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Clinical Update

8/30/2022

Fish Oil for High Cholesterol, Depression

Separate studies looked at whether or not taking fish oil can lower high cholesterol levels or reduce depression. See the details in our Fish Oil Supplements Review.

If you take a statin, read about the pros and cons of taking fish oil with statins.

Also see our article that discusses other supplements for high cholesterol.

Clinical Update

11/03/2013

Caution with Calcium for Women with High Cholesterol

A study in which women with high cholesterol  were given a daily calcium supplement showed a negative effect in those who were post-menopausal.  Get the details, including the calcium dosage used, in the updated Calcium Supplements Review>>

CL Answer

Does Gynostemma pentaphyllum really work as an AMPK activator and help for diabetes, high cholesterol, or weight loss?

Find out if Gynostemma pentaphyllum ( jiaogulan) works as an AMPK activator and helps to lower blood sugar and treat diabetes. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) -- Gynostemma herb and capsules

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

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

Product Review

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

See Which B Vitamins Are ConsumerLab's Top Picks!

Review of B Vitamin Supplements

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

Product Review

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

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

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

Clinical Update

8/31/2014

Taking Fish Oil with Sterols

A new study found that adding EPA and DHA from fish oil to a spread containing plant sterols is not a problem and may provide additional benefit for those with high cholesterol levels. For more information, including dosage amounts, see the update in the Review of Cholesterol-Lowerers >> 

Clinical Update

5/27/2015

Adding Vitamin D to Statin Treatment

A recent study among people taking statin medication for high cholesterol showed significant improvements in cholesterol levels when daily vitamin D was added as treatment. Improvements were greatest among those who began with lower blood levels of vitamin D. More details, along with our reviews of products similar to the one used in this study, are found in the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

11/01/2019

Eye Risk With High-Dose Niacin

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

Clinical Update

12/16/2020

Omega-7s to Lower Cholesterol?

Can taking sea buckthorn, a source of omega-7 fatty acids, lower cholesterol in people with high cholesterol levels? Find out what a recent study found in the Omega-7 Fatty Acids section of our Fish Oil Review. Also, see our Top Picks among fish oil supplements.

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

7/31/2021

Gynostemma for Weight?

Can taking Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract help reduce weight? We've added information about this to our article about Gynostemma (which is also promoted for diabetes and high cholesterol treatment).

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

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

4/29/2022

CoQ10 & Cholesterol

Did supplementing with CoQ10 improve HDL cholesterol levels or function among people with high cholesterol? Find out what a recent study showed, and also learn how CoQ10 affects LDL cholesterol, in the Cardiovascular Health section of our CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review.

CL Answer

What is lunasin and does it really reduce cholesterol?

Lunasin supplement information, whether lunasin can lower cholesterol, safety and side effects, foods that contain lunasin, like soy.

Product Review

Probiotic Supplements Review (Including Pet Probiotics)

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

Probiotic Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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

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

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

I use beta-sitosterol for my prostate. Should it be taken with or without food?

How should you take the prostate supplement beta-sitosterol to maximize absorption? Learn more at ConsumerLab.com.

How to Take Beta-Sitosterol -- man holding beta-sitosterol capsules

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

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

To lower my cholesterol, I am taking a phytosterol supplement. Will taking other supplements, like red yeast rice or fish oil, help lower my cholesterol even further?

Learn more about combining phytosterols and other cholesterol-lowering supplements like red yeast rice or fish oil.

Cholesterol

CL Answer

If I already take red yeast rice, would adding high-dose niacin help further reduce my cholesterol levels, and would this be safe?

Learn more about the effect of combining red yeast, statins and high-dose niacin on cholesterol and safety.

CL Answer

Can taking NAC (N-acetylcysteine) interfere with blood tests?

Find out if NAC (N-acetylcysteine) can interfere with laboratory and blood tests, such as blood tests for cholesterol. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) supplements tested by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Do collagen supplements impact cholesterol levels or reduce risk factors for atherosclerosis?

Collagen has been studied for its effects on cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis risk factors, but its effects are still not clear.

Collagen powder and collagen pills

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

Nutrition Bars & Cookies Review (For Energy, Fiber, Protein, Meal Replacement, and Whole Foods)

Find the Best Nutrition Bar or Cookie. ConsumerLab Tests Reveals Not All Nutrition Bars and Cookies Contain What They Claim.

Nutrition Bars Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com (Energy, Fiber, Meal Replacement, Protein, and Whole Food Bars)

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

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

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

CL Answer

Can taking too much fish oil be dangerous?

Find out if too much fish oil can be dangerous, and if taking too much fish oil can cause effects such as suppressing the immune system, thinning the blood (increasing the risk of bleeding), increasing levels of LDL cholesterol and liver enzymes or increasing the frequency in episodes atrial fibrillation. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Taking Too Much Fish Oil -- bottle of fish oil and fish oil capsules

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

CL Answer

How does the new prescription fish oil Epanova compare to Lovaza --and fish oil supplements?

Learn more about prescription fish oils like Epanova, Lovaza, and Vascepa and how they compare to each other and to supplements.

Doctor Holding Fish Oil Capsule

CL Answer

What Is Marine-D3 and does it live up to anti-aging claims?

Learn more about Marine-D3, a supplement from Marine Essentials, including evidence from clinical studies on aging.

CL Answer

Is it better to take fish oil, flaxseed oil -- or both?

Fish oil and flaxseed oil -- how they are different, what they are used for, if and how they can help with arthritis, depression, lowering cholesterol & more.

Flaxseed Oil vs Fish Oil -- Omega-3 Supplements

CL Answer

Can CLA slimming supplements cause liver damage?

Find out more about CLA slimming supplements and their safety, including if they can cause liver damage.

Sign Saying CLA with Omega 6 Pills on White Background

Product Review

Oat Cereals Review

Find the Best Oatmeal, Oat Bran, Steel Cut Oats, & Cold Cereals. Popular Oat Cereals Tested -- Beware of Unexpected Gluten.

Oat Cereals Tested by ConsumerLab.com

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

Can CBD cause a drop in blood pressure?

Find out if CBD (cannabidiol) can lower blood pressure or affect heart rate, plus information about other CBD side effects, drug interactions and safety concerns. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Blood Pressure

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

Product Review

Pomegranate Juice and Supplements Review Article

What Are the Benefits of Pomegranate Juice and Supplements? Find Out What Pomegranate Can and Cannot Do For Your Health.

Pomegranate Juice Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab

Product Review

Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review

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

Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

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

Find the Best Vitamin D Supplement with the Right Dose

CL Answer

Are there negative interactions between the following supplements and 60 mg of beta-sitosterol with dinner: Vitamin C (500 mg), CoQ10, grape seed extract, fish oil, vitamin D3/calcium/magnesium/zinc?

Learn about drug interactions & proper dosages for supplements such as CoQ10, vitamin D & C, fish oil, magnesium, zinc and grape seed extract.

Doctor Holding Handful of Fish Oil

CL Answer

What are the side effects of red yeast rice?

Find out which side effects can be caused by red yeast rice supplements that are taken to lower cholesterol levels. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Red Yeast Rice Side Effects -- red yeast rice capsules and tablets

Product Review

African Mango (Seed Extract) Supplements for Weight Loss Review Article

Do African Mango Supplements Really Work For Weight Loss? Learn More About Choosing the Best African Mango Supplement: Evidence, Safety, Side Effects & More.

African Mango Seed Extract

Product Review

Dark Chocolates, Cocoa & Cacao Powders, Nibs, and Supplements Review -- Sources of Flavanols

Find the Best Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Powder and Cocoa Supplements. Is Your Chocolate or Cocoa Healthful or Toxic? Find Out Now!

Flavanols in Cocoa, Cacoa, and Chocolate Products Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Does yacon syrup decrease appetite or help with weight loss? How do I find a quality brand?

Can yacon syrup can help with weight loss? Learn more, including clinical evidence, side effects, and dosage.

Yacon syrup for weight loss?

CL Answer

Does garlic lower cholesterol?

Does garlic lower cholesterol? Learn more about the link between garlic, garlic supplements and cholesterol.

Garlic to Lower Cholesterol -- garlic cloves and pills

Clinical Update

2/10/2017

High-Dose Resveratrol Increases "Bad" Cholesterol

A study of middle-aged men with metabolic syndrome found that high doses of resveratrol increased levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Resveratrol Supplements Review (which includes our tests of products) >>

Clinical Update

3/17/2018

High-Dose Vitamin D & Cholesterol

Giving high-dose vitamin D to people who are not deficient in it may backfire and increase cholesterol levels, as seen in a recent study. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products).

CL Answer

Can probiotics help lower cholesterol?

Learn more about how probiotics like Cardioviva can affect cholesterol.

Cholesterol in Wooden Block Letters Against Brown Wooden Background

CL Answer

Does glucosamine raise "bad" LDL cholesterol?

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

Supplements and Water in Hand

CL Answer

What are omega-7 fatty acids? Do I need to take these if I already take fish oil?

Learn what omega-7 fatty acids are and if you need to also take them while taking fish oil. See the varying amounts of omega-7 fatty acids in fish and krill oil supplements.

Fish Oil

Product Review

Acetyl-L-Carnitine Supplements Review

Choose the Best Acetyl-L-Carnitine Supplement. Don't Overpay! CL Identifies Quality Acetyl-L-Carnitine Supplements at the Best Value.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

How does Athletic Greens’ AG1 compare to multivitamins and Greens powders? Is AG1 worth it?

ConsumerLab reviews the ingredients in AG1, its safety and possible side effects, and how AG1 compares to other products.

A pouch of AG1 on white background

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

CL Answer

What is magnesium stearate, what is it made from, and is it dangerous?

Learn more about magnesium stearate and its safety, based on evidence from clinical studies.

Is magnesium stearate safe? -- woman looking at ingredients on supplement label

Clinical Update

6/24/2017

Red Yeast Rice Variability

While red yeast rice can significantly reduce high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, a recently published analysis of 28 brands re-emphasized the fact that amounts of active, cholesterol-lowering compounds can range from none to potent levels, yet this information is not found on labels. Read about the recent study and find out which products ConsumerLab has identified as the least and most potent in the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review >>

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 >>

Clinical Update

9/07/2022

Fish Oil + Statins for "Bad" Cholesterol

Does adding high-dose fish oil to statin therapy help reduce "bad" cholesterol? Find out what a recent study showed in the Taking with statins section of our Fish Oil Supplements Review.

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

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 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

I read that statins can cause diabetes. Is this true also with red yeast rice?

Find out if red yeast rice supplements increase the risk of diabetes, as some statin medications do. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Product Review

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

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

Plant Based Milks reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Can vitamins or other supplements cause a change in the ability to taste, or even a loss of taste?

Find out if supplements or vitamin deficiencies can cause changes in taste, loss of taste or smell. Information about vitamin D, zinc, vitamins A, B6, B12 and others. Plus medications and medical conditions that can alter taste and smell. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Vitamin Deficiency, Supplements and Loss of Taste? -- man with salad looking disinterested, unhappy

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 psyllium help control hunger and appetite?

Learn more about psyllium (found in Metamucil), including effects on appetite and hunger control, results from clinical studies and safety.

Psyllium

CL Answer

I read that sterol supplements to lower cholesterol like CholestOff can block the absorption of vitamins. Is that true?

Find out if CholestOff and other sterol supplements can block vitamin absorption in the body and other safety concerns.

Elderly Man Reading Supplement Bottle

CL Answer

Is it true that taking a statin drug negates the benefits of taking fish oil supplements?

Information on the interaction between statins and fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids.

Taking Statins & Fish Oil -- fish oil capsules and stethoscope

Product Review

Protein Powders and Shakes Review

Find Out Which Protein Powders Passed or Failed Our Tests

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

7/19/2014

High-Dose Niacin with Statins Not Worth It

Further evidence was published this week showing that the addition of high-dose niacin (vitamin B-3) to cholesterol-lowering treatment with statin drugs provides no worthwhile benefit and appears to increase the risk of adverse side events. For details, see the Review of B Vitamin Supplements and Energy Drinks >> 

CL Answer

Can beta-sitosterol cause erectile dysfunction or low libido? Are there any other side effects?

Does beta-sitosterol, found in prostate and cholesterol-lowering supplements, cause erectile dysfunction, or other side effects? ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Elderly Man Taking Supplement with Glass of Water

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

Is it okay to take vitamin D3 and fish oil together?

Find out if taking vitamin D and fish oil is okay, how it effects absorption, and the best way to take vitamin D to improve absorption. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

hand holding vitamin D and fish oil capsules

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 best supplements or lifestyle modifications for insomnia, and which can make insomnia worse?

Find out which vitamins may help you sleep and learn if any vitamins or supplements can cause insomnia.

CL Answer

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

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

Overweight man holding his right side near his liver

Product Review

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review

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

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Garlic Supplements Review

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

Garlic Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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

Product Review

Resveratrol Supplements Review (From Red Wine, Knotweed, and Other Sources)

See Which Resveratrol Supplements Were Best In Our Tests and Comparisons. Learn What Resveratrol Can and Can't Do.

Review of resveratrol supplements tested by ConsumerLab.com, including ratings and comparisons of product quality, price, and ingredients.

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

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

Product Review

Chia Seed Review – Whole, Ground, and Sprouted Seed, Seed Flour, & Supplements

Find the Best Chia Seeds, Sprouted Chia Powder, Flour, and Chia Supplements. Tests and Reviews of Chia Seeds & CL's Top Picks.

Chia supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Is soy in supplements good or bad for you?

Find out about the health benefits and/or safety concerns related to soy constituents (including soy isoflavones, soy protein, soy lecithin, and soybean oil), and learn how you can avoid soy in supplements if necessary.

Scoop of soy protein isolate placed among soybeans

CL Answer

What is hydrogen water? Is it beneficial for alertness, athletic performance, arthritis or other conditions, and is it safe?

Find out if hydrogen water has benefits with regard to alertness, side effects of radiotherapy in cancer patients, metabolic syndrome, athletic performance, rheumatoid arthritis, liver disease, and other conditions, and learn if it is safe to use.

Portable hydrogen water generator

Product Review

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

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

CLA Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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

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.

CL Answer

Do any supplements naturally suppress appetite and help with weight loss?

Learn which natural ingredients can suppress appetite and find if these natural appetite suppressants help with weight loss.

Container of natural appetite suppressant supplement with measuring tape and scale in background

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

Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils Review

Oils Tested for Authenticity and Purity

Product Review

Olive Leaf Extract Supplements Review

Learn What Olive Leaf Does and the Best Brands

Product Review

Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review

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

CL Answer

Could my CoQ10 supplement be causing my insomnia?

Learn more about the impact on sleep that supplements such as CoQ10, St. John's wort, and DHEA may have. Insomnia may be caused by certain supplements.

Woman with insomnia awake in bed and having trouble sleeping

CL Answer

A red yeast rice ConsumerLab.com showed contained the most lovastatin lowered my cholesterol from 260 to 205. It jumped to 278 when I switched to a cheaper brand! Could it have contained nothing?

Find out if red yeast rice can differ in lovastatin content to lower cholesterol when comparing brands.

Red Yeast Rice Tablet on White Table

Product Review

Coconut Oil and Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) Oil Review – Semi-Solid and Liquid Oils & Supplements

Find the Best Coconut Oil and MCT Oil. See How These Oils Compare on Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), Quality, and Value.

Coconut and MCT Oils Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

What is the difference between fish oil and krill oil? Is one better than the other?

Learn which is better for you and compare krill oil vs. fish oil, including evidence from clinical studies, EPA and DHA content, price, and side effects.

CL Answer

Is it true that eating Brazil nuts can help with weight loss? Are there other health benefits or risks of Brazil nuts

Learn more about vitamin E intake from nuts, including Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and almonds.

CL Answer

When choosing a protein powder, which protein source is best -- whey, casein, soy, pea, rice, hemp or egg?

Protein powder information including the various sources of protein, including whey, casein, soy, pea, rice, hemp and egg.

Product Review

Meal Replacement & Weight Management Powders and Shakes Review

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

Meal Replacement Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Which supplements may help with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)?

Many supplements are promoted to help treat symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), but do they really work? See the clinical evidence for inositol (myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol), alpha lipoic acid, vitamin B-12, folic acid, vitamin D and more.

Supplements for PCOS

Product Review

Berberine and Goldenseal Supplements Review

Choose the Best Berberine & Goldenseal Supplements. CL Tests Reveal Problems With 25% of Berberine and 67% of Goldenseal Supplements.

Berberine and goldenseal supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

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

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

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

CL Answer

Is it possible to take too much vitamin C?

Find out the daily value of vitamin C, along with possible side effects of excessive vitamin C intake. ConsumerLab explores the topic of proper vitamin C supplement usage, and why taking too much can be harmful.

Bottles of vitamin C pills

Product Review

Electrolytes & Sports Drinks Review

See Which Sports Drinks, Powders, and Pills Deliver the Right Electrolytes

Product Review

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review

Most Failed to Be Approved. Find the Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Avoid Problems.

Extra virgin olive oils reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Coconut Waters Review

Best Coconut Water? See Our Tests and Comparisons of Popular Brands Looking at Sugar, Electrolytes, Taste and Price.

Coconut Waters Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

3/04/2012

When Not to Take Selenium Cholesterol Lowering with Sterols/Stanols

A recent study using a popular supplement, CholestOff, showed a modest reduction in LDL ("bad") cholesterol and total cholesterol. The reductions were not as dramatic as in some other studies of sterols and stanols; possibly because participants in the study were already on a cholesterol-lowering diet. See the update to the Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review for details of the study, more information about the diet, and our tests of CholestOff and other cholesterol-lowering supplements. More >>

Product Review

Seaweed Snacks and Foods Review

Tests Reveal Seaweed Snack Risks

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?

Product Review

Tuna, Salmon, Sardines & Herring Review (Canned and Packaged)

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

Canned tuna, salmon and sardines reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

9/20/2022

Oats for Lowering Cholesterol & Improving Gut Health

Regularly consuming oatmeal may lower cholesterol and promote beneficial changes in gut bacteria in people with mildly elevated cholesterol. Get the details based on a recent study in our Oat Cereals Review.

Also see our article about supplements and foods for lowering cholesterol.

Clinical Update

7/09/2014

Chlorella Lowers Cholesterol and Triglycerides

A daily dose of chlorella (an ingredient included in some "greens" and whole foods supplements) significantly reduced total cholesterol, "bad" VLDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in men and women with mildly elevated cholesterol. Get the details, including the dosage used, plus our tests and comparisons of supplements containing chlorella and other "greens" in the updated Greens and Whole Foods Powders and Pills >> 

CL Answer

Lovaza, a prescription omega-3 fish oil, is very expensive. Can I get the same omega-3 oils from a supplement that costs less?

Lovaza fish oil (prescription) vs. over the counter fish oil supplements. Understand the differences in cost and benefits before you buy.

The Difference Between Prescription Lovaza and Over the Counter Fish Oil - Omega-3 Supplements

Product Review

Astaxanthin Supplements Review

See Which Astaxanthin Products Passed or Failed CL's Tests

Astaxanthin supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

I take omeprazole (Prilosec), a proton pump inhibitor, to reduce stomach acid. Are there supplements I should avoid, or be taking, due to this drug?

Supplement interactions with proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs like omeprazole (Prilosec) and Nexium.

Product Review

Lion's Mane and Chaga Supplements Review

Read Labels Carefully -- Many Can Mislead

Lion's Mane and Chaga Supplements tested by ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

4/11/2020

Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

Coconut oil is known to raise levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol but also increase levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol. Is one more important than the other? Find out the latest information in the Cautions and Concerns section of the Coconut Oil and MCT Oil Review. Also see our Top Picks for coconut and MCT oils.

Clinical Update

4/09/2019

Lunasin to Lower Cholesterol?

Can taking lunasin, a protein isolated from soy, help to lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels? See what a new study found in our updated answer to the question: What is lunasin and does it really reduce cholesterol?

Clinical Update

1/02/2018

Does Curcumin Lower Cholesterol?

A recent study evaluated whether curcumin can help lower cholesterol levels, as well as further reduce levels in people using a phytosterol spread. Get the results and details about the type and dose of curcumin used, in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric & Curcumin Supplements Review >> (Also see our Top Picks among products.)  

For more about cholesterol-lowering, also see our Phytosterol Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

9/27/2017

Lowering Cholesterol with Red Yeast Rice and Phytosterols

Red yeast rice and phytosterols help lower cholesterol through different mechanisms. Does combining them help more? See what two studies found in the ConsumerTips section of the Cholesterol-Lowerers Review >>

Clinical Update

7/29/2015

Stanols Lower Cholesterol

Many studies have shown that plant sterols and stanols can help lower levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol. A new placebo-controlled study, which involved advice on diet and exercise, found benefit with a slightly lower dose of stanols than typically recommended. Get the details in the "What to Consider When Buying" section of the Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review »

Clinical Update

2/19/2012

Does Garlic Lower Cholesterol?

Garlic can lower total cholesterol but not by lowering so called "bad" or LDL cholesterol, according to a recent analysis. Find out more in the update to the Garlic Supplements Review, which includes our tests of garlic supplements and information on dosing. More >>

Clinical Update

12/20/2011

Algal Oil vs. Fish Oil

Fish get their omega-3's from algae and many people are now doing the same by taking algal oil, but how does it compare to fish oil? Experts recently reviewed studies of algal oil and concluded that it boosts ("good") cholesterol but it also increases LDL cholesterol -- which is often thought of as "bad" cholesterol. But there's more to the story. Get the details in the recently updated Fish/Marine Oil Supplements Review, which includes our test results for algal, krill, and fish oil supplements.

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

8/05/2012

A More Effective Way to Take Sterols/Stanols to Lower Cholesterol?

A new study shows that taking sterols and stanols from a softgel appears to lower cholesterol more effectively than from a tablet. Get the details, including the name of a new product like the one taken in the study, in the updated Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review.  More >>

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

7/24/2021

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

5/01/2021

Does Kefir Lower Cholesterol?

Can drinking kefir that contains probiotics, decrease LDL cholesterol or triglyceride levels in people with metabolic syndrome? See what a new study found the Cholesterol-Lowering section of our Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among probiotic supplements and drinks.

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

4/15/2022

Mushrooms for Lowering Cholesterol?

The beta-glucan in oats can help lower elevated levels of cholesterol, but can the beta-glucan in mushrooms do the same? Find out in our article about Supplements and Foods for Lowering Cholesterol.

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

What are the health benefits of black cumin seed (black seed) oil?

Find out if black seed oil has health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure or cholesterol, asthma, weight loss, and others. Dosage, forms, including black seed oil and black seed powder, safety information, using black seed oil in foods and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Black seed oil benefits -- bowl of black cumin seeds and bottle of oil

CL Answer

Which supplements can cause diarrhea?

Can supplements like magnesium cause diarrhea? Find out which supplements may cause diarrhea, such as vitamin B12, curcumin, magnesium, vitamin C and fish oil.

Which supplements can cause diarrhea? -- Woman with gastrointestinal pain

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

Is sublingual vitamin B-12, which is placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve, really better than the pill form?

Learn the difference between sublingual vitamin B-12, vitamin B-12 pills and more through information including clinical evidence.

Sublingual B-12 vs. Vitamin B-12 Pills -- B-12 supplements

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of manuka honey, and is it safe?

Manuka honey health benefits, how it differs from common, store-bought honey, safety, evidence for using manuka honey for wounds, sore throat and cough, constipation and more.

Health Benefits of Manuka Honey -- jar of manuka honey

CL Answer

Will pregnenolone help slow down aging?

Learn more about the steroid hormone pregnenolone, including its effects in the body and on aging.

Elderly couple yoga pose in sunshine

CL Answer

I've heard that grapefruit juice can interact with medications because it inhibits an enzyme that breaks down drugs in the body. Do any supplements interact the same way with drugs?

CYP3A4 inhibitors, such as grapefruit, can interact with certain medications by inhibiting the liver enzyme that metabolizes many drugs. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Grapefruit Juice, CYP3A4 and Supplement Interactions -- glass of grapefruit juice and grapefruit halves

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

How can I tell if my fish oil supplement is rancid (oxidized) or spoiled? And if it is spoiled, is it still safe to take?

Find out how to tell if your fish oil supplement is rancid (oxidized) or spoiled and how to store fish supplements to keep them fresh. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Fish Oil

Clinical Update

3/11/2012

Vitamin D Effect on Body Fat and Cholesterol

As we have reported earlier, adequate intake of vitamin D may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. A new study may help explain why. A 12-week course of vitamin D given to overweight women lead to a boost in HDL ("good" cholesterol) as well as a decrease in body fat. However, total body weight did not change and there was an increase in LDL ("bad") cholesterol, although it appeared to be less plaque-forming in nature. For details, including the dose given, see the updated information in the Vitamin D Supplement ReviewMore >>

Product Review

Green Tea Review: Tea Bags, Loose Tea, Matcha Powders, and Supplements

Disturbing Findings for Some Major Brands of Green Tea. See the Test Results and Our Top Picks for Green Tea.

Green Tea Review By ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

10/02/2021

Low-Dose Red Yeast Rice for Cholesterol?

Can a low dose of red yeast rice significantly lower cholesterol levels? See what a recent clinical study found in the What It Does section of our Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick among red yeast rice supplements.

Clinical Update

2/21/2021

Coffee And Cholesterol

Large daily intake of coffee was linked to higher cholesterol levels in a recent study. At the same time, moderate intake of coffee may reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

Clinical Update

9/12/2020

Green Tea and Cholesterol

Can green tea help lower cholesterol levels? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks for green tea.

Clinical Update

5/27/2013

Red Yeast Rice with Sterols?

It is well known that taking a red yeast rice supplement can cause large reductions in LDL "bad" cholesterol and that sterol or stanol esters can lead to modest reductions. But does combining them result in greater benefits than using either alone? A new study says no. It's unclear, however, whether this is always the case. Get details in the updated Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review >>. Also see the updated, Cholesterol Lowering Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

6/10/2015

Do Plant Sterols Help?

Many studies have shown that taking plant sterols with meals can lower levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol. While that's a good thing, a recent study questions whether this reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease — the main target of treatment. Get the details in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements (Sterols and Policosanol) Review >>

Clinical Update

10/19/2016

How Much Do Oats Lower Cholesterol?

A new report shows that you can lower bad cholesterol by nearly 5% when eating certain amounts of whole oats or oat bran. For details, as well as our tests of products, see the Oat Cereals Review >>

Clinical Update

8/09/2016

Spirulina Lowers Cholesterol

Spirulina, a common ingredient in greens and whole foods supplements, was found to lower total and "bad" LDL cholesterol, but only in certain people. Get the details, plus our tests of products containing spirulina, in the Greens and Whole Foods Powders, Drinks and Pills Review >>

Clinical Update

5/02/2018

Choosing Olive Oil for Cholesterol Benefit

Certain types of olive oil may be more effective at improving cholesterol levels according to a recent analysis. Find out more in the What It Does section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review. (Also see our Top Picks among extra virgin olive oils).

Clinical Update

10/25/2014

Probiotics Reduce Cholesterol / Improve Liver Function

Adding probiotic organisms to yogurt appeared to reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol in a study of people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a common condition. Levels of liver enzymes also improved and more weight loss occurred when people ate the probiotic yogurt, in contrast to those who ate regular yogurt. The probiotic organisms used in this study are found in several products recently tested by ConsumerLab.com. See the details in the Probiotic Supplements Review >> 

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

1/21/2020

Coconut Oil Impact on Cholesterol

Coconut oil can significantly affect cholesterol levels according to a new report. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Coconut & MCT Oils Review. Also see our Top Picks for coconut and MCT oils.

Clinical Update

9/12/2018

Cocoa and Cholesterol

Can cocoa flavanols improve cholesterol levels? See what a recent study found in the Cardiovascular section of the Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Review. (Also see our Top Picks among cocoa and dark chocolate products.)

Clinical Update

10/14/2017

Turmeric (Curcumin) and Cholesterol

Turmeric and curcumin (from turmeric) can help lower levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides, according to a recent review of studies. Certain formulations may be better than others. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

7/14/2020

Coconut Oil for Lowering Weight and Cholesterol?

Can adding coconut oil to dinner lower weight and/or lower cholesterol levels? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of the Coconut and MCT Oils Review. Also see our Top Picks among coconut oils and MCT oils.

Clinical Update

8/18/2020

Zinc for Lowering Blood Sugar and Cholesterol?

Zinc may help lower blood sugar as well as cholesterol levels, according to a recent analysis, but the dose and duration of zinc supplementation made a big difference. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review. Also see our Top Picks for zinc.

Clinical Update

11/06/2018

Can CoQ10 Boost Cholesterol-Lowering of Statins?

Can taking CoQ10 further lower cholesterol levels in people already taking a statin drug? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements.)

Clinical Update

1/06/2018

Can CoQ10 Lower Cholesterol?

A recent study looked at whether CoQ10 can lower cholesterol in people with elevated levels. Find out what the study found and details about dosage in the "What it Does" section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review >> (Also see our Top Picks among products.)

Clinical Update

3/08/2022

Serrapeptase For Lowering Cholesterol?

Does supplementing with serrapeptase help lower cholesterol? Find out in our answer to the question: What are the health benefits of serrapeptase?

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.

Product Review

PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline Quinone) Supplements Review

Learn What PQQ Does and Which PQQ Supplements are Best

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 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

Can drinking coffee can prevent gallstones? Can supplements help?

Information about the impact coffee has on gallstone disease. Plus, supplements that have been proposed to help with gallstone pain.

Coffee and Gallstones -- coffee in cup and coffee beans

CL Answer

Which supplements should be taken with food?

Find out which supplements should be taken with food, including vitamins A, D, E, and K, fish oil, and CoQ10.

Woman holding a pill and showing it to a man while sitting at a table about to eat a meal

CL Answer

Are gummy vitamins better or worse than pills?

Learn more about gummy supplements, including those for multivitamins, vitamins C and D, calcium, and B vitamins.

Problems With Gummy Vitamins -- bottle of gummy vitamins

Clinical Update

6/07/2017

Spoiled Fish Oil Is Less Effective

Spoiled fish oil does not lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, while the same amount of non-spoiled fish oil does, according to a new study. If you take fish oil to improve your cholesterol levels, it would seem best to use a product that is not spoiled — something ConsumerLab tests for. (It may also be best to choose an oil in the triglyceride form, rather than the ethyl ester form). For details, see the "Quality Concerns" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among fish oils.

CL Answer

Is it true that some vitamins or supplements can cause cancer?

Learn more about the effects of certain vitamins and supplements on cancer, including beta-carotene, vitamins E and B9, and multivitamins.

Elderly Man Reading Supplement Bottle

CL Answer

What is Protandim and does it really work?

What is Protandim and does it really work? Can Protandim reduce oxidative stress? ConsumerLab's answers discusses Protandim's effectiveness, reviews and studies.

Does Protandim Work? -- Bottle of Protandim

CL Answer

Is it better for a fish oil (or krill oil) supplement to have more DHA than EPA?

Information on EPA and DHA in fish and krill oil supplements, including improving cognition, depression, anxiety, acne, and more.

DHA and EPA Levels in Fish Oil -- close-up of fish oil capsules

CL Answer

Does nicotinamide riboside (as in Niagen and Basis) really have anti-aging or other health benefits?

Niagen (Nicotinamide riboside) information, including if it actually provides anti-aging or other health benefits. ConsumerLab explores this question.

CL Answer

Is the theobromine in chocolate and cocoa good or bad for me?

Find out the benefits and risks of theobromine -- and how much is in dark chocolate.

Broken Bar of Chocolate on Pink Background

CL Answer

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

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

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

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

Is it safe to consume fish oil as a long-term food supplement?

Learn more about fish oil supplement safety including long-term use, side effects, and more.

Fish Oil

Clinical Update

12/09/2020

Cholesterol-lowering Statins May Affect Vitamin D Levels

Statin medications may increase or decrease blood levels of vitamin D depending on the version. Get the details in the Statins and Vitamin D section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.

Clinical Update

10/23/2020

Side Effects of Red Yeast Rice

As with prescription statin medications for lowering cholesterol, serious side effects can occur with red yeast rice. See what a new review of reported side effects showed in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick for red yeast rice.

Clinical Update

9/05/2021

Vitamin C & Statins

Does taking vitamin C reduce the cholesterol-lowering effects of statins? Find out in the What to Consider When Using section of our Vitamin C Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

8/07/2021

Bergamot for Fatty Liver?

Can bergamot help reduce cholesterol or liver fat in people with fatty liver disease? Find out in our updated answer about Supplements and Diets for fatty Liver Disease.

Clinical Update

8/06/2021

Caution With Earl Grey Tea and Bergamot

Consuming very large amounts of bergamot (which is found in supplements and teas, such as Earl Grey) may cause adverse effects. Get the details in the Bergamot section of our article about Supplements for Lowering Cholesterol.

Clinical Update

12/03/2021

Peanuts for Obesity?

Can eating peanuts help manage weight, or reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels? Find out what a recent study found in our updated answer about Supplements and Weight Management.

Clinical Update

11/09/2019

CoQ10 for Statin-Intolerance

Many people experience muscle pain from taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. CoQ10 can help reduce this pain, according to a new study. Get the details in the What It Does section of the CoQ10 Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among CoQ10 supplements.

Clinical Update

12/20/2017

Can Fish Oil Help Statins?

Adding fish oil to cholesterol-lowering statin therapy was found to provide added benefit in certain situations. See the details, including dosage of EPA and DHA, in the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review > (Also see our Top Picks for fish oil supplements).

Clinical Update

8/14/2018

Red Yeast Rice and Diet

Can taking red yeast rice lower cholesterol levels on top of reductions achieved by switching to a Mediterranean diet? See what a new study showed in the What It Does section of the Red Yeast Rice Review.

Also, be aware that red yeast rice may aggravate symptoms of a neurological disorder, as described in a recent case report noted in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Red Yeast Rice Review.

Clinical Update

5/26/2017

Red Yeast Rice Better Than Statin?

Red yeast rice lowered cholesterol as well as a statin drug but with a lower rate of muscular side-effects, according to a new study. Other studies have shown similar results. But is red yeast rice right for you? There are pros and cons. See the "What It Does" section of the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review for more details. Also see "What CL Found" when popular brands of this supplement were tested.

Clinical Update

3/07/2018

Statins and Green Tea

If you take a statin drug to lower your cholesterol, be aware that green tea can moderately affect blood levels of certain statins, as noted in a recent report. This effect also depends on the amount of green tea consumed and individual variability. For details see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Green Tea Review.

Clinical Update

10/26/2018

Extra Help From Red Yeast Rice?

Can red yeast rice lower cholesterol levels in people already taking the non-statin medications evolocumab and ezetimibe? Find out in our update to the What It Does section of the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Pick for red yeast rice.)

Clinical Update

10/30/2018

CoQ10 & Statin Muscle Symptoms

Can taking CoQ10 reduce muscle symptoms that can occur when taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs? Find out in the recent update to the What It Does section of the CoQ10 & Ubiquinol Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for CoQ10 and Ubiquinol.)

Clinical Update

1/06/2018

Vitamin D's Cardiovascular Effect

Taking vitamin D can improve aspects of cardiovascular function in certain situations, as shown in a recently published study. Get the details in the "Cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and cholesterol" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among vitamin D supplements.)

Clinical Update

3/04/2017

Statin Drugs and Vitamin D

If you take a statin drug to lower cholesterol, take note that recent studies show it is particularly important that you keep up your level of vitamin D. Also be aware that vitamin D supplements may not raise your vitamin D level quite as much as if you were not taking a statin. For details, see the "Statin Drugs and Vitamin D" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review (which includes our tests of products) >>

Clinical Update

11/07/2015

Triglyceride-Lowering with a Probiotic

Studies with probiotics have demonstrated modest lowering of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, but the evidence has been mixed regarding triglycerides. A recent study in which a probiotic was added to a kefir drink showed a 17% reduction in triglycerides along with a modest reduction in LDL — effects not seen with the kefir alone. Details are found in the Probiotics and Kefirs Review >>

Clinical Update

1/11/2015

More Cocoa Benefits

A recently published study showed that hot cocoa made with a flavanol-enriched powder resulted in improvements in cognitive performance as well as reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol, and improved glucose metabolism. The study was conducted in people ages 65 to 80 who drank the cocoa each morning. More details, as well as our tests of cocoa powders, are found in the Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Review >> 

Clinical Update

5/10/2015

Flaxseed Oil for Improving Cholesterol?

A recently published study looked at the metabolic effects of taking daily flaxseed oil on middle-aged men. It found a possible benefit among those with higher triglyceride levels, but overall results were not impressive. More about the study, flaxseed oil, whole flaxseed, and our tests and comparisons of products, is found in the Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, and Black Currant Oil Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

4/14/2013

Concern Over Carnitine Causing Cardiovascular Disease

Intake of L-carnitine from supplements (and from red meat) may foster atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), according to new research. Once ingested, L-carnitine is converted in some people to a compound which reduces the normal clearing of cholesterol from arteries.

For more details, see the updated reviews of B Vitamin Supplements & Energy Drinks and Protein Powders, as some of these products contain L-carnitine. The Acetyl-L-Carnitine Supplements review has also been updated because acetyl-L-carnitine is chemically similar to L-carnitine, suggesting a potential concern.

Clinical Update

2/24/2013

Red Yeast Rice Supplements Unchecked

University researchers recently asked the FDA whether it was testing or keeping track of red yeast rice supplements -- which can lower cholesterol levels. The answer was no. However, the researcher noted, ConsumerLab.com periodically tests these products, checking for levels of active compounds as well as a potential toxin which can occur in red yeast rice. Get more details and results of our product tests in the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

9/02/2022

CoQ10 for Statin-Related Muscle Pain?

Can CoQ10 supplementation reduce muscle pain in people taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of our CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review.

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

Clinical Update

5/10/2022

Choosing a Tart Cherry Product

Which tart cherry products are best for reducing muscle pain, improving sleep, or lowering blood pressure or cholesterol? Although the evidence is not strong, we identified products with the most evidence behind them in our Tart Cherry article.

Clinical Update

6/14/2022

Statin Interaction

Supplementing with soy isoflavones was found to reduce the activity of a cholesterol-lowering drug in some people. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions for soy section of our Menopause Supplements Review.

Also see our article about supplement interactions with statin drugs.

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

3/22/2022

CoQ10 for Statin Side Effects?

Does CoQ10 reduce muscle side effects of statin drugs (used to lower cholesterol)? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of our CoQ10 Supplements Review.

Recalls & Warnings

8/17/2022

Seller of Moringa Tea and Other Herbal Products Warned for Drug Claims, Manufacturing Violations

On July 29, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Deggeh Foods, Inc.

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.

Recalls & Warnings

2/02/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Reishi Mushroom Supplements

On January 6, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Entia Biosciences, Inc following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Lion's Mane - All Natural Supplement, Antrodia Mushroom Powder, Maitake Mushroom Powder, Reishi ...

Clinical Update

11/11/2018

High EPA Fish Oil Lowers Cardiovascular Risk for Some

Taking high-dose, high-EPA fish oil (Vascepa) was found lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by 25% among people with elevated triglycerides in a major new study. Get the details in the What It Does section of the new Fish Oil Review. (Also see how fish oil supplements compare to Vascepa.)

Clinical Update

3/11/2017

Can High-Dose Vitamin D Backfire?

A recent study found that taking very high doses of vitamin D increases the production of an enzyme which inactivates vitamin D in the body -- which may help to explain why taking very high-dose vitamin D has been linked with adverse effects such as muscle weakness and increased risk of fractures and falls in previous studies. For details, see the "How Much Do You Need?" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review (which includes our tests of products) >>

Clinical Update

4/08/2017

Exercise Benefit Lost With High-Dose Vitamins

Older men asked to perform resistance (strength) training for 12 weeks showed less gain in bone density if they were given high daily doses of vitamins C & E than if they were given a placebo. This is not the first time that  high-dose antioxidant supplements have been shown to reduce benefits from exercise. For details, see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Vitamin C Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

6/17/2015

High-Dose Vitamin D Increases Upper Respiratory Infections

A study among older people found that taking a high dose of vitamin D every 2 months increased the risk of upper respiratory infection by 48% compared to taking low-dose vitamin D daily. Infections lasted two days longer for those taking the high dose versus the low dose. For details, including dosage, as well as our test reports on vitamin D supplements, see the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

12/16/2020

High-Dose Fish Oil for COVID?

A two-week course of high-dose, high-concentration fish oil was reported to reduce inflammation and symptoms in COVID patients in a preliminary study. See the details in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks for fish oil supplements.

Clinical Update

9/03/2021

High Allergy Risk & Vaccination

Can people with high allergy risk get safely vaccinated? See what the data is showing.

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

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

6/14/2022

Best B Complexes, B12, and Other B Vitamin Supplements Revealed by ConsumerLab Tests: Beware of High Doses

  White Plains, New York, June 14, 2022 — Recent ConsumerLab tests of over 30 popular vitamin B complexes and supplements revealed that four products contained either much less, or much more, of at least one B vitamin listed on the label.

News Release

5/26/2022

50% of Red Yeast Rice Supplements Fail ConsumerLab Tests

  White Plains, New York, May 26, 2022 — Red yeast rice naturally contains cholesterol-lowering lovastatin compounds. However, recent ConsumerLab tests of popular red yeast rice products on the market revealed many did not contain any detectable lovastatin.

Recalls & Warnings

5/15/2018

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

On April 25, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Baker's Best Health Products, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

2/10/2018

Warning to D-Limonene, Vitamin C Seller

On January 31, 2018 the FDA issued a warning letter to Long Life Unlimited, LLC following a review of the company's website which found promotional statements and testimonials made about products including Balance 600, D-Limonene, Rapha Remedy, Rapha Remedy w/ p73 Wild Oregano, Vitamin C, ...

News Release

11/05/2021

NAD Boosters for Energy and Memory? ConsumerLab Reviews NAD+, NAHD and NMN Supplements

White Plains, New York, November 5, 2021 — Most cells in the body use NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) in the process of energy production, and compounds that boost blood levels of NAD are often sold in supplements marketed for a wide range of benefits, from increasing energy and ...

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.

Recalls & Warnings

11/10/2020

Seller of Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

On October 29, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Natural Sprout Co.

News Release

2/23/2021

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

White Plains, New York, February 23, 2021 — Over half of men over age 60 may experience increased urinary frequency, difficulty urinating, or other symptoms of an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostate hyperplasia, or BPH.

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 ...

Recalls & Warnings

8/02/2014

Judge Orders BioAnue To Stop Illegal Cancer and Disease Claims

On July 23, 2014, Gloria D.

Recalls & Warnings

8/09/2007

FDA Warning on Red Yeast Rice Products

On August 9, 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to buy or eat three red yeast rice products promoted and sold on Web sites. The products may contain an unauthorized drug that could be harmful to health.

Recalls & Warnings

8/01/2017

"Man of Steel" Sexual Enhancement Supplements Recalled

On July 27, 2017, Man of Steel recalled its Man of Steel 1 and Man of Steel 2 sexual enhancement supplements because they were found to contain undeclared sildenafil. 

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

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.

News Release

1/16/2021

Best Resveratrol Products Revealed in ConsumerLab Review

White Plains, New York, January 16, 2021 — Resveratrol supplements are promoted for a wide range of uses, including lowering cholesterol and improving cardiovascular health, improving memory, reducing inflammation and slowing age-related macular degeneration.

Recalls & Warnings

9/28/2022

FDA Warns Muscle Sports for Joint Health, Immune & Workout Supplement, Vitamin C, Elderberry, and Other Claims

On September 23, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Muscle Sports Products, LLC following inspection of the company’s websites which found statements about company products, including Join Revolution Capsules, IMMUNITY + Powder, Rhino Rampage PUMPED Capsules, Attack Pre-Workout ...

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.

News Release

9/11/2019

Some Nutrition Bars Contain More Carbs and Less Fiber Than Listed, ConsumerLab Tests Reveal

White Plains, New York, September 11, 2019 — Nutrition bars and cookies are promoted as a convenient way to get protein, fiber and other nutrients on-the-go, but recent ConsumerLab tests of popular nutrition bars and cookies reveal that some contain more carbohydrates (as well as fat and ...

Recalls & Warnings

4/30/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Fish Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Collagen, and Elderberry Supplements

On April 13, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Orphic Nutrition following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about the products Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules, Ashwagandha Capsules, Garcinia Cambogia Capsules, Premium Collagen Peptides Capsules, Elderberry ...

Recalls & Warnings

12/15/2020

FDA Warns Seller of Evening Primrose Oil and Beta Glucan

On December 2, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Smoky Mountain Naturals, LLC following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Evening Primrose Oil and Beta Glucan to be drug claims.

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

6/25/2019

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

White Plains, New York, June 25, 2019 — B vitamins and complexes are among the most popular supplements sold in the U.S. because B vitamins are essential for a wide range of functions in the body.

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.

News Release

1/03/2019

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal the Best Protein Powders, Shakes and Drinks -- 20% of Protein Powders and Drinks Fail CL's Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, January 3, 2019 — Combined with resistance exercise, protein supplements can help athletes build muscle and older people prevent muscle loss. They can also help people with diabetes maintain blood sugar levels when consumed as part of a low-calorie diet.

News Release

8/24/2018

Few Red Yeast Rice Supplements Provide Enough Cholesterol-Lowering Compounds to Likely Be Effective, ConsumerLab Tests Reveal

White Plains, New York, August 24, 2018 — Research shows that red yeast rice, which contains naturally-occurring lovastatin compounds, can lower "bad" LDL cholesterol.

News Release

5/02/2018

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

White Plains, New York, May 2, 2018 — With so many different probiotic supplements on the market, each providing different amounts and strains of beneficial bacteria or yeast, choosing the right one can be an overwhelming task.

News Release

6/15/2016

28% of Protein Powders and Drinks Fail ConsumerLab.com's Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, June 15, 2016 — Protein powders and drinks can help build and maintain muscle when combined with exercise and can also help with blood sugar control. However, recent ConsumerLab.

News Release

12/09/2014

Round-up of Recent Product Tests by ConsumerLab.com -- Results for B Vitamin Supplements & Energy Drinks, Garlic, NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), Iron and Omega-7 Fatty Acids

White Plains, New York, December 9, 2014 — In recent months, ConsumerLab.com has published test results for a variety of popular supplements, including B vitamins supplements and energy drinks, NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), iron and garlic. In addition, ConsumerLab.

News Release

8/20/2014

Some Red Yeast Rice Supplements Up to 500X Stronger Than Others -- Popular Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Tested and Compared

White Plains, New York, August 20, 2014 —Clinical studies show that red yeast rice supplements can dramatically lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol, but recent tests by ConsumerLab.

News Release

8/05/2014

ConsumerLab.com Finds Popular Cocoa Powders Contaminated; High Concentrations of Cadmium Raise Concern

White Plains, New York, August 5, 2014 — Following up on its discovery in May of high levels of the toxic metal cadmium in several cocoa-based products, ConsumerLab.com recently tested additional, popular cocoa products sold in the U.S. to assess the extent of the problem.

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

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

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

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

4/08/2010

Capsule for Men Spiked with Erectile Drug

On April 7, 2010, the U.S.

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

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.

News Release

10/08/2013

ConsumerLab.com Reports Problems and “Top Picks” Among Bars for Energy, Fiber, Protein, Meal-Replacement, and Whole Food

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — October 8, 2013 — Which nutrition bars provide the best combination of nutrition and taste, and are accurately labeled? ConsumerLab.com recently set out to answer this question by purchasing popular bars in the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

1/12/2021

Seller of Cholesterol, Weight Loss Products, and More Warned for Claims

On November 17, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bonagens following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Anti-Aging Supports, Cholesterol & Diabetes Control, Gout Control, Hypertension Control, Liver Supports, Lungs ...

News Release

7/08/2013

Contamination a Common Problem in "Greens" and "Whole Foods" Products According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York — July 8, 2013 — "Greens" and "whole foods" powders and pills, made from wheat grass, alfalfa, kelp, spirulina, leafy vegetables and other chlorophyll-containing ingredients, as well as fruits, were recently tested by ConsumerLab.

News Release

6/11/2013

31% of Protein Powders and Drinks Fail Tests by ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York — June 11, 2013 — What's really in a scoop of "protein powder"? sIn some products, a lot less protein or a lot more carbohydrates than you would expect, and perhaps even a serving of something you don't want -- lead. That's according to recent tests by ConsumerLab.

News Release

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.

News Release

5/23/2011

Red yeast rice supplements weaker now than in 2008; Wide variation among brands and contamination discovered by ConsumerLab.com -- Popular cholesterol-lowering supplements tested and compared

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MAY 23, 2011 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that tests of eleven red yeast rice supplements revealed enormous differences in levels of cholesterol-lowering statin compounds. Statin levels fell dramatically among brands previously tested in 2008.

News Release

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.

Recalls & Warnings

12/11/2020

FDA Warns Seller of Curcumin and Cholesterol Supplements

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

News Release

6/09/2010

ConsumerLab.com tests "greens" and "whole foods" products; Most offer healthful nutrients, but some found contaminated with heavy metals

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — JUNE 9, 2010 — "Greens" powders, made from wheat grass, alfalfa, kelp, spirulina, leafy vegetables and other chlorophyll-containing ingredients, were recently tested by ConsumerLab.com for potential contamination with heavy metals and pesticides. ConsumerLab.

Recalls & Warnings

1/12/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Turmeric, Ashwagandha, Glucosamine, and More

On December 18, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Reddy Naturals following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Glycostasis, Glucosamine Curcumin, Turmeric 50, Turmeric Curcumin, Cetyl Curcumin, Ashwagandha, Huruli, ...

News Release

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.

News Release

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.

News Release

8/20/2007

ConsumerLab tests products in booming nutrition drink market — most deliver what's promised but extra cholesterol found in some — New report covers drinks and powders for endurance/recovery, body building, meal-replacement and dieting

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — AUGUST 20, 2007 — A new report from ConsumerLab.com finds most nutrition powders, shakes and drinks meet their nutrient claims, but three products — two sports drinks and a meal supplement — contained more cholesterol than claimed.

News Release

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.

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

3/02/2012

Recall of Enhancement Supplement for Men -- Contains Drug

On Feb, 24, 2012, Regeneca, Inc. announced a voluntary nationwide recall of all lots of RegenErect. The product was distributed throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico to Internet consumers. The product is distributed as a blue capsule sold individually in foil packets with a UPC code of 816860010055.

Recalls & Warnings

2/16/2012

Recall of Enhancement Supplement for Women -- Contains Drug

On Feb, 10, 2012, Regeneca, Inc. announced a voluntary nationwide recall of RegenArouse Natural Female Intimacy Enhancement. The product was distributed throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico to Internet consumers. The product is distributed as a pink capsule sold individually in foil packets.

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

7/19/2011

Recall of Enhancement Supplement for Men - Contains Drug Compounds

On July 13, 2011, Global Wellness, LLC announced an expanded voluntary nationwide recall of Via Extreme Ultimate Sexual Enhancer Dietary Supplement for Men. The product was distributed throughout the U.S. Puerto Rico, Barbados, and Canada to internet and retail consumers.

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

1/16/2014

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

On December 31, 2013, the FDA issued a warning to Prestige Chinese Teas Company, Inc.

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

11/21/2012

Maker of Blood Pressure, Probiotic, Resveratrol and Hormonal Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On November 2, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Atrium, Inc. following a facility inspection which found a number of the company's dietary supplements to be adulterated or promoted as drugs.

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

12/14/2009

Nationwide Recall of Sexual Enhancement Supplements Containing Drug-like Compound

On December 14, 2009, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) posted a notice on its website regarding the recall of many sexual enhancement supplements sold by Atlas Operations, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

9/12/2010

Mr. Magic Male Enhancer Recalled

The U.S. FDA posted a recall announcement daated August 18, 2010 from Glow Industries regarding "Mr. Magic Male Enhancer from Don Wands.

Recalls & Warnings

8/13/2010

Recall of Male Enhancement Supplement Sold in National Stores

On August 9, 2010 the U.S. FDA announced that the company Prolatis' of Salt Lake City, Utah is conducting a voluntary recall of the company's product sold as Prolatis'.

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

1/01/2011

Recall of Two Supplements Spiked with Erectile Dysfunction Drug

On December 22, 2010 the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

7/30/2008

Recall of Viapro Capsules Due to Potentially Harmful Ingredient

The U.S. FDA has posted a release noting that EG Labs, LLC announced a nationwide voluntary recall on July 23, 2008 of all lots of its supplement product sold under the brand name, Viapro, in 375mg capsules.

Recalls & Warnings

5/29/2008

Recall of Virility Supplement

On May 29, 2008, the FDA posted a recall by International Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. of all of the company's supplement sold under the name of Viril-Ity-Power (VIP) Tabs, 560mg/serving.

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

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

3/20/2007

Recall of Adulterated Sexual Enhancement Supplement

As posted on the FDA website, on March 15, 2007, the company Barodon SF of Los Angeles, CA announced that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of the company's supplement product sold under the name V.MAX.

Recalls & Warnings

3/04/2008

Two Supplements Recalled for Containing Viagra-like Compounds

On March 4, 2008, the FDA posted a release from Palo Alto Labs (dated February 28) announcing a voluntary nationwide recall of the company's supplement products sold under the name Aspire36 and Aspire Lite.

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

1/26/2018

Seller of Coenzyme-A Warned For Making Drug Claims

On January 5, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Coenzyme A, Inc. following a facility inspection and review of the company's website that found the company made drug claims about its product Coenzyme-A.

News Release

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.

News Release

6/22/2006

What's in a garlic supplement? Consumerlab finds few brands have it right and many mislead

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK — JUNE 22, 2006 A new study of garlic supplements by ConsumerLab.com found that only 6 of the 14 products it selected contained the amount of garlic expected from the labels and met quality standards.

News Release

4/27/2005

ConsumerLab.com finds quality of most nutrition powders and drinks high, but identifies five protein powders with excess sodium or cholesterol — Report Now Available Online

WHITE PLAINS, NY — APRIL 27, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com has released its latest report on the quality of nutrition powders, shakes and drinks. These products are used for general nutrition, dieting, and meal-replacement and are frequently used by athletes and bodybuilders.

Recalls & Warnings

9/25/2018

Seller of B Vitamins, Multis, Glucosamine & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On August 31, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Independent Nutrition Inc., following a facility inspection which the company's products, including  B-50 Complete, Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Complex (a.k.a.

Recalls & Warnings

2/02/2021

Seller of Aloe Products Warned for Claiming to Treat Joint Stiffness

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

Recalls & Warnings

12/15/2020

Mushroom Supplement Seller Warned for Drug Claims

On December 4, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Desert Alchemist LLC following a review of the company's website, social media, and Etsy.com store (www.etsy.

Recalls & Warnings

1/12/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Joint and Hair Loss Products

On December 22, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Speedwinds Nutrition, Inc. following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Synotrex and Sephren to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

2/02/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Ginger, Echinacea, and More

On December 10, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Prairie Dawn Herbs following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Chest Tea, Ginger Oil, Dandelion root Tincture, Echinacea purpurea Tincture, Antispasmodic Tincture, ...

Recalls & Warnings

1/20/2021

Seller of Omega-3 Warned for Making Claims to Treat Focus, Mood

On December 9, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bodyhealth.com, LLC following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Healthy-Thin Energize, Body Detox (Oral Spray), and Omega 3 Health to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

1/20/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Vitamin D, Curcumin and CoQ10 Promoted for Treating COVID-19

On December 28, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Smarter Nutrition, Inc. following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Smarter Curcumin, Smarter Ubiquinol, and Smarter Vitamin D3 to be drug claims.

News Release

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.

News Release

3/02/2004

ConsumerLab.com survey finds most consumers highly satisfied with supplements; Ratings vary by brand

WHITE PLAINS, NY — March 2, 2004 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that 78% of consumers recently surveyed report being "extremely" or "very" satisfied with the supplement brands they used. Ratings varied by brand. The highest rating was for Nutrilite (96%), a direct sales brand.

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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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5/20/2003

Consumers advised to read labels carefully when selecting herbal supplements for prostate — Saw palmetto product review published online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — May 20, 2003 — ConsumerLab.com reported today that only two-thirds of the saw palmetto supplements it recently evaluated contained ingredients similar to those known to work in clinical studies.

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4/21/2003

Low quality ingredient appears widespread among Ginkgo supplements according to ConsumerLab.com; points to challenge for FDA's proposed regulations — Review of memory enhancement supplements released today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — April 21, 2003 — In contrast to its findings three years ago, ConsumerLab.com announced today that only 22% of the Ginkgo biloba supplements it recently tested met its quality standards. In late 1999, 75% of the products it tested met these standards.

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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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3/25/2008

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.

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7/29/2008

Recall of Sexual Enhancement Supplements Containing Drug

On July 28, 2008 the U.S. FDA announced that Jack Distribution, LLC and G & N works, Inc. are conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of all lot numbers of the company's supplement products sold under the brand names Rize 2 The Occasion and Rose 4 Her.

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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.

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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.

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8/30/2012

FDA Warns of Medical Claims Made For Numerous Chinese Herbal Products

On August 15, 2012, the FDA warned Dragon Herbs that promotional statements made on the company's website constitute drug claims for twenty herbal products, including CardioPro 2000, Cordyceps, Duanwood Reishi, Gynostemma, Ginseng and Astragalus Combination, Dang Gui and Gelatin, Sweet Relief, ...

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6/07/2013

Seller of Red Rice Yeast With CoQ10, Respiratory Supplement And More Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On February 25, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Altasource, LLC, dba Meta Labs LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's dietary supplements, including Respiratory Response, African Mango, Coffee Black Salve, Meta-Cell, Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Red Yeast Rice with ...

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6/21/2011

FDA Seizes Probiotics Over Marketing Claims

On June 7, 2011, the U.S. FDA announced that, at its request, U.S. Marshals seized probiotic products from UAS Laboratories, Inc., of Eden Prairie, Minn. because the company markets the products as drugs.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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1/08/2002

ConsumerLab.com finds most B vitamin supplements contain what they claim, but often exceed safe levels — Consumers cautioned to be aware of side effects with high dose products

WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 8, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that all but one of the twenty-one products analyzed in its B Vitamin Product Review contained the claimed amounts of B vitamins.

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9/10/2021

FDA Warns Ten Sellers of "Diabetes" Supplements

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

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6/25/2014

Red Yeast Rice Product Recalled

On June 24, 2014, Doctor's Best announced a voluntary recall of lot 3121005 (7379 bottles) of Red Yeast Rice dietary supplement, 600 mg Capsules, 120-count bottles.

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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.

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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

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.

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9/07/2016

Seller of Herbal Formulas for Cholesterol, Prostate & More Warned For Drug Claims

On July 29, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Healing-Scents following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about its products, Heart Herbs, Cholesterol Regulation Herbs, Diabetes Regulation Herbs, Prostate Healer Herbs, High Blood Pressure Herbs, ...

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7/31/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Joint Health and Cholesterol Supplements

On July 13, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to GC Natural, following a facility inspection which found a number of the company's products, including Red Pyrola Plus + Advanced Joint Formula Capsules, CSDP GOLD Capsules, Rejeune Optimal Kidney & Liver Support Extract balls, C.

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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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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 ...

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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.

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9/26/2017

FDA Warns Seller of DHEA, Creatine, Chromium & More for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On August 25, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Mega-Pro Nutrition, Inc., following inspections of the facility and website www.mega-pro.

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7/10/2017

Bodybuilding Supplements Containing Steroid-Like Substances Recalled

On June 29, 2017, Hardcore Formulations recalled all lots and expiration dates of their products Ultra-Sten and D-Zine, bodybuilding supplements found to contain methylstenbolone and dymethazine, which are derivatives of anabolic steroids.

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10/18/2017

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

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

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1/11/2012

Herbal Extract Company Warned by FDA of Making Drug Claims

On January 3, 2012, the U.S. FDA sent a Warning Letter to Herbal Extract Plus, LLC regarding legal violations for claiming its herbal products can cure or prevent diseases.

Recalls & Warnings

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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3/29/2016

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

On March 17, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Rx Vitamins, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, includingTestost-Rx, DB-7, The Bone Density Formula, NaturLo Cholesterol, ThyRx-7 and Arth-9 to be misbranded.

Recalls & Warnings

9/25/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Digestive Enzyme Supplements

On March 6, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Uckele Health & Nutrition, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

8/07/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Noni Juice Products

On July 18, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Hawaiian Organic Noni, LLC, following a facility inspection which found statements made on the labels of certain products, including Hawaiian Organic Noni Fruit Leather, Hawaiian Organic Noni Banana Fruit Leather, Hawaiian Organic Noni ...

Recalls & Warnings

9/18/2012

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

On August 27, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Naturavit, Inc. for making statements about dietary supplements Noni Imperial Hawaiian, Garlic and Parsley, Cholestol, Nopal and Diatrin that constitute drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

1/30/2013

Seller of Omega-3 and Emu Oil Supplements Warned For Drug Claims, Misbranding

On November 19, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Emu Products & Management, Inc. after a review of the company's website found statements that promoted the dietary supplements Multi-Omega Gel Caps, Recovery Gel Caps, ARP Gel Caps and the topical skin products Extreme Cryo Gel, F.A.C.E.

Recalls & Warnings

4/16/2014

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

On March 21, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Aloe Man International Corp.

Recalls & Warnings

6/25/2016

Cholesterol-Lowering Supplement Recalled Due To Allergen Risk

On June 23, 2016 Michael's Naturopathic Programs issued a recall of certain lots of its Cholesterol Metabolism Factors dietary supplements because they contain undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

8/01/2017

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

On July 25, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Absonutrix, following a review of the company's website, www.absonutrix.com, which found statements made about some of its products to be drug claims.

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4/06/2018

Workout Supplements Recalled Due To Allergen Risk

On April 5, 2018, Independent Nutrition Inc, dba Back to Health of Eugene., issued a recall of certain lots of Ignite High Endurance Pre-Workout Supplements because they may contain undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

5/10/2013

Maker of Concentration, Pain, Immune, Cholesterol Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

On April 24, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to EuroPharma Co., Inc., following a review of the company's website which found statements made about Calm Kids, CholestCaps, CuraMed 375 mg, CuraMed 750 mg, Curamin, Mental Advantage, Tri-Iodine, and Viragen to be drug claims.

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

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

10/21/2014

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

7/13/2012

Alistrol Health Inc. Warned Over Health Claims on Products

On June 26, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Alistrol Health Inc. for making product statements on the company's websites that constitute drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

12/16/2015

Maker of Red Yeast Rice, St. John's Wort, Valerian and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On December 2, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nature's Health, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's product, including Ginkgo & Rhodiola, Blood Sugar Balance IV, Cinnamon Extract, Choles-Balance Red Yeast Extract, Lecithin, Milk Thistle Seed Extract, ...

Recalls & Warnings

4/17/2012

FDA Warns Seller of Diabetes Supplement Marketed with Rx Claims

The FDA has posted a Warning Letter (dated April 4, 2012) to Leaner Living regarding the marketing of its Glycosolve product.

Recalls & Warnings

8/30/2012

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

On July 12, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Alfa Vitamins Laboratories, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

2/13/2014

Maker of Cholesterol and Workout Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims and Unapproved Ingredient

On January 31, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Exclusive Supplements Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

7/24/2014

Seller of Noni Juice Products Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On July 14, 2014, the FDA issued a warning to Noni Connection dba Puna Noni, following a facility inspection which found the company's Puna Noni 100% Pure Hawaiian Noni Fruit Capsules to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good ...

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5/17/2013

Maker of Cardio, Arthritis, Cleanse Supplements and More Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On May 8, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Entrenet Nutritionals, Inc.

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

4/26/2013

Seller of Immune, Cholesterol, Liver and Blood Sugar Products Warned For Drug Claims

On March 20, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Birkdale Medicinals LLC, following a review of the company's website which found statements made about Birkdale products, including Immune Response 247, Cholestat, Silymarin 81 and LevelStat, to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

8/20/2013

Weight Loss Supplement Formulas For Men and Women Recalled Due To Undeclared Drugs

On August 16, 2013, Herbal Give Care LLC issued a voluntary recall of all lots of weight loss dietary supplements Esbelder man, Esbelder fem and Esbelder siloutte because they were found to contain the undeclared drugs sibutramine, N-desmethylsibutramine, and N-di-desmethylsibutramine.

Recalls & Warnings

3/16/2006

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

On March 9, 2006, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an operation that marketed dietary supplements sold at Whole Foods Market, GNC, the Vitamin Shoppe, and on the Internet settled FTC charges that they made deceptive advertising claims about their supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

1/24/2013

Food for Health Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims on Supplements

On October 5, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Food for Health International, LLC following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Activz brand Vitamin D, Potassium Iodine, Organic Vitamin C, Whole 9 (a fruit and vegetable meal replacement shake) Control and VMA ...

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8/29/2013

Seller of CELLFOOD Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On August 1, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to supplement retailer Lumina Health Products, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

10/21/2014

Seller of Weight Loss Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On October 7, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to YoungYou International, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

6/13/2013

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

On May 29, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement company Nature's Answer, following a review a the company's website, www.naturesanswer.

Recalls & Warnings

8/16/2013

Ginkgo, Milk Thistle, Cleanse and Nopal Supplement Maker Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On July 23, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Natural Products Services, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

10/03/2014

Seller of Green Tea, Prostate, Pain Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On July 25, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to AMS Health Sciences, LLC following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including saba ACE, UROPOWER, UROSure, Digest-Eze, Shark Cartilage, Colloidal Silver, and Mobilite to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, ...

Recalls & Warnings

11/02/2012

Manufacturer of Prostate, Inflammation and Cholesterol Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

On October 15, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Ortho Molecular Products, Inc. for making drug claims about the following dietary supplements: Candicid Forte, Inflamma-bLOX, Lipitrol, Mucosagen, Prostatrol Forte, Resvoxitrol, Paracid Forte, VascuPak HTN and Lithium Orotate.

Recalls & Warnings

7/15/2014

Vita Springs Health Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On June 24, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Albert Max Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

2/01/2012

FDA Warns Seller of Almased Weight Loss Product of Marketing Violations

On January 18, 2011, the U.S. FDA sent a Warning Letter to Almased USA regarding legal violations in its marketing of its Almased product (Almased Synergy Diet).

Recalls & Warnings

1/04/2012

Seller of "HCG Drops" for Weight Loss Warned by FDA and FTC of Violations

On December 21, 2011, the U.S. FDA and FTC sent a joint Warning Letter to hCG Drops LLC regarding its marketing of Slim Diet Drops. According to the letter, the product is considered an unapproved drug because it is promoted for drug-like uses on the company's website, including the following: