points), and CoQ10 (+2.7 pts). In fact, 25 of the 30 most popular supplements rose in usage in 2021 in contrast to 2020 when two-thirds declined, suggesting a return to pre-pandemic supplement usage.

Recalls & Warnings

6/13/2013

Seller of Cardio, Immune, Greens Supplements and More Warned For Drug Claims

On May 29, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement company Nature's Answer, following a review a the company's website, www.naturesanswer.com, which found statements made about Hi-B Homocysteine, Goldenseal Root, Nature's Answer Bio-Flavonoids with Rosehip, Immune Boost, Gingko Leaf, Male Complex, Sambucus Nigra, Bio-Strath, Greens Today for Women, and Greens Today for Men, to be drug claims.

News Release

4/02/2022

ConsumerLab Discovers Less Vitamin K Than Listed in Some Supplements

  White Plains, New York, May 16, 2022 — Vitamin K plays an important role in proper blood clotting and calcium utilization in bones and is a common ingredient in bone health supplements. However, recent ConsumerLab tests of popular vitamin K and bone health supplements revealed some products contain much less vitamin K than claimed on the label.

Product Review

Vitamin K Supplements Review (Including Calcium, Magnesium, Boron, and Vitamin D)

Should You Take Vitamin K? Beware of Products That Don't Deliver.

News Release

4/13/2022

ConsumerLab Tests Vitamin D Supplements and Cautions About Dose

  White Plains, New York, May 12, 2022 — Getting sufficient vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and has a wide range of other health benefits. It's no wonder that it has been the #1 supplement in popularity year-after-year in ConsumerLab's survey of supplement users. However, getting too much vitamin D can have adverse effects. With so many different vitamin D supplements on the market, how can consumers know which products provide the best dose of vitamin D to meet their needs at the best quality and cost?

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What is Skinny Fiber and does it really work? I see that glucomannan is a key ingredient. What is that?

Learn more about Skinny Fiber, including its key ingredient glucomannan, evidence from clinical studies, dosage info, and safety.

Skinny Fiber

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The suggested daily serving for my fish oil supplement, three 1,000 mg softgels, seems like a lot. Do I really need to take this much?

Information on the proper fish oil dosage per day. See the best dosage for different uses, such as lowering triglyceride levels or improving mood, plus information on overdose.

Fish Oil

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What are the side effects of curcumin and turmeric?

Do curcumin and turmeric supplements have possible side effects? Get information about drug interactions with curcumin and turmeric supplements and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Side Effects of Curcumin and Turmeric

News Release

2/06/2006

ConsumerLab.com finds most prostate supplements have correct ingredients, but three fail testing — Results posted for 22 supplements containing saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK — FEBRUARY 6, 2006 — ConsumerLab.com announced test results today from its new Product Review of Prostate Supplements. Year after year, saw palmetto remains one of the most popular herbal supplements due to its ability to improve urinary symptoms in men with prostate enlargement. ConsumerLab.com's testing found nineteen supplements to provide the proper amount and quality of saw palmetto or beta-sitosterol known to improve symptoms; three saw palmetto products did not, including two major brands.

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5/08/2012

Lead Contamination and Mislabeling in Joint Health Supplements with Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, May 8, 2012 — Glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are popular dietary supplements for treating symptoms of osteoarthritis — worn joint cartilage. But some products are contaminated with lead, don't contain listed ingredients, or have inadequate labeling, according recent analyses by ConsumerLab.com. ConsumerLab.com purchased and tested supplements for osteoarthritis for people as well as products for dogs, cats and horses.

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6/25/2019

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Best B Vitamin Supplements -- 19% of B Vitamin Supplements Fail CL's Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, June 25, 2019 — B vitamins and complexes are among the most popular supplements sold in the U.S. because B vitamins are essential for a wide range of functions in the body. Supplementation with B vitamins can help offset inadequacies in the diet and difficulties in extracting and absorbing B vitamins from foods, as is common in older people and those taking medicine that lowers stomach acid. But many people who take B vitamins may be getting much more than they need, or than they expect from labels according to recently published test results by ConsumerLab.com.

Product Review

Joint Health Supplements for Pets Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM & Boswellia)

See Which Pet Supplements for Joint Health Passed Our Tests and Which Didn't!

Joint Health Supplements for Pets

Product Review

Tuna, Salmon & Sardines Review (Canned and Packaged)

Find the Best Tuna, Salmon & Sardines. Avoid Mercury and Maximize EPA & DHA Omega-3s!

Canned tuna, salmon and sardines reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Apple Cider Vinegar Review – Bottled Liquids and Supplements

Find the Best Apple Cider Vinegar. See Which Apple Cider Vinegar Liquids and Supplements Passed Our Tests of Quality.

Apple Cider Vinegar Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com