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CL Answer

Can CoQ10 help lower high homocysteine levels?

Find out if CoQ10 lowers homocysteine levels, which supplements lower homocysteine levels, and whether lowering homocysteine levels decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CoQ10 and Homocysteine

Product Review

Psyllium Fiber Supplements Review

Most Psyllium Supplements Failed Our Tests Due to Lead Contamination. Find Out Which Passed or Failed and Which Is Our Top Pick.

Psyllium Supplements Reviewed by Consumerlab.com

CL Answer

Which supplements or foods can help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy? Are there any to avoid?

Information about heart health supplements & vitamins that help with cholesterol, including sterol esters, CoQ10, and vitamin D, and which may be bad for the heart, like calcium.

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of amla and is it safe?

Learn about amla (Indian gooseberry), including its potential health benefits and possible safety concerns.

Amla supplement capsules being poured onto a wooden table with amla fruit in the background

CL Answer

What is the benefit of magnesium orotate compared to other forms of magnesium?

Find out if magnesium orotate is the best form of magnesium for supplements, including safety concerns.

Magnesium

Clinical Update

2/23/2022

Coffee and Heart Health

Drinking moderate amounts of one type of coffee, but not another, was linked to a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke in a recent analysis. Get the details in our updated article about Coffee and Health.

Clinical Update

7/12/2022

Citrulline for Heart Health?

Does supplementing with citrulline reduce blood pressure and improve heart function in people with heart failure? Find out in the Citrulline section of our L-Arginine Supplements Review (citrulline is converted to L-arginine in the body).

Clinical Update

9/02/2022

Black Tea for Heart Health?

Drinking green tea has been linked with reduced risk of death due to heart disease, but how about black tea? See what a recent study found in the Cardiovascular Disease section of our Green Tea Supplements and Drinks Review.

Clinical Update

9/28/2022

Beta-glucan Supplements for Lowering Cholesterol?

Beta-glucan from cereals such as oats and barley may help lower cholesterol, but be aware that other sources of beta-glucan (including some supplements) may not. Find out in our CL Answer about supplements for heart health.

Clinical Update

7/21/2021

Coffee and Heart Rhythm Risk

Is coffee consumption associated with the risk of atrial fibrillation and other arrythmias? See the latest findings in our article about Coffee and Heart Health.

Clinical Update

8/03/2021

Coffee and Dementia?

Can drinking coffee increase or decrease the risk of dementia? A cause-and-effect relationship has not been established but some striking associations were recently found based on consumption levels. We've added the details to the Safety section of our article about Coffee and Heart Health.

Clinical Update

8/10/2021

Coffee and Arterial Stiffness

Does drinking coffee increase arterial stiffness, a predictor of heart disease? Find out what research shows in our updated answer about Coffee and Heart Health.

Clinical Update

10/15/2021

How Coffee Helps the Heart

A recent study may help explain how moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of heart disease. Get the details in our updated answer to the question: Is drinking coffee good or bad for heart health?

Clinical Update

12/03/2021

Pesticides in Coffee?

A member recently asked if coffee beans or ground coffee might contain enough pesticide residue to be a health concern. Find out in our updated CL Answer about Coffee and Heart Health.

Clinical Update

12/07/2021

Can Warm Coffee Trigger Burning Mouth Syndrome?

A member asked if anyone else had experienced "burning mouth syndrome" after drinking warm coffee. Find out if drinking coffee can trigger symptoms of this known condition in the Safety section of our updated article about Coffee and Heart Health.

Clinical Update

3/17/2021

Does Coffee Consumption Lower Cardiovascular Risk, or Is It the Other Way Around?

New study results may undermine the association between moderate coffee consumption and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Find out in our updated answer to the question: Is drinking coffee good or bad for heart health?

Clinical Update

1/06/2021

Coffee and Heart Disease

Research published this week suggests a link between a moderate coffee consumption and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Get the details in our article about Coffee and Heart Health.

Clinical Update

5/22/2018

Eat Fish for Heart Health

The American Heart Association recently affirmed that eating fish may help to reduce the risk of cardiac death, coronary heart disease, and ischemic stroke. However, the same cannot be said for fish oil supplements. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also, stay tuned: ConsumerLab is currently testing popular brands of canned tuna and salmon to assess their purity and levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Clinical Update

7/21/2018

Fish Oil for Heart Health?

Are fish oil supplements good for the heart? See what a review of over 70 clinical trials concluded in the Heart Attack and Stroke section of the Fish Oil and Omega-3 Supplements Review.

Also, learn what fish oil can or cannot do for other health conditions, such as arthritis, in the What It Does section of the review. (See our Top Picks among fish and marine oils.)

Clinical Update

12/14/2019

Heart Disease & Magnesium

Women with the lowest daily intakes of magnesium were found to have the highest risk of fatal coronary heart disease in a recent study, which is consistent with other studies of magnesium and heart health. See the What It Does section of the Magnesium Supplements Review for details about this association. Also see our Top Picks among magnesium supplements.

Clinical Update

6/29/2019

Fish Oil Heart Claim

You'll start seeing a new heart health claim on fish oil supplements as well as foods that provide the omega-3's EPA and DHA. While legal, the claim is a bit fishy. Get the details in the Fish Oil Supplements Review as well as the Canned Tuna and Salmon Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oil supplements and canned fish.

Clinical Update

9/04/2020

Coffee and Cholesterol

Drinking large amounts of coffee daily can increase cholesterol levels, according to a recent analysis. Get the details in our answer to the question: Is drinking coffee good or bad for heart health?

Clinical Update

8/26/2020

Vitamin K & Heart Health

Can taking vitamin K supplements improve vascular stiffness or lower blood pressure in people with kidney disease? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of our Vitamin K Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin K.

Clinical Update

3/07/2020

Fish Oil and Heart Disease

Many studies have assessed the potential benefits of taking fish oil supplements. Results have been conflicting, but one of the largest and longest-term studies was recently published. See what it found in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our general recommendations for using fish oil for heart health and check out our Top Picks for fish oil supplements.

CL Answer

Is it safe to drink coffee regularly? Does drinking coffee increase or decrease the risk of cancer?

Learn more about coffee, its safety, if it's good for you, and if it impacts your risk of cancer.

CL Answer

Is echium oil a good alternative to fish oil? I am allergic to fish.

Echium oil as an alternative to fish oil. Learn more for those with fish allergies, including information on omega-3 fatty acids.

Fish Oil Tablets and Liquid on White Background

CL Answer

What is hesperidin, what is it used for and is it safe?

Learn about hesperidin, including whether its beneficial for heart health, problems with circulation, stroke, cognitive function, depression, cancer and other conditions, and find out if it is safe.

A glass of orange juice sitting on a table and surrounded by sliced and whole oranges

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of serrapeptase?

Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme. Learn more about its health effects, including whether evidence supports its use for pain, inflammation, and heart health.

Serrapeptase for Inflammation and Pain

CL Answer

Is canola oil good or bad for you? I heard it can be toxic.

Find out if canola oil is bad for you or good for you, and whether it helps heart health. Clinical evidence and how it compares to other oils.

Is canola oil good or bad? -- bottle of canola oil

Clinical Update

6/08/2017

How To Get Vitamin K From Food

Many of the benefits of vitamin K - such as proper blood clotting and calcium utilization for bone and heart health - are associated with getting adequate vitamin K from foods. The good news? Brand new research has found much higher amounts of vitamin K2 (the form associated with cardiovascular benefits) in dairy foods than previously known. However, the amounts vary tremendously depending on whether these foods are full-fat, or reduced-fat or fat-free. Get the details in the "Vitamin K from food" section of the Vitamin K Supplements Review. If you're interested in a vitamin K supplement, see our Top Picks among brands.

CL Answer

Is drinking coffee good or bad for heart health?

Learn more about coffee and caffeine, its safety, if it's good for you, how much coffee is too much and its impact on your heart.

CL Answer

Is DPA an important omega-3 fatty acid? It's been promoted as more "powerful" than EPA and DHA.

Find out more about DPA (docosapentaenoic acid), the third most prevalent omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil. Learn how much DPA is in supplements and fish, plus the clinical evidence for DPA, whether it can improve heart health, lower triglycerides and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Is DPA an important omega-3 fatty acid? -- Fish Oil Supplements

Product Review

Avocado Oil Review

Find the Best Avocado Oil for Purity, Freshness and Taste. Some Others May Include Rotten Avocado or Other Oils.

Avocado oil reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

How do I find the best quality olive oil and what are the health benefits?

Health Benefits of olive oil, including heart benefits, anti-inflammatory effects. Plus, how to choose a quality olive oil and cook with olive oil

Health Benefits of Olive Oil -- Pouring Olive Oil Into a Bowl

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of tart cherry juice?

See the evidence for tart cherry juice health benefits from clinical studies. Find out if tart cherry has anti-inflammatory effects, if it can improve sleep, lower high blood pressure, or help for muscle pain and osteoarthritis.

Tart Cherry Benefits -- glass of cherry juice and two tart cherries

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of green tea, and is it safe?

ConsumerLab explains green tea's potential health benefits for everything from fighting cancer to helping your heart.

Cup of green tea with dried tea leaves

CL Answer

Can vitamin K2 really help decrease calcium in the arteries?

Learn more about vitamin K2 and the impact on calcium in the heart and arteries, and find out if vitamin K can help with coronary heart disease.

White Supplements in Wooden Bowl

CL Answer

Does Carditone work to lower blood pressure?

Carditone information, including safety and side effects, whether Carditone has been shown to work for blood pressure and angina, and more.

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of dark chocolate?

Information on the health benefits of dark chocolate, including how dark chocolate may improve heart health, decrease blood sugar levels and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate -- Dark chocolate, cocoa powder and stethoscope

CL Answer

Which supplements can help lower my triglycerides?

Find out whether fish oil supplements, or plant-based oil supplements, such as flaxseed oil and echium oil are best for lowering triglyceride levels. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Supplements to Lower Triglyceride Levels -- fish oil capsules and stethoscope

CL Answer

Is there a danger in taking lecithin or phosphatidylcholine? I heard that they may increase the risk of heart attacks.

Lecithin, phosphatidylcholine and choline - Learn more about the potential link between them and cardiovascular disease.

Increased Heart Risk

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of black garlic?

Find out if black garlic can lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation or has anti-cancer properties, plus how it compares to fresh garlic and other garlic supplements.

Black Garlic Health Benefits -- black garlic cloves up close

CL Answer

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

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

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

Product Review

Lycopene Supplements Review

Find the Best Lycopene Supplements. CL Tests Reveal That Not All Lycopene Supplements Contain What They Claim.

Lycopene Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Is there a lab test that can measure CoQ10 in the blood? Can it help to determine the dosage I should take for a certain condition, like heart failure?

Learn more about blood tests for CoQ10, normal ranges for CoQ10 levels and more.

Blood Test

CL Answer

Which supplements can help to lower blood pressure?

Supplements to lower blood pressure, including CoQ10, vitamin C, fish oil, and olive oil, are all explored to find out what works.

Supplements that can lower, or raise blood pressure -- blood pressure cuff and bottle of pills

CL Answer

Is it better to get vitamins from foods or supplements, and are natural vitamins better than synthetic vitamins?

Learn more about the benefits of getting vitamins from food versus supplements, natural versus synthetic vitamins, and more.

Getting Vitamins and Minerals from Food vs. Supplements -- fruits, vegetables, and a spoon containing supplements on a table

CL Answer

When taking a statin drug like Lipitor or Crestor, are there supplements I should avoid or take?

Learn about the interactions between certain supplements and atorvastatin (Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and other cholesterol-lowering statins.

Statin Interactions With Supplements -- close-up of statin medication box and tablets

CL Answer

Is it true that oat cereals, like Cheerios, oatmeal, oatflakes and steel-cut oats can be contaminated with a toxin?

Find out if oat cereals, like Cheerios and oatmeal, can be contaminated with the fungal toxin ochratoxin A (OTA). ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Oat Cereals and Fungal Toxin OTA -- bowl of oat cereal

CL Answer

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

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

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Can magnesium supplements reduce heart palpitations or PVCs?

Having low blood levels of magnesium has been associated with abnormal heart rhythms known as PVCs (premature ventricular complexes). Find out if taking magnesium supplements can help.

Magnesium and Palpitations (PVCs) -- Woman With Heart Palpitations

CL Answer

Do CoQ10 levels really decrease with age?

Find out if CoQ10 levels decrease with age in the blood, brain & heart and at what age these decreases begin.

News Release

5/16/2022

Best Calcium and Bone Health Supplements Revealed by ConsumerLab Tests

  White Plains, New York, May 16, 2022 — Calcium is essential for maintaining bones and plays critical roles in nerve transmission, muscle contraction, and the cardiovascular system.

Clinical Update

6/01/2022

Ubiquinol for Heart Failure

Can supplementing with ubiquinol help people with diastolic heart failure? Find out what a recent study showed. Also see if CoQ10 helps with congestive heart failure in the Cardiovascular Health section of our CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review.

CL Answer

Do "lite" salts and salt substitutes containing potassium help lower blood pressure and reduce heart risks? Are they safe?

Find out if replacing regular salt with "lite" salt or salt substitutes, such as Morton Lite Salt, Morton Salt Substitute, NoSalt Original Sodium Free Salt Alternative, and MySalt, helps to reduce blood pressure, or decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Plus, learn about the safety and side effects associated with salt substitutes, drug interactions, and more.

Lite Salt and Salt Substitutes with Potassium -- Salt Shaker

Product Review

Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review (Sterols/Stanols and Policosanol)

Find the Best Cholesterol-Lowering Supplement. See Which Plant Sterol and Policosanol Supplements Passed Our Tests and Are Our Top Picks.

Sterol, Stanol, and Policosanol Supplements for Cholesterol-lowering Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Are red yeast rice supplements legally permitted to contain statins, like lovastatin, since these are drugs?

Learn more about red yeast rice supplements and the varying amounts of lovastatin they contain.

Red Yeast Rice Supplements and Powder

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides, such as those used in Bulletproof Coffee?

Learn the health benefits of coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), including evidence from Bulletproof Coffee, clinical studies on obesity, skin, and Alzheimer's disease.

Coconut Oil & MCTs -- Coconuts and coconut oil with coffee cup

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

CL Answer

Which supplements reduce the risk of stroke? Which increase the risk of stroke?

Find out which supplements (may help reduce the risk of stroke/might increase the risk of stroke.)

Stroke Spelled on Wooden Blocks Against Blue Background

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

Clinical Update

5/15/2019

Glucosamine and Heart Disease

Does taking glucosamine affect your risk of developing cardiovascular disease? See what a large study recently found in the What It Does section of the Joint Health Supplements Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia). Also see our Top Picks among joint health supplements.

CL Answer

Does Bacopa extract improve memory, mood, or sleep? Is it safe?

Find out if bacopa improves memory and cognition, mood or sleep, and whether it's been shown to be helpful in people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Plus, learn about the safety and common side effects of bacopa.

Bacopa for Memory and Cognition -- Bacopa leaves and powder

CL Answer

Is it true that fish oil may help protect the body against air pollution?

Find out if fish oil and olive oil can help protect the body against air pollution.

Fish Oil and Air Pollution

Clinical Update

9/13/2022

Glucosamine & Heart Disease

Is taking glucosamine for arthritis linked to the risk of cardiovascular disease? Find out in the What It Does section of our Review of Joint Health Supplements.

Clinical Update

7/26/2022

Phosphatidylcholine & Heart Risk?

Free choline can raise blood levels of TMAO, which has been linked with adverse health effects. But does phosphatidylcholine, a form of choline (and the main form in eggs), have similar effects on TMAO levels? Find out in our updated Answer to the question: Is there a danger in taking lecithin or phosphatidylcholine?

Clinical Update

5/24/2017

Stroke Risk with Calcium

A new study shows that high-dose calcium supplements may double the risk of stroke in men and women. The risk of heart attack is also increased, as shown in other studies. However, there are ways to take calcium without this risk and still get bone health benefits. For details, see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Calcium Supplements Review >>

CL Answer

Does glucosamine raise "bad" LDL cholesterol?

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

Supplements and Water in Hand

Product Review

Toprol XL vs. Generic Metoprolol Succinate Extended-release (ER) Tablets Review Article

Choose the Best Blood Pressure Medication. Find Out Why Some Generic Blood Pressure Medications Are Not the Same as the Original & May Increase Blood Pressure or Have Other Disturbing Side Effects.

Toprol vs Generic Metoprolol

CL Answer

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

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

CL Answer

Are there any serious side effects with Lovaza or Epanova (prescription fish oil)? If so, would these also apply to generic versions of these drugs and to fish oil supplements?

Understand the side effects of prescription fish oil like Lovaza and Epanova, and find out if the generic fish oils are effective and safe.

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

CL Answer

Can I take CoQ10 at the same time as my statin, or should I take them separately?

Taking CoQ10 and statins (such as lovastatin and simvastatin)? Find out if you can take them at the same time or if they should be taken separately. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Elderly Individual Taking Two Supplements from Blister Packs

CL Answer

Which oils can help lower my cholesterol and risk of heart attack? How are coconut oil, olive oil, and fish oil for example?

Find out which fats and oils, such as coconut oil and fish oil, lower cholesterol and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Oils and Heart Health

CL Answer

Are There Supplements That Help Treat POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)?

Find out which supplements and lifestyle changes may be helpful for people with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).

POTS

CL Answer

Are L-carnosine supplements helpful and safe?

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

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

Product Review

Hoodia (Hoodia gordonii) Supplements Review Article

Hoodia Supplements for Weight Loss. Will Hoodia help you lose weight? Make sure you know the facts.

Product Review

Nitric Oxide Supplements (Bodybuilding and Athletic Performance) Review Article

Do Nitric Oxide Supplements Really Work? Find Out If Nitric Oxide Supplements Really Build Muscle or Improve Performance.

Nitric Oxide Supplements Review

CL Answer

Does forskolin help for weight loss? Is it safe?

Learn more about forskolin including weight loss, diet, preventing asthma attacks and its proposed effects on the body.

Clinical Update

5/19/2013

Fish Oil No Help for Heart Disease?

A new study found that taking a fish oil supplement did not reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with multiple risk factors for heart disease. But this doesn't tell the whole story. Get the bottom line on fish oil for heart disease and test results for over 70 fish oil supplements, in the updated Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

4/05/2016

Vitamin D Improves Heart Output

A recent study in people with chronic heart failure (poor heart output) found that vitamin D improved heart output. However, the study did not achieve its main objective — to increase walking distance. The dose may have been to blame. For details see the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

CL Answer

My HDL (good) cholesterol level is low. Should I take niacin to raise my HDLs?

Learn more about niacin and find out if it can raise HDL ("good") cholesterol levels.

Vitamin B3 Blister Packs

Product Review

Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review

50% of Red Yeast Rice Supplements "NOT APPROVED" in CL Tests

Recalls & Warnings

6/26/2006

FDA Warns Candy Maker Making Heart Health Claims

On May 31, 2006, the U.S.

Clinical Update

5/31/2011

Niacin Concern Stops Cardiovascular Study

A clinical trial using high dose niacin (vitamin B3) was recently stopped by the National Institutes of Health due to lack of benefit and a small increase in strokes. Patients in the study had cardiovascular disease and were already taking a statin drug to keep LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels low. The addition of high dose niacin was intended to increase HDL ("good") cholesterol, reduce elevated triglycerides, and, most importantly, reduce the risk of heart attacks and stoke. For more information, including the amount and type of niacin used in the study and additional information about niacin and niacin supplements, see the B Vitamin Supplements ReviewMore >>

CL Answer

What is Perque Bone Guard Forté? It is safe and effective for bone health?

Find out about the ingredients in Perque Bone Guard Forté, including which ingredients may be beneficial for osteoporosis and bone health and which may be a safety concern.

Bottle of Perque Bone Guard Forte

CL Answer

What is CELLFOOD and is it a healthy supplement?

Learn more about CELLFOOD (NuScience Corporation), including if the claims to improve athletic performance, fibromyalgia, weight loss, and cancer are true.

What is CELLFOOD

Clinical Update

4/05/2022

Fish Oil for Heart Failure?

Can fish oil reduce the risk of being hospitalized due to heart failure? See what a major study found in the Heart Disease and Stroke section of our Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks for fish oil.

Clinical Update

3/15/2022

Fish Oil and Heart Failure Risk?

Can supplementing with fish oil reduce cardiovascular risk factors in people at high risk for heart failure? Find out what a recent study showed in the Heart Attack and Stroke section of our Fish and Marine Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among fish oil supplements.

Clinical Update

3/01/2022

Heart Risk With Fizzy Pills and Powders

Be aware that supplements that "fizz" in water may be exposing you to potentially dangerous amounts of sodium. This was associated with higher risk of heart attack, stroke, or heart failure in a recent study.

Clinical Update

7/26/2022

Vitamin D and Heart Failure

Does high-dose vitamin D improve heart function in people with chronic heart failure? Find out what a recent study showed in the Cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and cholesterol section of our Vitamin D Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

4/29/2022

Vitamin K and Heart Valve Calcification

Can supplementation with the MK-7 form of vitamin K2 slow the progression of aortic valve calcification, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease? See what a new study found in the Heart Disease section of our Vitamin K Supplements Review.

Also see our answer to the question: Which supplements or foods can help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy? Are there any to avoid?

Clinical Update

11/30/2021

CoQ10 and Heart Failure

Can supplementing with ubiquinol, the active form of CoQ10, improve heart function in people with heart failure? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of our CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements.

Clinical Update

9/18/2020

Vitamin D for Failing Hearts?

Does high-dose vitamin D help or hurt people with chronic heart failure? Find out what a new study showed in the Cardiovascular Disease section of Vitamin D Supplements Review, which also discusses cholesterol, blood pressure and heart attack risk. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.

Clinical Update

4/22/2012

Heart Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements in Doubt

A review of the latest studies finds no conclusive evidence that fish oil supplements help people hoping to prevent another heart attack or stroke. It also remains unclear if fish oil provides cardiovascular benefits for healthy individuals. Find out what people concerned about heart disease should do, the other potential benefits of fish oil supplements, and our tests of supplements on the market in the updated Fish Oil Supplements ReviewMore >>

Clinical Update

3/14/2017

When Does Fish Oil Help the Heart?

There are new recommendations on the use of fish oil supplements with regard to preventing heart attack, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure. More about these recommendations and other uses of fish oil are found in the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review (which includes our tests of products) >>

Clinical Update

6/18/2019

Fish Oil for Heart Failure?

Can taking fish oil improve heart function in people with chronic heart failure? See the results of a recent study (and find out what type of fish oil was used) in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oils.

Clinical Update

8/04/2020

Ubiquinol & Heart Surgery

Ubiquinol (the active form of CoQ10) can have a beneficial effect on ailing hearts, but can taking it protect the heart around the time of aortic valve replacement? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for Ubiquinol and CoQ10.

Clinical Update

8/02/2016

Fish Oil Helps After Heart Attack

High-dose fish oil supplementation improved the heart's ability to pump blood in people recovering from a heart attack, a recent study found. Get the details in the "What It Does" section in our Fish Oil Supplements Review >>

CL Answer

Which foods are a good source of B vitamins?

Find out which foods are a good source of B vitamins (like folate and B-12) and when you should take Vitamin B supplements.

Good Sources of B Vitamins -- selection of healthy foods including eggs, rice, nuts, seeds, salmon, chicken

CL Answer

I'm considering taking vitamin K for my bones, but I take blood thinner (anticoagulant) medication. Is there a problem taking both?

Learn more about vitamin K, including info on interactions with blood thinners such as Coumadin and Jantoven, its effects on bones & impact on clotting.

CL Answer

Do reishi mushroom supplements boost the immune system, or have other health benefits?

Learn more about the health benefits of reishi mushroom extract supplements, including evidence from clinical studies on cancer and diabetes, plus information about safety and price.

Reishi Mushroom Supplements for the Immune System -- reishi mushroom, mushroom powder and pills in spoons on a table

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

My doctor warned me that red yeast rice can cause liver damage - is that true?

Can red yeast rice cause liver damage? More information on its effects, including possible danger to the liver and kidneys.

Red Yeast Rice Tablets on White Background

CL Answer

I've read that magnesium deficiency is rare but also that most people don't get enough magnesium. How can these both be true?

Learn how common magnesium deficiency is, and why, even if you are not deficient, you may still benefit from getting more magnesium. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Magnesium Deficiency -- check list on paper 'Are you getting enough magnesium?'

CL Answer

Can iPhones interfere with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators? Which devices are affected?

iPhones with wireless charging can interfere with implanted pacemakers and implantable defibrillators according to a new study. Get the details, including which iPhone models were tested and what you can do to stay safe.

iPhones Interfere With Pacemakers and Implantable Defibrillators -- iPhone on Wireless Charger

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

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of stevia? Is it safe?

Learn more about the health benefits of stevia and whether it is safe. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Stevia Health Benefits & Safety -- stevia leaf spoonful of stevia

Clinical Update

3/01/2022

Melatonin and Heart Palpitations?

Can taking melatonin cause heart palpitations? Find out in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick for melatonin.

Clinical Update

3/15/2022

Probiotics to Lower Marker of Heart Attack Risk?

Some probiotics have been shown to modestly lower high cholesterol levels. Can they also lower levels of apolipoprotein B (apoB), a strong predictor of heart attack risk? See what recent research shows in the What It Does section of our Probiotics Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

1/25/2022

Eggs and Heart Risk

Does eating one or two eggs daily increase the risk of heart attack? Find out what recent studies suggest in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Choline Supplements Review (eggs contain choline). Also see our Top Picks among choline supplements.

Clinical Update

9/07/2022

Fish Oil & Irregular Heart Rhythm

Is fish oil supplementation linked with irregular heart rhythm (i.e., atrial fibrillation)? Find out what a recent study showed in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Fish Oil Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

5/08/2021

Eggs, Choline, & Heart Risk

The choline in eggs can raise levels of TMAO, a compound associated with higher risk of heart attack. A recent study compared the effects of eating eggs versus taking choline supplements on TMAO levels. Find out which increased TMAO levels the most. Also, see our Top Pick among choline supplements.

Clinical Update

11/18/2020

Heart Risk With Fish Oil

Last week we reported on an increased risk of a serious heart problem with use of prescription fish oil. This week, a study suggested a similar issue with even a lower dose of non-prescription fish oil. See the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks among fish oils.

Clinical Update

12/23/2020

Eggs and Heart Disease Risk

Do women who eat eggs every day have a higher risk of heart disease or death? See what a new study found in the ConsumerTips section of the Choline Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

5/06/2017

Trouble Reported With Saw Palmetto

A 64 year-old man developed pancreatitis and heart block (dangerously slow heart rate) after supplementing with saw palmetto, according to a recent report. For details, see the "Cautions and Concerns" section of the Prostate Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

2/07/2015

Fewer Heart Disease Deaths Among Multivitamin Users

A new study found that multivitamin-mineral users were 35% less likely to die of heart disease than non-users over a period of about 20 years. The apparent benefit was greater for certain people and depended on the type of multi. For more details, as well as our product reviews, see the Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review >> 

Clinical Update

7/16/2016

Magnesium and Heart Disease

People with lower blood levels of magnesium were 36% more likely to die from heart disease than those with moderate levels according to a new, long-term study. For more details, see the "What It Does" section of the Magnesium Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

6/24/2012

Fish Oil for Strokes and Heart Attacks?

A recent study with fish oil supplements found no reduction in strokes and heart attacks among people with diabetes and poor glucose control. Does this mean fish oil doesn't help with cardiovascular disease? Not necessarily. See the updated Fish Oil (Omega-3) Supplements ReviewMore >>

Clinical Update

5/28/2012

Calcium supplements may increase the risk of heart attack

A recent study found a much higher risk of heart attack among people who used calcium supplements than among those who did not. Increased calcium from food was not associated with increased risk. Some other recent studies have raised similar concerns about calcium supplementation. What does this mean for you? See our update to the Calcium Supplements Review for more information. More >>

Clinical Update

3/23/2014

Fish Oil Study Finds No Heart Benefit

Findings of a large study reported this week showed that a daily fish oil supplement did not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in elderly people. So what's the bottom line for fish oil and heart disease? See the update to the Fish Oil Supplements Review, which includes the latest information about potential uses of fish oil and our tests of popular fish oil supplements. 

Clinical Update

4/07/2013

Omega-3s Linked to Less Heart Disease and Longer Life

A study among older individuals who did not use fish oil supplements showed that those with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood were far less likely to have a heart attack or arrhythmia and were 27% less likely to die during the 14-year study. The reserchers calculated how much EPA and DHA a person should consume to reach this higher blood level and noted that further increases yeild little additional benefit. Get the details, as well as how to get omega-3s from foods, in the updated Fish Oil Supplements Review »

Clinical Update

6/02/2013

Does CoQ10 Help the Heart?

It can for people with congestive heart failure, says a new study. Find out more about CoQ10, plus get ratings for 48 supplements in the updated Coenzyme Q10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

11/11/2012

Multivitamin and the Heart

Does taking a daily multivitamin reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke? No, according to a recently published, major U.S. study. Those who took the popular multi, however, were more likely to report a particular side effect than those who took placebo. For details, see the update in the Multivitamin Supplements Review. More >>

Clinical Update

9/30/2012

Do Spreads Lower Heart Risk?

Buttery spreads like Smart Balance and Benecol claim to lower the risk of heart disease due to their phytosterols/stanols. These plant compounds can certainly help (by lowering cholesterol levels), but recent lawsuits challenge whether Smart Balance and Benecol provide enough sterols/stanols to claim a benefit. It turns out that one may, and one may not. Find out more and get our quality ratings of cholesterol-lowering supplements in the updated Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

5/30/2017

Heart Risk Lower with Chocolate

Eating chocolate is associated with a reduced risk of developing atrial fibrillation, according to a large, long-term study. Atrial fibrillation is associated with higher risk of stroke, heart failure and other serious problems. Details about this and other benefits of chocolate are found in the "What It Does" section of the Chocolate and Cocoa Powders Review, which includes our findings for the flavanol content and contamination levels of popular products.

Clinical Update

11/06/2018

Lower Risk of Heart Disease with Fermented Dairy Foods

A study has shown a lower risk of heart disease to be associated with consumption of fermented, rather than non-fermented, dairy foods. However, only a certain type of fermented dairy was associated with the benefit. For details, see the Fermented Dairy section of the Probiotics Review. (Also see our Top Picks among probiotic products.)

Clinical Update

8/28/2018

Chocolate for the Heart?

Studies suggest cardiovascular benefits from daily intake of cocoa flavanols, as found in dark chocolate. However, a new study, focusing on heart failure, suggests more limited intake. Get the details and our analysis in the Cardiovascular section of the Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, and Nibs Review. (Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolate, cocoa powders, and more.)

Clinical Update

9/04/2018

Fish Oil & Diabetes

In a major study, fish oil was given to people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes for several years to see if it would reduce serious cardiovascular events, like heart attacks and stroke. Find out what happened in the Heart Attack and Stroke section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among fish oil supplements.)

Clinical Update

11/20/2018

Best Olive Oil for Heart?

This week, the FDA agreed that oils that are at least 70% oleic acid may claim to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease when substituted for saturated fats. Oleic acid is the dominant fatty acid in olive oil. However, our tests of popular extra virgin olive oils show that only some reach the 70% level. Get the details in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review. (Also see our Top Picks among extra virgin olive oils.)

Clinical Update

4/25/2017

Choline May Increase Heart Risk

A recent study found that taking choline supplements increased the tendency for platelets to aggregate, a risk factor for heart disease, suggesting that choline supplements should be avoided. For details see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Choline Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

3/19/2019

Prescription Fish Oil Lowers Heart Attack Risk

A prescription fish oil was found to lower the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke by 30% in people at high risk. For details, see the Prescription Fish Oil vs. Supplements section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oil supplements.

Clinical Update

3/07/2020

Olive Oil and Heart Disease

Does consuming olive oil instead of butter or margarine reduce the risk of heart disease? Find out what studies are showing, and the amounts of olive oil being used, in the What It Does section of the Olive Oil Review. Also see our Top Picks for olive oil.

Clinical Update

6/22/2011

Does Taking Vitamin D Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease?

Earlier research has suggested an association between higher vitamin D levels in the blood and reduced risk of heart attack. But blood levels are affected by both sun exposure as well as intake of vitamin D. A new study shows that men with higher vitamin D intakes from foods and supplements have a 14% reduction in their risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. However, the study found no reduction among women. The amount of vitamin D intake shown to be beneficial and possible reasons why a benefit was not found in women are provided in the updated "What It Does" section of our Product Review of Vitamin D SupplementsMore >>

Clinical Update

11/15/2020

High-Dose Fish Oil Concern

A major study showed an increased risk of a serious heart condition with high-dose fish oil. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among omega-3 oils.

Clinical Update

10/02/2021

Artichoke for Lowering Cholesterol?

Can artichoke extract or juice lower elevated cholesterol? Find out what research suggests in our answer to the question: Which supplements or foods can help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy? Are there any to avoid?

Clinical Update

8/21/2021

Mediterranean vs. Low-Fat Diet for Arteries

A long-term study in people with coronary heart disease compared the effects of a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil with a low-fat diet. Find out which diet decreased atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in arteries) in the Cardiovascular Disease section of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review. Also see our Top Picks among extra virgin olive oils.

Clinical Update

9/07/2021

Walnuts and Cholesterol

See if eating a small amount of walnuts every day helped lower cholesterol in older people in a recent study.

Also see our complete answer to the question: Which supplements or foods can help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy? Are there any to avoid?

Clinical Update

7/21/2021

Calcium, Vitamin D & Heart Risk

Does taking vitamin D reduce the cardiovascular risks associated with calcium supplementation? See what a new study found in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Calcium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among calcium supplements.

Clinical Update

7/24/2021

Diatomaceous Earth for Cholesterol?

Can supplementing with diatomaceous earth lower cholesterol levels and is it safe? Find out in our updated answer to the question: Which supplements can help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy? Are there any to avoid?

Clinical Update

7/31/2021

Bergamot for lowering cholesterol?

Can supplementing with citrus bergamot reduce high cholesterol levels? Find out what the research is showing in our updated answer to the question: Which supplements can help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy? Are there any to avoid?

Clinical Update

4/28/2020

Early Sign of Thiamin Deficiency

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

Clinical Update

12/02/2018

Carnitine Heart Risk?

Supplementing with L-carnitine can raise blood levels of TMAO which can potentially advance atherosclerosis. However, the science is not clear, as suggested by a recent study. Get the details in the L-Carnitine section of the Acetyl-L-Carnitine Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

1/14/2020

Tea & Heart Disease

Another study shows that people who drink tea are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. Find out how much and what type of tea was associated with benefits in the Cardiovascular disease section of the Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks for green tea.

Clinical Update

1/25/2020

Best Way to Cook With Olive Oil

Cooking can reduce levels of heart-healthy polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), but a new study showed how to minimize this loss. Get the details in the ConsumerTips section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review. Also see our Top Picks among extra virgin olive oils.

Clinical Update

8/25/2020

Calcium & Artery Calcification

Is there an increased risk of coronary artery calcification with the use of calcium supplements? Find out what a recent analysis showed in the Heart Attack and Stroke Risk section of the Calcium Supplements Review. Plus, learn how much calcium one needs per day and how much, if any, can come from supplements. Also see our Top Picks for calcium.

Clinical Update

2/03/2018

Disheartening Fish Oil News

Another report was published this week showing no cardiovascular benefit from fish oil supplementation. You can get the details in the Heart Attack and Stroke section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Fish oil may provide cardiovascular benefit in limited situations, as explained in the Review.

Clinical Update

9/25/2018

Fish Oil Drug May Help

High doses of fish oil highly-concentrated in EPA and/or DHA are known to lower elevated triglycerides. But can they reduce the risk of cardiac events, such as heart attack? Preliminary results from a new study suggest that one product can — at least in certain people. Get the details in the Prescription Fish Oil vs. Supplements section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among fish oil supplements.)

Clinical Update

12/10/2017

Lower Heart Risk With Olive Oil

Using olive oil was associated with a dramatic reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease in a recent study. But what about using olive oil along with other oils? Get the results and learn more in the "What It Does" section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oils Review. Also see our Top Picks among extra virgin olive oils.

Clinical Update

2/04/2017

Many Benefits of Magnesium

An analysis of studies involving more than one million people found that rates of stroke, heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and death were lower when intakes of magnesium were higher. For details see the "What It Does" section of the Magnesium Supplements Review (which includes our tests of products) >>

Clinical Update

10/20/2016

Vitamin D Sweet Spot

Having the right blood levels of vitamin D has many proven benefits, but too little and too much vitamin D can be problematic. A new study shows this also to be true in people with diabetes with regard to a type of nerve damage that can affect blood pressure and heart rate. For details see the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

8/21/2019

Omega-3s for Lowering Triglycerides

Elevated triglycerides ("hypertriglyceridemia") is increasingly common in the US. High-dose omega-3s from fish oil can help, and the American Heart Association recently updated its advice about this. For details, and to learn how prescription omega-3 compares to supplements, see the Dosage section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oils, including highly concentrated fish oils.

Clinical Update

11/20/2011

No Benefit of Niacin with Statins

According to a recently published study, high dose niacin added to statin drug treatment does not further reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke despite improvements in levels of HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. In fact, there was a small increase in strokes among those taking niacin. However, a role remains for high dose niacin in lipid treatment. For details, see the update to the B Vitamin Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

10/10/2014

CoQ10 Benefit Takes Time

A large study found that a daily dose of CoQ10 reduced the chances of hospitalization or death by almost 50% in people with moderate to severe heart failure -- but only after being taken for an extended period of time. Find out how much CoQ10 was taken and for how long, and get our quality ratings and comparisons of CoQ10 supplements, in the updated CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

10/13/2016

Heart Concern With Calcium Supplements

A study of American men and women found an increased risk of coronary artery calcification (atherosclerosis) among those who used calcium supplements compared to those who did not, despite the fact that higher total daily calcium intake was associated with a decreased risk of calcification. Other studies point in a similar direction, as described in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Calcium Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

5/18/2017

What Iron Supplements Can and Cannot Do

Iron supplements can reduce fatigue in younger women and even improve learning in adolescent girls. If you give blood, taking iron reduces your time to recover by more than one month. However, a recent study found little benefit in giving iron to heart failure patients low in iron. Researchers have an idea why. For details about the uses of iron, see the "What It Does" section of the Iron Supplements Review, which includes our tests and comparisons of popular iron supplements.

Clinical Update

1/23/2018

A Reason to Take Fish Oil With Statins?

It's well known that high-dose fish oil can lower elevated triglycerides. But can it help people already on a statin drug? A recent clinical trial answered this question. Get the details, including the dose of fish oil used, in the "Heart Attack and Stroke section of the Fish Oil Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products.)

Clinical Update

7/10/2018

Multivitamins & Cardiovascular Disease

Does taking a multivitamin reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke? See what a recent analysis concluded in the Background section of the Multivitamin Review. (Also see our Top Picks among multivitamins.)

Clinical Update

9/16/2012

Fish Oil Benefit Questioned

There are many potential benefits from supplementing with the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, but the most widely-touted benefits -- reducing the risks of heart disease and stroke -- are now in doubt. Read about the latest studies in the update to the Fish Oil (EPA & DHA) Supplements Review, which includes our product tests and quality ratings. More >>

Clinical Update

5/19/2013

Optimum Level of Vitamin D

New research shows that blood levels which are too low or too high for vitamin D are associated with increased risk of heart attack and earlier death. Find the "sweet spot" for vitamin D levels as well as test results for 55 vitamin D supplements in the updated Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

6/16/2013

Stimulant Supplements

Have you ever wondered what taking a stimulant supplement for weight management or energy might do to your body? Researchers recently gave Zantrex-3, Xenedrine EFX, Metabolift, or a brand of Guarana to young men while monitoring their heart rates and other vital signs, and recording side effects. The results raise concerns. Get the details, plus test results for 14 other supplements, in the updated Weight Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

6/17/2022

Supplements for POTS?

People with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) experience a fast heart rate, dizziness, and other symptoms when standing. Can any supplements or lifestyle changes help? Find out in our answer to the question: Are there supplements that help treat POTS?

Clinical Update

6/17/2022

L-carnosine for Cardio Fitness?

Does research support L-carnosine supplementation for improving cardio fitness? Find out what a study showed among people with heart failure in our updated CL Answer about L-carnosine.

Clinical Update

7/15/2022

Add Omega-3s to Statins?

Does adding omega-3 fatty acids to statin therapy reduce the risk of heart attack or death in people with high triglycerides? Find out what a recent study showed in the Use With Statins section of our Omega-3 Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

1/25/2022

Probiotic to Lower Cholesterol?

Can taking a probiotic lower elevated cholesterol levels? See what a new study found in the Cholesterol-lowering section of our Probiotics Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotics.

For other approaches to lowering cholesterol, see our answer to the question: Which supplements or foods can help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy?

Clinical Update

2/01/2022

Olive Oil Lowers Risk of Death

Regular consumption of olive oil was associated with reduced risk of death from heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease in a large, long-term study – but only if replacing certain other foods. Get the details in the What It Does section of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review. Also see our Top Picks among extra virgin olive oils.

Clinical Update

2/11/2022

Black Garlic for Lowering Cholesterol?

Did aged black garlic extract help lower high cholesterol in a recent study? Find out in our Black Garlic section of our Garlic Supplements Review.

Also see our answer to the question: Which supplements or foods help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy?

Clinical Update

4/22/2022

Vitamin E for Fatty Liver Disease?

Can supplementation with vitamin E benefit people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NALFD)? See what the American Heart Association recently advised in the What It Does section of our Vitamin E Supplements Review.

Also see our answer to the question: Do any supplements help with fatty liver disease?

Recalls & Warnings

2/26/2020

Company Failed to Report Adverse Events Associated With Its Nutrition Shakes

On February 12, 2020, the FDA sent a warning letter to Market America Inc for failure to submit serious adverse event reports about two of its products, as required by federal regulation. The company received two reports following serious adverse events but did not submit the proper forms:

Clinical Update

6/28/2017

Some Concern About Theobromine in Dark Chocolate

ConsumerLab's tests of dark chocolates show them to contain about as much theobromine (a caffeine-related stimulant) as heart-healthy flavanols. So is all this theobromine good or bad? A recent study suggests that it may be an issue for people who need to control their blood sugar, while, on the positive side, it lowers LDL "bad" cholesterol. Get the details in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs, & Supplements Review, which includes comparisons of the amounts of theobromine in popular products, as well as amounts of flavanols, caffeine, and contaminants.

News Release

9/11/2021

Best CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Identified in Testing by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, September 11, 2021 — CoQ10 and ubiquinol, the active form of CoQ10, are often taken to offset a decline in natural levels that occurs with the use of statin (cholesterol-lowering) medication, and are also promoted for increasing energy and anti-aging effects.

News Release

5/18/2021

Caution With Potassium Supplements: You Could Get More Than Expected

White Plains, New York, May 18, 2021 — Recent tests by ConsumerLab.com of popular potassium supplements on the market revealed that consumers to get much more or much less potassium than expected from certain products.

Recalls & Warnings

7/06/2012

Centrum Multivitamins: Breast and Colon Health Claims Pulled

On July 5, 2012, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced it will withdraw breast and colon health claims from its Centrum multivitamin advertising and labels, and will revise health and energy claims made on other Centrum products.

Recalls & Warnings

12/26/2017

Seller of Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Whey Protein and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On December 19, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Maine Natural Health, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

7/06/2022

Two Companies Banned From Selling Supplements to Treat Heart Disease, Neuropathy

On June 30, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized an administrative complaint order against two Texas-based companies, Health Research Laboratories, LLC and Whole Body Supplements, LLC, for making unverified claims that their products can prevent or treat disease.

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.

News Release

4/17/2021

ConsumerLab Identifies Best and Worst Avocado Oils Based on Testing

White Plains, New York, April 17, 2021 — Avocado oil has become increasing popular, but concern about the quality of products was raised in 2020 by a study from researchers at the University of California, Davis that found that as much as 82% of avocado oil samples bought locally or online in ...

Recalls & Warnings

9/06/2022

Sand Ginger Powder Recalled in Canada Due to Aconite

On September 1, 2022, Ka Wing Hong issued a recall of Mr. Right brand Keampferia Galanga Powder (sand ginger powder), a common spice used in Asian cuisine, due to aconitine contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

12/17/2020

FTC Crackdown on Six Deceptive CBD Products

On December 17, 2020, the FTC announced that it is taking action against six companies for selling CBD products with unsupported and deceptive health claims that they can treat a variety of conditions, including cancer, heart disease, hypertension, Alzheimer's disease, and others.

News Release

3/03/2020

Best and Worst Chia Seed Products Revealed by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, March 3, 2020 — Chia seeds are rich in fiber and a good source of healthful oils, particularly the omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), as well certain vitamins and minerals.

News Release

1/23/2020

We Found the Best Dark Chocolates and Cocoas With the Least Contamination

White Plains, New York, January 23, 2020 — Dark chocolate and cocoa contain antioxidant flavanols that may be good for the heart and mind, but they can also contain high levels of the heavy metal cadmium, which is toxic to kidneys and can soften bones.

News Release

7/31/2019

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Best CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements

White Plains, New York, July 31, 2019 — CoQ10 is among the most popular supplements, commonly taken to offset a decline in natural levels of CoQ10 that can occur with the use of statin medications, decrease statin side effects, and increase energy.

News Release

4/26/2019

Best Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements (Sterols, Stanols & Policosanol) Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, April 26, 2019 — Plant sterols (also called phytosterols) and stanols, and, possibly, policosanol, can help lower elevated levels of cholesterol, a key risk factor for heart disease.

Recalls & Warnings

3/09/2022

Court Bars Salud Natural From Selling Aloe, Joint Supplements & More

On March 8, 2022, a federal court ordered Salud Natural Entrepreneur, Inc. to stop distributing nutritional supplements that violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

Recalls & Warnings

10/06/2020

FDA Warns Seller of Red Yeast Rice, Vitamin D, Blood Pressure Supplements, and More

On August 28, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Dr. Sam Robbins, Inc.

News Release

1/15/2019

Not All Lycopene Supplements Contain What They Claim, ConsumerLab Tests Reveal

White Plains, New York, January 15, 2019 — Foods rich in the antioxidant lycopene, like tomato juice and paste - may reduce the risk of certain cancers and have heart-health benefits, and preliminary studies suggest that lycopene supplements may also be helpful.

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.

News Release

12/12/2017

Berberine and Goldenseal: Avoid Fakes! -- ConsumerLab.com Testing Reveals the Best and Worst Supplements

White Plains, New York, December 12, 2017 — Berberine, a compound found in goldenseal root, may help to lower blood sugar in certain people, and may have other potential benefits. However, ConsumerLab.

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

6/09/2020

Six More Multi-Level Marketing Companies Warned for Coronavirus and Deceptive Earnings Claims

On June 5, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to six multi-level marketing companies for selling products such as immune system boosters and probiotics with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19) and/or for misrepresenting potential earnings people who have ...

Recalls & Warnings

11/24/2020

Recalled Vitamin D Contains Potentially Dangerous Ingredient

On November 22, 2020, Fusion Health and Vitality LLC recalled all 2020 lots of CORE Essential Nutrients and Immune Boost Sublingual Vitamin D3 because they are adulterated. CORE Essential Nutrients contains the unapproved food additive hordenine HCl.

Recalls & Warnings

6/02/2022

Walmart Inc. Recalls Joint Supplements With Omega-3, Glucosamine & Curcumin

On May 28, 2022, Walmart Inc. issued a voluntary recall of all lots of Artri Ajo King Joint Supplements after FDA laboratory analysis found the presence of undeclared diclofenac.

News Release

9/11/2017

ConsumerLab.com Tests L-Arginine "Blood Flow" Supplements, Identifying Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, September 11, 2017 — L-arginine supplements are often promoted to increase exercise endurance, reduce symptoms of congestive heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions, and improve sexual function.

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.

News Release

1/10/2017

Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil May Not Be, According to Review By ConsumerLab.com -- Top Picks Noted for Best Quality and Value

White Plains, New York, January 10, 2017 — Extra virgin olive oil may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer, and may have other potential health benefits — likely due to its healthful fats and generally high concentration of antioxidant ...

News Release

12/21/2016

Best CoQ10? ConsumerLab.com Tests Popular CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements and Reveals Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, December 21, 2016 — Although CoQ10 and ubiquinol are among the most popular supplements, wide variations in price, dosage, absorption and bioavailability can make choosing the right product a difficult task. To help, ConsumerLab.

News Release

10/14/2015

Is Matcha a Better Form of Green Tea? ConsumerLab.com Answers the Question

White Plains, New York, October 14, 2015 — For the past three years, ConsumerLab.com has been testing green tea products, including tea bags, bottled drinks, dietary supplements, and even a K-Cup®.

News Release

8/28/2015

Not All Vitamin E Supplements Are Alike, Especially "Natural" Ones, ConsumerLab.com Tests Reveal

White Plains, New York, August 28, 2015 — ConsumerLab.com recently tested popular brands of natural and synthetic vitamin E supplements and found that not all vitamin E supplements are the same - with big differences in the types and amounts of compounds they contain.

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.

News Release

7/22/2014

Which Supplements Help Lower Cholesterol? ConsumerLab.com Identifies Best Products by Reviewing Evidence and Testing Quality

White Plains, New York, July 21, 2014 — Certain dietary supplements can help reduce elevated cholesterol levels. A new report from ConsumerLab.com reviews the evidence behind each of the popular cholesterol-lowering ingredients and provides test results for twelve supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

3/20/2020

Seller of Rejuvenation Pills Settles Charges of Making False Claims

Health Center, Inc. has agreed to halt their allegedly deceptive advertising claims about three "cure-all" health and wellness products that targeted older consumers nationwide after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint.

Recalls & Warnings

3/05/2021

FTC Takes Further Action Against Deceptive CBD Claims

On March 5, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has approved final administrative consent orders against six companies for selling CBD products with unsupported and deceptive health claims that they can treat a variety of conditions, including cancer, heart disease, ...

Recalls & Warnings

7/14/2022

FDA Warns Company Selling Supplements with Dangerous Steroid-like Substances

On July 6, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Elite Supplement Center LLC and Elite Supplement Training Facility LLC for selling the following products labeled as containing steroid-like substances known as selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), which are not permitted in dietary ...

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3/05/2013

CoQ10 & Ubiquinol Supplements Should Be Chosen Carefully, Cautions ConsumerLab.com -- Less Than 4% of Listed Ingredient Found in Widely-Sold Product

White Plains, New York — March 5, 2013 — A new report from ConsumerLab.com highlights the difficulty consumers have in selecting a supplement containing the anti-oxidant CoQ10 or its activated form, ubiquinol. ConsumerLab.

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6/18/2012

What is "Natural" Vitamin E? It Depends On the Brand Selling It, Finds ConsumerLab.com -- New Review of Vitamin E Supplements, Oil and Cream, Including Tocopherols and Tocotrienols

White Plains, New York, June 18, 2012 — What is in a "natural" vitamin E supplement, cream, or oil? According to recent tests by independent evaluator, ConsumerLab.com, this depends completely on the brand selling it.

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5/30/2012

ConsumerLab.com Identifies Best and Worst Magnesium Supplements Based on Tests and Comparisons

White Plains, New York — MAY 30, 2012 — Magnesium supplements are among the most popular supplements in the U.S. But which magnesium supplements are best? ConsumerLab.

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3/30/2011

ConsumerLab.com finds 100-fold variation in cost of iron supplements

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MARCH 28, 2011 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that the cost to get an equivalent dose of iron from supplements varies by more than 100-fold. A 25 mg dose of iron can cost as little as two cents or over two dollars, depending on the product.

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3/08/2011

ConsumerLab.com reviews CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements -- Tests show quality to be high, but large differences found in dosage, formulation, and cost

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MARCH 8, 2011 — A new report by ConsumerLab.com highlights the difficulty consumers may have in selecting a supplement containing the anti-oxidant CoQ10 or its activated form, ubiquinol. CoQ10 is among the most popular dietary supplements in the U.S.

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3/25/2010

Cholesterol-lowering supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com: Many pass quality testing, one fails. Sterol and policosanol products analyzed. Evidence for other cholesterol-lowering ingredients evaluated

White Plains, New York — March 25, 2010 — Certain dietary supplements can help reduce elevated cholesterol levels. A new report from ConsumerLab.com reviews the evidence behind each of the popular cholesterol-lowering ingredients and provides test results for twelve supplement brands.

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8/25/2009

ConsumerLab.com tests quality of acai berry supplements and beverages -- No contamination found but health benefits remain unproven. Caution urged with laxative formulas and billing schemes.

White Plains, New York — Tuesday, August 25, 2009 — Acai berries have antioxidant properties and are a staple of the traditional Brazilian diet. In recent years, supplements and drinks made from acai have become popular in the U.S.

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1/13/2009

ConsumerLab.com reports largest test of CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements -- Most supplements provide claimed ingredient, but large variation in dosage and forms may confuse consumers. ConsumerLab.com provides guidance.

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — JANUARY 13, 2009 — A report by ConsumerLab.com on supplements containing the anti-oxidant CoQ10 shows the difficulty for consumers in determining an appropriate dosage.

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8/05/2008

ConsumerLab.com Find Fifty Fish Oil Supplements Pass Quality Testing -- New Report Helps Consumers Choose Among Pills, Liquids, Foods and Beverages with Omega-3 Fatty Acids (EPA and DHA)

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — AUGUST 5, 2008 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that testing of fifty omega-3 fish oil supplements, foods or beverages (including two marketed for pets) found all to have safe levels of mercury, lead and PCBs.

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7/01/2008

Tests of ten red yeast rice supplements by ConsumerLab.com reveal significant statin levels, but some pills contaminated -- Popular cholesterol-lowering supplements compared in new report

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — JULY 1, 2008 — ConsumerLab.

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1/19/2022

FDA Warns Seller of Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements

On November 18, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to GeroNova Research Inc.

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11/09/2019

Biotin Supplements Can Cause False Lab Test Results

On November 5, 2019, the FDA reminded consumers and health care providers that high amounts of biotin (vitamin B-7), found in many supplements, can significantly interfere with certain lab tests and cause incorrect results that may go undetected.

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1/24/2020

Fat-Burning, Energy Supplement Linked to Heart Trouble

A 33-year-old woman in Australia developed cardiac ischemia (a lack of blood flow to the heart) after taking the "fat burning" supplement Alpha Lean-7, according to a recent report in the Journal of Sports Sciences.

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8/17/2021

Weight Loss Supplements Found to Contain Sibutramine Recalled

Two companies (including one Ebay seller) recently recalled weight loss supplements that were found to contain sibutramine.

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3/17/2008

As problems surface, Consumerlab.com and the people's pharmacy ask FDA to disclose differences between generic and original drugs

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK AND DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA — MARCH 17, 2008 — An investigation by ConsumerLab.

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9/10/2007

Tests of B-vitamins by ConsumerLab.com finds several short on folic acid — New report covers B-complexes, thiamin, niacin, B-6, B-12, biotin and folic acid supplements

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — SEPTEMBER 10, 2007 — Half of the B-complex supplements recently selected by ConsumerLab.com for testing were found to lack the total claimed amounts of folic acid, an essential nutrient also known as vitamin B-9.

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10/20/2006

ConsumerLab.com report on CoQ10 supplements finds quality high but large range in suggested dosage

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — OCTOBER 20, 2006 — New test results from ConsumerLab.com for CoQ10 supplements show that all of the products selected contained amounts of ingredient consistent with their labels.

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8/01/2006

ConsumerLab.com evaluates cholesterol-lowering supplements — Test results available for over 90 products; Review of nine popular ingredients

WHITE PLAINS, NY — AUGUST 1, 2006 — ConsumerLab.com has released a major new review of dietary supplements used to improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

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3/30/2005

ConsumerLab.com finds most B-vitamins of high quality but three lacking in ingredients — Test Results for 41 Products Reported Along with Information on Use

WHITE PLAINS, NY — MARCH 30, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com reported test results today for B vitamin supplements that it recently purchased in the U.S. and Canada.

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2/08/2005

ConsumerLab.com reports on nutrition bars — Highlights major differences, inaccuracies, and urges consumers to "know your bar"

WHITE PLAINS, NY — February 8, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com reported test results today for 34 nutrition bars, including those designed for high protein, low-carb/diet, energy, or meal-replacement.

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12/14/2004

ConsumerLab.com finds Omega-3 fish oil supplements safer than fish but quality varies among brands — Test of 41 Supplements Finds No Mercury or PCB Contamination, But Some Spoiled or Lacking Claimed Oils

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Tuesday, December 14, 2004 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that tests of 41 omega-3 fish oil supplements (including 3 marketed for pets) showed safe levels of mercury and PCBs.

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1/13/2004

ConsumerLab.com finds discrepancies in strength of CoQ10 supplements — Increasingly popular supplement, but health professionals and consumers cautioned to check brands

WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 13, 2004 — (Updated January 30) — ConsumerLab.com today announced that among the coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplements it recently tested there was no detectable CoQ10 in one product.

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7/31/2003

ConsumerLab.com finds many cholesterol-lowering supplements poorly made — Test results published online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — July 31, 2003 — ConsumerLab.com reported today that more than half of the cholesterol-lowering supplements that it recently purchased failed to contain their listed ingredients and/or could not adequately break apart to release their contents.

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5/15/2002

ConsumerLab.com lists magnesium products that passed testing — Some products fail due to excess magnesium and lead contamination

WHITE PLAINS, NY — May 14, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com today released results of its Product Review of Magnesium Supplements. Seventeen of the nineteen products tested by ConsumerLab.com passed the review. Among the products that failed, one contained nearly 50% more magnesium than claimed.

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5/05/2002

Study finds supplement users avoid prescription drugs due to side effects, not cost — Brands top rated by users also identified in new survey by ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NY — March 5, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com, traditionally known for its independent laboratory evaluations of dietary supplements and nutritional products, announced surprising findings today from a new survey of supplement users.

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3/11/2017

Two Hospitalized After Drinking Herbal Tea With Aconite

On March 11, 2017 the San Francisco Department of Public Health announced that two people became ill and required intensive hospital care after consuming tea made from tea leaves purchased from Sun Wing Wo Trading Company in San Francisco.

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3/06/2002

Study finds supplement users avoid prescription drugs due to side effects, not cost — Brands top rated by users also identified in new survey by ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NY — March 6, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com, traditionally known for its independent laboratory evaluations of dietary supplements and nutritional products, announced surprising findings today from a new survey of supplement users.

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11/21/2000

ConsumerLab.com tests popular supplement for heart failure; CoQ10 test results released online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — November 21, 2000 — ConsumerLab.com today released results of its 10th Product Review, focusing on dietary supplements containing coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

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5/11/2022

FDA Warns 10 Companies for Selling Workout Supplements With Dangerous Ingredients

On May 4, 2022, the FDA issued warning letters to 10 companies for selling products promoted for muscle building, fat burning and other uses that contain potentially dangerous ingredients not permitted in dietary supplements, including hordenine, higenamine, 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin, and CBD.

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10/18/2017

Total Body Nutrition Warned for Banned Stimulant in Supplements

On September 28, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Total Body Nutrition following a facility inspection which found some of the company's products to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary ...

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9/09/2018

Higenamine -- A Potentially Dangerous Stimulant -- Found in Some Supplements

A recent study found concerningly high doses of the stimulant higenamine in some weight loss, energy and sports supplements sold in the U.S. Higenamine is a naturally-occurring stimulant which is permitted to be sold as a dietary supplement ingredient in the U.S.

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12/27/2019

Federal Court Shuts Down Three Supplement Companies With Serious Manufacturing Violations

Update: (1/23/20) ABH has issued a recall of all its products, which are sold under various brand names by over 800 distributors and retailers. More details are available in CL's post about this recall.

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4/17/2020

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

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

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6/22/2021

Living Free Vitamins, Joint, Nerve and Other Supplements Recalled

On June 21, 2021, Bea Lydecker's Naturals, Inc. issued a recall of six Living Free brand supplements because the labels do not declare soy lecithin.

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10/15/2020

FDA Warns Five Sellers of Dangerous Cesium Salt Supplements

On October 9, the FDA issued warning letters to five companies for selling products containing cesium chloride. The FDA has previously warned consumers not to use dietary supplements containing cesium chloride or any other cesium salt.

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10/31/2017

Black Licorice Can Cause Abnormal Heart Rhythms, FDA Warns

On October 30, 2017, the FDA warned consumers that eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could cause an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia in adults age 40 or older. 

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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.

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6/20/2019

Weight Loss, Muscle & Energy Supplements Linked to Adverse Events in Children and Young Adults

Consumption of dietary supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, and energy are associated with an increased risk for severe medical events in children and young adults compared to the consumption of vitamins, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Adolescent ...

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2/07/2020

Cesium Salt Supplements Can Cause Heart Trouble, Death

On February 5, 2020, the FDA posted an alert warning consumers not to use dietary supplements containing cesium chloride or any other cesium salt.

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1/16/2018

Adverse Effects From Energy Drinks Common Among Youth and Young Adults

More than half (55.4%) of young people who have ever consumed an energy drink have experienced at least one adverse reaction, according to study published yesterday in CMAJ Open, a journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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12/01/2018

Seller of 5-HTP, Potassium & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 7, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to The Delano Company, Inc.

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7/23/2019

FDA Warns Seller of CBD Lotions, Patches, Tinctures and Pet Products

On July 22, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Curaleaf, Inc.

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10/13/2018

Pharmaceutical Drugs Found In Dietary Supplements Pose Danger to Consumers

Almost 800 dietary supplements sold between 2007 and 2016 contained unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Recalls & Warnings

6/23/2020

BioPure Healing Products Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On June 17, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to BHP Holdings Inc.

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6/02/2020

FTC Sends Refund Checks for "ReJuvination" Supplement

On June 1, 2020, the FTC announced it is mailing 1,310 checks totaling nearly $149,000 to consumers who purchased ReJuvination, a product deceptively marketed as a cure-all for various age-related conditions, including cell damage, heart attack damage, brain damage, and deafness.

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.

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.

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6/20/2017

Beware of Bodybuilding Supplements, FDA Warns

On June 20, 2017, the FDA warned consumers to beware of bodybuilding products because a number of these products have been found to contain steroids or steroid-like substances. Such products could cause serious and even life-threatening health risks, including: 

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7/26/2017

Weight Loss Supplements Containing Undeclared Drug Recalled

On July 25, 2017, EZ Weight Loss TX recalled their supplements La Bri's Body Health Atomic and Xplode capsules after FDA analysis found the products to be tainted with sibutramine.

Recalls & Warnings

7/11/2017

FDA Warns Dr. Carolyn Dean of Drug Claims Made for Magnesium, Calcium & Other Mineral Supplements

On June 27, 2017, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to Dr. Carolyn Dean of New Capstone, Inc.

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1/21/2017

Seller of "Cancer Kits," Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On December 22, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Northern Health Products, Inc. following a review of the company's websites, www.northernhealthproducts.com and www.petdca.

Recalls & Warnings

10/16/2018

Weight Loss Supplement Containing Hidden Drug Recalled

On October 15, 2018, Fat Burners Zone issued a recall of one lot of its Zero Xtreme weight loss supplement because it was found to contain sibutramine.

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 ...

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4/01/2017

Weight Loss Supplement Containing Undeclared Drug Recalled

On March 28, 2017, Envy Me issued a recall of weight loss supplement LaBri's Body Health Atomic because it was found to contain undeclared sibutramine. Sibutramine, the active ingredient in the obesity drug Meridia, was removed from the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

2/14/2017

Life Extension Warned for Drug Claims

On February 1, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Life Extension Foundation Buyers Club, Inc.

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6/07/2017

FDA Warns Seller of Probiotic and Omega-3 Supplements for Manufacturing Violations

On May 22, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to BioTE Medical, LLC following a facility inspection which found its products, including BioTE DIM, BiotTE Probiotic, BioTE Iodine Plus, and BioTE Omega 3 to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under ...

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3/19/2007

Canada Warns of Weight Loss Supplement with Rx Drug

On March 14, 2007, Health Canada advised consumers not to use MIAOZI Slimming Capsules because they have been found to contain sibutramine, a prescription medication that should only be taken under medical supervision.

Recalls & Warnings

8/06/2016

Some Supplements May Cause or Exacerbate Heart Failure (Includes vitamin E and many herbs)

Taking certain supplements may be dangerous for people with heart failure, according to a statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) which was published in the journal Circulation (August 2, 2016). 

Recalls & Warnings

10/27/2015

Serious Cardiovascular Risks Associated with Strontium, Health Canada Warns

Strontium supplements should not be taken by people with a history of, or risk factors for heart disease, circulatory problems, or blood clots, according to a safety review conducted by Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the FDA).

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6/06/2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

5/20/2017

Muscle Enhancement Supplement Containing Steroid-Like Substances Recalled

On May 19, 2017, Dynamic Technical Formulations LLC issued a recall of all lots its muscle enhancement supplement Tri-Ton because it was found to contain anabolic steroid-like substances (andarine and ostarine) which are not permitted in dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

5/08/2017

Muscle Enhancement Supplement Recalled

On May 5, 2017, Genetic Edge Compounds issued a recall of all lots its muscle enhancement supplement GEC Laxoplex because FDA analysis found it to contain anabolic steroids and steroid like substances, which are not permitted in dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

1/24/2017

Weight Loss Supplements Found to Contain Drugs

The FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the following weight loss supplements because they were found to contain undeclared drugs:

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1/17/2017

Seller of Heart, Senior and Teen Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

On December 7, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Esteem Products Ltd following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about its products, Cardio Life, Total Man, Total Woman, Senior Total Man, Senior Total Woman , and Total Teen to be drug ...

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2/27/2018

Weight Loss Supplement Containing Undeclared Drug Recalled

On February 27, 2018, Bella All Natural recalled their "Diet Capsules" because they contain sibutramine. 

Recalls & Warnings

11/01/2017

FDA Warns Sellers of Bodybuilding Supplements Containing Steroid-Like Substances

On October 23, 2017, the FDA issued warning letters to three supplement distributors because several of their bodybuilding products contain selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs).

Recalls & Warnings

9/13/2010

ExtenZe Enhancement Supplements Seized in Canada

On August 19, 2010, Health Canada (Canada's health ministry) seized the sexual enhancement supplements "Male Enhancement ExtenZe" and "Women ExtenZe" which were imported from the U.S. Although legal and widely sold in the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

12/08/2009

Warning on Acai Berry Supplements Spiked with Drug

On December 8, 2009, Health Canada (the Canadian health agency) advised consumers not to use certain Acai Berry products after a large number of shipments of adulterated products were stopped at the border.

Recalls & Warnings

10/09/2013

Use of Chinese Supplement Linked to Rare But Serious Condition

On October 9, 2013, Health Canada warned consumers that Compound Danshen Dripping Pills, manufactured by Tianjin Tasly Pharmaceutical Co., have been associated with a case of methemoglobinemia, a rare but serious condition which may result in coma or death.

Recalls & Warnings

7/28/2015

Abnormal Heart Rhythms Linked with Unauthorized Natural Product, Health Canada Warns

On July 27, 2015, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. FDA) announced that it has received a serious adverse reaction report of abnormal heart rhythms associated with the use of an unauthorized natural product in Canada called Remogen, which contains the drug ibogaine.

Recalls & Warnings

6/11/2015

FDA Warns Maker of Fruit Energy Drinks for Drug Claims

On May 19, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to CK Management, Inc. following a facility inspection which found statements made on product labels and websites about Whole5, Fruit of the Spirit and ViaViente "whole food" fruit puree energy drinks to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

9/27/2010

FTC Charges Deceptive Advertising by POM Wonderful

On September 27, 2010, the U.S.

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10/08/2010

FDA Warns of Stimulant in Slimming Capsules

On October 8, 2010, the U.S. FDA advised consumers who have Slimming Beauty Bitter Orange Slimming Capsules not to use the product. FDA warns that Slimming Beauty Bitter Orange Slimming Capsules contain the active pharmaceutical ingredient sibutramine, a prescription-only drug which is a stimulant.

Recalls & Warnings

10/10/2014

Seller of Multivitamin Warned for Drug Claims

On September 25, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Multimmunity, Inc., following a review of the company's website which found statements made about the dietary supplement Multimmunity to be drug claims.

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 ...

Recalls & Warnings

1/11/2002

Canada Requests Recall of Certain Ephedra/Ephedrine Products

OTTAWA - January 10, 2002 - Health Canada is requesting a recall from the market of certain products containing Ephedra/ephedrine after a risk assessment concluded that these products pose a serious risk to health.

Recalls & Warnings

7/09/2010

FDA Issues Warning on Herbal Weight Loss Supplement

On July 8, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that Que She, marketed as an herbal weight loss supplement, contains active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on the product label that could harm consumers, especially those with cardiovascular conditions.

Recalls & Warnings

9/17/2013

Seller of Omega-3 and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On August 29, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Y.S. Health Corp.

Recalls & Warnings

3/03/2006

FDA Requests Seizure of More Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids

On February 24, 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

8/31/2009

Court Orders Marketers of Supreme Greens and Coral Calcium to Pay Nearly $70 Million for Consumer Refunds

On August 27, 2009, a federal district court ordered the marketers of two dietary supplements – "Supreme Greens" and "Coral Calcium" – who claimed the products would cure ailments ranging from cancer and Parkinson’s disease to heart disease and autoimmune diseases to pay nearly $70 million for ...

Recalls & Warnings

9/26/2014

Sellers of Essential Oils Warned for Claiming to Treat Ebola, Other Diseases

On September 22, 2014, the FDA issued a warning to Young Living following a review of websites, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter accounts owned by Young Living distributors, which found statements made about the company's essential oils, including Thieves, Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, ImmuPower, ...

Recalls & Warnings

9/27/2016

Seller of B Vitamins, Omega-3s and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On September 15, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Positive Power Nutrition, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including High Energy C-Complex, Positive Vitality, Positive Performance, Positive CardioGuard, B-Complex 100, Positive Essentials, Positive ...

Recalls & Warnings

5/24/2016

Seller of Joint Health, Omega-3 Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On May 13, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Rocky Fork Formulas, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

7/12/2017

More Bodybuilding Supplements Recalled

On July 11, 2017, Andropharm recalled two bodybuilding supplements, Sten Z and M1 Alpha, because these products contain derivatives of anabolic steroids.

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.

Recalls & Warnings

1/18/2013

FTC Upholds Ruling, POM Wonderful Health Claims Were Deceptive

On January 16, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it will uphold a judge’s ruling that makers of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements made deceptive and unsubstantiated claims that the products could treat, prevent, or reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate ...

Recalls & Warnings

3/28/2011

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

7/20/2010

Recall of ED Supplement Containing Drug

On July 20, 2010, the U.S. FDA posted a news announcement from Good Health, Inc. regarding the recall of Vialipro, a sexual enhancement supplement sold nationally.

Recalls & Warnings

6/15/2003

FTC Alleges "Heartbar" Made Deceptive Claims About Effectiveness

On June 12, 2003, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Unither Pharma, Inc. and United Therapeutics Corporation have agreed to settle FTC charges that they made deceptive claims in advertising for their HeartBar product.

Recalls & Warnings

2/24/2015

Seller of Antioxidant Water, Energy Drops Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On February 18, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Better Health Lab, Inc.

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.).

Recalls & Warnings

10/06/2005

Deceptive Marketing of “Supreme Greens" -- Settlement with FTC

On October 6, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that three individuals and two companies have settled FTC charges over their roles in the deceptive marketing of Supreme Greens, an herbal supplement.

Recalls & Warnings

11/26/2012

Court Injunction Halts Sale of Cholesterol, CoQ10, Progesterone, Prostate Supplements and More

On November 20, 2012, Pharmacist's Ultimate Health agreed to cease sales and distribution of its dietary supplements by entering into a Consent Decree of Permanent Injunction in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.

Recalls & Warnings

4/09/2003

Recall of Dangerous Sexual Enhancement Supplement Illegally Containing Viagra Ingredient

On April 4, 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's MedWatch program announced that Ultra Health Laboratories, Inc. and Bionate International, Inc. are warning consumers not to purchase or consume a product known as Vinarol tablets.

Recalls & Warnings

5/06/2014

Seller of Flaxseed, Ginkgo and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On April 18, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Iowa Select Herbs, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Flax Seed, Holy Basil, Papaya Leaf Extract, and Ginkgo Leaf Extract products, to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held ...

Recalls & Warnings

2/07/2012

Drug-Laced Supplements and Drink Mixes Recalled

According to the U.S. FDA, on February 3, 2012 Healthy People Co. announced a voluntary nationwide recall of several dietary supplements sold as capusules, drinks, and shake mixes. The supplements were found to contain drug substances and pose risks.

Recalls & Warnings

3/08/2012

Rx Drugs Found in Weight Loss and Enhancement Supplements

On February 6, 2012, FDA issued a letter to Globe All Wellness, LLC warning that two of their products contain undeclared prescription drugs.

Recalls & Warnings

11/17/2005

FTC Warns Web Sites Peddling Hormone Replacement

On November 10, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that its staff had sent warning letters to 34 Web site operators making claims that products advertised as natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy will prevent or treat diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, or ...

Recalls & Warnings

2/06/2015

POM Wonderful Claims Were Deceptive, Court Rules

On January 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an appeals court has upheld the Commission's ruling that marketers for POM Wonderful made deceptive health claims about the product.

Recalls & Warnings

8/30/2006

FDA Warns that Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids are Illegal and Pose Risk to Users

On August 21, 2006 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement on the Tenth Circuit’s ruling to uphold the FDA decision banning dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids.

Recalls & Warnings

7/23/2009

Six Male Enhancement Supplements Found Adulterated

On July 15, 2009, the U.S. FDA announced that Obteron 1 Inc. dba Nature & Health Co. is recalling the following supplements: LibieXtreme, Y-4ever, Libimax X Liquid, Powermania Capsule, Powermania Liquid, and Herbal Disiac.

Recalls & Warnings

10/22/2010

Enzyte "Male" Supplement Found to Affect Heart

The journal Archives of Internal Medicine (August 2010) includes a report of a small clinical trial of the dietary supplement Enzyte, which is marketed for "male enhancement."

Recalls & Warnings

4/21/2012

FDA Finds Prescription Drug Analog in 3 Enhancement Supplements

On April 20, 2012, the U.S. FDA advised consumers not to purchase or use the following supplements from Enhance Nutraceutical: "Instant Hard Rod," "RigiRx Plus," and "Zen Maxx." FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that each contains aminotadalafil.

Recalls & Warnings

4/03/2012

"France T253" Enhancement Supplement Contains Hidden Drug

April 3, 2012: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use “France T253,” a product for sexual enhancement. This product is promoted and sold on various Web sites, such as ebay.com.

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

10/05/2007

FTC Charges Progesterone Cream Sellers with Making Unsubstantiated Claims

On October 5, 2007 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced complaints against seven online sellers of alternative hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products, alleging that they made health claims for their natural progesterone creams without supporting scientific evidence.

Recalls & Warnings

11/03/2004

FDA Warns of Sexual Enhancement Supplements Containing Prescription Drug

On November 2, 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)warned consumers not to purchase or to consume Actra-Rx or Yilishen, two products promoted and offered for sale on Web sites as "dietary supplements" for treating erectile dysfunction and enhancing sexual performance for men.

Recalls & Warnings

10/10/2003

Government Stops Sale of Supplements Claiming to Treat Obesity and Impotence

On October 8, 2003, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that on September 22, 2003, U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Vining, Jr.

Recalls & Warnings

5/30/2015

Seller of Supplements for Herpes, Prostate Cancer & More Warned for Drug Claims

On May 7, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Strictly Health Corporation, following a review of the company's websites which found statements made about FENVIR, Prosta Pep and Tonalin brand CLA to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

3/17/2015

Seller of Tea Warned for Drug Claims

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

Recalls & Warnings

1/16/2014

Joint Health Supplement Contains Dangerous Drugs, FDA Warns

On January 15, 2014, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use joint health supplement Pro ArthMax (by Human Science Foundation) because it was found to contain multiple drugs, including diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin, nefopam, and chlorzoxazone.

Recalls & Warnings

6/04/2012

FDA Warning on Supplement for Pain Relief

On June 1, 2012, the U.S. FDA warned consumers that Reumofan Plus, marketed as a “natural” dietary supplement for pain relief and other serious conditions, contains several active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on the label that could be harmful.

Recalls & Warnings

12/22/2008

FDA Warns Consumers About Tainted Weight Loss Pills

On December 22, 2008 the U.S. FDA alerted consumers not to purchase or consume any of more than 25 different products marketed for weight loss because they contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients that may put consumers’ health at risk.

Recalls & Warnings

1/09/2014

Marketers of "Genetically Customized" Supplements Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Health Claims

Two marketers of "genetically customized" nutritional supplements have agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the companies made deceptive advertising claims and did not adequately protect customers' medical and financial information.

Recalls & Warnings

11/12/2013

Weight Loss Supplement Found To Contain Drugs

On November 8, 2013, Health Canada warned consumers of a number of weight loss products that have been found to contain sibutramine or phenolphthalein, including Paiyouji Natural Slimming Capsules, which may be available for purchase to U.S. consumers through online retailers.

Recalls & Warnings

2/28/2014

Weight Loss Supplement Contains Undeclared Drug

On February 18, 2014, Health Canada warned consumers not to use weight loss supplement LV Shou Reduces Fat because it contains sibutramine.

Recalls & Warnings

8/02/2014

Judge Orders BioAnue To Stop Illegal Cancer and Disease Claims

On July 23, 2014, Gloria D.

Recalls & Warnings

8/23/2015

Maker of Herbal Supplements Sold on eBay, Amazon and Other Websites Shut Down

On August 17, 2015, a federal court ordered a permanent injunction against dietary supplement company Iowa Select Herbs LLC for unlawfully manufacturing and distributing unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs and adulterated and misbranded dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

6/23/2003

FDA Warns Consumers Against Taking 6 Sexual Enhancement Supplements

On June 20, 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to purchase or consume the following products: SIGRA, STAMINA Rx and STAMINA Rx for Women, Y-Y, Spontane ES and Uroprin, manufactured by NVE, Inc., in Newton, N.J. and distributed by Hi-Tech in Norcross, Ga.

Recalls & Warnings

3/06/2009

"The Truth About Nutrition" Marketers Agree to Pay $3 Million to Settle Charges of Deceptive Advertising of Dietary Supplements and Devices

On March 6, 2008, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that marketers of dietary supplements and health-related devices have agreed to pay $3 million in consumer redress to settle FTC charges that they deceptively claimed their products treated or prevented a wide variety of serious ...

Recalls & Warnings

8/15/2002

FDA Warns Public About Chinese Diet Pills Containing Fenfluramine

On August 13, the U.S. FDA alerted the public about Chinese weight-loss products, Chaso (Jianfei) Diet Capsules and Chaso Genpi, because they pose a potential public health risk.

Recalls & Warnings

5/23/2013

Seller of Sexual Enhancement, Cholesterol, Resveratrol Supplements and More Warned For Drug Claims

On May 2, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Alternative Health Supplements, following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about several dietary supplements, including Regenerect, Alligin, Astaxanthin Advantage, HDL Cholesterol Management, Resveratrol, Coral Calcium ...

Recalls & Warnings

3/04/2003

U.S. Warns of Ephedra Risks and Proposes Warning Label for Supplements

On February 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a series of actions designed to protect Americans from potentially serious risks of dietary supplement products containing ephedra.

Recalls & Warnings

1/03/2004

FDA to Prohibit Sales of Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedra

On December 30, 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a consumer alert of its forthcoming determination that dietary supplements containing ephedra present an unreasonable risk of illness or injury, and should not be consumed.

Recalls & Warnings

6/20/2003

FTC Charges Marketers of Seasilver with False and Deceptive Claims

On June 19, 2003, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced coordinated actions against two companies - both charged with promoting the dietary supplement "Seasilver" with unsubstantiated medical claims. The agencies' actions against Seasilver USA, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

5/10/2007

FDA Warns of Two Supplements Containing Pharmaceutical-like Compounds

On May 10, 2007, the FDA advised consumers not to purchase or use "True Man" or "Energy Max" products promoted and sold as dietary supplements throughout the United States.

Recalls & Warnings

3/25/2008

FDA Warns of Sexual Supplements with Drug-like Ingredients

On March 25, 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised consumers not to purchase or use "Blue Steel" or "Hero" products marketed as dietary supplements throughout the United States because they are considered unapproved drugs and have not been proven to be safe or effective.

Recalls & Warnings

4/08/2016

Large Doses of Stimulant Methylsynephrine Found In Weight Loss Supplements

Amounts of methylsynephrine found in some supplements exceed prescription dosages, according to new study published in Drug Testing and Analysis.

Recalls & Warnings

1/26/2016

Seller of CoQ10, SAM-e, Vitamin D, and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On January 15, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nutri-Dyn Midwest, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Cardioauxin BP, Zinc Lozenge, Oliver, Pau D'Arco, Petadolex, Chondro Jointaide, Dynagesic, SAMe-200, Gugulipid.

Recalls & Warnings

3/31/2005

FDA Warns Marketer of "Vitamin O" Product to Cease Unsubstantiated Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) has sent a Warning Letter (dated February 8, 2005) to Donald L. Smyth, President, R-Garden Inc., and Rose Creek Health Products, Inc. warning that its "Vitamin O" product was, among other things, being marketed with unsubstantiated health claims.

Recalls & Warnings

12/30/2007

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Several "Shangai" Sexual Enhancement Supplements

On December 28, 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to buy or use Super Shangai, Strong Testis, Shangai Ultra, Shangai Ultra X, Lady Shangai, and Shangai Regular, also marketed as Shangai Chaojimengnan, products.

Recalls & Warnings

7/28/2008

Seizure of Xiadafil VIP Tablets After Company Refuses Recall

On July 24, 2008, the FDA announced that U.S. Marshals seized nearly $74,000 worth of Xiadafil VIP tablets, Lots 6K029 and 6K209-SEI, distributed by SEI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Miami, Fla.

Recalls & Warnings

2/13/2013

Manufacturer of Heart, Multivitamin, Cranberry, and Longevity Supplements Warned For Adulteration and Drug Claims

On January 29, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to M.D.R. Fitness Corp. following a facility inspection which found violations of good manufacturing practices which cause the company's products to be adulterated. 

Recalls & Warnings

7/05/2012

FDA Warns Good Herbs Inc. of Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

The FDA issued a warning letter to Good Herbs Inc. on May 24, 2012, after a facility inspection found the company to be in violation of current manufacturing regulations, including lack of documentation and written procedures.

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.

Recalls & Warnings

5/07/2012

FDA Warns Doctor Promoting Own Supplements Online as Treatments

On April 18, 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a Warning Letter to Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. of Fatigued to Fantastic, LLC regarding the promotion that company's products on its website www.endfatigue.com.

Recalls & Warnings

4/07/2010

Nationwide Recall of Masxtreme Capsules Containing Drugs with Cardiovascular Side Effects

On March 30, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a notice from Natural Wellness warning consumers not to purchase or consume the product known as MasXtreme, Lot# 911035.

Recalls & Warnings

6/04/2004

FTC Charges Marketers of Two Supplements with False Claims to Cure Range of Diseases

On June 3, 2004 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged marketers of two dietary supplements with falsely claiming that their products can prevent and cure cancer and other diseases. According to the FTC’s complaint, Boston-area marketers Direct Marketing Concepts, Inc. (DMC), ITV Direct, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

3/13/2006

FDA Warns About Steroid Products Sold as Dietary Supplements

On March 9, 2006, the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

11/26/2007

Encore Tabs Recalled -- Contain Prescription Drug

On November 21, 2007, Bodee LLC announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of all the company's supplement product sold under the name Encore Tabs.

Recalls & Warnings

11/17/2009

Steroids Found in More Body Building Supplements

On November 17, 2009, the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

11/15/2009

Nationwide Recall of a Weight Loss Supplement Found to Contain Undeclared Drug Ingredients

On November 12, 2009, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it informed GMP Herbal Products, Inc. that its product "Pai You Guo," a weight loss dietary supplement, contains undeclared drug ingredients.

Recalls & Warnings

1/04/2011

Weight Loss Supplement Containing a Drug Can Cause Serious Adverse Events, Warns FDA

On December 31, 2010 the U.S. FDA warned consumers not to use Fruta Planta weight loss products because they contain sibutramine, a drug withdrawn from the market in December 2010 for safety reasons.

Recalls & Warnings

2/22/2012

"Japan Weight Loss Blue" Pills Dangerous According to FDA

On February 18, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to purchase or use “Japan Weight Loss Blue,” a product for weight loss sold on various websites, including www.vitaminbestbuy.com.

Recalls & Warnings

11/27/2011

FDA Seeks Permanent Injunction Against Dietary Supplement Maker -- 400+ Products Affected

On November 23, 2011, the U.S. FDA took legal action against a dietary supplement maker and owner for substituting ingredients and products without noting the changes on the final product labels. The permanent injunction, filed on behalf of the FDA by the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

7/19/2011

FDA Warns of Unsafe Drug in Slimming Supplements

On July 8, 2011, the U.S. FDA advised consumers not to purchase or use Slim Forte Slimming Capsule and Slim Forte Double Power Slimming Capsules. FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that these products contain sibutramine. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

10/24/2012

Warning Issued to Memory Supplement Maker For Unapproved Drug Ingredient, Drug Claims and Unreported Adverse Events

On October 16, 2012, the FDA issued a letter to dietary supplement manufacturer Quincy Bioscience Manufacturing Inc.

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 ...

Recalls & Warnings

5/29/2003

Recall and Warning for Another Sexual Enhancement Supplement Illegally Containing Viagra Ingredient

On May 23, Best Life International, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, warned consumers not to purchase or consume the product known as Viga.

Recalls & Warnings

8/16/2013

Maker of Energy, Weight Loss, Sleep and Vitamin D Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On July 22, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to N.V.E. Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

4/23/2013

Seller of Digestion, Thyroid and Vitamin D Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

On November 5, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to The Women's Health Institute at Texas following a review of the company's various websites which found statements made about Digest + SEB, Iodine Plus 2, and D5000 Vitamin D dietary supplements to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

10/16/2013

Methamphetamine-Like Compound Found In Popular Workout Supplement

A study published on October 14, 2013 (Cohen, Drug Test Analysis 2013) reports that the popular pre-workout energy supplement Craze (Driven Sports) has been found to contain the banned methamphetamine — like compound, N, á-diethylphenylethylamine.

Recalls & Warnings

10/09/2013

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

4/14/2015

Muscle Supplement Linked to Serious Liver Injury

On April 13, 2015, the FDA warned consumers not to use the muscle growth supplement Tri-Methyl Xtreme (distributed by Extreme Products Group) because it has been linked to serious liver injury.

Recalls & Warnings

9/30/2015

Weight and Energy Supplement Contains Synthetic "Amphetamine"

On September 21, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to TruVision Health LLC. because the company's supplement tru Weight & Energy lists a synthetic, amphetamine-like compound, AMP (also called 1,3-dimethylbutylamine or DMBA) on product labels. 

Recalls & Warnings

9/05/2015

Powdered Caffeine Risky, FDA Warns

On August 27, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to five companies selling caffeine powder, warning that the powder "presents a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury under the conditions of use recommended or suggested in the labeling."

Recalls & Warnings

3/10/2015

Maker of Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, B Vitamins and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On January 8, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Complete H2O Minerals, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Sulfur Concentrate, Copper, Extra Strength Copper, Extra Strength Magnesium, Extra Strength Zinc, Platinum, Gold, Indium, Molybdenum, ...

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 ...

Recalls & Warnings

7/13/2006

FDA Warns About Sexual Enhancement Supplements with Dangerous Ingredients

On July 12, 2006, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to purchase or consume Zimaxx, Libidus, Neophase, Nasutra, Vigor-25, Actra-Rx, or 4EVERON.

Recalls & Warnings

5/28/2008

FDA Requests Recall of Xiadafil VIP Supplements

On May 27, 2008, the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it had requested that SEI Pharmaceuticals, of Miami, Fla.

Recalls & Warnings

11/06/2014

Seller of Cholesterol, Arthritis Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On October 17, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Vitamins Direct (USA) and Golden Pride, Inc., which distribute Flexezy and Physician's Signature brands of dietary supplements, following a facility inspection which found statements made about certain supplements to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

2/24/2011

Recall of Counterfeit Extenze Tablets Containing Drugs

On February 23, 2011, the FDA announced that Biotab Nutraceuticals, Inc. was notified that two lots of counterfeit product purporting to be Extenze contain undeclared drug ingredients. Specifically, lot 0709241 contains tadalafil and sildenafil, and lot 0509075 contains tadalafil and sibutramine.

Recalls & Warnings

12/20/2014

Company Recalls Second Weight Loss Supplement

On December 19, 2014, Bethel Nutritional Consulting, Inc. issued a recall of one lot of weight loss supplement B-Lipo Capsules because they were found to contain Lorcaserin.

Recalls & Warnings

9/13/2014

Three Weight Loss Supplements Found to Contain Drugs

On September 12, 2014, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the weight loss supplements listed below because they were found to contain drugs.

Recalls & Warnings

4/29/2014

Seller of B Vitamins, CoQ10, Amino Acids and Other Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On April 1, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bio-Recovery, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

4/12/2013

FDA Warns Consumers About The Dangers Of DMAA

On April 11, 2013, the FDA warned consumers about the dangers of dietary supplements containing the ingredient 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA).

Recalls & Warnings

5/06/2015

Joint Pain Supplements Found to Contain Diuretics, Antihistamines and Other Undeclared Drugs

On May 4, 2015, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the following supplements promoted for joint or back pain because they were found to contain undeclared drugs. Each was identified during an examination of international mail shipments.  

Recalls & Warnings

3/29/2013

Prescription Drugs Found In Prostate and Sexual Enhancement Supplements

October 24, 2012 the FDA issued a warning letter to USA Far Ocean Group Inc./ Health & Beauty Group Inc. because a number of the company's dietary supplements were found to contain pharmaceutical drugs, or were promoted with statements that constitute drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

12/21/2012

Dangerous Supplement Being Sold Under New Name

On December 21, 2012, the FDA warned consumers that Reumofan Plus, a dietary supplement promoted for arthritis and muscle pain that has been linked to serious and sometimes fatal side effects, is now being sold under the name WOW.

Recalls & Warnings

1/16/2010

Recall of Body Building Supplements Containing Steroids

On January 15, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a voluntary recall notice from MuscleMaster.com, Inc. regarding all lots and expiration dates of seventeen dietary supplements sold in 2009 from June 1 and Novemember 17.

Recalls & Warnings

6/22/2011

Recall of Calcium & Magnesium Softgels Containing Excessive and Potentially Toxic Amounts of Vitamin D

On or about June 7, 2011, NOW Foods announced the following recall to retailers. ConsumerLab.com was subsequently made aware of the recall by a ConsumerLab.com member.

Recalls & Warnings

4/29/2012

FDA Says DMAA Can't Be Sold as a Supplement -- Warns Sellers

On April 27, 2012, the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

11/03/2009

Recall of 65 Dietary Supplements That May Contain Steroids

On November 3, 2009, as part of its ongoing cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA"), Bodybuilding.

Recalls & Warnings

6/15/2009

Sexual Enhancement Supplement Recalled -- Second Time Found with Drug-like Compound

On June 15, 2009, the U.S. FDA announced that, per its order, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of the company's product sold under the name Stamina-Rx.

Recalls & Warnings

4/19/2007

Recall of Another Sex Enhancement Supplement

On April 17, 2007 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website posted an announcement that Jen-On Herbal Science International, Inc. is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of the company's supplement product sold under the name H S Joy of Love. Jen-On Herbal Science International, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

1/18/2005

Supplement Maker to Pay over $3.5 Million to Settle Deceptive Advertising Charges for Immune Dietary Supplement

On January 18, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Orange County (California) District Attorney, and the California State Attorney General announced that they had reached settlements with Body Wise International, Inc.

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.

Recalls & Warnings

3/19/2004

Seasilver Stopped from Making Claim to Cure "Over 650" Diseases

On March 17, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Seasilver USA, Inc., and Americaloe, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

8/21/2013

Seller of Vitamin, Tea and MSM Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

August 7, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Vibrant Life Vitamins, following a review of the company's websites which found statements made about Taheebo Life Tea, Life Glow Plus, Super Life Glow, Life Glow Basic, Vibrant Life MSM, Herbal MSM, and Organic Germanium to be drug claims. 

Recalls & Warnings

4/23/2009

Recall of "Slimming" Supplements Spiked with Drug

On April 20, 2009 the U.S. FDA reported a nationwide recall of dietary supplements distributed by Universal ABC Beauty Supply International.

Recalls & Warnings

11/28/2008

Fat Loss Supplement Recalled for Containing Prescription Drug

On November 26, 2008, the FDA reported that Zhen De Shou Fat Loss Capsules are being recalled by the distributor, Fashion Sanctuary. FDA analysis found the product to contain undeclared sibutramine, an FDA approved drug used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss.

Recalls & Warnings

11/08/2012

FDA Warns Consumers of "Slimming Coffee"

On November 8, 2012, the FDA warned consumers not to purchase or use Best Share Green Coffee: Brazilian Slimming Coffee after FDA testing revealed the coffee, which was promoted for weight loss, contains the drug sibutramine.

Recalls & Warnings

5/13/2012

Caffeinated Water Illegally Promoted According to FDA

On April 24, 2012, the U.S. FDA sent a Warning Letter to Vitality Distributing, Inc. indicating that the company's product "avitae caffeinated water" is being illegally promoted as an unapproved new drug due to claims relating to its safety and efficacy, such as the following:

Recalls & Warnings

4/08/2010

Capsule for Men Spiked with Erectile Drug

On April 7, 2010, the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

9/13/2010

Recall of Herbal Slimming Supplement Spiked with Drug

The U.S. FDA posted a notice dated August 18, 2010 indicating that Slim-30 Herbal Supplement (Lot 6032101) has been recalled by its distributor, J & H Besta Corp.

Recalls & Warnings

9/13/2010

Supplement for "Increasing Desire" Recalled for Containing Drug

The U.S. FDA posted a notice regarding the recall of Masxtreme Capsules by the distributor, Natural Wellness, Inc. FDA analysis has determined the product contains undeclared amounts of Aminotadalafil, an analog of tadalafil.

Recalls & Warnings

6/25/2014

More Generic Versions of Heart Medication Recalled

As reported in the New York Times on June 24, 2014, certain lots of the blood pressure medication metoprolol succinate extended-release have recently been recalled. The recalling manufacturers are the Indian companies Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and Wockhardt.

Recalls & Warnings

11/03/2014

Mixing Medications and Dietary Supplements Can Be Dangerous, FDA Warns

On October 27, 2014, the FDA advised consumers to be aware of potential interactions between dietary supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) medications and/or prescription medications.