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1/13/2017

Melatonin Quality Concern

A recent Canadian study found that 71% of melatonin supplements did not contain within 10% of labeled amounts of melatonin. Certain types were more likely to be off-the-mark than others. For details, and our own tests of (U.S.) products, see the "Quality Concerns" section of the Melatonin Supplements Review >>
11/11/2020

A Different Red Yeast Rice

A CL member asked about a newer type of red yeast rice known as Ankascin 568-R Plus. We’ve added information about it to our Red Yeast Rice Review. Also see our Top Pick for red yeast rice.
8/14/2021

Danger With Too Much B-6

A CL member recently told us about a friend who developed progressively worsening neuropathy (nerve damage) after taking very high dose vitamin B-6. It's important to be aware of the upper daily limit for vitamin B-6 and that taking too much can cause nerve damage, as well as skin lesions and other adverse effects, as discussed in detail in our B Vitamin Supplements Review.
10/12/2021

More About Shingles Vaccines & COVID

We recently reported that getting a shingles vaccine was linked to lower COVID risk. A CL member asked us if this association applied to Shingrix, Zostavax or both vaccines. See the answer.
11/09/2021

Moldy Multivitamin?

A CL member notified us of online reviews reporting "mold" on a supplement that was Approved by CL. We investigated. Learn what we found in an Update to our Multivitamin Review.
12/03/2021

Pesticides in Coffee?

A member recently asked if coffee beans or ground coffee might contain enough pesticide residue to be a health concern. Find out in our updated CL Answer about Coffee and Heart Health.
12/07/2021

Can a Natural Colorant Cause Adverse Effects?

A CL member recently asked if purple carrot powder in his supplement might have caused symptoms such as chest tightness and headache. Find out in our updated article about Inactive Ingredients/Excipients.
12/07/2021

Can Warm Coffee Trigger Burning Mouth Syndrome?

A member asked if anyone else had experienced "burning mouth syndrome" after drinking warm coffee. Find out if drinking coffee can trigger symptoms of this known condition in the Safety section of our updated article about Coffee and Heart Health.
6/02/2013

Don't Drink Too Much Tea!

After publication of our Green Tea Review last month, a CL member emailed us about the potential danger of getting too much fluoride from tea. Although this won't happen from just a few cups of tea daily, there have been recent cases where habitually drinking extremely large amounts of tea has caused "fluorosis" causing bone pain and even tooth loss. See the warning (and our tests of green tea products) in the updated Green Tea Review >>
10/21/2015

Probiotic Shortens Respiratory Infections

Studies have shown probiotics to reduce the duration and severity colds when taken throughout a cold season. A new study in children shows short-term use of a probiotic -- started at the time a household member gets sick -- also significantly reduces the duration and severity of acute respiratory infections. For details, including our tests of probiotic supplements, see the Probiotic Supplements Review >>
2/21/2016

Gastrointestinal Side-Effects of Chlorella

In response to a CL Answer about Spirulina, CL members have reported vomiting after using another algae-based supplement, Chlorella — a common ingredient in "greens" powders and drinks. We then reviewed clinical studies of Chlorella and found high rates of other gastrointestinal side-effects. For details see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Greens and Whole Foods Powders and Pills Review >>
6/19/2019

NAD+ and Cancer?

Supplements that raise NAD+ levels in the body have been promoted for anti-aging effects. But there is a theoretical risk that they could stimulate cancerous cells, and a CL member reported this week that a supplement containing such an ingredient, nicotinamide riboside, appeared to increase his PSA level. Learn more in the Niacin section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review.
4/30/2020

Alpha Lipoic Acid and Reflux

A CL member reported experiencing acid reflux when using alpha lipoic acid. This effect has been reported in clinical studies with higher doses -- which is not surprising consider that alpha lipoic acid is, after all, an acid. Ways to avoid this issue are discussed in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for alpha lipoic acid.
6/19/2018

Cannabidiol (CBD) Side Effects

A CL Member recently reported developing "dry mouth" after using CBD oil. Dry mouth is among the potential side effects of CBD. Learn more about this and other CBD side effects in the Concerns and Cautions section of the CBD & Hemp Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among CBD products.)

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