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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. Individual needs for supplemental iron range from none to more than two hundred milligrams per day and different forms may be better tolerated than others. Among the products tested, labeled doses range from 14 mg to 100 mg of iron daily from five different forms of iron and include capsules, liquids, time-release tablets, chewable tablets, and plain tablets.

Iron is needed to prevent and treat anemia. Iron deficiency is most common in menstruating women but also is commonly seen in children and pregnant women. Drugs that reduce stomach acid may impair iron absorption. Some evidence suggests that even mild iron deficiency, too mild to cause anemia, may cause fatigue and impair sports performance. According to Nutrition Business Journal, $194 million worth of iron supplements were sold in the U.S. in 2002.

"After a doctor tells you to 'take an iron supplement' it is easy to get confused when you arrive at the store," said Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com. "Iron supplements come in different strengths, forms, and ways that you can take them. ConsumerLab.com's new report will help people choose a product that is right for them as well as giving them the names of fifteen products shown to meet their claims, break apart properly for absorption, and lack lead contamination — a problem that has been found before."

The complete report is available at www.consumerlab.com/results/iron.asp. The report includes results for 15 products — Four of the products listed were tested at the request of their manufacturers through ConsumerLab.com's Voluntary Certification Program. The report also provides extensive information on using iron and an article about clinical studies with iron.

Reviews of many other popular supplements are available from ConsumerLab.com. New Reviews soon to be released online include, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids from fish and marine oils, milk thistle, nutrition bars, and supplements used for menopause. The paperback, ConsumerLab.com's Guide to Buying Vitamins and Supplements: What's Really in the Bottle? is available in bookstores, online from www.consumerlab.com or through 800-431-1579.

ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. The company is privately held and based in White Plains, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. ConsumerLab.com is affiliated with PharmacyChecker.com (www.pharmacychecker.com), an evaluator of online pharmacies. Subscription to ConsumerLab.com is available online. For group subscriptions, Technical Reports, or product testing contact Lisa Sabin, Vice President for Business Development, at lisa.sabin@consumerlab.com.

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