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Product Review

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

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

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

Clinical Update

5/05/2018

Delaying Menopause

A new study found that diet may influence the age at which menopause occurs in women. This is important because later menopause has been associated with lower risk of many health conditions. Find out which foods are associated with later or earlier menopause in the Background section of the Menopause Supplements Review. (Also see what we found in supplements intended to treat menopause symptoms.)

Clinical Update

12/14/2014

Soy for Menopause Symptoms

Many studies have shown that soy isoflavones, in the right dose, can reduce hot flashes in women experiencing menopause. A recently published study of soy looked at additional urogenital symptoms of menopause and found some benefit. For more about this, and to find supplements which deliver a proper dose, see the Menopause Supplements Review >> 

Clinical Update

9/25/2020

Fish Oil for Menopause?

Can taking fish oil reduce symptoms of menopause? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of our Fish Oil Supplements Review, and see our Top Picks for fish oil. Also see our Menopause Supplements Review for information about other supplements for menopause.

Clinical Update

4/22/2022

Siberian Rhubarb for Menopause?

Can supplementing with Siberian rhubarb extract (as found in Menopause 731 by Life Extension, and Estrovera by Metagenics) relieve hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause? Find out what research shows in our Menopause Supplements Review.

Also see if there are any supplements you should avoid if you are taking estrogen replacement.

Clinical Update

10/05/2014

Black Cohosh Improves Menopause Symptoms and Decreases Fibroid Size

A popular black cohosh supplement significantly improved symptoms of menopause and decreased the size of fibroids, according to a new clinical study. Among women who, instead, took a hormone replacement drug, menopausal symptoms also improved, but the size of fibroids slightly increased. Get the details, including the brand and dose, in the update to the Menopause Supplements Review >> 

Clinical Update

8/14/2020

Milk Thistle for Menopause?

Can taking milk thistle relieve hot flashes during menopause? Learn what a new study showed in the What It Does section of the Milk Thistle Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick among milk thistle supplements. (Also see our Menopause Supplements Review for information and reviews of products containing soy and red clover isoflavones, black cohosh, or progesterone cream.)

Product Review

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

Find the Best Vitamin D Supplement with the Right Dose

Product Review

Calcium and Bone Health Supplements Review (Including Vitamins D & K, Magnesium and Boron)

See Which Bone Health Supplements Are Top Picks and Which Fail

News Release

11/01/2017

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

White Plains, New York, November 1, 2017 — Multivitamin/multimineral supplements are among the most popular supplements, with many consumers relying on them to provide nutrients they may not get from their diets. However, ConsumerLab.

Clinical Update

6/25/2016

Which Menopause Supplements Really Work?

Certain supplements may be better than others for hot flashes, vaginal dryness or night sweats according to a recent analysis of clinical studies. Get the details for soy, red clover and black cohosh in the "What It Does" section of the Menopause Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

5/11/2017

Early Menopause & Vitamin D

Women who get more vitamin D from their diets have a lower risk of early menopause, according to a recent study. However, supplements don't seem to help. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

7/28/2018

Melatonin and Menopause

Can taking melatonin reduce the severity of menopause symptoms, such as difficulty sleeping, hot flashes, and sweats? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Pick for melatonin.)

News Release

7/31/2015

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

White Plains, New York, July 31, 2015 — Women looking for relief from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms often turn to supplements containing estrogen-like isoflavones (from soy or red clover) black cohosh, or creams containing progesterone — but it may be difficult to choose the ...

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

Product Review

Breast Enhancement Supplements Review Article

Do Breast Enhancement Supplements Really Work? See the Evidence For and Against Breast Enhancement Supplements.

Do Breast Enhancement Supplements Work?

CL Answer

Is it true that iodine can cause acne or other skin problems?

Information on iodine causing acne and other skin problems such as rashes and hives. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Iodine Causing Acne & Rashes -- box of iodized salt

CL Answer

Why is iron not in many multivitamins? How can I find one that does contain iron?

Iron in multivitamins - Find out why many multivitamins do not contain iron, and how to find a quality multivitamin that does contain iron.

Why is iron not in many multivitamins? -- Multivitamin nutrition facts

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

9/08/2020

Resveratrol for Menopause?

Can resveratrol decrease menopausal symptoms in women? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Resveratrol Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for resveratrol.

Clinical Update

11/20/2018

Soy Can Affect Thyroid

Daily intake of soy isoflavones (as found in soy protein and soy isoflavone supplements) can affect thyroid hormone levels — even in people with normal thyroid function, according to a recent study. For details, see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Menopause Supplements Review and the Protein Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

9/16/2015

Soy Isoflavones Maintain Bone Calcium

A new study showed that soy isoflavones can reduce loss of calcium from bones in postmenopausal women. Certain formulations were more effective than others, although none was as effective as drug therapy. For details, see the Menopause Supplements Review >>

Product Review

Milk Thistle Supplements Review

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

Milk Thistle and Liver Formula Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

News Release

7/12/2011

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

White Plains, New York — July 12, 2011 — Women looking for relief from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms often turn to supplements containing estrogen-like isoflavones (from soy or red clover), the herbal remedy black cohosh, or creams containing progesterone.

CL Answer

Are there supplements that interact with estrogen-replacement therapies like Premarin and Estrace?

Estrogen hormone replacement therapy pills, creams, and tablets, such as Premarin, Estrace, Imvexxy, Ogen, and Vagifem can interact with certain supplements and foods, including St. John's wort and grapefruit juice. Learn more.

Supplement Interactions with Estrogen replacements

Product Review

Melatonin Supplements Review

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

Melatonin Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Valerian Supplements Review

Choose the Best Valerian Supplement. Strength and Contamination Vary Widely Among Popular Valerian Brands.

Valerian Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

News Release

9/17/2008

ConsumerLab.com's tests of menopause supplements reveal wide range in strength and quality; mislabeling and contamination discovered -- Soy and red clover isoflavones, black cohosh, and progesterone products tested

WHITE PLAINS, NY — September 17, 2008 — Risks associated with traditional hormone therapy for symptoms of menopause have increased public interest in alternative treatments, particularly dietary supplements. But a report today of recent tests by ConsumerLab.

CL Answer

I take levothyroxine (Synthroid), a thyroid hormone to treat hypothyroidism. Are there supplements or foods I should avoid, or be taking, due to this drug?

Is taking certain supplements and hypothyroidism medications bad? Learn which supplements can interact with thyroid hormone medications like levothyroxine (Synthroid), thyroid hormone levels, and laboratory tests.

Levothyroxine (Synthroid) Supplement Interactions

CL Answer

Can CBD help with insomnia or improve sleep?

Find out if CBD (cannabidiol) can help for insomnia or improve sleep in people with anxiety, sleep disorders, and Parkinson's disease. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CBD for insomnia

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

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

A tea called Throat Coat made me lethargic and I was found to have low potassium. Is this a known problem? I was drinking 5 cups a day.

Throat Coat tea information, including licorice root content, potassium loss, and symptoms such as lethargy, increased blood pressure and fluid retention. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Throat Coat Tea and Potassium Loss -- box of Throat Coat tea

CL Answer

How do I choose the best CoQ10 supplement?

Looking to choose the best CoQ10 brand supplement? Understand which CoQ10 you are buying, differences in dose, absorption, quality and more. ConsumerLab explores this topic.

CoQ10

CL Answer

What is the best protein supplement for vegetarians and vegans?

Find out which protein supplements for vegetarians and vegans are best, including those made from whey, casein, soy, rice, pea, and hemp. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Protein Powder Scoop

CL Answer

Do any supplements or foods help prevent sunburn or skin damage from sun exposure? Can any increase your risk of sun-related skin damage?

Find out which supplements may help protect from sunburn and sun-related skin damage, including beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and cocoa.

Dermatologist examining the skin on the back of an older woman for signs of sun damage or skin cancer

Recalls & Warnings

12/13/2013

Maker of Menopause Blend and Other Supplement Ingredients Warned by FDA of Violations

On November 21, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Raw Deal, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

2/07/2017

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

On January 23, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbal Sciences International, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

6/23/2017

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

On May 26, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Star Health & Beauty LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Nu Essentials Royal Jelly Capsules, NuMan Male Enhancement Capsules, Star's Male Potency Tonic, NuGen HP, She Max HP, and V Max ...

News Release

8/12/2008

ConsumerLab.com finds improvements in labeling of nutrition bars but potential pitfalls exist -- New report compares 20 bars, including those for protein, fiber, energy and whole food

WHITE PLAINS, NY — August 12, 2008 — Labeling on nutrition bars has become more accurate, according to a new report by ConsumerLab.com.

News Release

8/05/2008

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

7/03/2018

Seller of Chinese "Cancer" Supplements Warned

On June 26, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to the American Chinese Medicine Association (ACMA), following a a review of the company's website, which found statements made about its products, including ACMA Brain Tumor Treatment, ACMA Breast Cancer Treatment, ACMA Colon Cancer ...

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

5/05/2008

Some iron supplements short on iron or contaminated according to ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — May 5, 2008 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that two iron supplements failed to pass recent independent testing. One "high potency" iron supplement contained only 37% of it claimed iron. ConsumerLab.

News Release

7/18/2005

ConsumerLab.com tests menopause supplements — Alternatives to hormonal therapy — Report available for 38 products including soy and red clover isoflavones, black cohosh, and progesterone creams

WHITE PLAINS, NY — July 18, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com has released a new report on the quality of supplements used to treat symptoms of menopause, notably hot flashes.

News Release

7/12/2005

ConsumerLab.com finds some supplements lower in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than claimed — Report available for 23 products made from oils of black currant, borage, evening primrose and flax

WHITE PLAINS, NY — July 12, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com has released its latest report on the quality of supplements made from the seed oils of black currant, borage, evening primrose, and flax.

News Release

6/15/2005

Two magnesium supplements fail testing due to lead contamination. Nineteen others pass. Report now available.

WHITE PLAINS, NY — JUNE 15, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com has released its latest report on the quality of magnesium supplements sold in the U.S. In addition to being an essential mineral, magnesium may help prevent migraine headaches, menstrual pain, PMS, and leg cramps during pregnancy.

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.

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

3/14/2005

ConsumerLab.com reports on vitamin C supplements — Test Results for 29 Products Reported Along with Information on Use

WHITE PLAINS, NY — MARCH 14, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com reported test results today for a wide variety of vitamin C supplements purchased at retail. Vitamin C is the top-selling single vitamin in the U.S., with sales of $770 million in 2003 according to Nutrition Business Journal.

News Release

2/08/2005

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

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

News Release

12/20/2004

Testing of Alpha-lipoic acid supplements by ConsumerLab.com finds most meet label claims but one with only 15% of ingredient — Antioxidant of potential benefit in diabetes and other conditions

WHITE PLAINS, NY — December 20, 2004 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that one of 21 alpha-lipoic acid supplements recently tested contained only 15% of the alpha-lipoic acid that it claimed. Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant naturally produced in the body.

News Release

12/14/2004

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

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

News Release

8/25/2004

ConsumerLab.com finds not all vitamin E products meet claims — Results for 33 vitamin E supplements and skin products released today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Wednesday, August 25, 2004   (Updated 10/24/04) — ConsumerLab.com announced today that five vitamin E products failed to pass recent testing for having either too little vitamin E and/or for containing synthetic vitamin E when claiming to be natural.

News Release

7/26/2004

ConsumerLab.com reports on iron supplements — Wide variety of products pass testing; Consumers advised on proper dose, type of iron to avoid problems

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Monday, July 26, 2004 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that fifteen iron supplements passed its recent independent testing but it cautioned that large differences among products require consumers to choose products carefully.

News Release

7/07/2004

ConsumerLab.com finds several herbal sleep supplements fail tests for quality — Results for 13 valerian products released today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Wednesday, July 7, 2004 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that five valerian dietary supplements failed to pass recent testing due to low potency and/or contamination. Valerian, an herbal sleep aid, accounted for $47 million in sales in the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

2/28/2017

Seller of Tea Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

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

News Release

8/15/2001

Problems and ambiguity among alternative estrogen products reported by ConsumerLab.com — Results of soy and red clover isoflavone product testing released online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — August 15, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, today released results of its Phytoestrogen Product Review. The review focused on dietary supplements made from soy and red clover isoflavones.

Recalls & Warnings

7/03/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Adulterated Chinese Herbal Supplements

On June 20, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to KPC Products, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

6/02/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Cough Suppressant & Grape Seed Supplements

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

Recalls & Warnings

2/17/2018

FDA Warns Seller Reishi Mushroom Supplements

On February 7, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Reishi D. International, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's Reishi D.

Recalls & Warnings

9/28/2017

Seller of Prostate, Reishi Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 11, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Vicare International (USA), Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

2/15/2006

New Zealand Warns of Liver Toxicity from Black Cohosh

On February 9, 2006, New Zealand's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced new labelling and consumer information for medicines containing Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa).

Recalls & Warnings

4/04/2017

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

On March 24, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to The Sanapac Company, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

4/01/2017

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

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

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 ...

Recalls & Warnings

10/25/2016

FDA Warns Maker of Sublingual Melatonin and Progesterone Cream

On October 12, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Threshold Enterprises, Ltd.

Recalls & Warnings

8/29/2017

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

On August 16, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Total Nutrition, Inc.

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.

Recalls & Warnings

7/18/2017

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

On July 11, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Black Seed Herb, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

6/27/2017

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

On May 1, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Nature's Vision, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

4/03/2014

Maker of Green Coffee Bean Extract and Weight Loss Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On March 13, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Libi Labs, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

3/19/2014

Maker of Herbal Capsules and Extracts Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 19, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbalist and Alchemist, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

12/19/2013

Maker of Joint Health Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On December 4, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to PurQuality, LLC.

Recalls & Warnings

5/10/2013

Seller Of Sexual Enhancement and Hormonal Balance Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations

On April 26, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Pristine Bay, L.L.C.

Recalls & Warnings

3/21/2013

Probiotic Recalled Due To Undeclared Soy

On March 20, 2013, New Chapter, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of one lot of its Probiotic Elderberry dietary supplement because it may contain undeclared soy.

Recalls & Warnings

1/24/2013

Excessive Lead and Mercury Found In Chinese Herbal Supplements

On January 23, 2013, Health Canada warned consumers that certain batches of the Chinese dietary supplements [W.S.

Recalls & Warnings

1/31/2015

Maker of Soy and Zinc Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On December 18, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to PreMark Health Science, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

10/24/2012

FDA Seizes Many Supplements from New York Company Due To Drug Claims

On October 23, 2012, U.S. Marshalls, acting on behalf of the FDA, seized dietary supplements and unapproved drugs from Confidence, Inc., a supplement manufacturer in Port Washington, N.Y. The products included dietary supplements Dr.

Recalls & Warnings

9/13/2013

Metagenics Warned For Misbranding of Medical Foods and Drug Claims

On August 13, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Metagenics, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

10/05/2007

FTC Charges Progesterone Cream Sellers with Making Unsubstantiated Claims

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