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CL Answer

Which is the best mask to prevent COVID-19 and how do cloth, disposable, N95, and KN95 masks compare? How can I stop glasses from fogging?

See our Top Picks for masks. Learn how to make COVID-19 masks from materials at home that can be almost as effective as surgical mask and N-95 masks.

Four masks shown for comparison

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

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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

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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

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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

CL Answer

How do the COVID-19 vaccines compare in terms of efficacy, safety and side effects? How, when and where do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Find out how the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna compare and learn how when and where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Older woman getting an injection

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

Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review

Find the Best Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices. Big Differences Discovered Among Brands -- Little Curcumin In Some.

Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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

Find the Best Vitamin D Supplement with the Right Dose

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Protein Powders and Shakes Review

Find Out Which Protein Powders Passed or Failed Our Tests

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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

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

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Apple Cider Vinegar Review – Bottled Liquids and Supplements

Find the Best Apple Cider Vinegar. See Which Apple Cider Vinegar Liquids and Supplements Passed Our Tests of Quality.

Apple Cider Vinegar Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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

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Vitamin E Supplements Review

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

Vitamin E Supplements, Cream, and Oil Tested by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Vision Supplements Review (with Lutein and Zeaxanthin)

Find the Best Vision Supplement. Tests and Reviews of Popular Vision Supplements.

Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Vision Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

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Choline and Lecithin Supplements Review (Including Phosphatidylcholine, CDP-Choline, and Alpha-GPC)

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Sexual Enhancer Supplements Review (with Yohimbe, Horny Goat Weed, Arginine)

Choose the Best Sexual Enhancer Supplement. Only 30% of Selected Sexual Enhancement Supplements Pass Quality Tests.

Product Review

Vitamin C Supplements Review

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

Vitamin C Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

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Joint Health Supplements Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Boswellia, Collagen and Turmeric)

One-Third of Joint Health Supplements Failed to Pass Our Tests. See Which Passed or Failed, and our Top Picks.

Review of Supplements for Joint Pain

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Cranberry Juices and Supplements Review

CL's Tests Show Which Cranberry Juices and Supplements Are Best and Cost the Least

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Potassium Supplements Review

Be Careful with Potassium Supplements! Problems Found. Tests and Reviews of Potassium Supplements & CL's Top Picks.

Potassium Supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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Prostate Supplements Review (Saw Palmetto and Beta-Sitosterol)

Find the Best Prostate Supplement for Symptoms of BPH. See Which Prostate Supplement Passed or Failed CL's Tests of Quality.

CL Answer

What face shield is best to protect from COVID-19 and when should I wear one?

Review of face shields and information about face shields to help protect against coronavirus (COVID-19). If properly made and worn, face shields provide extra protection for close interactions with individual who may be infected.

Face Shield to Protect From Coronovirus (COVID-19) -- Woman Wearing Face Shield, Mask and Gloves

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Do any supplements help with COVID-19? Do supplements like vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?

Find out if natural remedies & supplements for coronavirus such as zinc, vitamin C, garlic, or elderberry help to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Supplements for Coronavirus (COVID-19)? -- mask and pills

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NAD Booster Supplements Review (NAD+/NADH, Nicotinamide Riboside, and NMN)

How Important Is Boosting NAD+ Levels? Find Out and Learn How Booster Supplements Compare.

NAD Boosters (NAD+/NADH, Nicotinamide Ribose, and NMN)

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Lactose Intolerance Products Review (Lactase Enzyme Supplements and Lactose-Free Milks)

Choose the Best Lactase Enzyme Supplement and Lactose-Free Milk. Find a CL Approved Lactose Intolerance Product.

Lactase Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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CBD & Hemp Extract Supplements, Lotions, and Balms Review

Find the Best CBD at the Lowest Price! Learn How Much CBD (and THC) Is Really in Products and Which Are Our Top Picks.

CBD and Hemp Oils Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Muscle & Workout Supplements Review (Creatine and Branched-chain Amino Acids)

Find the Best Muscle Enhancement Supplements. See Which BCAA and Creatine Supplements Passed CL's Tests & the Top Picks.

Muscle Enhancement Supplements (Creatine and Branched Chain Amino Acids) Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Cinnamon Supplements and Spices Review

CAUTION: Some Cinnamon Products High in Toxin. See Which Passed or Failed and our Top Picks! .

Cinnamon Supplements and Spices Tested by ConsumerLab.com

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

See Which Bone Health Supplements Are Top Picks and Which Fail

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

Find Out What Magnesium Does, Who Needs It, and Our Top Picks Among Supplements

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Aloe Juices, Gels, and Supplements Review

How Much Aloe is Really in Aloe Products? Find Out and See Our Top Picks.

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

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

Weight Loss Supplements Review (7-Keto DHEA, Forskolin and Stimulant Blend Supplements)

Choose the Best Weight Loss Supplement. Be Careful With Weight Loss Supplements — Few Pass Quality Testing and Safety Review.

Weight Loss Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Astaxanthin Supplements Review

See Which Astaxanthin Products Passed or Failed CL's Tests

Astaxanthin supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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Iron Supplements Review (Iron Pills, Liquids and Chews)

See Which Iron Supplements Are CL's Top Picks for Different Needs

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Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review

Find the Best Zinc Supplements and Lozenges. Have a Cold? See CL's Top Picks Among Zinc Supplements and Lozenges.

Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Does heat kill coronavirus (COVID-19)? Can it disinfect face masks and packages?

Find out if heat kills the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 infection. Learn what temperature kills the coronavirus and more. ConsumerLab explains.

Does Heat Kill Coronavirus? -- Women Receiving Food Delivery

Product Review

St. John's Wort Supplements Review

Find the Best St. John's Wort Supplement. Only 40% of St. John's Wort Supplements Pass Tests & Strength Varies Widely.

St John's Wort Supplements Reviewed By Consumerlab.com

CL Answer

How can I get tested for the coronavirus? Can I get an at-home test for COVID-19? Which are the best tests? Are any tests free?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tests: Where to get COVID-19 tests, including information about free testing, home testing and more. Information about SARS-CoV-2 virus tests, antibody tests and FDA approved tests.

Home Test COVID

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Quercetin Supplements Review

Find the Best Quercetin Supplements. ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Not All Quercetin Supplements Contain What They Claim.

Quercetin Supplement Reviewed By ConsumerLab.com

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Holy Basil Supplements Review

Find the Best Holy Basil (Tulsi) Supplements. Tests and Reviews of Popular Holy Basil Supplements & CL's Top Pick.

Holy Basil Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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Collagen Supplements Review

The Best Collagen Supplements for Wrinkles and Joints Revealed. Find Out If Collagen Really Works and Which Reviewed Products Are Best In Our Tests and Comparisons.

Collagen Supplements Reviewed By ConsumerLab

CL Answer

Is ingesting colloidal silver helpful for any condition and is it safe to use? I'm seeing it promoted for many applications.

Find out if there is evidence showing colloidal silver can help to treat infections, boost the immune system, help with arthritis and more, plus find out if colloidal silver can cause blue skin or other side effects.

Benefits and Risks of Colloidal Silver? -- dropper bottle of colloidal silver

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Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review

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

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.

Product Review

Ginger Supplements, Chews & Spices Review

Tests Reveal Best and Worst Ginger Supplements & Spices. Poor Quality and Lead Contamination Discovered in Some Products.

Ginger Supplements Reviewed By Consumerlab.com

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Ginseng Supplements Review

Find the Best Ginseng Supplement. Key "Ginsenosides" Found to Range 10-Fold Across Products.

Ginseng Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab

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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

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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

Product Review

Digestive Enzyme Supplements Review

Big Differences in Strength Found Among Digestive Enzyme Supplements. CL Tests Reveal Which Are Best.

Digestive Enzyme Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline Quinone) Supplements Review

Learn What PQQ Does and Which PQQ Supplements are Best

CL Answer

Can cranberry juice or cranberry supplements help prevent urinary tract infections or improve overactive bladder?

Learn more about how cranberries, juice, and supplements can help prevent urinary tract infections, including safety.

Cranberry Juice for UTIs? -- cranberries and a glass of cranberry juice

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

Should You Take Vitamin K? Beware of Products That Don't Deliver.

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

CL Answer

Which ingredients should toothpaste contain, and which should be avoided?

Learn about ingredients you want in your toothpaste and which ingredients you may want to avoid.

Toothpaste in the shape of question mark coming out from toothpaste tube

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

Do hair loss supplements, such as Viviscal, Hair La Vie, and Nutrafol, or topical essential oils work?

Vitamins and supplements that may help with hair loss and thinning, including saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, protein, iron, and vitamin D.

Supplements for Hair Loss -- woman looking at hairbrush

CL Answer

Which air purifiers are best for reducing the spread of COVID-19?

Find out if portable air cleaners can remove the virus that causes COVID-19 infection from the air and learn which type air cleaners work best.

HEPA air purifier on bedroom floor

Product Review

Elderberry Supplements Review

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

Elderberry Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Ashwagandha Supplements Review

Find the Best Ashwagandha Supplement. Only 56% of Ashwagandha Products Pass Tests.

Ashwagandha supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Olive Leaf Extract Supplements Review

Learn What Olive Leaf Does and the Best Brands

Product Review

Seaweed Snacks and Foods Review

Tests Reveal Seaweed Snack Risks

Product Review

Electrolytes & Sports Drinks Review

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

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

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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

CL Answer

Do any supplements help prevent or treat a cold?

Are there supplements that can help prevent or treat cold symptoms? Learn more about zinc, probiotics, vitamin C and more.

Supplements for Colds: Zinc, Echinacea & More -- Couple with cold, sitting on couch blowing their noses

CL Answer

What is Pycnogenol and does it work?

Learn more about Pycnogenol, including evidence from clinical studies on blood clots, osteoarthritis, cognition, vision, tinnitus, and the skin and safety.

Pycnogenol Health Benefits -- woman with leg pain

CL Answer

Do any supplements or foods help with brain function, like memory and cognition?

Find out which supplements help improve memory, brain function and cognition, including fish oil, some B vitamins, cocoa, and curcumin. ConsumerLab's answer explains the evidence for supplements promoted to help with brain function and cognition.

Supplements for Memory -- doctor holding a model of a brain and fish oil capsule

CL Answer

Which supplements are best for seasonal allergies?

Find out which supplements are best for allergies and can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms, including bromelain, curcumin, vitamin D, and CLA.

Supplements for Seasonal Allergies -- Woman Outside Sneezing

Product Review

Reishi Mushroom Supplements Review

Find the Best Reishi Mushroom Supplement. See How Reishi Supplements Differ.

Reishi Mushrooms tested by ConsumerLab.com

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Bone Broth Review

Find the Best Bone Broth. Find Out How Much Collagen and Sodium Is Really In Popular Bone Broths.

Bone Broth Supplements Reviewed by Consumerlab.com

CL Answer

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

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

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

Product Review

Nattokinase Supplements Review

Choose the Best Nattokinase Supplement. CL Tests Reveal Which Nattokinase Suppplements Provide the Best Quality & Value.

Nattokinase Supplements Tested by Consumerlab.com

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

How are you staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic?

Tips for staying healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Tips from ConsumerLab members for maintaining physical health, mental health and social well-being during COVID-19.

Staying Healthy During the Coronavirus Pandemic -- Couple at Home, Looking Out the Window

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

Echinacea Supplements Review

Many Echinacea Supplements Fail CL's Tests. Make Sure You Know What You're Getting!

Echinacea supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Do any supplements or lifestyle changes reduce the symptoms of tinnitus? Is it true that some supplements can cause tinnitus?

Learn which supplements can ease tinnitus, including melatonin and pine bark extract. Understand which may actually cause tinnitus.

Supplements for Tinnitus -- Woman Holding Her Ears

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

How do the Beyond Burger, the Impossible Burger, and a beef burger compare in terms of vitamins and minerals, and which is best?

Read our comparison of the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger, plant-based, meat alternative burgers. Compare nutrition, vitamins and minerals. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Beyond Burger vs. Impossible Burger: Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals -- cooked plant-based burger on bun

Product Review

Rhodiola Rosea Supplements Review

Do Rhodiola Supplements Help With Depression and Anxiety? Find Out and See Which Rhodiola Supplements Provide the Best Quality & Value.

Rhodiola Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

L-Tryptophan and 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) Supplements Review

Choose the Best L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP Supplements. CL Tests Identify High Quality L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP (5-Hydroxy-L-Tryptophan) at the Best Value.

L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP (5-Hydroxy-L-tryptophan) Supplements Reviewed By Consumerlab.com

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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

Product Review

Joint Health Supplements for Pets Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM & Boswellia)

See Which Pet Supplements for Joint Health Passed Our Tests and Which Didn't!

Joint Health Supplements for Pets

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SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine) Supplements Review

Choose the Best SAMe Supplement. CL Tests Reveal Big Differences in Quality and Cost.

Sam-e supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Water Filter Pitchers Review

Find the Best Water Filter Pitcher. They Look Similar But Are Very Different. Learn Which Passed or Failed Our Tests -- and Which Is Our Top Pick!

Water Filters Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils Review

Oils Tested for Authenticity and Purity

CL Answer

How much calcium do you need each day, what forms are best, and how much is too much?

Learn about the recommended daily intake of calcium from food & supplements and why taking too much can be harmful. Also, learn about the forms of calcium that are available and which are best.

None

CL Answer

Is CBD oil (cannabidiol) effective and safe? Is it legal?

Learn more about cannabidiol (CBD), its potential effects, safety and side effects, and find out if CBD oils and pill are legal. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CBD and Hemp Oils Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba) Supplements Review

Choose the Best Ginkgo Biloba Supplement. Finding Real Ginkgo Isn't Easy — 60% Fail ConsumerLab's Tests of Quality.

Ginkgo Biloba Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Which supplements and foods can help lower or control blood sugar?

Find out which supplements can help lower or control blood sugar. Supplements including turmeric/curcumin, fiber, cinnamon, and ginseng are believed to help lower blood sugar.

Blood Sugar Control -- blood test and blood sugar chart

CL Answer

Do any supplements or foods help with migraine? Do any trigger migraine?

Find out if supplements such as magnesium, CoQ10, riboflavin, butterbur, feverfew and others help with migraine. Also learn about foods that may trigger migraine, including chocolate and watermelon.

Migraine

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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 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

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

Find out how regular fish oil and cod liver oil differ including amounts of omega-3s EPA and DHA, vitamin A and vitamin D, which is best to suit your needs. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Fish Oil vs. Cod Liver Oil -- bottle of cod liver oil pouring into spoon

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Greens and Whole Food Powders and Supplements Review (Including Chlorella and Spirulina)

See How Powdered Vegetables, Fruits, and Algae Compare and Avoid Problems

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Lion's Mane and Chaga Supplements Review

Read Labels Carefully -- Many Can Mislead

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

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Alginate Supplements Review (For Reflux)

See Our Top Pick Alginate Supplements For Reducing Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)

Alginate supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Potassium Iodide (KI) and Iodate (KIO3) Radioprotective Pills Review

Learn How to Choose the Best Radioprotective Iodine Pill and Use It Properly

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Valerian Supplements Review

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

Valerian Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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Lysine Supplements Review

Choose the Best Lysine Supplement. CL Tests Reveal Which Lysine Supplements Provide the Best Quality and Value.

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Maca Supplements Review

Choose the Best Maca Supplement. Make Sure Your Maca Supplement Isn't Contaminated With Lead.

Maca Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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Garcinia Cambogia (HCA) Supplements Review

Find the Best Garcinia Cambogia Supplement. Choose Carefully! Most Garcinia (HCA) Weight Loss Supplements Lack Listed Amount of Ingredient .

Garcinia Cambogia (HCA) Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Can any supplements improve or worsen symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Find out if any supplements may help improve fibromyalgia symptoms, learn which supplements do not seem beneficial, and find out if any supplements worsen symptoms.

Woman holding her neck and lower back due to fibromyalgia pain

CL Answer

Do water filters remove microplastics from tap water?

Find out if water filter pitchers and faucet mounted filters from Brita, Pur, Lifestraw and other brands remove microplastics from tap water.

Water Filters for Microplastics -- water filter pitcher pouring water into glass

CL Answer

Do any supplements help prevent or improve cataracts?

Find out which supplements may help with cataracts, including selenium and vitamins A, B1, B3, C, and E.

Doctor Shining Light for Patient Eye Exam

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

CL Answer

Can D-mannose help prevent urinary tract infections?

Learn more about D-mannose and its impact on urinary tract infections (UTIs), including evidence from clinical studies.

Woman with UTI holding her hands over her lower abdomen

CL Answer

Can taking too much vitamin B-12 be dangerous? The label on my B-complex states it contains 50,000% of the Daily Value!

Find out the daily value for vitamin B-12 and the potential side effects of taking too much B-12. ConsumerLab explains why taking too much vitamin B-12 can be harmful.

The danger of taking too much vitamin B-12 -- bottle of vitamin B-12 with pills on the table spelling out 'B-12'

CL Answer

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

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

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

CL Answer

How concerned should I be about glyphosate in foods and supplements?

Find out if you should be concerned about glyphosate in foods and supplements. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Glyphosate in Food -- bowl of oat o's cereal

CL Answer

6 Red Flags to Watch Out For When Buying Vitamins & Supplements

When it comes to buying vitamins and supplements, it's buyer beware. ConsumerLab explains six red flags to look out for on labels when choosing and buying vitamins or supplements, including claims of "FDA Approved" laboratories, what to look for in the ingredient list, and more.

What to Watch Out for When Choosing a Supplement -- Supplement Bottle Label Close-up

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Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) Supplements Review Article

Human Growth Hormone Supplements: Evidence and Safety. What Can HGH Supplements Really Do? Beware of Misleading Claims!

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Bilberry Supplements Review

Choose the Best Bilberry Supplement. Some Bilberry Is Not Authentic!

Bilberry Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Selenium Supplements Review

Choose the Best Selenium Supplement. Find Out If You Need Selenium and Which Supplement Is Our Top Pick.

Selenium Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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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

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Butyrate Supplements for Gut Health: Does butyric acid really work and is it safe?

Can butyrate supplements improve gut health or help reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Crohn's disease? Find out what the clinical evidence shows, learn about the different forms of butyrate, including sodium butyrate, calcium-magnesium butyrate, and tributyrate, and get details about products such as BodyBio Sodium Butyrate and Healus Complete Biotic Tributyrin, dosage, safety and cost.

Butyrate Supplements

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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.

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Are cranberry supplements helpful for men? Can they help with symptoms of an enlarged prostate, prostatitis, or urinary tract infections?

Learn more about how cranberry pills, cranberries, cranberry juice and supplements can help prevent urinary tract infections.

Cranberry Supplements for Men? -- Bottle of cranberry capsules

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Do UV light sanitizing wands and boxes kill coronavirus (COVID-19)?

UV light is promoted as an effective and convenient alternative to chemical disinfectants, but can it work against the coronavirus? Learn the the pros and cons and see our reviews and comparisons of popular UV devices on the market.

UV Light to Kill Coronavirus (COVID-10)? -- UV Light, Medical Mask and Stethoscope

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To avoid mercury, I tried skipjack tuna instead of albacore, but I didn't like the taste. Is it safe to continue to eat albacore if just once a week?

Concerned about mercury in albacore tuna? Find out how often it is safe to consume albacore tuna, and the best canned tuna and salmon alternatives to albacore tuna that are high in omega-3s and low in contamination with mercury. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Canned tuna, salmon and sardines reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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Does Prevagen really improve memory?

Learn more about Prevagen, including clinical studies on Prevagen's impact on memory & cognition, safety, pricing, and an FDA warning letter. ConsumerLab explores the efficacy of Prevagen.

Prevagen for Memory? -- bottle of Prevagen

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Which supplements make acid reflux worse? I take many and think some are causing heartburn. Are there any supplements that help treat acid reflux?

Find out which supplements can cause or worsen acid reflux, nausea and GERD, including vitamin B6, arginine, and CoQ10.

Supplements Making Acid Reflux Worse -- Man with acid reflux pain

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

Is Boron Needed for Bone Health? Find Out and See Our Top Pick Among Supplements

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Vitamin A Supplements Review, Including Beta-Carotene and Cod Liver Oil

Find the Best Vitamin A Supplement. Best Quality Vitamin A Supplements Identified, Including Cod Liver Oil.

Vitamin A Supplements (Including Cod Liver Oil) Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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L-Arginine Supplements Review

Choose the Best L-Arginine Supplement. Find Out Which L-Arginine Supplement Passed CL's Tests.

L-Arginine Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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Do any supplements, foods, or oils help reduce muscle pain, muscle cramps, or nighttime leg cramps?

Find out which supplements, and topical products such as magnesium creams, can help reduce muscle pain, leg cramps, and nighttime leg cramps, and which may worsen muscle cramps. Also, learn about vitamin and mineral deficiencies and common medications that can cause muscle cramps and nocturnal leg cramps.

Magnesium & Other Supplements for Muscle Pain & Cramps -- woman with leg cramp

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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.

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Can any supplements reduce or increase the risk of kidney stones?

Find out which supplements, foods and beverages may increase or decrease the risk of kidney stones, including information about potassium, calcium, choline, turmeric and curcumin, vitamin C, as well as foods and beverages such as green tea, lemon juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, chocolate and almonds.

Supplements for Kidney Stones

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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

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Can taking too much vitamin B-6 be dangerous?

Find out if multivitamins contain excessive amounts of B-6, how much B-6 is too much, and symptoms of toxicity and overdose.

Vitamin tablets placed on a table to spell B6

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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

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Is there a risk of liver toxicity with certain supplements?

Find out if there is risk of liver damage from supplements such as green tea, niacin, red yeast rice and vitamin A.

Liver Shape Made From Paper with Pills and Bottle Against Blue Background

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Which dark chocolate bar has the most flavanols with the least calories?

Find out which dark chocolates are lowest in calories and contain the most flavanols, according to our lab tests.

Dark Chocolate Bar

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What is carrageenan? Should I be concerned that it is an ingredient in my supplement?

Learn about what carrageenan is, its different forms, and safety, including carcinogenicity.

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Which supplements have been shown to be helpful for autism?

Find out which supplements may help reduce symptoms of autism, including multivitamins, probiotics, and melatonin.

Bottle and Pills Spread Out on Blue Background

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Do Vital 3 collagen drops really help for joint pain?

Learn more about Vital 3 collagen drops withundenatured type II collagen, and if they can help joints move better and feel better.

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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

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What is the best sunscreen based on safety and efficacy?

Two different carcinogens, benzene and benzophenone have been found in popular sunscreens. These cancer-causing compounds are not listed on labels. Get the details and find out which sunscreens have been found to contain benzene and benzophenone.

Carcinogens in Sunscreens - Bottle of sunscreen with a question mark

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Is it okay to break vitamin tablets, pills or capsules to change the dose or make them easier to swallow?

Info on the safety of crushing supplement pills, tablets, capsules or enteric coated tablets and ingest the powder with food, as opposed to a whole pill.

Is it okay to crush or cut supplement pills? -- Large, broken vitamin pill

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Do supplements help with Parkinson’s disease treatment or prevention?

Learn what has been shown with vitamins D and E, niacin, CoQ10, melatonin, creatine, SAMe, NAC, valerian, CoQ10, and CBD, as well as with coffee and the Mediterranean and MIND diets for treating and/or preventing Parkinson's disease.

Elderly man with parkinsons holding trembling hand while eating

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Is it safe to fly and how can I avoid getting COVID when flying?

How to fly safely and avoid COVID-19. Tips to help you stay safe and protect others while flying during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is it safe to fly and how can I avoid getting COVID-19? -- Man on Airplane With Mask and Hand sanitizer

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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

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How can I find out where a vitamin or supplement is made and where its ingredients come from, such as China or the USA?

Learn more about the manufacturing, distribution, and ingredients of a supplement, including FDA regulations.

How to Find Out Where A Supplement Is Made -- Supplement Label

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NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) Supplements Review

Choose the Best N-Acetyl Cysteine Supplement. See Our Tests of Popular NAC Supplements and Top Picks for Quality and Value.

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

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What is monolaurin? Can it really prevent colds, cold sores, or other infections?

Lauricidin (monolaurin) information for preventing colds, immune system function, and safety.

Lauricidin (monolaurin) for Colds -- jar of Lauricidin

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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

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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

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How do I choose the best magnesium supplement?

Choosing the best form of magnesium supplements can be tricky due to the many different types (magnesium aspartate, bicarbonate, carbonate, chloride, citrate and others).

Choosing the Best Magnesium Supplement -- Magnesium capsules, powders and liquids

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Do any supplements help treat or reduce the pain of plantar fasciitis (heel pain)?

Plantar fasciitis causing heel pain has, in rare cases, been reported as a symptom of vitamin D deficiency. Other supplements that have been proposed to help include vitamin C, zinc, curcumin (from turmeric), bromelain, collagen and glucosamine. Find out what the evidence shows, and what other treatments may help.

Supplements for Plantar Fasciitis -- Woman With Heel Pain

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Taurine Supplements Review for People, Dogs, and Cats

Find the Best Taurine Supplements. Learn When to Use Taurine and Which Supplement is Best.

Taurine Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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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

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I find labels on supplement bottles misleading. For example, an L-theanine label says 200 mg on the front but the back says each pill contains just 100 mg, but a serving is 2 capsules. Is this legal?

Learn more about misleading supplement labels and legality, including labels that say "formulation," "blend," or "complex."

Misleading Supplement Labels -- woman reading supplement label

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Mangosteen Juice and Supplements Review Article

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

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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

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Do any supplements help for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

IBS supplements may help reduce irritable bowel symptoms such as pain, diarrhea and constipation. Supplements include probiotics, melatonin, and flaxseed.

Supplements for IBS? -- Women With Stomach Pain

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Is it better to eat farmed salmon or wild salmon? Which one has more omega-3s and less contamination with PCBs, mercury, etc.?

Learn more about wild caught vs. farm raised salmon, including omega-3 content and contamination with PCBs, mercury, and other toxins.

Wild Caught vs. Farm Raised Salmon -- salmon on a dinner plate with fork and knife

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What are the best supplements for depression and anxiety?

Best natural supplements for depression and anxiety, including the evidence for fish oil, vitamin D, probiotics, and herbal supplements for depression such as curcumin (from turmeric) and saffron.

Best Supplements for Depression and Anxiety -- sad young woman sitting on couch, looking toward the window

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Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?

Find out eye floaters (vitreous floaters) be treated with supplements like vitamin C, lutein, ginkgo, milk thistle, collagen or hyaluronic acid, or with products such as VitreousHealth.

How to Reduce Eye Floaters With Vitamins & Supplements -- Close-up of an eye

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What are the side effects of ashwagandha supplements?

Learn about the safety and side effects of ashwagandha supplements, including headache, sleepiness, upset stomach, blood pressure and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

ashwagandha side effects

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Does silica have health benefits? What is BioSil, and can it really increase collagen production and strengthen hair, skin, nails and bones?

Information about the health effects of silica (silicon dioxide) and orthosilicic acid (an ingredient in BioSil), including whether these forms of silicon can really increase collagen production, thicken hair, strengthen nails & bones.

Does BioSil Strengthen Hair, Skin and Nails? -- Bottle of BioSil

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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

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Does Z-Stack multivitamin work to boost the immune system, and is it safe?

Find out about Z-Stack, including if it can help boost the immune system and if it is safe to use at the suggested dose.

A bottle of Z-Stack capsules

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Acai Berry Supplements and Beverages Review

Find the Best Acia Berry Supplements and Beverages. See Which Acai Berry Supplements and Beverages Passed Our Tests of Quality.

Acai berry supplements and beverages reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Kelp Supplements Review

Choose the Best Kelp Supplement. Be Cautious With Kelp! Only 50% of Supplements Pass CL's Review.

Kelp Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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I'm interested in using Himalayan salt. What are the health benefits with it and other specialty salts? Are there contaminants in these salts?

Himalayan salt health benefits, along with other gourmet salts like Hawaiian and Mediterranean. Info including what's in them and their safety.

Himalayan Salt -- spoonful of pink Himalayan salt

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What are phytoceramides? Do phytoceramide supplements really work to improve aging skin?

Phytoceramide supplement information, including what they are, what they claim to do, and if they have anti-aging effects.

Phytoceramides for Aging Skin? -- woman looking at skin up close in mirror

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Can fisetin, also called Cognisetin and Novusetin, really improve memory?

Fisetin (Cognisetin and Novusetin) information, including evidence from clinical studies on memory improvement, brain health, dosage, and pricing.

Fisetin Supplements on Wooden Plate with Strawberries

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What is the best way to take melatonin to get a good night's sleep?

Learn more about the best way to take melatonin for better sleep. When to take it, how to take it, and general melatonin information.

Melatonin Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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My doctor told me to stop taking supplements because my kidney function was low. After stopping, my kidney function returned to normal. Can taking a lot of supplements really damage the kidneys?

Find out which supplements may damage your kidneys. ConsumerLab explores possible kidney side effects of supplements including chromium, creatine, and vitamin C.

Can Supplements Really Damage Your Kidneys? -- Woman with kidney pain

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L-Theanine Supplements Review

Find the Best L-Theanine Supplement. Find Out If L-Theanine Helps for Stress and Which Products Are Best.

L-Theanine Supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Will 7-keto DHEA help me lose weight?

Learn more about 7-keto DHEA supplements for weight loss, including clinical results.

7-Keto DHEA for Weight Loss? -- supplement and pills on scale

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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

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I heard somewhere to avoid chocolate with "processed with alkali" in the ingredients. Is that true?

Learn more about cocoa processed with alkali ("dutched") and its effect on flavanols.

Chocolate Powder in Spoon

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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

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What are the health benefits of grapefruit seed extract (GSE)? Is it safe?

Learn more about grapefruit seed extract health benefits, including its possible antifungal and antibacterial effects and its safety.

Grapefruit with Extract and Spoon

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Can lysine, vitamin B-12, or other vitamins or minerals help prevent or reduce canker sores?

Lysine, B12, zinc and other vitamins and minerals for canker sores. Find out what supplements can help prevent or reduce canker sores.

Lysine, Vitamins & Minerals for Canker Sores -- Man with canker sore

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Do vitamin patches, such as for B12 or multivitamins, really work? How about those from PatchMD?

Do vitamin B12 Patches like PatchMD really work? Can you absorb vitamin B12 through patches?

Vitamin Patches -- young woman with vitamin patch on arm

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Can castor oil eye drops improve or dissolve cataracts? Is castor oil or tea tree oil helpful for other eye conditions such as blepharitis or dry eye?

Can castor oil eye drops help cataracts and glaucoma? Find out if castor oil eye drops are safe to use, and if they help for other conditions. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Castor Oil for Cataracts? -- bottle of castor oil and dropper

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How good are sardines? Are they healthy and safe? What did CL's tests find?

Find out amounts of omega-3s (DHA and EPA), protein, and vitamin D in sardines, as well as contaminants mercury and arsenic based on ConsumerLab's tests.

Are Sardines Safe and Healthy To Eat? -- Can of Sardines

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Which supplements may benefit people with essential tremor, and which should be avoided?

Learn about supplements used for treating essential tremor, including caprylic acid (also called octanoic acid), thiamin (vitamin B1), cannabidiol (CBD), GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), and branched-chain amino acids. Find out which work and which don't. Also find out which supplements and food may make essential tremors worse.

Man with essential tremor holding a cup with his right hand and bracing his wrist with his left hand

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How Should You Take Care of Yourself After You’ve Had COVID-19?

Find out the best way to care for yourself when recovering from COVID-19, including how long you should quarantine, whether you should get vaccinated, when it is safe to undergo a surgery, and how to spot and, possibly, improve lingering symptoms.

Man in wheelchair talking with doctor after recovering from COVID

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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

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Does AZO Bladder Control really work for overactive bladder?

AZO Bladder Control information, including results from clinical studies on bladder control, dosage, and safety.

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What is Brain Bright and can it really improve memory or cognition?

Learn more about BrainBright, including clinical studies on memory and cognition, safety, and cost.

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Why is there so much cadmium, a toxin, in cocoa powders but not in dark chocolate?

Learn more about the presence of the toxic heavy metal cadmium in cocoa powder and dark chocolate.

Cocoa Powder

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Does collagen taken as a supplement help with arthritis? I'm seeing it in products for joint health.

Learn more about collagen supplements, including evidence from clinical studies on arthritis and muscle strength and safety.

Collagen Supplements for Joint Pain

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Can biotin supplements really strengthen nails or improve hair? Can other supplements help?

Learn more about strengthening brittle nails with vitamin B-7 (biotin), based on clinical evidence.

Supplements for Brittle Nails -- healthy nails

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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

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I read that aging lowers the body's capacity to produce vitamin D from the sun and one may have to take a vitamin D3 supplement during old age to meet regular requirements. Please comment on this.

Learn more about the effects of aging on the body's ability to produce vitamin D.

Senior Couple Riding Bicycles Smiling

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Which supplements are helpful for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Find out which vitamins & supplements are helpful for macular degeneration (AMD), such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and others used in the AREDS studies.

Supplements for Macular Degeneration -- woman getting eye examination

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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

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Can I get the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from supplements from China?

Information about catching the coronavirus from supplements from China, plus info on contamination with heavy metals like lead and more.

Coronavirus Risk With Supplements from China? -- 'Coronavirus' written on paper surrounded by supplements capsules and tablets

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I read that famotidine (Pepcid) may help treat COVID-19. Is this true? Might a proton pump inhibitor, like Prilosec, help?

Pepcid (famotidine) was reported to improve outcomes in people with COVID-19 in China. But is there evidence that Pepcid really helps to treat COVID-19?

Can Pepcic (famotidine) Treat COVID-19? -- Box of Pepcid and Handout About COVID-19

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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

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Low-Dose Lithium Supplements Review

Choose the Best Low-Dose Lithium Supplement. CL Tests Reveal Which Low-Dose Lithium Supplements Offer the Best Quality and Value.

Very Low Lithium Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Chromium Supplements Review

Chromium Supplements Review. Best Chromium Supplements Identified -- By Strength.

Chromium Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Is cinnamon dangerous for my liver? I put about a teaspoon of it in my oatmeal every day.

The most common form of cinnamon contains a naturally occurring liver toxin called coumarin. Find out how much cinnamon is safe to consume, and how often it can be consumed. Also learn how much coumarin ConsumerLab found in popular cinnamon and spices.

Liver Danger With Cinnamon -- Bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and cinnamon sticks

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Does CoQ10 reduce wrinkles, increase skin elasticity, or tighten the skin? Are there any other supplements that can help?

Learn about CoQ10 and other supplements, such as collagen and cocoa, for reducing wrinkles and improve aging skin.

Elderly Woman Smiling Looking in Mirror

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I've been taking a Daily Advantage multi but am now concerned by the very high % DV for vitamin C (833% DV), niacin (325% DV), and B vitamins (over 1,000% DV for several). What do you think?

Learn about the safety of taking multivitamins containing far more than Daily Values, including upper and lower limits for nutrients.

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3 Tips to Prevent Powdered Supplements from Clumping

Learn more about how powdered supplements compare to capsules and if clumping is worrisome.

Powdered Supplements

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After taking a curcumin supplement, I started getting chronic diarrhea which went away when I stopped taking it. Can curcumin supplements cause diarrhea?

Learn more about the side effects of curcumin supplements, including diarrhea and other gastrointestinal discomfort.

Turmeric and Diarrhea

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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

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Are supplements such as Thyroid Care Plus helpful for hypothyroidism? Can supplements worsen thyroid function? And what is nascent iodine?

Learn about supplement ingredients such as iodine, selenium, zinc, acetyl-l-carnitine, ashwagandha and guggul used for thyroid conditions and find out if they are beneficial. Also learn why ingredients such as alpha-lipoic acid, soy, resveratrol, quercetin may impair thyroid function.

Woman holding various vitamins and supplements in one hand and glass of water in the other

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Which vitamins and minerals should be taken together or separately?

Find out the best way to take vitamins and minerals and which vitamins and minerals should be taken together or separately for proper absorption. ConsumerLab answer explains the best way to take vitamins and minerals.

Vitamins & Minerals That Should Be Taken Together or Separately -- various vitamins in spoons

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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.

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Have you heard of the probiotic, Keybiotics? Does it do what it claims, and is it worth the money they charge?

Whole Body Research Keybiotics probiotic information, including its ingredients and possible cheaper alternatives.

Probiotics

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How does turmeric spice compare to curcumin (turmeric extract) in supplements? I sprinkle it on my foods and wonder if that's equivalent to taking a supplement.

What is the difference between turmeric spices used in the kitchen and turmeric supplements? Is sprinkling turmeric on my food equivalent to taking a turmeric supplement? ConsumerLab's answer explores this question.

Turmeric Spice vs. Turmeric Supplements

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Do any supplements, like Nervive, help with nerve pain, like sciatica or diabetic neuropathy?

Find out which supplements for nerve pain are effective. Sciatica & diabetic neuropathy may be helped, including fish oil and alpha-lipoic acid.

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How do I choose the best probiotic supplement? There are so many different strains of bacteria!

Information on how to choose the best probiotic supplement based on safety and our lab test on probiotic bacteria content.

Probiotic Supplements and Bottles Against Blue Background

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What is Noopept? Can it really improve memory and cognition, and is it safe?

Learn more about Noopept, including results from clinical studies on cognition, safety, and dosage.

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Do either phosphatidylserine or phosphatidylcholine help with memory and cognition? How are these supplements different?

Find out if phosphatidylserine or phosphatidylcholine supplements improve memory and cognition.

Brain Puzzle

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Do "Mr. Happy Stack" supplements improve memory, cognition and mood, and are they safe?

Find out if Happy Stack supplements really work to enhance memory and cognition, plus safety and side effects. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Happy Stack for Memory? -- Person holding a capsule

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What are trace minerals and do I need them?

Trace minerals include boron, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, zinc, and others. Find out what they do, how much of each trace mineral you should be getting, and who's most likely to be deficient in these minerals.

Trace Minerals - What are they and do you need them?

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Do any supplements or foods benefit people with Crohn's disease? Are there any supplements that should be avoided?

Find out the most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies in people with Crohn's disease, including iron, B6, B12, vitamin D, zinc and others, plus evidence for N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG), fish oil, and curcumin.

Supplements for Crohn's Disease -- Crohn's Disease Written on Notepad, Pills

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6 Tips to Avoid Getting a Pill Stuck in Your Throat

Some pills can be difficult to swallow and can even become lodged in the throat or cause damage to the esophagus. Learn six practical tips to help avoid getting pills stuck in the throat.

Pill Getting Stuck in Throat

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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

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DHEA Supplements Review

Choose the Best DHEA Supplement. Beware of Big Differences in Dose and Price.

DHEA Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

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Do arnica pills, gels, creams, or sprays reduce bruising, pain, or swelling?

Find out if arnica pills, gels, creams, or sprays can reduce bruising, pain, or swelling, help with varicose veins, or muscle pain after exercise.

Arnica Gel and Cream for Bruises and Pain -- tube of arnica cream

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Is it true that there are bits of plastic in drinking water and specialty salts? How concerned should I be?

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic that can end up foods and beverages. Learn about microplastics found in drinking water and specialty salts. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Microplastics in water, plastic bottle of water pouring water into glass

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Can I use a home test for mercury to check for mercury in fish, like canned tuna, fresh fish, and sushi?

Find out if home mercury test kits can be used to test fish, such as canned tuna, fresh fish or sushi for mercury contamination. Plus, find out how much mercury ConsumerLab found in popular canned tuna and canned salmon. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

salmon filet with test tubes and beakers for mercury testing

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

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

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

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What is inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) and myo-inositol? Are they helpful in treating cancer or other conditions?

Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6): Find out if IP6 (also known as phytic acid) can prevent or treat cancer. Clinical evidence, dosage, safety and how IP6 differs from myo-inositol. Consumerlab.com's answer explains.

Wooden spoon filled with white inositol capsules

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Can I just stop taking alpha lipoic acid, or do I need to taper down?

Learn the best way to stop taking alpha lipoic acid supplements.

Structure of Alpha Lipoic Acid

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I've heard that having low B-12 or B-6 can cause depression. Is that true?

Find out if vitamin B12 or B6 deficiency can cause depression and how they can affect antidepressants.

Sad Woman on Couch

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Can prenatal vitamins have too much folic acid? Mine has 800 mcg, but isn't that more than what's recommended? Is this dangerous to me or my baby?

Is it possible for prenatal vitamins to have too much folic acid? Find out the correct dosage so that it is not dangerous to babies.

Too Much Folic Acid in Prenatal Vitamins? -- Pregnant woman taking supplements

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Have any supplements been shown to increase women's libido?

Learn more about supplements that may increase women's libido, including DHEA and maca.

Supplements for Women's Libido

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Is it true that fish oil is better absorbed when taken with a fatty meal?

Find out if it's better to take fish oil supplements with a meal or on an empty stomach to maximize their absorption.

Best Way to Take Fish Oil -- fish oil capsules on plate with fork and knife

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I take St. John's wort for depression. Your report notes that it can interact with other medications. Would taking it several hours apart from other meds avoid this interaction?

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) can interact with other medications, but can this be avoided by spacing out the dosages?

St. John's Wort Interactions -- St. John's wort flower and pills

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How do over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids compare to prescription hearing aids?

Non-prescription hearing aid reviews, including MD Hearing Aid, Eargo Hearing Aid, Liberty Hearing Aid, etc. Compare quality & cost with prescription hearing aids.

OTC hearing aids

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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

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Which supplements help for osteoarthritis of the hip?

Supplements for hip pain and osteoarthritis, such as SAMe, ginger and collagen, may help or reduce pain.

Woman Holding Hip from Pain

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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

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Do any supplements help with gum disease or periodontitis?

Supplements for healthy gums may help with gum disease or periodontitis. Learn more about omega fatty acids, lycopene, and probiotics.

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I'm trying to pick a good multivitamin for my children and husband, and for myself. Any suggestions based on your research?

Find out how to pick the best multivitamin for you and your family, based on diet, price, and effectiveness.

Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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I've tried a number of fish oil supplements, all of which make me nauseous. What is the best non-fish alternative? I am primarily interested in getting EPA.

Learn how to reduce fish oil side effects such as nausea and upset stomach.

Disgusted Woman Holding Fish Oil

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Do any supplements help prevent or treat osteoporosis?

If you have osteoporosis, you may be interested in supplements for bone health. Find out which supplements can increase bone strength and density.

Supplements and Osteoporosis

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I read that turmeric may be a GI irritant. I have GI problems and wonder if I should avoid turmeric and curcumin?

Find out if turmeric/curcumin supplements can cause gastrointestinal irritability.

Is turmeric a stomach irritant? -- Turmeric Supplement

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Which supplements are important after bariatric surgery (i.e., weight loss or stomach-reducing surgery)? Are there any I should avoid?

Find out which supplements may help after weight loss or stomach reducing surgery, including iron and calcium, and which should be avoided.

Bypass Surgery Sign

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Is it possible to get too much vitamin D?

Too much vitamin D can lead to adverse effects, including hypercalcemia (excess calcium in the blood).

Too Much Vitamin D? -- bottle of vitamin D and vitamin D tablets in the shape of the letter D

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

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

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

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I eat one to two cups of Greek yogurt every day. Do I still need to take a probiotic supplement?

Find out if eating Greek yogurt is sufficient to obtain probiotics, or if supplements can still help.

Greek Yogurt

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Can heat and humidity destroy whey protein and other sports nutrition supplements (e.g., creatine, BCAAs, digestive enzymes) during shipping or while storing at home?

Find out if heat and humidity can degrade creatine, BCAAs, digestive enzymes, and other muscle enhancing supplements.

How Heat Effects Whey Protein and Creatine -- Scoop of Protein Powder

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I live in Canada. Does ConsumerLab.com ever test Canadian products?

Find out which Canadian products ConsumerLab.com has tested, including Jamieson, Natural Factors, Webber Naturals and Lacteeze. Our answer explains.

ConsumerLab Tests of Canadian Supplements -- Canadian flag

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Is Relief Factor likely to relieve aches and pains, and is it safe?

Find out if the dietary supplement Relief Factor is likely to help relieve aches and pains, if it is safe, and if it is worth the cost.

Packet of Relief Factor Quickstart

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Top 8 Supplements for Vegetarians and Vegans

Find out which 8 supplements may be needed by vegetarians or vegans to meet all their daily nutrient requirements and learn ways to find supplements that do not contain ingredients objectionable to people following vegetarian or vegan diets.

Woman pouring supplements into her hand while sitting in front of a table on which vegetables are placed

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What is GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)? Is it beneficial for stress, anxiety, insomnia or other conditions, and is it safe?

Find out about GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), including if it's beneficial for insomnia, epilepsy, stress and anxiety, high blood pressure and building muscle, and learn if taking GABA supplements is safe.

Older women sitting calmly on a couch with her hands behind her head and her eyes closed

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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

Clinical Update

6/20/2014

Green Tea and Liver Toxicity

Green tea extract was listed as one of the most common dietary supplements linked to liver injury in a newly published guideline for diagnosing and treating drug-induced liver injury. Find out what one of the authors of the guideline had to say about the catechin content of some green tea supplements, and get our test results showing the amounts of catechins in green tea supplements in the Green Tea Supplements, Drinks and Brewable Teas Review >>   

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 >>

Product Review

Huperzine A Supplements Review

Choose the Best Huperzine A Supplement. CL Tests Reveal the Best Huperzine A Supplements for Memory.

Huperzine A Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

News Release

10/06/2022

Lion’s Mane and Chaga Supplement Labels May Mislead, According to ConsumerLab Tests

  White Plains, New York, October 6, 2022 — Lion’s mane and chaga supplements are often promoted to improve memory and mood, boost the immune system, and a range of other health benefits.

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The maker of my multivitamin says it doesn't include folic acid because too much from supplements can be harmful. Is that true?

Learn more about the harmful effects from too much folic acid, including increased risk of prostate cancer and kidney damage.

Harm from Too Much Folic Acid ? -- Multivitamin bottle and label

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Which is the best form of magnesium to take - one that contains the most magnesium and is best absorbed?

Info on which is the best form of magnesium supplements to take and what to look for when choosing the best magnesium supplement. ConsumerLab.com explains.

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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

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Are enteric coated supplements better than non-enteric coated ones?

Learn about the pros and cons of enterically coated supplements, including ingredient absorption,safety and price.

Glass of Water and White Pill

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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.

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Should I be worried that my supplement contains "caramel coloring IV"? I've heard that it has been linked to cancer.

Learn more about caramel coloring IV, including evidence from studies on cancer.

Woman Reading Supplement Bottle Label

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Which supplements can help with arthritis?

Learn more about collagen supplements for joint health, including evidence from clinical studies on arthritis and muscle strength and safety.

Supplements for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis -- Women With Arthritic Hands

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I read an article stating that some of the ingredients in Centrum multivitamins may be dangerous or toxic. Is that true?

Learn more about the safety of ingredients in Centrum, including binders, fillers, and coloring agents.

Inactive Ingredients in Centrum -- Bottle of Centrum Vitamins

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Is it true that most coffee is contaminated with mold?

Learn more about mold toxins that may be present in coffee, including mycotoxins, aflatoxin B1, and ochratoxin A (OTA).

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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

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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

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Is Hershey's Special Dark better than other dark chocolate bars or cocoa powders?

Find out if Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate bar is better than other dark chocolate bars or cocoa powders, including flavanol content, contamination with lead or cadmium and other tests of quality. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Chocolate Bar

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Is it true that drinking a small amount of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) with water can kill bacteria in the urinary tract or help in other ways? Is this safe -- or is it dangerous?

Drinking or eating hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) can be dangerous and is not advised. Learn more treatments for urinary tract infections.

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What is shilajit? Does it have any proven health benefits, and is heavy metal contamination a concern?

Shilajit information, including its potential health benefits, safety, proper doses and impact on male health.

Shilajit Health Benefits -- blister pack of shilajit tablets

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Which supplements and foods help relieve constipation and which can cause constipation?

Find out which supplements can cause constipation, including iron, calcium, protein powders and drinks and others. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

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

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When is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?

Find out the best time of day to take your multivitamin for best absorption of vitamins and minerals, whether you should take your multi with food, which vitamins and minerals may inhibit the absorption of other vitamins and minerals, or medications. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

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Is there a multivitamin that contains only the recommended daily vitamins and minerals? Most that I have looked at contain more.

Are there any multivitamins that contain only the recommended daily vitamins and minerals? Choose the best multivitamin based on age & gender.

Multivitamins with 100% Daily Requirements -- magnifying glass held over multivitamin pills

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Can beetroot juice improve my workout performance?

Find out if beetroot juice can help improve exercise endurance or performance, how it works, the clinical evidence, and cautions.. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Beetroot juice and exercise performance - glass of beetroot juice

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5 Tips for Finding a Soap or Body Wash That Won't Irritate Skin

Get 5 tips for finding soap or body wash that won't cause skin irritation. See which soaps we rate best, ingredients to avoid, and phrases on labels that can mislead.

Different bars of soap on a marble countertop

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If I buy NAC as a loose powder in a large bag, as opposed to in tablet form, will it spoil? I've heard it can spoil or degrade into a harmful by-product.

Learn more about the different forms of N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), including whether or not powder will spoil faster than tablets.

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

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How much fat is there in chocolate? Is it saturated fat?

Learn more about the fat content in dark chocolate & milk chocolate, how much is saturated, and serving size.

Woman Holding Chocolate Bar

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What is the difference between natural and synthetic astaxanthin?

Learn more about astaxanthin and the different forms of it (BioAstin, AstaPure, AstaSana, etc.) and their effects in the body.

Astaxanthin Pills in White Spoon

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

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

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

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Can white kidney bean extract really help me lose weight?

Does white kidney bean extract help promote weight loss? Find out more including evidence from clinical studies and dosage.

White Kidney Bean Extract and Weight Loss -- White kidney beans

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Can I trust ConsumerLab.com? How are its tests paid for?

Learn more about ConsumerLab.com's clinical testing policy and procedures, including information on our independent testing and product reviews. Our answer explains.

ConsumerLab.com

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I'm over 50 and looking to take a vitamin B-12 supplement. Many contain a form of vitamin B-12 called cyanocobalamin, yet I read on the Internet that this form is toxic. Should I be concerned?

Looking to see if the cyanocobalamin form of vitamin B-12 is safe? Read research and safety information on ConsumerLab's report.

Vitamin B-12

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I'm thinking of changing my multivitamin, but the one I'm considering doesn't contain molybdenum. Most others have it. How important is molybdenum?

Learn more about the essential nutrient molybdenum, including foods that contain it and possible deficiency.

Women Holding Glass in One Hand and Vitamins in the Other

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I've read about several different forms of SAMe. Is one form better than another?

Learn about the various types of SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine) supplements, along with their benefits for hormones & cell membrane health.

Elderly Man Clutching Fingers Due to Pain

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Do diamine oxidase (DAO) supplements for histamine intolerance really work?

DAO supplement info for histamine intolerance, including diamine oxidase safety, evidence from clinical studies, and dosage.

Person in Pink Shirt Scratching Arm

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I have to be careful about my sodium intake. Could my glucosamine and chondroitin supplement contain hidden sodium?

Find out if glucosamine and chondroitin supplements contain hidden sodium and why.

Woman Reading Supplement Bottle

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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

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Does chuchuhuasi reduce inflammation or back pain?

Find out if chuchuhuasi, an herb from the Amazon rainforest, can decrease inflammation or reduce back pain. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Chuchuhuasi for Inflammation & Back Pain? -- Woman With Back Pain Sitting, at Desk Drinking Tea

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Are lithium orotate supplements as effective and safe as prescription lithium for bipolar disease and depression?

Lithium orotate supplement info, including proper dosage, safety, and how lithium orotate supplements compare to prescription lithium for bipolar disease and depression.

Lithium Orotate Supplement Bottle

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Can lemon juice, lemonade, or other juices reduce my chances of getting kidney stones?

Information about lemon juice, lemonade, orange juice, cranberry juice and other juices for increasing urinary citrate and reducing the risk of kidney stones.

Lemon juice for kidney stones? -- glass of lemon juice and lemons

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What is Prelief? Does it really help for heartburn and/or bladder pain from acidic foods?

Prelief information, including what it has been claimed to do (such as helping with painful bladder, frequent urination, heartburn or indigestion from acidic foods), clinical evidence, and safety.

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Can beetroot juice or supplements help lower my blood pressure?

Learn more about beetroot juice and beetroot supplements and if beetroot can really help lower blood pressure.

Beetroot Juice for Lowering Blood Pressure? -- Glass of beetroot juice and blood pressure monitor

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Do brain games and apps really work and improve memory?

Find out if brain training games & apps, like Lumosity & BrainHQ, really work to train the mind and improve memory. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Do brain games really improve memory? -- hand holding smartpphone with game app

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Which supplements help to improve energy and decrease fatigue?

Energy supplements and vitamins - Some can help increase energy and reduce fatigue, including CoQ10, curcumin/turmeric, cocoa, and B vitamins.

Supplements to Improve Energy and Decrease Fatigue -- tired woman yawning at desk

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Do any supplements help for restless legs syndrome?

Find out whether supplements or vitamins like iron, magnesium, vitamin E and others can help for restless leg syndrome (RLS). ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Supplements for Restless Legs Syndrome

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Can any supplements be used to reduce inflammation in people sensitive to NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, high-dose aspirin, or naproxen?

Find out if supplements such as turmeric, fish oil, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine), boswellia, ginger, white willow bark or arnica may, or may not, be helpful to people sensitive to NSAIDs.

Woman with NSAID-hypersensitivity looking at two supplement containers and wondering if they are safe to take

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What are the health benefits of andrographis? Can it treat colds, help with joint pain, or other conditions, and is it safe?

Learn about the health benefits of andrographis, whether it can help relieve cold symptoms, reduce pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, decrease symptoms of ulcerative colitis, or slow the growth of cancer. See the clinical evidence for the branded andrographis extract ParActin. Plus, learn about dosage, side effects and drug interactions with andrographis.

Andrographis

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Does a USDA Organic seal guarantee that a supplement or natural product has been tested for toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium or arsenic?

Find out what the USDA Organic seal on dietary supplements means and whether certified organic supplements and natural products are tested for toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and arsenic.

USDA Organic seal

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What are the health benefits of bovine colostrum and is it safe?

Bovine colostrum is promoted for boosting immunity, preventing and treating diarrhea, and improving gut health, but does it really work? See the clinical evidence for bovine colostrum, including doses that have been used, as well as safety concerns, cost considerations, and the difference between regular bovine colostrum and hyperimmune bovine colostrum.

Bovine colostrum powder and capsule supplements

Product Review

Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements Review

Choose the Best Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplement. Some Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements Cost 13 Times As Much As Others -- But Is It Worth Paying More?

Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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

Wellbutrin vs. Generic Bupropion Review

Generic Bupropion Is Not Always The Same As Name-Brand Wellbutrin. CL Tests Reveal Differences Between Generic Bupropion and Name-Brand Wellbutrin.

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Is it true that magnesium can make coffee taste better?

Find out if magnesium in your coffee can improve its taste and if it matters whether the magnesium is added before or after brewing.

Coffee being poured into white coffee cup

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Can CoQ10 or ubiquinol be ruined by heat? I recently purchased several bottles of Qunol Plus from Costco.com and they arrived hot. The soft gels are not melted, but I am concerned.

Find out whether your CoQ10 or ubiquinol supplement can be destroyed by heat during shipping and at what temperature CoQ10 softgels can melt. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Box of Vitamins and Supplements

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What are the side effects of curcumin and turmeric?

Do curcumin and turmeric supplements have possible side effects? Get information about drug interactions with curcumin and turmeric supplements and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Side Effects of Curcumin and Turmeric

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Will sprinkling black pepper on food with turmeric help increase the bioavailability of curcumin in the turmeric?

Find out how black pepper extract (piperine, Bioperine) in supplements compares with regular black pepper added to foods with turmeric. Plus, safety, side effects and drug interactions with black pepper extract.

Turmeric Supplements and Black Pepper in Wooden Spoon on White Background

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Does Carditone work to lower blood pressure?

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

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Is it okay to buy supplements as tablets? I've heard that tablets may go through our system without dissolving. Is there any way to know whether tablets will properly dissolve?

Find out if supplements taken as tablets dissolve well in the body, including our test results on disintegration.

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What is the difference between the "Best By" date and the "Date of Manufacture" on a supplement label? How do I know how long my supplement will last before it "goes bad"?

To understand if your vitamins and supplements expire, learn more about the "Best By" and "Date of Manufacture" dates on labels.

Blue Supplement Bottle with Best By Date on Lid

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There are many reports of lead contamination in turmeric spice. How can I make sure I'm not getting lead in my turmeric supplement or spice?

Find out how to avoid contaminated curcumin and turmeric supplements and spices, and see our Top Picks in our Curcumin/Turmeric Product Review.

Lead Contamination in Turmeric Spice & Supplements -- Spoonful of turmeric spice and turmeric pills

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Can glycine improve sleep or reduce nighttime urinary frequency?

Can glycine really help improve sleep? Lean more about glycine and its uses and benefits.

Glycine for Sleep and Nighttime Urinary Frequency? -- Older Man Sitting on Bed, Awake at Night

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Do essential amino acid (EAA) supplements help build muscle better than dietary protein or protein supplements?

Comparison of essential amino acids vs dietary protein and protein supplements for building muscle.

Hands holding essential amino acid capsules and protein powder

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Is it best to take probiotic supplements with or without food? It seems like everyone has a different recommendation.

When is the best time to take probiotic supplements? Learn if you should take your probiotic with or without food.

Probiotics

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I'm taking Lumiday, a supplement to improve mood. It seems to help me but is it safe?

Lumiday info including side effects, drug interactions and reviews. Lumiday is a supplement marketed to improve mood.

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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.

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What is Skinny Fiber and does it really work? I see that glucomannan is a key ingredient. What is that?

Learn more about Skinny Fiber, including its key ingredient glucomannan, evidence from clinical studies, dosage info, and safety.

Skinny Fiber

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Are there supplements that can reduce prostate size?

How to reduce prostate size using supplements for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), including beta-sitosterol and saw palmetto.

Sign Saying BPH with Tablets on Blue Background

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Can vitamin K2 really help decrease calcium in the arteries?

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

White Supplements in Wooden Bowl

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

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

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Can drinking coffee weaken bones or make arthritis worse?

Learn about the effects of coffee intake on bone mineral density, risk of osteoporosis, and risk of fracture. Also, find out if drinking coffee might increase the risk of arthritis or worsen symptoms.

Product Review

Inactive Ingredients / Excipients in Supplements Review Article

Inactive Ingredients in Vitamins and Supplements. Find Out Why Coloring Agents, Sweeteners, Fillers & Other Inactive Ingredients Are In Your Supplements and If They're Safe.

Clinical Update

3/08/2022

Omicron Reinfection

Find out if infection with one Omicron variant (BA.1 or BA.2) protects you from getting reinfected with the other.

Clinical Update

9/21/2021

Declining Vaccine Protection

New research suggests declining protection over 4 months with just one of the mRNA vaccines. See how Pfizer and Moderna compared.

Clinical Update

10/29/2021

Switching from Pfizer to Moderna

Find out if switching from Pfizer to Moderna or vice versa boosts antibody levels more than sticking with one brand.

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Which is the best pulse oximeter for home use?

Best pulse oximeter for home use (COVID-19, asthma and COPD). Differences between home use and FDA-approved medical pulse oximeters.

Best Pulse Oximeter for Home Use -- Pulse Oximeter

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Which supplements and foods help with gout and which may worsen it?

Find out about the effects on uric acid levels and gout of fish and fish oil, coffee, beer, animal meat, milk proteins, vegetable proteins, fructose, lemon juice, tart cherry juice, vitamin A, vitamin C, and niacin

Woman with gout pain rubbing her foot near the big toe

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I've heard that soaking dried beans for 24 hours reduces the phytate level, allowing for greater access to nutrients. Is this true?

Does soaking dried beans in water help reduce phytate levels to help gain greater access to nutrients?

Soaking Beans to Remove Phytates -- white beans soaking in a bowl of water

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

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

Bottle of Perque Bone Guard Forte

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Do any treatments reduce the risk of infection after you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

REGEN-COV, a combination of two monoclonal antibodies (casirivimab and imdevimab) is currently the only FDA authorized treatment for post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19. Learn more about this treatment to reduce the risk after exposure to COVID, how well it works, safety, who can take it and how to get REGEN-COV.

REGEN-COV

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Are Balance of Nature products good dietary supplements?

Do Balance of Nature supplements "Fruits" and "Veggies" supplements really provide the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, and are they worth the cost? Find out.

Balance of Nature

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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

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When choosing a vitamin C supplement, should you look for one that is "reduced," "L" form (l-ascorbic acid), or "natural"?

Are supplements containing "natural" vitamin C, "reduced" vitamin C, or l-ascorbic acid better than regular vitamin c or ascorbic acid supplements? Find out if these forms are better absorbed or have other advantages, plus, learn about buffered and slow-release forms of vitamin C.

Forms of Vitamin C

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Does ergothioneine help prevent age-related problems such as impaired cognition, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or cataract, and is it safe?

Learn about ergothioneine and its potential use for cognitive impairment, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, cataract, or kidney disease, as well as its safety and cost of supplements containing this ingredient.

Various types of mushrooms that contain ergothioneine in a wooden bowl on a wooden countertop

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Does Neuriva improve memory or cognitive function?

Find out about Neuriva, its ingredients, and the evidence for or against it for memory and cognitive function.

Bottles containing capsules of Neuriva Original and Neuriva Plus

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Now that it was shown that Ginkgo biloba is not an effective memory enhancer, are there any other health enhancing benefits from taking it, and, if so, what dose should one take daily?

Find out what Ginkgo Biloba can and can't do. Find out the health benefits and correct daily dosage.

Gingko Biloba Leaves and Supplements

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Are there drug interactions with magnesium supplements?

Find out about interactions between magnesium supplements and over-the-counter antacids and laxatives such as Maalox, antibiotics, and statins and diabetes medications. ConsumerLab’s answer explains.

Magnesium

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Can bloodroot or "black salve" treat skin cancer? Is it safe?

Bloodroot salve and black salve made from bloodroot and zinc - are they effective and safe treatments for skin cancer? ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Elderly Woman Getting Mole on Back Examined By Doctor

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Do glutathione supplements work to prevent aging or for other conditions?

Do glutathione supplements help with aging or other conditions such as cancer and diabetes?

Spoon filled with glutathione supplement capsules and held over a white plate

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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

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Just one dose of a horse chestnut extract (standardized to 20% aescin) caused me to have significant nausea and vomiting. Might there be a problem with the product?

Find out if horse chestnut side effects can include gastrointestinal discomfort such as nausea and vomiting.

Man Clenching Stomach

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How much dark chocolate equals a tablespoon of cocoa powder?

Learn how much dark chocolate will give you the same intake of flavanols as a tablespoon of cocoa powder.

Flavanols in Dark Chocolate and Cocoa -- Dark chocolate bar and cocoa powder,

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Are lozenges and sublingual pills considered dietary supplements?

Learn more about lozenges and sublingual pills (such as echinacea, zinc and B12) including safety warnings.

Person in Yellow Holding Blister Pack and Red Lozenge

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What is the difference between cocoa and cacao? Is one better than the other?

Learn about the difference between cocoa vs. cacao, including cocoa powder, cocoa extracts, cocoa liquor, and cacao nibs. Information about benefits, caffeine, theobromine in cocoa and cacoa, differences between dark chocolate and milk chocolate. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

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

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What are the health benefits of holy basil extract?

Learn about the health benefits of holy basil leaf extract. See the clinical evidence for and against holy basil extract for lowering blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, reducing anxiety and stress, boosting the immune system, and reducing the pain and inflammation of arthritis. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Holy Basil for Diabetes, Anxiety and Stress? -- Holy basil leaf and pills

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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.

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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

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Does taking curcumin and boswellia together increase their individual anti-inflammatory effects?

Find out if taking boswellia and curcumin together can increase their individual anti-inflammatory effects. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Curcumin and Boswellia for Knee Pain -- Older woman with osteoarthritis holding knee in pain

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Coromega Max claims it is uniquely emulsified to provide 300% better absorption than standard fish oil softgels. Is this true? It's more expensive than many fish oils.

Find out if Coromega is better absorbed than other fish oil supplements. ConsumerLab.com's answer discusses omega-3 absorption and a study comparing Coromega and regular fish oil.

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Can hemp oil or CBD (cannabidiol) supplements cause me to fail a marijuana drug test?

Find out if you can fail a drug test dues to hemp oil or CBD (cannabidiol) supplements. Plus info on how much THC is in hemp oil and CBD products. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CBD Oil Causes a Failed Drug Test? -- urine sample for drug test

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With probiotics, how many CFUs should I look for as the dose? Is more necessarily better?

Learn more about the proper amount of cells or colony forming units (CFUs) a probiotic should contain, including if more is always better.

What is the proper CFU dosage of probiotics? -- Probiotic supplements

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Can chocolate and cocoa powder cause eczema?

Does chocolate and cocoa cause eczema? Find out more, including information about nickel and nickel allergies.

Woman Questioning Chocolate Bar

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Is there a difference between taking vitamin D in the dry form versus the oil capsules? Is one better than the other?

Learn more about how to take vitamin D, the best form to take and the best time of time day to take vitamin D.

Is there a difference between vitamin D forms?

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Is Rhodiola rosea effective for depression and does it have other uses? Will ConsumerLab.com be testing these supplements?

Learn more about Rhodiola rosea, it's impact on depression and anxiety, including evidence from clinical studies and safety.

Rhodiola for Depression? -- rhodiola capsules

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How much caffeine is really in dark chocolate bars?

Just how much caffeine is really in chocolate bars? Get our test results on the caffeine content in dark chocolate and cocoa powder.

How much caffeine is really in dark chocolate bars? -- Dark chocolate

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Do any supplements help relieve stress?

Are there actually supplements for stress relief and panic attacks? Learn more about holy basil, fish oil, L-theanine, and ginseng.

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Is quercetin helpful for a specific condition? I see it as an ingredient in several different types of supplements.

Learn more about quercetin, including the benefits of quercetin and other evidence from clinical studies on prostatitis and memory.

Quercetin Benefits -- quercetin powder and capsules

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My dog is getting older and his veterinarian recently recommended giving him a glucosamine supplement for his joints. Has ConsumerLab.com tested these, or other supplements for pets?

Find out our test results on glucosamine for dogs and cats as well as other supplements for pets.

Joint Health Supplements for Pets

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I take ubiquinol to replenish CoQ10 depleted by my statin. I also take curcumin (from turmeric). Since they both manage free radicals, do I need to take the curcumin?

Learn more about the effects of curcumin (turmeric) and ubiquinol (CoQ10), including their shared antioxidant properties and many differences.

Curcumin

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Have you evaluated a multivitamin by Vita Logic called Daily Extra?

Information about the multivitamin Daily Extra from Vita Logic, including nutrient content.

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I recently read that turmeric is only effective if it is combined with black pepper. Is this true?

Find out the best way to take turmeric and curcumin supplements to increase absorption and bioavailability. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Is Turmeric Only Effective with Black Pepper? -- Turmeric Supplement and Black Pepper

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Is Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) helpful for prostate or breast cancer?

Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) information including its effects on cancer, such as prostate cancer, and more.

Modified Citrus Pectin for Cancer? -- close up of an orange and orange peel

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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.

Product Review

Noni Juice and Supplements Review Article

What Are the Benefits of Noni Juice? Get the Facts About Noni Juice and Supplements.

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

Green Coffee Bean Extract Supplements Review (for Weight Loss)

Choose the Best Green Coffee Bean Extract. 50% of Green Coffee Bean Extract Supplements Don't Deliver Expected Ingredients.

Green Coffee Bean Extract Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

News Release

7/20/2022

Best Electrolyte Drinks for Hydration? Note: Some Contain 20 Times More Sodium Than Others

  White Plains, New York, July 20, 2022 — It's important to stay well hydrated, and electrolyte products can help.

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What is UC-II and does it help joints?

What is UC-II (undenatured type 2 collagen - InterHealth Nutraceuticals) and do clinical studies show that it works for joint health?

UC-II Collagen for Joint Pain? -- man with knee pain

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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

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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

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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.

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Is there evidence that d-limonene can help fight cancer?

Find out if d-limonene can help fight cancer or help for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder), including evidence from clinical studies.

Lemon with Peel Coming Off

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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

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Which "whole food" multivitamins don't include synthetic vitamins? How about Complete Foods, Sunwarrior, Garden of Life, Nature's Brands, and Doctors' Research?

Find out which "whole food" multivitamins are only from foods and which include synthetic vitamins, including Complete Foods Nutrition-OctoMega MultiVitamin; Sunwarrior; Garden of Life-MyKind Organics; Nature's Brands-PhytoVitamins; Doctors' Research MultiVitamin.

Fresh Broccoli and Lemon Beside Multivitamins

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What are the benefits of grape seed extract?

Learn about the health benefits of grape seed extract, and find out it improves venous insufficiency, leg swelling, swelling after surgery, or can help to lower blood pressure.

Benefits of Grape Seed Extract -- grapes and seeds

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What is TUDCA (tauroursodeoxycholic acid)? Does it have any proven health benefits, and is it safe?

TUDCA information, including its potential health benefits, safety, possible interactions, and cost.

What is Tudca - white capsules poured out of container

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What are the best bug sprays to prevent tick and mosquito bites? Is the insecticide permethrin safe to use?

Find out how permethrin sprays differ and which can be used on sheets and sleeping bags versus clothing

Variety of insect repellents on store shelf

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PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances): How can I avoid PFAS in dental floss, food, water, and other products?

Some brands of dental floss, including Oral-B Glide, may contain potentially toxic chemicals known as PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances), according to one study. Get the details in ConsumerLab's answer.

Toxic PFAS Chemicals in Dental Floss -- Woman Looking at Dental Floss

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Does Restore (Bionic Sciences LLC) really improve gut health? What is in Restore?

Learn more about Restore, including clinical studies on gut health, dosage, cost, and safety.

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Are there vitamins or supplements that can reduce my risk of breast cancer? Do any increase cancer risk?

Find out if certain vitamins, supplements and foods such as fish oil, olive oil, vitamin C and others, can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Supplements & Breast Cancer Risk -- doctor holding pink breast cancer awareness ribbon

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Do collagen or hyaluronic acid supplements really help aging or wrinkled skin?

Find out if collagen & hyaluronic acid supplements really help for aging or wrinkled skin and for skin care.

Collagen Supplements for Wrinkles? -- woman looking closely at her face in a mirror

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Is it true that low-carb or Mediterranean diets help for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Find out if a low-carb diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, or lifestyle changes help with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Low-carb & Mediterranean Diets for GERD? -- Table with Mediterranean foods such as fish, olive oil, walnuts, vegetables

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What are the health benefits of zinc carnosine, also called polaprezinc, and is it safe?

Find out if zinc carnosine is beneficial for any GI conditions, including stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori infection, taste disturbances, aspirin-induced small-bowel injury and oral mucositis, and learn if it is safe.

Zinc carnosine supplements in wooden spoon in front of oysters

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Does AHCC (active hexose correlated compound) have anticancer or antiviral benefits, and is it safe?

Learn about AHCC (active hexose correlated compound), including whether it is beneficial for liver, pancreatic, or prostate cancer, chemotherapy-related side effects, or the flu, and if it is safe.

Capsules of AHCC in wooden spoon in front of green leaf

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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

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.

Product Review

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

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

Toprol vs Generic Metoprolol

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Does urolithin A reduce age-related muscle decline?

Find out if urolithin A may improve age-related muscle decline and learn about its safety.

Older couple walking together to exercise

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Which vitamins and supplements should be stopped before getting blood work and laboratory tests?

Find out which vitamins and supplements can interfere with blood, urine or stool tests, and imaginging tests. Learn how B vitamins such as biotin, niacin and riboflavin, as well as calcium supplements, St. John’s wort, vitamin C, and others supplements can affect test results, as well as common foods that may interfere with tests.

Vitamin & Supplements to Stop Before Blood Tests

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Are light boxes effective for preventing and treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as "winter depression," or circadian rhythm disorders such as jet lag? Which light boxes are best?

Learn about the benefits and safety of light boxes (including who is most likely to benefit), how to use these devices, which commercially available products appear to meet the technical requirements, and who should not use light boxes.

Man reading a book while sitting in front of a light box

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What does "Contains a Bioengineered Food Ingredient" mean on the label of a supplement or food? Should I be concerned?

Learn about bioengineered ingredients in foods and dietary supplements, where to find a list of bioengineered foods and what to look for on labels, as well as where you can find information about bioengineered ingredients in dietary supplements in ConsumerLab's product reviews.

Bioengineered Foods and Dietary Supplements -- Bioengineered Seal

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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

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Tablets I purchased are becoming "crumbly" after a few weeks and are easy to break. Is there a problem with this supplement?

Should you be concerned if your supplement tablets have started to crumble? Learn more including the best way to keep pills from getting soft.

Are Broken Tablets Safe? -- broken tablets on table

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What is the difference between the RDA and the DV for vitamins and minerals?

Find out the difference between RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowances) and DVs (Daily Values) for vitamins and minerals, as well as new changes to Daily Values. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Multivitamin Daily Value Percentages Close Up

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What are CoQ10 side effects?

CoQ10 side effects, such as nausea, headache, and insomnia, and how you can reduce the occurrence of CoQ10 side effects. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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How can I get the equivalent of 20 ml of extra virgin olive oil (4 teaspoons) as oleic acid capsules?

Info on taking extra virgin olive oil as a supplement in pill form. ConsumerLab.com explains.

Olive Oil Capsules Falling Out of Bottle on White Background

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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

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Is it better to buy supplements which are combination formulas or single-ingredient?

Find out if combination formulas or single-ingredient individual supplements are better and why.

Woman Looking at Supplement Boxes

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Which vitamins and supplements are good for acne, and are there any that make it worse?

Information about supplements for acne and clearer skin. Plus, find out which vitamins and supplements can make acne worse.

Supplements for Acne and Clear Skin -- Woman taking fish oil supplement

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Is kratom too dangerous to use?

Find out if kratom is safe/legal to use, including potential adverse effects, such as agitation, rapid heartbeat, nausea, drowsiness, seizures. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Is kratom safe? Is it legal? -- Kratom leaf and pills

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Must I take amino acid supplements on an empty stomach? Can I take them with other amino acids or with food to help with swallowing capsules?

Find out if you should take amino acid pills on an empty stomach or with food in order to maximize absorption, and more about the best way to take amino acid supplements.

Amino Acids

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As vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, why is it necessary to take it every day?

Find out how best to take vitamin D supplements, including cautions on overdoses.

Do I need to take vitamin D daily

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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?

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What is Lutigold Lutein? And why is the capsule of one brand of lutein so much larger than that of another brand, if the amount of lutein on the label is the same?

Learn more about lutein supplements like Lutigold, FloraGlo, and XANGOLD, and understand the difference in capsule sizes.

Lutein

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Do I need to divide my daily 300 mg dose of CoQ10 into smaller doses, or can I take it all at once?

Find out when to take CoQ10 supplements. Should you take CoQ10 at once, or in smaller doses? Understand the best way. ConsumerLab.com explains.

The Best Way to Take CoQ10 -- CoQ10 Supplement

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I have low blood pressure. Are there any supplements I should avoid?

Find out which supplements can cause decreases in blood pressure, including melatonin, arginine, magnesium, and calcium.

Woman Checking Blood Pressure

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Can supplements, natural eye drops, or lifestyle modifications improve symptoms of dry eye?

Can supplements such as fish oil, flaxseed oil or curcumin (from turmeric) help treat dry eyes? Find out, including formulas and doses that have shown benefit. Also, learn if drinking more water or using eye drops containing castor oil, N-acetylcarnosine or aloe can help with dry eye.

Older man with dry eye rubbing his eyes while holding his glasses

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What is desiccated beef liver? What is it used for, and is it safe?

Description of desiccated beef liver, including what it is used for, its nutrient content, and safety concerns.

Beef liver powder

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.

CL Answer

Do any supplements help for flu?

Which supplements may help prevent or reduce symptoms of colds or the flu, including vitamin D, ginseng, NAC, and elderberry.

Supplements for Flu -- women with the flu sitting on couch with tissues, thermometer, warm drink

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Once I've taken probiotics for a few months, will the positive bacteria remain in my system, or do I have to keep taking them?

Find out how long you should take probiotics through understanding how long the positive bacteria remain in the system.

Probiotics

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

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

Magnesium

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What is CELLFOOD and is it a healthy supplement?

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

What is CELLFOOD

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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

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I drink organic milk with added DHA Omega-3, but it is expensive. Is it worth paying extra for the added DHA?

Find out if drinking organic milk with added DHA omega-3, such as Horizon Organic Milk, is worth paying more.

Organic Milk Cartons

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I've heard that rice has high levels of arsenic. Does that mean rice bran oil does too?

Find out if rice bran oil can contain high levels of arsenic like whole rice and other rice products do.

Arsenic in Rice & Rice Bran Oil -- bottle of rice bran oil, grains of rice and bowl of rice bran

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Does I3C (from broccoli) or DIM (a related chemical) reduce the risk of cancer?

Find out if the compound indole-3-carbinol (I3C), from broccoli, and its metabolite diindolylmethane (DIM) can reduce the risk of cancer. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

 Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and Cancer Risk -- bunches of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower

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I have IBS and don't want to take medication if I can help it. I've heard that peppermint works for IBS, but is there good research to support this?

Information about using peppermint oil for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), including clinical evidence, dosage, safety and more.

Peppermint Oil for IBS? -- Bottle of peppermint oil and capsules and peppermint leaf

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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

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Why aren't there children's multivitamins specifically for girls vs. boys?

Find out the best children's multivitamins for girls and boys, why there aren't different multivitamins for girls and boys, why teen girls and boys have different nutritional needs, especially when it comes to iron, and the best multivitamins for children, teen boys and girls, adults, adults over 50, prenatal vitamins and vitamins for pets.

Kids multivitamins

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Is it true that taking turmeric/curcumin with food can reduce iron absorption from food?

Learn more about how to take turmeric/curcumin and if they limit iron absorption from food.

Turmeric and Iron Absorption

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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

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Which supplements help with Raynaud's phenomenon?

Raynaud's phenomenon may be helped by some supplements. Learn more about fish oil, Gingko biloba, and ginseng.

Supplements for Raynaud's Phenomenon -- woman standing outside in snow, with cold, red hands

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What is graviola? Can it really help fight cancer?

Learn more about graviola, if it can really help fight cancer, and its safety.

Graviola on white background

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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

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Supplements for multiple sclerosis (MS): Do any supplements reduce symptoms or relapse?

Find out if vitamins or supplements such as ginkgo, fish oil, biotin, vitamins A, C, E, D, and B12, or selenium reduce symptoms or relapse in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Older woman with multiple sclerosis who is experiencing back pain while sitting on her bed

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Which deodorants and antiperspirants are contaminated with benzene and which are not?

Benzene, a carcinogen, has been detected in over 40 spray deodorants, antiperspirants, and body sprays. Tests were conducted on brands including Axe, Bath & Body Works, Brut, Degree, Dove, Gold Bond, Right Guard, Secret, Speed Stick, Suave, Old Spice, Victoria's Secret and others. Find out which products contained benzene, and how much they contained.

Benzene in Spray Deodorant

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How to Reduce Lightheadedness and Dizziness When Standing Up (Orthostatic Hypotension)

Learn about movements that can reduce lightheadedness and dizziness that can occur from a drop in blood pressure upon standing (initial orthostatic hypotension). Plus find out if supplements such as vitamin D and CoQ10 may help.

Orthostatic Hypotension

News Release

5/16/2022

Best Calcium and Bone Health Supplements Revealed by ConsumerLab Tests

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

Clinical Update

7/15/2022

New Cocoa Top Pick

We've just tested and Approved three CocoaVia products through our voluntary Quality Certification Program and one is now a Top Pick. Find out how these compare to other cocoa supplements, powders, dark chocolate bars, chips, and nibs – as well as our Top Picks among these, in our updated Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Review.

Clinical Update

7/01/2022

Don't Trust CBD Labels

Nearly one-quarter of products that claim “not” to contain THC actually contain it, according to a recent study. This can lead to unexpected problems. Learn more in the "Products on the Market" section of our Review.

Clinical Update

2/18/2022

Antibody Treatment Effectiveness Against BA.2 Variant

Although two monoclonal antibody treatments (bebtelovimab and sotrovimab) appear to be effective against the Omicron variant, one may have reduced activity against the BA.2 variant.

Clinical Update

6/10/2022

Top Pick for Boswellia (Anti-Inflammatory)

We just tested two Boswellia extract supplements (containing the anti-inflammatory compound AKBA). One failed testing but the other passed and is now our Top Pick for Boswellia. The results are in our Joint Health Supplements Review, which include our tests of supplements with glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and other ingredients.

Clinical Update

1/25/2022

Eggs and Heart Risk

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

Clinical Update

2/04/2022

Risk of Too Much B-12

It’s easy to get way more vitamin B-12 than one needs from supplements. Unfortunately, high blood levels of B-12 are being linked to higher risks of death and disease, as shown in a recent U.S. study. Get the details in the Upper Limit for B-12 section of our B Vitamin Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Pick among B-12 supplements.

Clinical Update

2/08/2022

Third Shot for J&J Vaccine

People who got the J&J vaccine and a booster are eligible for a third shot in at least one U.S. city. See the details.

Clinical Update

2/23/2022

Coffee and Heart Health

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

Clinical Update

4/19/2022

CPAP Humidifiers & PFAS?

Can using a CPAP humidifier increase one's exposure to potentially dangerous PFAS? Find out in our updated answer about Avoiding PFAS.

Clinical Update

10/09/2021

Moderna vs. Pfizer: When to Choose One Over the Other

Two very different medical reports this week seem to indicate important, although subtle, differences between these two mRNA vaccines. Namely, that the Moderna vaccine has somewhat greater efficacy but, not unexpectedly, at somewhat greater risk of myocarditis in younger people. This seems to suggest that, if given a choice, Moderna may be better for older people while Pfizer may be safer for younger people.

Clinical Update

11/26/2021

Find a Vaccine or Booster Near You

Trouble finding a vaccine or booster? Here's how to find one near you, with the brand you want.

Clinical Update

11/30/2021

Nutrients In Jeopardy With a Plant-Based Diet?

Which nutrients are in jeopardy when one switches from animal to plant-based proteins? Find out what a recent study showed in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Protein Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein supplements.

Clinical Update

1/21/2022

New N95 Top Pick

We evaluated two more N95s masks, and one is a new Top Pick. Get the details in our article about Finding the Best Masks.

Also see our Top Pick among KN95 masks.

Clinical Update

7/03/2021

Probiotics for C. difficile infection?

New guidelines recommend against probiotics for treating or preventing C. difficile infection, one cause of diarrhea in people taking antibiotics. Find out why in the What They Do section of our Probiotic Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

4/10/2021

Cranberry and UTIs

Two popular cranberry supplements promoted for urinary tract health were compared in a clinical study that showed one to be 4 times as effective as the other at preventing the adhesion of UTI-causing bacteria in urine. Get the details in our article about Cranberry and UTIs.

Clinical Update

3/19/2014

Probiotic Helps with Colic

Daily use of a probiotic reduced crying time in infants by nearly half and regurgitation by more than one-third in a recent study. Probiotics have also reduced abdominal pain in older children. Based on their safety, probiotics seem worth a try for these uses. Details about the products and dosage are in the update to the Probiotics Review >> 

Clinical Update

10/17/2013

FDA Finds Another Generic Drug Not Equivalent

According to the FDA, a marketed generic version of the antidepressant buproprion hydrochloride XL (300 mg) is not equivalent to the brand name Wellbutrin XL and the product is being removed from the market. One year ago, another generic version of this drug was removed from the market for the same reason. ConsumerLab.com first reported potential problems with these products in 2007 but the FDA was slow to take action. For details, see the updated in the Wellbutrin vs Generic Budeprion Review >>

Clinical Update

7/05/2014

Dark Chocolate Improves Walking in Peripheral Artery Disease

A new, small study found that people with peripheral artery disease who consumed dark chocolate with a high cocoa content were able to walk further than they normally could. Consuming milk chocolate did not have this effect. The improvement was seen shortly after consuming just one dose. For more details, including dosage, as well as our tests and comparisons of cocoa supplements and chocolate, see the update to the Cocoa Powders, Extracts and Chocolate (Sources of Flavanols) Review >>   

Clinical Update

12/07/2014

Prebiotic for Reducing Anxiety?

We've reported in the past that some probiotic bacteria may help reduce anxiety. A new study suggests that one type of prebiotic powder (which helps probiotic bacteria grow) has a related beneficial effect. See the update in the Probiotic Supplements Review >> 

Clinical Update

11/29/2015

Melatonin for Itchy Skin

Atopic dermatitis is an itchy inflammation of the skin, affecting up to 10% of adults and 30% of children. A recent study in children and adolescents with atopic dermatitis found that taking melatonin modestly reduced symptoms and, not surprisingly, reduced the time needed to fall asleep. For details about this and other uses of melatonin, as well our reviews of available melatonin supplements (including several similar to the one studied), see the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

7/01/2012

Does Vitamin D Help Manage Weight?

If you've been reading our recent newsletters, many reports are being published about the effects of vitamin D. Here's one more: People with higher levels of vitamin D tend to put on less weight than people with lower levels. See the details in the update to the Vitamin D Supplements ReviewMore >>

Clinical Update

8/19/2012

Can Resveratrol Help Control Blood Sugar?

A new clinical study suggests potential benefits for people with type 2 diabetes taking one of the resveratrol products evaluated by ConsumerLab.com. Get the details in the latest update to ConsumerLab.com's Resveratrol Supplements ReviewMore >>

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

11/04/2020

Muscle Cramps from Lack of Vitamin

Painful muscle cramps in an older person resolved after correcting a deficiency in one of the B vitamins, according to a new report. Get the details, and learn which conditions and medications increase the risk of this deficiency, in the B Vitamin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for B vitamin supplements.

Clinical Update

9/06/2017

Turmeric for Arthritis?

Curcumin (from turmeric) has shown promise in reducing the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis in several small studies, including one that was recently published. However, larger studies are needed to prove this benefit. Details are found in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements Review (which includes our Top Picks among products).

Clinical Update

10/23/2018

CBD for Anxiety

CBD taken 90 minutes before public speaking reduced anxiety without side effects in a recent clinical trial – although it only worked at one of the three doses studied. For details, see the What It Does section of the CBD and Hemp Extract Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products.)

Clinical Update

2/07/2020

Avoid Quality Problems With Fish Oil

Nearly half of 17 popular fish oil supplements tested in a recently published study did not meet at least one of the quality criteria for freshness or content. Interestingly, two that passed testing were Approved by ConsumerLab, but none that failed were CL Approved. For details, see the Quality Concerns section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish and marine oils.

Clinical Update

2/18/2020

Vitamin K for Bone Density?

Vitamin K (as MK-7) was given daily for one year to older men and women to see if it would improve bone mineral density. Some also received vitamin D and calcium. Find out if it helped, as well as the results of related studies, in the What It Does section of the Vitamin K Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among vitamin K supplements.

Clinical Update

3/21/2020

CoQ10 Bioavailability

CoQ10 is not well absorbed unless taken with fats or oils, such as with a meal. Bioavailability-enhanced formulations allow CoQ10 to be taken without a meal, but how good are they? We've added new information about one such formula and how it compares to taking regular CoQ10 in the Absorption and Bioavailability Enhancers section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for CoQ10 and ubiquinol.

Clinical Update

3/21/2020

When to Eat Protein

Some evidence indicates that it is best to distribute protein across meals throughout the day to maximize protein production in muscle. A recent study suggests that there is one meal when protein intake could be higher for nearly everyone, and there is another meal when older people particularly fall short. For details see the When to Take section of the Protein Powder and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks for protein powders and drinks.

Clinical Update

7/16/2019

Has UC-II Collagen Changed?

UC-II is an undenatured collagen that may reduce knee pain. However, one of the more recent studies reported that it contained much less collagen than reported in earlier studies. Has UC-II changed? Find out in our updated answer to the question: What is UC-II and does it help joints?

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

4/14/2020

A Food to Slow Cognitive Decline?

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet was associated with a lower risk of cognitive impairment in a major new study, but only one food within that diet -- fish -- was also linked to slower loss of cognitive function. Find out how many servings of fish had the greatest impact in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see if fish oil supplements help and see our Top Picks for fish oil.

Also see our Top Picks for canned tuna and salmon.

Clinical Update

8/25/2020

Calcium & Artery Calcification

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

Clinical Update

3/07/2020

Fish Oil and Heart Disease

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

Clinical Update

4/20/2016

Vitamin D and Cancer

Several studies, including one published this month, show that sufficient levels of vitamin D in the body are associated with decreased risk of various forms of cancer. What's the best level? See "Cancer" in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

10/22/2016

Too Much Folate & Nerve Damage

One quarter of American men and women have a gene variation which puts them at higher risk of nerve damage if consuming too much of folate (vitamin B-9) daily, according to a new study. Considering that most older Americans consume more than this amount (largely due to excessive supplement use) this should be a warning to many. For more details, see the "Folate" section of the B Vitamins Review >>

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

10/11/2016

Niagen Form of Niacin May Cause Flushing

Niacin is known to cause flushing (redness) and skin tingling at moderate doses. Other forms of niacin are said cause less flushing. One of these is Niagen. However, results of a recently published study suggest that it can cause flushing and "hotness" after just a single dose. More details are in the "Niacin" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

1/20/2017

Side-Effect With B-12

Certain formulations of vitamin B-12 contain additional ingredients that can cause diarrhea and bloating in some people — particularly if taking more than one pill. An apparent case of this was reported to us this week. To help you avoid this, read the details in the "What CL Found" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review (which includes our tests of products) >>

Clinical Update

5/18/2017

What Iron Supplements Can and Cannot Do

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

Clinical Update

9/20/2015

Adequate Vitamin D Reduces Frequent Respiratory Infections

A study in people with frequent respiratory infections found that taking vitamin D for one year resulted in fewer infections than taking placebo. In contrast, a similar study did not find a benefit. Why the difference? Find out in the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

8/03/2016

Is Ester-C Better?

One of the forms of vitamin C in supplements is Ester-C. In addition to being non-acidic, a recent study suggests another possible benefit over regular vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Get more information about this and other forms of vitamin C in the "ConsumerTips" section of the Vitamin C Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

7/09/2017

Vitamin D2 or D3?

Although both the D2 and D3 forms of vitamin D can raise blood levels of vitamin D, a new study showed one to be significantly better than the other — and there are some interesting explanations for this. Learn more in the "What to Consider When Using" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review, which includes our Top Picks.

Clinical Update

8/06/2017

Magnesium Cream?

Is rubbing a cream into your skin a good way to get magnesium? We reviewed several studies of magnesium creams or sprays, including one just recently published. See what we found in the "What It Does" section of the Magnesium Supplements Review -- which includes our Top Picks among magnesium supplements.

Clinical Update

10/01/2017

Does Lutein Help?

Lutein is an antioxidant that helps protect the retina of the eye and can slow the progression of macular degeneration. But does taking lutein help if you already have normal macular density? Two studies have "looked" at this question (including one published this week) and, you can "see" the answer in the "What It Does" section of Vision Supplements (Lutein & Zeaxanthin) Review >>

Clinical Update

11/21/2017

Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Disease

Can high doses of vitamin D improve cardiovascular function? A large, one-year study in England recently sought to answer this question. Learn what the researchers discovered in the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review (which includes our Top Picks for vitamin D supplements).

Clinical Update

4/03/2018

What Niagen Does

Niagen (nicotinamide riboside) has been promoted as an anti-aging supplement. Find out what's been shown in clinical studies, including one published recently, in the Niacin section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

8/21/2018

Probiotic Concern

While probiotics are generally safe, they can cause severe illness in people with certain medical conditions. There have been many case reports, including one published this month. For details see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

9/22/2018

Vitamin C and Prostate Cancer

Does taking vitamin C reduce the chance of developing prostate cancer? Find out what studies are showing, including one reported this month, in the What It Does section of the Vitamin C Supplements Review. (Also learn about vitamin C and cataracts and see our Top Picks for vitamin C.)

Clinical Update

2/13/2017

Probiotics and Weight?

Several studies, including a recent one in Brazil, suggest that probiotics can help with weight reduction or other aspects of slimming. The studies published to-date, however, have limitations. For more details, see the "What It Does" section of the Probiotics Supplements Review (which includes our tests of products) >>

Clinical Update

2/03/2018

Lead in Maca Powder

A woman in California who was taking maca powder daily to treat fatigue found it was also increasing the concentration of lead in her blood. More concerning is that the amount of lead in her maca was only 1/3 the lead level in one of the popular maca powders tested by ConsumerLab.com. Get the details, and find out which maca supplements passed or failed ConsumerLab.com’s tests in the Maca Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

9/25/2018

Fish Oil Drug May Help

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

Clinical Update

2/19/2019

Right Amount of D for Cognition

Three different doses of vitamin D were given to older women in a one-year study of cognition. Find out which dose resulted in the best performance on cognitive tests in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.

Clinical Update

10/29/2017

Best form of B12?

It's important for many older adults and people using medications that reduce stomach acid to take a vitamin B12 supplement. Three different forms of B12 are sold. A recent study suggests that one may be better than another. Get the details in the B12 (cobalamin) section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review >> [Also see our Top Pick for B12 supplements in the Review.]

Clinical Update

5/31/2019

Licorice Tea Caution

Be careful with licorice tea because it can cause serious side effects, as recently happened to a man who drank one to two cups daily. Get more details in our answer about licorice tea.

Clinical Update

11/12/2019

Green Tea & Stroke

Studies have found green tea consumption to be associated with a decreased risk of stroke. However, a recent study found this to be the case for only for one gender. For details, see the What It Does section of the Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks for green tea.

Clinical Update

12/07/2019

Glucosamine & Chondroitin – How They May Work

A recent study suggests that one way glucosamine and chondroitin may work is through the gut. For details, see the What It Does section of the Joint Health Supplements Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia). Also see our Top Picks among products.

Clinical Update

2/04/2017

Many Benefits of Magnesium

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

Clinical Update

1/03/2020

CBD Cream for Pain?

People suffering peripheral neuropathy in their legs and feet applied CBD cream or placebo for one month. Did it help? Find out in the Topical CBD section of our CBD Review. Also see our Top Picks among creams, oils, and other CBD products.

Product Review

Baobab Dried Fruit Pulp Review Article

What Are the Benefits of Baobab Dried Fruit Pulp? Find Out What's In Baobab Super Fruit Products, Safety, Side Effects & More.

Baobab Dried Fruit Pulp Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Hoodia (Hoodia gordonii) Supplements Review Article

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

CL Answer

What is acrylamide? Is it true that coffee and cocoa contain this toxin?

Find out what acrylamide is, how much is found in coffee and cocoa, and how you can minimize your intake of acrylamide.

Acrylamide in Coffee, French Fries & Cookies

News Release

3/11/2022

Best Magnesium Supplements Identified by ConsumerLab

  White Plains, New York, May 12, 2022 — Nearly half the U.S. population does not get adequate amounts of magnesium and can benefit from increasing magnesium intake from foods or supplementation.

News Release

2/22/2022

Considering an Algae-based Supplement for Reflux? See What ConsumerLab Found

White Plains, New York, February 22, 2022 — Alginate supplements have been shown to be more effective than antacids in treating heartburn, indigestion, and other symptoms of GERD (gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease).

News Release

12/20/2021

Dangerous Amounts of Iodine, Toxic Heavy Metals Found in Some Seaweed Snacks, According to ConsumerLab Tests

White Plains, New York, December 20, 2021 — Dried or roasted seaweed has become a popular snack, providing a tasy, crunchy, and vegan-friendly source of protein, fiber, and iodine, an essential nutrient for proper thyroid function.

News Release

12/15/2021

How Much Aloe Is Really in Aloe Products? ConsumerLab Tests Show Some Products Contain None

White Plains, New York, December 15, 2021 — Recent ConsumerLab tests of popular aloe juices, gels and supplements sold in the U.S. found substantial amounts of aloe in some products, while others contained very little.

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.

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

Do Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins make hair shine, nails stronger, and help both to grow? They taste good but are super expensive.

Info on Sugar Bear Hair vitamins. Do they make hair shine, nails stronger and help hair and nails grow? ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Do Sugar Bear Vitamins Work? -- bottle of Sugar Bear vitamins

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

How does bone broth protein compare to other types of protein?

Bone broth protein supplement information, including their effectiveness compared to other types of protein, how much collagen they contain, and safety.

Protein Powders in Scoop Against White Background

CL Answer

I enjoy oat milk in my coffee, but how healthy is it for me?

Is oat milk healthy? Information about oat milk contents, how much sugar and calcium is in oat milk, and if it is a healthy alternative to cow milk.

Is oatmeal milk healthy? -- glass of oatmeal milk and oats in a spoon

CL Answer

How much magnesium do I need and how much magnesium from supplements is too much?

Find out how much magnesium you should be getting on a daily basis, signs of magnesium deficiency, and how much magnesium is too much, particularly from magnesium supplements and laxatives containing magnesium. Find out the side effects and potential adverse effects of too much magnesium.

CL Answer

Do any supplements reduce side of effects of chemotherapy?

Find out if there are any supplements that can help with the side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, nerve damage and others. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Supplements & Chemotherapy Side Effects -- chemotherapy medicine and capsules

CL Answer

Does Alpha Brain really improve memory, focus and cognition?

Find out if Alpha Brain really improves memory, focus and cognition. See the clinical evidence and get details about Alpha Brain ingredients, as well as potential side effects and drug interactions. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Does-Alpha-Brain-Work?

CL Answer

Which dietary supplements and health foods contain high levels of lead?

Information about lead and heavy metals in vitamins, supplements and foods. Information on the adverse effects of lead.

Lead in Supplements & Foods -- concerned woman looking at pill

CL Answer

Which supplements are helpful to have when traveling? Any tips on how to best store supplements on trips?

Find out which vitamins & supplements can be helpful when traveling, including melatonin, ginger, and more, and find out how you can carry them with you.

CL Answer

I am curious why some probiotics do not require refrigeration even though they contain some of the same bacteria in probiotics that require refrigeration? Which probiotics need to be refrigerated?

Refrigerating certain probiotic pills and other probiotic supplements is important. Get tips on how to store probiotics properly.

Do probiotic pills require refrigeration? -- Probiotic supplement

CL Answer

Do vitamin C supplements help prevent cataracts?

Learn more about the link between vitamin C and cataracts, based on clinical evidence.

Does Vitamin C Prevent Cataracts? -- bottle of vitamin C

CL Answer

My supplement label warns that it contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, but with no additional information. Do you know why?

Learn more about warning labels indicating that a supplement contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.

Woman Examining Supplement Bottle

CL Answer

What supplements should I stop taking before surgery?

Info on which supplements to avoid before surgery due to increased risk of bleeding or interference with anesthesia.

Supplements to stop before surgery - operating room

CL Answer

Are there supplements I should take, or take differently, when intermittent fasting?

Supplements that may help when intermittent fasting. Information about whey protein, CoQ10, magnesium and others, plus coffee, fiber and more.

CL Answer

Which supplements reduce hearing loss?

Can supplements such as alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, N-acetyl-cysteine, folate or vitamins B-12, C and/or E help prevent or improve symptoms among people with hearing loss due to excessive noise or aging? Find out what the clinical evidence shows, and learn whether Advanced Hearing Formula, a supplement marketed for ear health, is likely to help.

Older man holding his hand up to his ear due to hearing loss

CL Answer

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

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

POTS

CL Answer

Does OsteoMD improve calcium absorption and increase bone density?

ConsumerLab reviews the evidence for OsteoMD by 1MD, a bone health supplement promoted to slow bone loss and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

OsteoMD by 1MD

CL Answer

Does Provitalize work for weight loss and is it safe?

Find out if taking Provitalize, a probiotic supplement that also contains turmeric extract, moringa leaf extract, curry leaf extract and piperine (BioPerine), is safe and beneficial for weight management.

A bottle of Provitalize

News Release

8/27/2021

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Best Joint Health Supplements for People and Pets

White Plains, New York, August 27, 2021 — Joint health supplements with ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, boswellia, collagen and turmeric are often promoted to relieve joint pain or slow the progression of osteoarthritis.

News Release

7/23/2021

Best Astaxanthin Supplements Identified In Testing by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, July 23, 2021 —Astaxanthin supplements are promoted for a wide range of uses, such as increasing physical endurance, reducing inflammation and wrinkles, protecting from sunburn, and lowering triglyceride levels.

News Release

6/16/2021

Wide Variations in Ginseng Potency, Quality Revealed by ConsumerLab Tests

White Plains, New York, June 16, 2021 — Ginseng is promoted for a wide range of uses, from increasing energy, "vitality," and libido, to improving blood sugar levels and preventing colds.

News Release

4/17/2021

ConsumerLab Identifies Best and Worst Avocado Oils Based on Testing

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

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.

News Release

2/06/2021

One-Third of Echinacea Supplements Fail ConsumerLab Tests

White Plains, New York, February 6, 2021 — Echinacea is often promoted to help ward off colds, but recent ConsumerLab tests show that consumers may not always be getting what they expect when they buy an Echinacea supplement.

News Release

12/22/2020

Best and Worst Ginger Supplements, Chews & Spices Identified by ConsumerLab. Contamination, Less Ginger Than Expected in Some Products.

White Plains, New York, December 22, 2020 — Ginger is not only a popular spice but may reduce nausea from motion sickness and pregnancy and modestly decrease pain from osteoarthritis. Key compounds in ginger known as gingerols are believed to be active components of ginger.

News Release

11/24/2020

Best Zinc for Colds, Immunity, and More. ConsumerLab Selects Top Picks Among Zinc Liquids, Pills and Lozenges

White Plains, New York, November 24, 2020 — The right zinc can shorten a cold and many people are deficient in zinc. So which zinc supplements and lozenges provide the right dose and form of zinc, the best quality, and at a reasonable price?

News Release

10/12/2020

Some Water Filter Pitchers May Worsen Water Quality. CL Tests Reveal Big Differences Among Filters

White Plains, New York, October 12, 2020 — Water filter pitchers claim to remove unwanted substances such as chlorine and toxic heavy metals from tap water.

News Release

7/10/2020

Best and Worst Tuna, Salmon and Sardines? ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Amounts of Omega-3s and Toxic Heavy Metals in Canned and Packaged Fish

White Plains, New York, July 10, 2020 — Canned and packaged tuna, salmon and sardines can be an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, but some may also be contaminated with toxic heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic.

News Release

5/22/2020

Best Alternative Milks? ConsumerLab Tests Reveal What's Really in Plant-Based Milks

White Plains, New York, May 22, 2020 — Plant-based milks such as soy, oat and almond milk are often promoted as a healthy alternative to regular milk.

News Release

4/28/2020

Best and Worst Multivitamins Revealed by ConsumerLab -- Problems Found With 44% of Multis Tested

White Plains, New York, April 28, 2020 — Multivitamin/multimineral supplements are among the top five most popular supplements, but with so many different formulas on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one.

News Release

4/14/2020

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Best Probiotic Supplements and Those With Quality Issues

White Plains, New York, April 14, 2020 — Probiotic supplements may be helpful for conditions including antibiotic-associated diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and respiratory infections.

News Release

3/12/2020

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Big Differences Among Elderberry Supplements

White Plains, New York, March 12, 2020 — Elderberry extracts have long been promoted for fighting colds and flu, and, more recently, as a natural remedy for coronavirus (COVID-19).

News Release

3/04/2020

CBD Most Often Used for Pain, Then Sleep, According to CL Survey. Half of Users Think It Works.

White Plains, New York, March 4, 2020 — A recent survey of 9,782 people who use dietary supplements found that 14.5% of respondents purchased CBD (or hemp extract, which is a source of CBD) in 2019. The survey asked those people what they used CBD for and whether or not they thought it worked.

News Release

3/03/2020

Best and Worst Chia Seed Products Revealed by ConsumerLab

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

Clinical Update

1/18/2020

Fish Oils Not Equal on Cardio Benefit

High-dose, highly-concentrated fish oil is known to lower triglycerides in people with elevated levels. One prescription product was even shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular events in such people. However, a clinical trial of another fish oil was recently stopped due to its low likelihood of providing this benefit. Learn how these products differ and how fish oil supplements compare to them in the Prescription Fish Oil vs. Supplements section of the Fish Oil Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oil and other marine omega-3 supplements.

Clinical Update

8/05/2012

Be Careful with Iodine -- Especially If You're Pregnant

Unlike over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements are generally not required to carry warning labels, even if they contain toxic amounts of ingredients. If you don't know how much of a vitamin, mineral, or other ingredient you really need, it's easily possible to get too much. This is what seems to have happened to some pregnant women taking a widely-sold iodine supplement, according to a recent medical report. Just one tablet contained 57 times the daily iodine they needed and more than ten times the limit associated with increased risk of toxicity. Their children were born with congenital hypothyroidism, apparently due to getting too much iodine from their mothers.

Find out which product these women took in the updated Iodine section of the Multivitamin Supplements Review. You'll also find appropriate levels of other vitamins and minerals and see which products in the Review did or did not exceed tolerable intake levels of vitamins and minerals. More >>

Clinical Update

10/13/2013

Most Herbal Products Don't Contain Listed Herb

DNA analysis of 44 herbal products from Canada and the U.S. found that only 48% contained the herb listed on the label and one-third of these products contained contaminants or fillers not listed on the label (Newmaster, BMC Med 2013). Nine percent of products contained only rice or wheat and none of the listed herb. Many cases of herb substitution were reported, including senna (a laxative) in a product labeled as St. John's wort. Several products were contaminated with feverfew, which should not be consumed by pregnant women and may react with a variety of medications. The researchers, from the University of Guelph in Ontario, did not disclose the identities of the tested products, which were single-ingredient herbs sold as capsules, powders, or tablets. Significant challenges continue to exist for routine use of DNA analysis of herbs, but ConsumerLab.com may use this technique where appropriate in the future, alongside other analytical techniques in its Product Reviews.   

Clinical Update

10/28/2012

Large Study Suggests Best Vitamin D Level

What's the best level of vitamin D in your body for overall health? One way to answer this question is to compare mortality rates (deaths per year) associated different levels of vitamin D. A new study did just this, reviewing information about thousands of Americans. It concluded the best levels are between 20 and 40 ng/mL, as the risk of dying is fairly similar across this range. However, a closer look at the findings suggests an even smaller range actually associated with the lowest mortality. For the details, as well as our suggestions on how to use vitamin D, and quality ratings of products, see the Vitamin D Review.  More >>

Clinical Update

10/21/2012

Multivitamin Reduces Cancer Risk in Some

You may have heard that a new study found reduced rates of cancer among men taking a specific daily multivitamin. But there's more to this story... Certain types of men were much more likely to benefit than others. Several multivitamins like the one studied have been tested by ConsumerLab.com, and some Quality Approved products cost as little as 3 cents a day -- a very reasonable investment if it can help you! For details, see the update in the Multivitamin Supplements Review.  More >>

Clinical Update

1/26/2016

Fish Oil Helps in Schizophrenia

A study found that concentrated fish oil greatly reduced symptoms in more people who had recently experienced a first episode of schizophrenia than did a placebo. The greatest effect was on depressive symptoms, which is consistent with other studies which have shown fish oil to reduce depression, particularly in people who do not regularly eat fish.

This impact on depression has also been suggested as one reason why fish oil has shown some benefit in people with cognitive decline. Details about the studies and products used, including our tests and reviews of similar fish oil supplements, are found in the Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review >>

Recalls & Warnings

9/01/2022

Elite One Source Nutritional Services Warned for Manufacturing, Labeling Violations

On August 5, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement manufacturer Nutritional Laboratories International, Inc. (DBA Elite One Source Nutritional Services, Inc.

News Release

11/12/2019

Best Magnesium Supplements Revealed by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, November 12, 2019 — Many people do not get adequate amounts of magnesium from their diets, or may have lower levels of this essential mineral due to certain medical conditions or the use of common medications such as Nexium and Prilosec.

News Release

10/22/2019

Best Vision Supplements Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, October 22, 2019 — Supplements containing lutein and other ingredients can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in adults over 60 years of age.

News Release

9/27/2019

Best Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, September 27, 2019 — Turmeric and curcumin (the major compound in turmeric) are among the most popular supplements, promoted to reduce inflammation and help with conditions such as arthritis as well as indigestion and depression.

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 ...

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8/22/2019

Best Reishi Mushroom Supplements Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, August 22, 2019 — Reishi mushroom supplements are promoted for many uses, from strengthening the immune system and lowering blood sugar, to improving cardiovascular health and reducing cancerous tumors.

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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

4/25/2019

Best Coconut Water? ConsumerLab Tests Popular Products, Reveals Top Pick

White Plains, New York, April 25, 2019 — Coconut water is often promoted as a healthy way to stay hydrated and a natural alternative to sports drinks.

News Release

1/15/2019

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

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

News Release

3/27/2018

You Can't Always Rely on Bone Broth Labels -- ConsumerLab Tests Reveal How Much Protein, Collagen and Sodium Is Really In Bone Broths

White Plains, New York, March 27, 2018 — Bone broth is promoted as a natural source of collagen, an immune-booster, and a remedy for everything from joint pain to wrinkles.

News Release

1/04/2018

ConsumerLab.com Reveals Its Top Picks for Best Iron Supplements

White Plains, New York, January 4, 2018 — Iron supplements not only treat iron deficiency, but can help reduce unexplained fatigue in women and symptoms of some forms of restless legs syndrome. But choosing an iron supplement and knowing how to use it can be difficult.

News Release

12/12/2017

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

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

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.

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9/26/2017

ConsumerLab.com Explains How to Take Melatonin and Reveals Its Top Supplement Picks

White Plains, New York, September 26, 2017 — Melatonin is now one of the most popular supplements, largely due to its proven ability to trigger sleep.

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9/11/2017

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

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

News Release

8/23/2017

ConsumerLab.com Tests Reveal Best Low-Dose Lithium Supplements for "Mood"

White Plains, New York, August 23, 2017 — As a prescription medication, the mineral lithium is used to treat bipolar disease and other mood disorders, but some may be surprised to learn that lithium is also sold as a dietary supplement — although in much lower doses than provided by ...

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7/19/2017

New Tests Reveal Whether Dark Chocolates and Cocoas Are Toxic or Healthful

White Plains, New York, July 19, 2017 — Dark chocolates and cocoa may contain dangerously high levels of the heavy metal cadmium, a kidney toxin, according to recent tests conducted by ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of health and nutrition products.

News Release

6/21/2017

Which Magnesium Is Best? ConsumerLab.com Tests Popular Brands and Reveals Its Top Pick

White Plains, New York, June 21, 2017 — Magnesium supplements are among the most popular supplements, but do you need to take one and, if so, which is best? To find out, ConsumerLab.com reviewed the clinical evidence, and purchased and tested popular magnesium supplements sold in the U.S.

News Release

5/17/2017

Best Vitamin D? ConsumerLab.com Tests Popular Vitamin D Supplements and Reveals Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, May 17, 2017 — Vitamin D is currently the most popular dietary supplement among people who regularly use supplements according to a recent survey by ConsumerLab.com.

News Release

4/25/2017

Caution with Kelp Supplements: May Contain Too Much Iodine

White Plains, New York, April 25, 2017 — Kelp supplements are promoted as a natural source of iodine, an important mineral for healthy thyroid function. But are they a good alternative to regular iodine supplements? To find out, ConsumerLab.

News Release

12/21/2016

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

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

News Release

11/15/2016

ConsumerLab.com Finds Arsenic in Testing of Potassium Supplements -- Safer Choices Identified. Many Americans May Need More Potassium

White Plains, New York, November 15, 2016 — During a recent analysis of potassium supplements sold in the U.S. and Canada, ConsumerLab.com discovered significant contamination with the toxic heavy metal arsenic in pills from one brand.

Recalls & Warnings

6/05/2018

Product Packaging Could Lead to Consuming Dangerous Amounts of Caffeine

On May 29, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to LiquidCaffeine.

News Release

9/13/2016

Best Fish Oil? ConsumerLab.com Tests 44 Popular Omega-3 Supplements and Identifies Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, September 13, 2016 — Fish oil and omega-3 fatty acid supplements containing EPA and DHA are among the most popular supplements, and clinical studies suggest a wide range of potential benefits, from improving mental health to treating inflammatory disease.

News Release

8/30/2016

Surprising Results in Oat Cereals Study by ConsumerLab.com -- Popular Brands Tested for Fungal Toxin, Gluten and Heavy Metals

White Plains, New York, August 30, 2016 — Cheerios, rolled oats, steel-cut oats and other oat cereals can be a healthy choice for breakfast.

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8/08/2016

ConsumerLab Finds Lead, Cadmium and Arsenic Contamination in Greens and Whole Foods Supplements

White Plains, New York, August 9, 2016 — Powders, pills and drinks made from ingredients like wheat grass, alfalfa, kelp, spirulina, chlorella, leafy vegetables and fruits are a popular choice for people looking to increase their intake of vitamins, minerals and other plant-based nutrients.

News Release

7/29/2016

ConsumerLab.com Discovers Problems with Most Multivitamins for Dogs and Cats

White Plains, New York, August 2, 2016 — After discovering in January that none of the three pet multivitamins it had purchased and tested contained all of what was listed on the labels, ConsumerLab.

News Release

7/26/2016

36% of Meal Replacement Powders and Shakes Fail ConsumerLab.com's Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, July 26, 2016 — Nutritionally balanced powders and read-to-drink shakes can help people lose weight, improve blood sugar control, build muscle, and provide a healthful alternative to snacks. However, recent ConsumerLab.

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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.

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6/03/2016

What Works for Joint Health? ConsumerLab.com Reviews Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia Supplements for People and Pets

White Plains, New York, June 3, 2016 — Do popular joint health supplements with ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, Boswellia, and MSM really work to relieve pain or slow the progression of osteoarthritis? And, with so many to choose from, which supplements are best? To find out, ...

News Release

3/22/2016

Rhodiola: Does It Help With Depression and Anxiety and Which Brands Are Best? -- ConsumerLab.com Reviews the Evidence and Tests the Quality of Popular R. Rosea Supplements --

White Plains, New York, March 22, 2016 — Rhodiola (R. rosea) supplements are promoted to treat depression, anxiety, and fatigue — but do they really work? And do products on the market contain the right species, amounts, and appropriate doses of R.

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3/01/2016

Does Echinacea Really Help With Colds and Which Brands Are Best?

White Plains, New York, March 1, 2016 — Echinacea supplements are a popular choice for preventing colds and treating cold symptoms, but do they really work? And, with so many different types of Echinacea marketed, how do you know which one to choose? To answer these questions, ConsumerLab.

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2/09/2016

Lysine: Does It Work for Cold Sores and Which Brands Are Best? -- ConsumerLab.com Reviews the Evidence and Tests Supplements Often Used to Prevent Herpes Eruptions

White Plains, New York, February 9, 2016 — Lysine is an essential amino acid often taken as a supplement to prevent cold sores, genital herpes lesions, and canker sores. It's also given to cats with feline herpesvirus 1.

News Release

1/19/2016

SAM-e Supplements Providing Best Quality and Value Identified by ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, January 19, 2016 — SAM-e (S-adenosyl-methionine) is involved in the functioning of every cell in the body and, as a supplement, it has been found to be helpful in reducing the pain of osteoarthritis as well as improving mood in major depression.

News Release

1/12/2016

Problems Found with 32% of Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements -- ConsumerLab.com Identifies Good Choices for Men, Women, and Children

White Plains, New York, January 12, 2016 — You can't always judge a supplement by its label -- or by its price, according to a new report from ConsumerLab.com, which recently tested dozens of multivitamin/multimineral supplements.

News Release

12/17/2015

ConsumerLab.com Focuses on Vision Supplements, Spotting the Best and the Worst

White Plains, New York, December 17, 2015 — Supplements containing lutein and other ingredients have been shown to slow deterioration of the retina in people with age-related macular degeneration.

Recalls & Warnings

2/22/2021

Canadian Creatine Recalled for Dangerous Levels of Vitamin D

On February 21, 2021, the Canadian company Genex Nutraceuticals recalled one lot of Perfect Sports Core Series Pure Creatine (also known as Creatine Powder) because it "contains vitamin D that is not listed on the label, at dangerous levels.

News Release

11/06/2015

Some Surprising Results from Tests of 43 Probiotic Supplements and Kefir Drinks

White Plains, New York, November 6, 2015 — How many beneficial organisms are in probiotic supplements and kefir drinks? Are any contaminated with pathogens, such as E. coli, and do those labeled as "gluten free" or "99% lactose-free" live up to their claims? To find out, ConsumerLab.

News Release

10/14/2015

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

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

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8/13/2015

Feeling Stressed? ConsumerLab.com Reviews the Evidence for L-Theanine and Test Popular Products

White Plains, New York, August 21, 2015 — L-theanine is often promoted to reduce stress, and for conditions such as ADHD — but does it really work? ConsumerLab.com recently reviewed the evidence and purchased popular brands of L-theanine to test their quality.

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 ...

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7/01/2015

Tests of Maca "Enhancement" Supplements Find Real Maca, But Some Lead Contamination and Seemingly Excessive Amounts of Rice Filler

White Plains, New York, July 1, 2015 — It's touted for increasing stamina and sexual performance and sales have steadily increased for more than a decade, but do maca supplements really contain this root indigenous to Peru? To answer this question, ConsumerLab.

News Release

6/10/2015

ConsumerLab.com Tests Reveal Best and Worst Magnesium Supplements

White Plains, New York, June 10, 2015 — Magnesium supplements have become extremely popular, surpassing even calcium among frequent users of supplements. However, recent tests by ConsumerLab.

News Release

4/28/2015

Best Supplements for Bone Health? ConsumerLab.com Finds Products with Multiple Ingredients More Likely to Contain Wrong Amounts

White Plains, New York, April 28, 2015 — Vitamin D and calcium each play a crucial role in bone health and are among the most popular supplement ingredients in the U.S., but recent ConsumerLab.

News Release

3/17/2015

CoQ10 & Ubiquinol Supplements Vary in Quality, as Well as Dose, Absorption, and Price According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, March 17, 2015 — Findings from a recent study by ConsumerLab.com highlights the difficulty consumers have in selecting a supplement containing the highly-popular anti-oxidant CoQ10 or its activated form, ubiquinol. ConsumerLab.

News Release

1/06/2015

Only 25% of Ashwagandha Supplements Pass ConsumerLab.com Review

White Plains, New York, January 6, 2015 —"It's very hard to find a good ashwagandha supplement," notes Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com, the health product testing company which recently completed evaluations of ashwagandha herbal supplements.

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.

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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.

News Release

5/21/2014

Your Cocoa May Be Contaminated! ConsumerLab.com Reveals What’s Really in Cocoa and Chocolate Products

White Plains, New York, May 21, 2014 [See related new release on 8/5/14] — Cocoa powders, dark chocolates, and other products made from cacao beans can be rich in flavanols -- which may help with blood flow, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

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5/07/2014

Flaxseed and Other Popular Seed Oil Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com, But Not All Brands Pass -- Flaxseed, Black Currant, Borage and Evening Primrose Oils Reviewed

White Plains, New York, May 7, 2014 — Plant seed oils are popular supplements that provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, but which products offer the best value and quality? Recent analyses by ConsumerLab.

News Release

2/26/2014

Mislabeling of Some Joint Health Supplements with Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Boswellia, and MSM According to ConsumerLab.com -- 38 Supplements Tested, Including Products for Dogs and Cats --

White Plains, New York, February 26, 2014 — Glucosamine, chondroitin, Boswellia, and MSM are popular dietary supplement ingredients for treating symptoms of osteoarthritis — worn joint cartilage.

News Release

1/29/2014

You May Be Getting More Vitamin C Than You Think from Some Supplements, Cautions ConsumerLab.com -- 27% of Vitamin C Supplements Don't Meet Label Claims in Recent Tests --

White Plains, New York, January 29, 2014 — It's cold and flu season, which means many people are reaching for vitamin C, as it may modestly reduce cold symptoms (although it won't prevent a cold).

News Release

12/16/2013

What's Really in Turmeric Supplements and Spices? You May Not Want to Know -- 33% of Turmeric/Curcumin Supplements Fail ConsumerLab.com's Review; Filth Found in Spices

White Plains, New York, December 16, 2013 — Supplements containing the herb turmeric or its key constituent, curcumin, are popular treatments for inflammatory diseases. ConsumerLab.

News Release

11/25/2013

Many Probiotic Supplements Fall Short on Listed Amounts of Helpful Organisms

White Plains, New York, November 25, 2013 — Probiotic supplements and foods containing "friendly" bacteria or yeast have become popular among people hoping to improve bowel function, immunity, and even mood.

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11/19/2013

Some Popular Weight Loss Supplements Contain as Little as 16% of Listed Ingredient, According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, N.Y., November 19, 2013 — Which is the best Garcinia cambogia supplement? Many people have asked this question of ConsumerLab.com since last October when The Dr. Oz Show aired a segment about using this herbal supplement for weight loss but cautioned that Dr.

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.

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9/19/2013

What's Really in Resveratrol Supplements? Some Contain Little Resveratrol or Do Not Meet Quality Standards According to ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — September 19, 2013 — Resveratrol supplements have been popular since 2006, when studies in animals showed "life-extending" and "endurance-enhancing" effects, among other potential benefits. In fact, a recent survey by ConsumerLab.

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8/21/2013

Labels on Potassium Supplements May Confuse, But Product Quality is High According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York August 21, 2013 — How much potassium would you expect from a supplement called "Potassium Gluconate 595 mg"? The correct answer is just 99 mg, as ConsumerLab.com explains in its new Potassium Supplements Review, published online today.

News Release

7/31/2013

Watch Out for Fake Bilberry Supplements, Cautions ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK July 31, 2013 — Extracts of bilberry, a cousin of blueberry, may help improve vision and have other health benefits, but some bilberry supplements may not contain real bilberry extract -- the type used in most clinical studies. ConsumerLab.

Recalls & Warnings

2/25/2022

Similac, Other Infant Formulas Recalled, Linked to Illness and One Death

Update: (3/7/22) This recall has been expanded to include one lot of Similac PM 60/40 following the death of an infant who tested positive for Cronobacter sakazaki and consumed Similac PM ...

Recalls & Warnings

1/24/2020

Fat-Burning, Energy Supplement Linked to Heart Trouble

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

Recalls & Warnings

10/29/2019

Chinese Herbal Supplement May Raise PSA

Use of a Chinese herbal supplement appears to have significantly increased the PSA (prostate specific antigen) level in a man treated for prostate cancer, erroneously suggesting a recurrence of the cancer (Abel, J Am Osteopath Assoc 2019).

Recalls & Warnings

6/14/2013

Protein And Nutrition Bars Recalled Due To Undeclared Milk Allergen

On June 13, 2013, the U.S. FDA alerted consumers that Sequel Naturals Ltd., dba Vega, issued a voluntary recall of a variety of Vega One and Vega Sport protein bars because the bars contain undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

11/01/2013

Protein Shakes Containing Prescription Drug Pose Serious Health Risk

On November 1, 2013, Health Canada warned consumers that Vega One Vanilla Chai (sizes 437g and 874g) and Vega Sport Performance Chocolate nutritional shakes, by Sequel Naturals Ltd., have been found to contain the prescription antibiotic chloramphenicol.

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

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

12/21/2012

ConsumerLab.com Tests Reveal What's Really In Green Tea Supplements and Bottled Drinks

White Plains, New York — December 21, 2012 — How do levels of EGCG and caffeine in green tea supplements and bottled teas compare with levels provided in a typical brewed green tea? It very much depends on the brand, according to new tests by ConsumerLab.com.

News Release

11/06/2012

50% of Green Coffee Bean Supplements Don't Contain Expected Amounts of Ingredient for Weight Loss, According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, November 6, 2012 — Clinical studies suggest green coffee bean extract (GCBE) supplements can aid weight loss, but recent tests by ConsumerLab.com indicate that many popular brands dont contain the amounts of extract listed on their labels.

News Release

10/17/2012

ConsumerLab.com Tests and Compares Vision Supplements - Guides Consumers Through a Variety of Ingredients and Formulas

White Plains, New York — October 17, 2012 — Can a supplement improve your vision or prevent it from deteriorating? "The evidence shows that some supplements may help improve vision in people with macular degeneration and others can slow its progression," says Tod Cooperman, M.D.

News Release

9/27/2012

ConsumerLab.com Reveals How Much Caffeine is in Energy Drinks -- Also Finds Some Drinks and Dietary Supplements Don't Contain Claimed Amounts of B Vitamins

White Plains, New York — September 27, 2012 — Energy shots and drinks are promoted to keep you alert and energized, attributing their effects to special formulas often "packed with B vitamins and nutrients to make it last," as a commercial for 5-hour Energy proclaims.

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8/31/2012

ConsumerLab.com tests selenium supplements -- Finds one with less than 25% of listed amount

White Plains, New York, August 31, 2012 — ConsumerLab.com announced results today of its Product Review of Selenium Supplements. Among the supplements selected by ConsumerLab.com for testing, one was found to contain only 23.

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8/22/2012

Contamination and Other Problems Found in Fish Oil Supplements -- Large Review by ConsumerLab.com Reveals Excessive PCBs or Mislabeling in Over 30% of Omega-3 Supplements

August 22, 2012 — The quality of fish oil / omega-3 supplements varies across brands, according to recent tests by ConsumerLab.com, which independently reports on the quality of health products. Analyses of 35 products selected and purchased by ConsumerLab.

News Release

6/18/2012

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

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

News Release

5/08/2012

Lead Contamination and Mislabeling in Joint Health Supplements with Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, May 8, 2012 — Glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are popular dietary supplements for treating symptoms of osteoarthritis — worn joint cartilage.

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3/12/2012

Review of vitamin C supplements by ConsumerLab.com finds many of high quality but a wide range in prices

White Plains, New York — March 8, 2012 — Vitamin C may boost the immune system and is critical for maintaining healthy connective tissue, but do you need to take a supplement and, if so, how do you find one that is right for you and at the best price? ConsumerLab.

News Release

2/09/2012

Probiotics grow in popularity but don't always deliver on promises says ConsumerLab.com -- New report provides guidance to consumers

White Plains, New York, February 9, 2012 — Probiotic supplements and foods containing "friendly" bacteria or yeast have become popular options for people hoping to improve bowel function or boost immunity. But many customers are confused by the vast array of choices.

News Release

2/05/2012

Fish oil and multivitamins most popular supplements in ConsumerLab.com survey -- Internet most popular place to shop

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — FEBRUARY 5, 2012 — A survey of over 10,000 savvy consumers of supplements shows the most popular supplements to be fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10, in that order.

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2/01/2012

Top-rated vitamin and supplement brands and merchants on consumer satisfaction for 2012 -- Based on ConsumerLab.com Survey of Vitamin & Supplement Users

Each year, ConsumerLab.com surveys its free e-newsletter subscribers about the vitamins and supplements that they use. The results below are based on 10,260 responses collected in November, 2011. Most respondents used multiple supplements.

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12/20/2011

Choose zinc supplements carefully -- ConsumerLab.com finds only some have dosage proven to shorten colds, reduce eye disease

White Plains, New York — December 20, 2011 — Can zinc supplements shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration? "Yes, but not all supplements provide a dosage that has been proven effective." says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com.

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10/31/2011

Supplements for lactose intolerance vary in strength and cost, and some offer no benefit, according to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York — October 31, 2011 — Can lactose-free milks and lactase enzyme supplements provide help to the millions of Americans with lactose intolerance.

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10/13/2011

30% of SAM-e supplements selected for review fail to pass ConsumerLab.com testing -- Cost of SAM-e found to vary 5-fold

White Plains, New York, October 13, 2011 — Dietary supplements with SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine) are used to treat osteoarthritis as well as depression, but only 7 out of ten SAM-e supplements recently selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com met all quality criteria.

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9/21/2011

Not all vitamin A supplements pass ConsumerLab.com tests -- New report reviews beta-carotene and cod liver oil supplements

White Plains, New York — September 21, 2011 — Recent tests of vitamin A supplements by ConsumerLab.com found one to contain only 54.3% of its listed amount of vitamin A. Another product mislabeled alpha carotene as vitamin A.

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8/31/2011

ConsumerLab.com analyzes supplements for sexual dysfunction -- Only three out of ten products selected for testing pass

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — August 31, 2011 — Only three out of ten supplements selected for testing that are for sexual enhancement passed ConsumerLab.com's latest investigation.

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8/04/2011

Some coconut waters don't deliver on promises according to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York — August 4, 2011 — Coconut water—the natural juice from green coconuts— is often touted as a natural alternative to sports drinks. But does it really deliver? "It depends on the brand," says ConsumerLab.com President, Tod Cooperman, M.D. ConsumerLab.

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.

News Release

6/16/2011

ConsumerLab.com puts multivitamins to the test

June 16, 2011, New York, NY — Laboratory test results of 60 multivitamins have shown that you can't always judge a supplement by its label—or by its price. "Consumers should know that multivitamins vary widely in quality, "says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com.

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.

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4/26/2011

Problems discovered with eight vitamin D supplements in study by ConsumerLab.com -- Incorrect amounts of vitamins, lead contamination, and labeling infractions identified.

White Plains, New York — April 26, 2010 — Among 28 vitamin D supplements recently selected for independent testing, problems were found with 8 products, 29% of those reviewed, according to ConsumerLab.com.

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3/30/2011

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

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

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3/08/2011

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

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

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2/01/2011

Top-rated vitamin and supplement brands and merchants on consumer satisfaction for 2011 -- Based on ConsumerLab.com survey of vitamin and supplement users

Each year, ConsumerLab.com surveys its free e-newsletter subscribers about the vitamins and supplements that they use. The results below are based on 6,010 responses collected in November, 2010. Most respondents used multiple supplements.

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12/14/2010

DHEA supplements, touted for anti-aging and strength, reviewed by ConsumerLab.com. Testing finds one brand with only 14.7% of labeled amount

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 14, 2010 — Recent tests of DHEA supplements showed that most products contained their claimed amounts of the controversial ingredient, but one provided only 14.7% of its listed amount, the testing company ConsumerLab.com reported today.

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12/02/2010

ConsumerLab.com Finds Lower-priced Resveratrol Supplements Pass Tests While Some Higher-priced brands flunk

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 2, 2010 — ConsumerLab.com reported today that tests of supplements containing resveratrol — a compound promoted as "life-extending" — revealed that two products provided only 43.4% and 86.

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11/10/2010

Only 22% of valerian herbal sleep supplements selected for review pass tests for quality by ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — NOVEMBER 10, 2010 — ConsumerLab.com reported that most of the valerian herbal supplements recently selected for testing contained less of the herb than expected and/or were contaminated with lead.

Recalls & Warnings

1/13/2022

Senna Laxative Recalled Due to Microbial Contamination

On January 11, 2022, Lohxa LLC issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Senna Syrup 8.

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12/09/2021

Florida Man Convicted for Distributing Steroids Labeled as Dietary Supplements

On December 9, 2021, 37-year-old Florida resident James Boccuzzi was convicted of one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

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6/13/2022

Homeopathic Nasal Spray SnoreStop Recalled Due to Microbial Contamination

On June 9, 2022, Green Pharmaceuticals Inc issued a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of its SnoreStop NasoSpray, a homeopathic nasal spray promoted to reduce snoring, due to the presence of Providencia rettgeri, a bacterium that can cause severe illness in some people.

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10/26/2010

ConsumerLab.com reports deficiencies in some B-complex supplements and more caffeine than expected in "shot-sized" B vitamin "energy" drinks

White Plains, New York — October 26, 2010 — Tests of B vitamin supplements, including B-complexes and shot-sized energy drinks, revealed problems with the quality of 4 out of 18 products selected for review by independent testing organization ConsumerLab.com.

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9/28/2010

ConsumerLab.com finds quality problems with nearly 30% of fish oil supplements reviewed; "Fishy" claims identified -- Softgels and liquids for adults, children and pets tested, including krill oil and algal oil supplements

White Plains, New York — September 28, 2010 — Tests of fish, algal and krill oil supplements revealed quality problems with 7 out of 24 products selected by independent testing organization ConsumerLab.com.

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8/16/2010

Problems persist with ginseng supplements -- Review by ConsumerLab.com finds 45% of products don't provide full amount of ingredient or are contaminated

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — August 16, 2010 — ConsumerLab.com reported today that five out of eleven ginseng supplements recently selected for testing contained less ginseng than expected from their labels or were contaminated with lead and/or pesticides.

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7/21/2010

Tests of "muscle enhancement" supplements show quality problems with some creatine and branched-chain amino acid products -- Review of Muscle Enhancement Supplements published by ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — July 21, 2010 — Athletes often turn to supplements to enhance muscle strength and recovery. New tests of such supplements by ConsumerLab.

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1/04/2007

Sellers of Popular Weight Loss Supplements Pay $25 Million Over FTC Allegations of Deceptive Advertising

On January 4, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had filed complaints in four separate cases alleging that weight-loss and weight-control claims were not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence.

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6/07/2013

Nutrition Bars Recalled Due To Undeclared Milk Allergen

On June 6, 2013, Sequel Naturals Ltd. issued a recall of Vega sports, nutrition and energy bars because they contain undeclared milk. Consumption of these bars can cause serious or life-threatening reactions in people with an allergy to milk.

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11/09/2010

Misleading Claims by "One a Day Men's" Products Result in $3.3 Million Settlement

On October 26, 2010, Attorneys General from California, Illinois and Oregon announced a $3.3 million dollar settlement with Bayer Healthcare over the company’s alleged misleading claims that its One A Day Men’s multivitamins reduced the risk of prostate cancer.

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12/11/2020

Seller of "Dr. Hotze's Immune Pak" Products Warned for COVID-19 Claims

Seller of "Dr. Hotze's Immune Pak" Products Warned for Coronavirus Claims 

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7/06/2021

Limar Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On July 1, 2021, Ardil Comercial recalled one lot of Limar Hand Sanitizer packaged because its packaging resembles water bottles which could pose a risk of ingestion.

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1/18/2019

Another Green Tea Study Retracted

A study suggesting that green tea catechins reduce the invasive potential of human melanoma cells was recently retracted by the journal PLos One on December 31, 2018 due to concerns over the accuracy of the data.

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11/16/2018

Two Popular Memory Supplements Missing Some or All of Key Ingredient

Two popular Ginkgo biloba supplements marketed to improve memory do not contain the Ginkgo biloba claimed on their labels, according to tests conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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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.

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4/14/2010

ConsumerLab.com reports most St. John's wort supplements fail quality tests -- An effective antidepressant herb but heavy metal contamination and low potency are concerns

White Plains, New York — April 14, 2010 — St. John's wort has been shown to be effective in treating mild to moderate forms of major depression, but a new report from ConsumerLab.com shows that few of the herbal supplement brands recently tested met quality standards. Among the ten St.

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3/25/2010

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

10/23/2021

Walmart Recalls Essential Oil Sprays Linked to Two Deaths

On Friday, October 22, Walmart issued a recall of six scented Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Sprays with Gemstones. The sprays have been linked to four cases of melioidosis, a rare bacterial infection that can be fatal.

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3/02/2010

ConsumerLab.com finds carcinogenic form of chromium in supplements, including those for weight loss -- Reviews published of supplements containing chromium, green tea, 7-keto DHEA and stimulant formulas

White Plains, New York — March 2, 2010 — A carcinogenic form of chromium, hexavalent chromium, is present is some dietary supplements, according to new tests by ConsumerLab.com.

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1/31/2010

Fish oil becomes most popular dietary supplement in ConsumerLab.com survey; Vitamin D and resveratrol use surge

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — FEBRUARY 1, 2010 — Among people who use multiple dietary supplements, fish oil/omega-3 supplements now top multivitamins in popularity, according to a recent survey by ConsumerLab.com.

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1/20/2010

ConsumerLab.com finds quality of most CLA supplements for slimming to be high; One brand mislabeled -- Report is first published in series on supplements for weight loss and slimming

ConsumerLab.com Finds Quality of Most CLA Supplements for Slimming to be High; One Brand Mislabeled

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12/02/2009

Tests show many milk thistle supplements low in key component -- Nine of ten products fail ConsumerLab.com testing of herb used in diabetes and liver diseases

TESTS SHOW MANY MILK THISTLE SUPPLEMENTS LOW IN KEY COMPONENT

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11/16/2009

ConsumerLab.com finds many probiotics don't deliver listed ingredients

White Plains, New York November 16, 2009 — Many probiotic supplements do not contain the number of viable organisms listed on their labels according to a new report from ConsumerLab.com.

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9/15/2009

ConsumerLab.com finds many prostate supplements have correct ingredients, but four fail review -- New report on 19 saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol supplements

White Plains, New York — Tuesday, September 15,2009 — ConsumerLab.com announced test results today from its newest Product Review of Prostate Supplements.

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8/04/2009

Most vitamin E supplements pass testing, but what seems natural may be synthetic according to ConsumerLab.com -- New review of vitamin E supplements, oils, and creams released today

White Plains, New York — November 16, 2009 — Many probiotic supplements do not contain the number of viable organisms listed on their labels according to a new report from ConsumerLab.com.

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7/10/2009

Nine joint health supplements fail ConsumerLab.com quality review -- Lead contamination, missing ingredients and other problems found in supplements for people as well as for dogs, cats and horses; Many others approved

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — JULY 10, 2009 — Nine supplements for osteoarthritis that ConsumerLab.com recently selected for testing were found to be contaminated with lead, lack all or some of a key ingredient or have other quality problems.

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5/19/2009

Review of Magnesium Supplements by ConsumerLab.com Shows One-Quarter Fail Quality Tests

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MAY 19, 2009 — ConsumerLab.com reported today that among twelve magnesium supplements selected for testing, only nine met quality standards. One supplement contained only 45.

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4/28/2009

40% of Green Tea and Selenium Products Fail ConsumerLab.com Review of Cancer-Prevention Supplements; Lycopene Supplements Pass

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — APRIL 28, 2009 — ConsumerLab.com announced results today of its Product Review of Supplements for Cancer Prevention.  Among the products that ConsumerLab.com selected for testing, quality problems were found with two out of five green tea supplements.

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3/31/2009

ConsumerLab.com Warns of Problems with Multivitamins and Vitamin Water -- Defects Found in Over 30% of Supplements Selected for Testing; Several Popular Children's Multis Exceed Tolerable Upper Intake Levels

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MARCH 31, 2009 — Over 30% of multivitamins recently selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com were found to contain significantly more or less ingredient than claimed or were contaminated with lead.

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3/10/2009

ConsumerLab.com reports deficiencies in some supplements containing calcium, vitamin D, or vitamin K -- Focus on bone health supplements and new uses for vitamins D and K

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MARCH 10, 2009 — In a large review of supplements relating to bone health, ConsumerLab.com reported today that tests showed five products to provide only 52.5% to 89% of the listed amounts of calcium or vitamin K. ConsumerLab.

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1/13/2009

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

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

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12/09/2008

Tests of zinc supplements by ConsumerLab.com show only some provide dosage proven to shorten colds, reduce eye disease. Lead contamination found in one product.

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 9, 2008 — Zinc supplements can shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration, among other uses. But a new report by ConsumerLab.

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12/08/2008

ConsumerLab.com asks USP to adopt safer lead limit for drugs and supplements. Warns that lead contamination may worsen if USP accepts currently proposed allowance.

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 8, 2008 — ConsumerLab.com petitioned the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) today to lower its proposed limit on lead contamination in drugs and dietary supplements. The USP recently proposed a limit of 10 mcg (micrograms) of lead per daily serving.

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10/28/2008

Tests reveal quality problems with vitamin A supplements -- New ConsumerLab.com report focuses on vitamin A, including beta-carotene and cod liver oil

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — OCTOBER 28, 2008 — ConsumerLab.com is cautioning that the amount vitamin A in some supplements may be much higher or lower than the amount stated on labels. Among ten supplements recently selected for testing, ConsumerLab.

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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.

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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.

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8/02/2016

Seller of Whey Protein Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On July 22, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to New Horizon Nutraceuticals, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's product, One World Whey Protein Power Food to be adulterated because it was prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current ...

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9/15/2020

FDA Warns Seller of Unapproved "COVID-19 test package"

On June 29, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Pomegranate Consulting, LLC, Pomegranate Consulting, Ltd. dba Glorious One-Pot Meals for selling COVID-19 test package, an unapproved, adulterated, and misbranded antibody test for coronavirus (COVID-19).

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8/20/2020

Goldenseal Recalled Due to Microbial Contamination, One Death Reported

On August 17, 2020, Maison Terre issued a recall of all lots of organic Goldenseal Root Powder because recent testing found it has the potential to be contaminated with various microorganisms including Enterobacter cloacae, Cronobacter sakazakii, Cronobacter dublinensis, and others.

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2/21/2013

Nutrition Drink Recalled Due To Bacterial Contamination

On February 21, 2013, Sequel Naturals Ltd. issued a voluntary recall of three lots of Vega One French Vanilla nutritional shake due to bacterial contamination.

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4/20/2021

Chiropractor Who Claimed Vitamin D and Zinc Work Better Than COVID Vaccines Charged by FTC

On April 15, 2021, the FTC charged St.

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3/26/2021

Nine Banned Stimulants Found in Workout, Weight Loss Supplements

Recent analysis of 17 brands of sports/energy and weight loss supplements sold in the U.S. found nine prohibited stimulants formulated into eight different combinations, and none of these combinations have been studied in people.

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2/19/2019

DG Baby Gripe Water Herbal Supplement Recalled

On February 15, 2019, Kingston Pharma, LLC issued a recall of all lots of DG Baby Gripe Water herbal supplement with organic ginger and fennel extracts due to the presence of an undissolved ingredient, citrus flavonoid.

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3/07/2008

ConsumerLab.com finds most vitamin C supplements pass quality tests but one short on ingredient and some exceed tolerable levels

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MARCH 7, 2008 — ConsumerLab.com reported test results today for a wide variety of vitamin C supplements. Vitamin C is the top-selling single vitamin in the U.S., with sales of $863 million in 2006 according to Nutrition Business Journal.

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1/08/2008

ConsumerLab.com finds most potassium supplements meet quality standards, but one with only 18% of ingredient — Results for 12 potassium supplements in new review

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — JANUARY 8, 2008 — A new report on the quality of potassium supplements was released by ConsumerLab.com today. Tests showed one product to contain only 18% of the claimed amount of this essential mineral.

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12/10/2007

ConsumerLab.com finds improvement in quality of omega-3 and -6 supplements — Results for 22 products made from evening primrose, flaxseed, borage and black currant oils

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 10, 2007 — A new report on the quality of omega-3 and -6 fatty acid supplements made from seed oils was released by ConsumerLab.com today. Two products were slightly low in one fatty acid, but this is an improvement over results from ConsumerLab.

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10/30/2007

Recently tested magnesium supplements free of lead, but one product missing most of its ingredient according to ConsumerLab.com — First Major Product Review of Potential "Life-Extending" Ingredient

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — OCTOBER 30, 2007 — ConsumerLab.com reported today that its tests of magnesium supplements revealed one product to contain only 46.4% of its claimed amount of the essential mineral, despite boasting a "GMP" (Good Manufacturing Practices) seal on its label.

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10/12/2007

ConsumerLab.com finds generic antidepressant behaves differently from original drug. May explain complaints by patients. — Generic drug equality questioned

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK AND DURHAM, NORTH CARLOLINA — OCTOBER 12, 2007 — ConsumerLab.

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9/10/2007

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

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

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6/12/2007

Tests show many milk thistle supplements low in key component — Seven products fail ConsumerLab.com testing of herb used in diabetes and liver diseases

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — June 12, 2007 — Tests by ConsumerLab.com of nine milk thistle supplements that it selected showed that only two contained the expected amounts of silymarin compounds, believed to be the active constituent of milk thistle.

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5/15/2007

ConsumerLab.com finds some alpha lipoic acid supplements come up short — Improper formulation may cause ingredient degradation

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — May 15, 2007 — ConsumerLab.com announced that two of eleven alpha lipoic acid supplements that it recently chose to test contained significantly less ingredient than promised on their labels.

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4/24/2007

ConsumerLab.com reports improvement in quality of SAM-e supplements used for osteoarthritis and depression — Recent testing shows quality is up since studies in 2000 and 2003

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — April 24, 2007 — ConsumerLab.com announced that all eight SAMe supplements that it recently selected for review passed quality testing — an improvement over tests in previous years. SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine) is used to treat depression and joint pain.

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4/11/2007

Many arthritis supplements lack key listed ingredient — ConsumerLab.com finds chondroitin missing or low in eight supplements; Glucosamine and MSM also tested

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — April 11, 2007 — Forty percent of the supplements for osteoarthritis that ConsumerLab.com recently selected for testing were found to lack all or some of their key ingredients. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting an estimated 20.

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2/15/2007

ConsumerLab.com survey shows brands and merchants rated highest by dietary supplement users

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2/14/2007

ConsumerLab.com reports on anti-depressant herb — St. John's Wort — Few supplements pass quality testing

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — FEBRUARY 14, 2007 — St. John's wort may be helpful in treating mild to moderate cases of clinical depression, but a new report from ConsumerLab.com shows that few of the herbal products tested met quality standards. Americans purchased $64 million of St.

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1/19/2007

Consumers warned of problems with multivitamins — ConsumerLab.com uncovers defects in over half of products tested

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — JANUARY 19, 2007 — Fifty-two percent of multivitamins recently selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com were found to be contaminated with lead, unable properly break apart, or to contain significantly more or less ingredient than claimed.

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12/12/2006

Probiotic supplements grow in popularity but viable bacteria missing in many — ConsumerLab.com cautions consumers to select probiotics carefully and store them properly

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 12, 2006 — Sales of supplements containing beneficial organisms (probiotics) have grown rapidly, but a new test report from ConsumerLab.com shows that 44% contained fewer viable organisms than claimed or generally known to be effective.

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11/13/2006

Tests of "muscle" supplements finds some "weak" products but most contain expected creatine, HMB, or amino acids — Review of muscular enhancement supplements published by ConsumerLab.com

WESTCHESTER, NEW YORK — MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2006 — Bodybuilders and athletes often turn to supplements to enhance muscle size and strength.

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10/10/2006

Care advised with natural cold remedies: ConsumerLab.com finds few products with proper quality and directions — ConsumerLab.com offers advice from tests of echinacea, garlic, ginseng, vitamin C, and zinc supplements

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2006 — Autumn is the beginning of "cold season" — the period through early spring when people are most likely to develop a cold. But based on ConsumerLab.

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9/19/2006

DHEA supplements, touted for anti-aging and strength, reviewed by ConsumerLab.com — Testing finds one brand with 215% of the labeled amount

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 — New tests of supplements containing the hormone DHEA found most to contain their claimed amounts of the controversial ingredient, but one provided 215% of its stated amount, the testing company ConsumerLab.com reported today.

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8/15/2006

Over 70% of herbal sleep supplements fail tests for quality by ConsumerLab.com — Results for 16 valerian products released today

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — AUGUST 15, 2006 — Most of the valerian dietary supplements recently tested by ConsumerLab.com were low in potency and/or contaminated, the testing company reported today. Valerian, an herbal sleep aid, accounts for approximately $50 million in sales in the U.S.

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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.

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3/13/2006

ConsumerLab.com reports on supplements for bone health containing calcium and vitamin D— Results posted for 32 supplements for adults and children; One found contaminated with lead

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK — MARCH 13, 2006 — ConsumerLab.com announced test results today from its new Product Review of Supplements for Bone Health covering 32 adult and children's products containing calcium and vitamin D. Sales of calcium supplements in the U.S.

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2/06/2006

ConsumerLab.com finds most prostate supplements have correct ingredients, but three fail testing — Results posted for 22 supplements containing saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK — FEBRUARY 6, 2006 — ConsumerLab.com announced test results today from its new Product Review of Prostate Supplements.

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11/15/2005

Testing by ConsumerLab.com identifies many problems with popular supplements for weight loss, slimming, and blood sugar control

Westchester, NY — November 15, 2005 — In a series of reports released today, ConsumerLab.com revealed test results for supplements used for weight loss, slimming, and blood sugar control. Among the twenty-three products that ConsumerLab.

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8/31/2005

ConsumerLab.com testing of alpha lipoic acid supplements from Japan finds no ingredient in one product; Most others meet claims — Japanese consumers urged to research product quality

WHITE PLAINS, NY — ConsumerLab.com reported this week that among nine brands of alpha lipoic acid supplements it recently purchased in Japan and tested, one contained none of the popular ingredient and another contained only 81%.

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6/20/2005

Quality problems widespread among ginseng products sold in Japan. — Nearly two-thirds of products fail ConsumerLab.com testing due to pesticide contamination and missing or substandard ingredients

WHITE PLAINS, NY — JUNE 20, 2005 — Among 14 brands of ginseng dietary supplements recently purchased in Japan and tested by ConsumerLab.com, only 5 products passed independent testing by ConsumerLab.com.

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5/10/2005

ConsumerLab.com begins publishing test reports on Japanese vitamins and supplements — Review of CoQ10 products Now Available Online in Japanese at ConsumerLab.jp. More Reports Scheduled

— Review of CoQ10 Products Now Available Online in Japanese at ConsumerLab.jp. More Reports Scheduled — WHITE PLAINS, NY — MAY 10, 2005 — ConsumerLab.

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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.

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2/08/2005

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

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

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12/20/2004

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.

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5/21/2004

Consumers warned of pitfalls with some multivitamins and vitamin waters — Testing by ConsumerLab.com uncovers problems with many brands

WHITE PLAINS, NY — FRIDAY MAY 21, 2004 — (Updated June 2, 2004) — ConsumerLab.com reported the results today of a major new analysis of popular multivitamin products.

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4/27/2004

New ConsumerLab.com report on St. John's wort highlights benefits and risks of herbal product for depression

NEW CONSUMERLAB.COM REPORT ON ST.

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1/13/2004

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

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

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11/18/2003

ConsumerLab.com reports improvement in quality of SAM-e supplements used for osteoarthritis and depression — But a high priced product found to contain only 30% of label claim

WHITE PLAINS, NY — November 18, 2003 — ConsumerLab.

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9/24/2003

Consumerlab.com finds new forms of creatine prone to problems — Test results of muscular enhancement supplements published online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — September 24, 2003 — Testing by ConsumerLab.com of creatine supplements found problems with the majority of products sold in liquid, effervescent and chewable forms. Problems were not found among standard creatine "powder" products.

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8/28/2003

Some problems persist with ginseng supplements but overall quality improves according to ConsumerLab.com — Test results published online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — August 28, 2003 — In contrast to its testing three years ago in which nearly 60% of Asian and American Ginseng supplements were found to have significant problems, testing of recently purchased products by ConsumerLab.

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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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1/21/2003

Acidophilus" and other probiotic supplements gain in popularity but live bacteria missing in many — ConsumerLab.com releases review online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 21, 2003 — ConsumerLab.

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12/10/2002

Lupus patients cautioned about hormone supplement — ConsumerLab.com releases DHEA testing results online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — December 10, 2002 — In its latest Product Review, ConsumerLab.com found that 3 of the 17 DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) supplement products it tested contained less than their claimed amounts of this hormone — one having less than one-fifth of what it claimed.

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10/29/2002

Enormous variation found in strength of garlic supplements — most popular herb in U.S. — ConsumerLab.com releases results online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — October 29, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com's Product Review of Garlic Supplements found strength to vary by as much as 1500% across products. Strength was based on each product's ability to generate allicin, a chemical associated with the efficacy of non-aged garlic.

News Release

9/24/2002

Problems found with most sexual enhancement supplements evaluated by ConsumerLab.com — Only 9 of 22 products pass independent review

WHITE PLAINS, NY — September 24, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that nearly 60% of products failed to pass its independent Product Review of Sexual Enhancement Supplements. Sexual dysfunction is estimated to affect 43% of women and 31% of men in the U.S.

News Release

7/16/2002

ConsumerLab.com finds lead contamination remains a problem for certain mineral supplements — Lead found in iron, magnesium and, most recently, potassium pills

WHITE PLAINS, NY — July 16, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that its testing has shown that approximately 5% to 10 % of certain mineral supplements are contaminated with lead. The findings are based on ConsumerLab.

News Release

7/10/2002

Pharmavite dietary supplements receive ConsumerLab.com approval — Vitamin E, SAM-e, St. John's Wort, Ginkgo and others merit approved quality products ranking

WHITE PLAINS, NY — July 10, 2002 — ConsumerLab.

News Release

6/25/2002

ConsumerLab.com reviews radioprotective Iodine pills in response to terrorist threats — Quality of products is high, but local access is poor

WHITE PLAINS, NY — June 25, 2002 — In response to the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. nuclear facilities, ConsumerLab.com, an evaluator of health and nutrition products, today released a Product Review of Potassium Iodide/Potassium Iodate (Radioprotective Agents).

News Release

5/15/2002

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

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

News Release

4/03/2002

More than one in five weight loss, slimming and/or diabetes supplements fail ConsumerLab.com evaluation — Problems found in chromium and pyruvate products; CLA products fine

WHITE PLAINS, NY — April 3, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that more than one in five products failed its recent Product Review of Weight Loss, Slimming and Diabetes-Management Supplements.

News Release

2/08/2002

Athletic Banned Substances Screening and Certification Program announced by ConsumerLab.com — Tester of supplements to screen for substances banned in Olympics

WHITE PLAINS, NY — February 8, 2002 — ConsumerLab.

News Release

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.

News Release

10/30/2001

Sixty percent of nutrition bars fail to meet claims in ConsumerLab.com tests — "Low Carb" bars often loaded with carbohydrates; excess sodium and saturated fat also found

WHITE PLAINS, NY — October 30, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, released results today of its Nutrition Bar Product Review.

News Release

10/03/2001

Most iron supplements pass ConsumerLab.com testing — Lead contamination and insufficient iron found in some

WHITE PLAINS, NY — October 3, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, released results today of its Product Review of Iron Supplements. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in the U.S. and worldwide.

News Release

6/04/2001

ConsumerLab.com reports test results of arthritis supplement — MSM; Quality found higher than for most supplements, but room for improvement remains

WHITE PLAINS, NY — June 4, 2001 — ConsumerLab.

News Release

4/10/2001

Quality of popular herbal anti-depressant found to vary; certain types of St. John's Wort supplements more likely to pass testing

White Plains, NY — April 11, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, today released results of its Product Review of St. John's wort supplements.

News Release

3/13/2001

ConsumerLab.com review of vitamin E supplements finds some insufficiencies and need for clearer labeling; test results released online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — March 13, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com today released results of its Product Review of vitamin E products. Vitamin E is one of the most popular dietary supplements in the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

2/03/2015

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Adulterated Herbal Supplements

On February 3, 2015, the New York State Attorney General announced that his office sent letters to four major retailers, GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, ...

Recalls & Warnings

9/26/2020

Cognitive Enhancement Supplements Can Contain Unapproved Drugs

Recent testing detected five unapproved drugs in 10 over-the-counter cognitive enhancement and workout supplements sold in the US.

Recalls & Warnings

8/03/2017

AMPT "Sexual Enhancement" Coffee Recalled

On August 1, 2017, AMPT Life, LLC, recalled all lots of AMPT Coffee after FDA testing found sildenafil and tadalafil. 

Recalls & Warnings

2/25/2017

Radio "Infomercials" for Cognitive and Joint Health Supplements Deceived Consumers, Says FTC

On February 22, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission and the Maine Office of the Attorney General announced a complaint the marketers of CogniPrin and FlexiPrin, charging that they made misleading claims about the supplements in radio infomercials deceptively formatted as talk shows.

Recalls & Warnings

7/18/2017

Hidden Drugs Found in Sexual Enhancement Products

On July 17, 2017, the FDA posted public notifications after finding multiple sexual enhancement products contained hidden drug ingredients.

Recalls & Warnings

10/29/2016

Steroid "Alternatives" Not Permitted In Dietary Supplements, FDA Warns

On September 27, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Proprietary Wellness, L.L.C.

News Release

2/14/2001

Problems found with multivitamins and multiminerals by ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NY — February 14, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that only 14 of 27 products evaluated in its Multivitamin and Multimineral Product Review achieved full "CL Approved Quality" status.

News Release

11/21/2000

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

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

News Release

3/07/2000

ConsumerLab.com finds many arthritis supplements lacking labeled ingredients; Glucosamine and Chondroitin product review published online today.

WHITE PLAINS, NY, March 7, 2000 — Among 25 major brands of supplements containing glucosamine and/or chondroitin used for treating osteoarthritis, nearly one-third were found not to contain all labeled ingredients. These results were reported today by ConsumerLab.

News Release

11/16/1999

Only three quarters of Ginkgo Biloba supplements contain proper ingredients. ConsumerLab.com posts first of its dietary supplement product tests.

WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 16, 1999 — Consumers have a one out of four chance of buying a Ginkgo Biloba product that may not deliver the ingredients they are seeking. This is the finding of an independent analysis of products conducted by ConsumerLab.

Recalls & Warnings

8/11/2022

Problems With Supplements on Amazon

More than 50% of 30 top-listed immune support supplements purchased on Amazon.com in May of last year were found to list ingredients that could not be found in them with testing, according to a recent report (Crawford, JAMA Network Open, 2022).

Recalls & Warnings

1/21/2015

Supplement Maker Ordered to Stop Selling Products

On January 15, 2015, a federal judge ordered a permanent injunction against dietary supplement manufacturer Health One Pharmaceuticals, Inc. which requires the company to stop manufacturing and selling dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

8/08/2018

Extra Virgin Olive Oil That Isn't

Pompeian OlivExtra Original may contain less extra virgin olive oil than listed on the label, according to sources that spoke with Spain's digital newspaper El Español and as reported by The Olive Oil Times.

Recalls & Warnings

1/16/2018

Marketers of CellAssure and Cognify Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Cancer Claims

On January 11, 2018, the FTC announced that CellMark Biopharma, LLC and its CEO, Derek E.

Recalls & Warnings

1/16/2018

Adverse Effects From Energy Drinks Common Among Youth and Young Adults

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

Recalls & Warnings

5/22/2018

FDA Warns Companies Selling "Sun Protection" Supplements

On May 18, 2018, the FDA issued warning letters to four companies selling supplements for sun protection because statements made on product labels, websites and in marketing materials were found to be drug claims, which are not permitted for dietary supplements. 

Recalls & Warnings

4/24/2018

Traditional Medicinals "Throat Coat" Lemon Echinacea Herbal Tea Recalled in Canada

On April 24, 2018, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the FDA) advised consumers that one lot of Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Lemon Echinacea herbal tea is being recalled in Canada because it has the potential to contaminated by Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

10/13/2018

Pharmaceutical Drugs Found In Dietary Supplements Pose Danger to Consumers

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

Recalls & Warnings

5/26/2017

Herbal "Sexual Enhancement Coffee" Recalled, One Death Reported

On May 25, 2017, Caverflo.com issued a recall of Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee, an "herbal" instant coffee promoted for sexual enhancement, because it was found to contain the drugs sildenafil and tadalafil. 

Recalls & Warnings

3/11/2017

Two Hospitalized After Drinking Herbal Tea With Aconite

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

Recalls & Warnings

2/28/2017

Multivitamin Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On February 14, 2017, Licata Enterprises issued a recall of all lots of its Supreme One and Theravits 100 multiple vitamins because they contain fish liver oil but is labeled as containing "no common allergens.

Recalls & Warnings

12/13/2016

Case of Hemorrhagic Stroke Linked to Redline Energy Drink

A case of hemorrhagic stroke has been linked to the consumption of a single energy drink, according to a report published on October 11, 2016, in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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

Herbal "Sexual Enhancement Coffee" Recalled

On July 13, 2017, Bestherbs Coffee LLC recalled their product New Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after FDA testing found desmethyl cabodenafil.

Recalls & Warnings

2/13/2018

American College of Sports Medicine Warns of Energy Drink Dangers

A new statement released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) highlights the dangers of energy drinks when consumed by children and adolescents, and calls for more studies on the safety and efficacy energy drinks.

Recalls & Warnings

11/21/2017

Health Canada Calls for Stronger Warnings of Liver Risk on Green Tea Extract Products

On November 15, 2017, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the FDA) recommended stronger warning statements about the risk of liver toxicity on labels of supplements containing green tea extract sold in Canada. 

Recalls & Warnings

3/13/2020

State of Missouri Sues Jim Bakker Show for Selling False Coronavirus Cure

On March 12, 2020, the Missouri Attourney General announced that it sued the Jim Bakker Show for selling a fake coronavirus (COVID-19) cure called Silver Solution.

Recalls & Warnings

9/16/2015

Weight And Enhancement Supplement Recall Expanded

On September 11, 2015, One Minute Miracle Inc. issued a recall of all lots the following supplements which were found to contain undeclared drugs:

Recalls & Warnings

6/20/2002

Canadian Warning on Use of Bejai Bowyantan for Infants

On June 14, 2002, Health Canada warned Canadians not to use Bejai Bowyantan for their young children and infants because it contains a substance with similar toxic properties to another substance known to cause serious adverse reactions and death in children.

Recalls & Warnings

1/20/2006

Another Ginkgo Supplement Recalled

On January 19, 2006, Olympian Labs informed ConsumerLab.com that it recently issued a recall of a line of Ginkgo biloba supplements because the products "did not meet our specifications that our raw material supplier was contracted to follow.

Recalls & Warnings

10/16/2018

Weight Loss Supplement Containing Hidden Drug Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

1/22/2019

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use "The Silver Bullet"

On January 10, 2019, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the sexual enhancement supplement The Silver Bullet because it contains undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil.

Recalls & Warnings

3/06/2019

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Certain Sexual Enhancement Supplements

On January 28, 2019, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the following sexual enhancement supplements were found to contain undeclared sildenafil and/or tadalafil.

Recalls & Warnings

1/13/2019

Sexual Enhancement Supplement Recalled

On January 8, 2019, Happy Together, Inc. issued a recall of the sexual enhancement supplement Rhino 5k because FDA analysis found it to contain undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil.

Recalls & Warnings

12/11/2018

Sexual Enhancement Supplement Found to Contain Prescription Drug

On December 10, 2018, the FDA warned consumers that the sexual enhancement supplement On Demand contains undeclared sildenafil.

Recalls & Warnings

12/01/2018

Sexual Enhancement Supplements Contain Prescription Drugs

The FDA recently warned consumers that the following sexual enhancement supplements were found to contain undeclared sildenafil and/or tadalafil. Use the links below to read the complete warning letter for each:

  • Willy Go Wild

Recalls & Warnings

7/21/2003

FTC Stops False Advertising of Heavily Promoted Supplements for Breast Enhancment, Male Virility, and Snoring

On June 10, 2003, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that infomercial marketers Wellquest International, Inc. and Tony Hoffman Productions, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

5/02/2016

The Republic of Tea Recalls Turmeric/Ginger Teas Due to Salmonella Risk

On April 29, 2016 The Republic of Tea issued a recall of several Organic Turmeric Ginger teas because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

3/30/2016

Toxins in Chocolate

On March 23, 2016, As You Sow, a consumer health watchdog group based in California, released results showing that 35 of 50 chocolate products it tested, including chocolate bunnies and eggs, expose consumers to lead and cadmium above levels set by California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic ...

Recalls & Warnings

11/04/2015

Green Tea from Tea Bags Linked to Acute Hepatitis

According to a case report published on September 23, 2015 (Lugg, BMJ Case Rep 2015), a 16-year old girl in England developed acute hepatitis in connection with the consumption of green tea.

Recalls & Warnings

10/14/2015

Recall of Male Enhancement Supplement Expanded

On October 9, 2015, TF Supplements expanded its previous recall of two lots of RHINO 7 sexual enhancement supplements, which were found to contain the undeclared drugs desmethyl carbondenafil and dapoxetine, to include all lots.

Recalls & Warnings

12/17/2004

Heavy Metals Found in Some Ayurvedic Medicines

The December 15, 2004 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that a study of Ayurvedic herbal medicine products sold around the Boston area showed one of five products to be contaminated with one or more heavy metals (mercury and arsenic).

Recalls & Warnings

8/30/2015

Weight and Enhancement Supplements Recalled

On August 27, 2015, One Minute Miracle Inc. issued a recall of one lot each the following supplements which were found to contain undeclared drugs:

Recalls & Warnings

8/26/2014

Supplement Maker Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On August 14, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement manufacturer Big Easy Confections following a facility inspection which found the company's products to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing ...

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

11/27/2017

Protein Bars Recalled After Consumer Finds Piece of Plastic in Bar

On November 23, 2017, Leclerc Foods recalled one lot of Fit & Active Chocolatey Chip Protein Meal Bars distributed to ALDI stores, as a precautionary measure after a small piece of yellow plastic was discovered by a consumer.

Recalls & Warnings

4/14/2018

Men's Sexual Enhancement Supplement Recalled

On April 12, 2018, AMA Wholesale Inc. recalled its sexual enhancement supplement Rhino 69 Extreme 50000 because it was found to contain undeclared tadalafil.

Recalls & Warnings

9/23/2017

Enhancement Supplement "Vegetable Vigra" Recalled

On September 20, 2017, Gadget Island, Inc. Dba Gear Isle recalled VEGETABLE VIGRA [sic] after FDA testing found undeclared presence of sildenafil. 

Recalls & Warnings

8/08/2017

Study Shows Severe Risk in Drinking Hydrogen Peroxide

An analysis of records from the National Poison Data System from a 10-year period ending in 2011 identified 294 reported incidents of people developing adverse symptoms after ingesting 35% (high-concentration) hydrogen peroxide (H202). Among these, 41 (13.

Recalls & Warnings

4/01/2017

Nutrition Bar Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On March 30, 2017, Lifestyle Evolution issued a recall of one shift of NuGo Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter nutrition bars because a product with a milk allergen was incorrectly packaged into some NuGo Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter wrappers and cartons.

Recalls & Warnings

2/06/2015

POM Wonderful Claims Were Deceptive, Court Rules

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

Recalls & Warnings

10/01/2013

Three Sexual Enhancement Supplements Containing Undeclared Drug Recalled

On September 24, 2013, Haute Health, LLC issued a voluntary recall of all lots of sexual enhancement supplements Virilis Pro, PHUK and Prolifta, because they were found to contain sildenafil.

Recalls & Warnings

7/26/2014

FTC Says Company Made "Outrageous" Weight Loss Claims

Marketers for the Canadian-based Freedom Center Against Obesity have agreed to pay $500,000 to settle FTC charges the company made deceptive claims about its Double Shot diet pills.

Recalls & Warnings

7/19/2014

Powdered Caffeine Can Be Lethal, FDA Warns

On July 18, 2014, the FDA warned consumers to avoid powdered pure caffeine sold in bulk bags over the internet.

Recalls & Warnings

12/02/2014

Glucosamine Class-Action Settlement Reversed by Appeals Court

On November 19, 2014, an appeals court rejected a settlement of a class-action lawsuit that alleged label claims on glucosamine products manufactured or sold by Rexall Sundown, Inc., NBTY, Inc. or their affiliates, were false, deceptive or misleading.

Recalls & Warnings

10/30/2014

Supplement Maker Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On October 21, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to DNG Trading & Milling, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary ...

Recalls & Warnings

9/26/2015

Male Enhancement Supplement Containing Antidepressant Recalled

On September 25, 2015, TF Supplements issued a recall of two lots of the sexual enhancement supplement RHINO 7, which were found to contain the undeclared drugs desmethyl carbondenafil and dapoxetine.

Recalls & Warnings

9/05/2015

Powdered Caffeine Risky, FDA Warns

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

Recalls & Warnings

1/07/2002

Liver Toxicity with Kava

As announced in a December 19, 2001 letter to healthcare professionals, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating whether the use of dietary supplements containing kava (also known as kava kava or Piper methysticum) is associated with liver toxicity.

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

3/06/2009

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

2/20/2013

Recall: Arthritis and Muscle Pain Supplement Contains Prescription Drugs

On February 15, 2013, Reumofan Plus USA, LLC and Reumofan USA, LLC announced a recall of Reumofan Plus, a dietary supplement promoted for arthritis and muscle pain, because it was found to contain the active pharmaceutical ingredients methocarbamol, dexamethasone, and diclofenac.

Recalls & Warnings

5/25/2013

70% of Dietary Supplement Company FDA Inspections Find Potential Manufacturing Violations

Seventy percent of dietary supplement facilities inspected by the FDA over a 3 year period (444 facilities out of 626) were cited for violating federal regulations, known as dietary supplement Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), according to information received by Natural Products ...

Recalls & Warnings

12/24/2013

Muscle Growth Supplement Linked with Liver Failure

On December 23, 2013, the FDA advised consumers to immediately stop using muscle growth supplement Mass Destruction (by Blunt Force Nutrition) because it is labeled as containing at least one synthetic anabolic steroid and has been linked to at least one reported case of liver failure.

Recalls & Warnings

11/20/2013

Two Sexual Enhancement Supplements Found To Contain Undeclared Drugs

On November 19, 2013, Tendex issued a voluntary recall of one lot each of sexual enhancement supplements P-Boost and NatuRECT because they were found to contain tadalafil.

Recalls & Warnings

11/27/2011

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

9/01/2011

Recall of Prenatal Supplement Due to Egg Allergen

According to the FDA website, on August 31, 2011, Pure Encapsulations announced the voluntarily recall of it "PreNatal Nutrients" supplement, lot number 3560111, because it may contain undeclared egg allergen.

Recalls & Warnings

7/15/2011

FDA Inspection Finds Manufacturing Problems with Several Supplements Including Women's Multivitamin

The U.S. FDA recently posted a Warning Letter sent to BioSan Laboratories of Derry, New Hampshire on June 17, 2011 concerning multiple violations of Good Manufacturing Practice regulations and labeling rules.

Recalls & Warnings

3/30/2011

More Protein Supplements Recalled for Salmonella Risk

On March 29, the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

11/11/2013

Workout Supplement OxyElite Pro Recalled After Being Linked to Serious Liver Illness

On November 10, 2013, the FDA announced that USPLabs LLC is recalling workout supplements OxyElite Pro Super Thermo capsules, OxyElite Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo capsules and OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder because they have been linked to a number of cases of acute non-viral hepatitis, one of which ...

Recalls & Warnings

6/07/2012

Recall of Digestive Health Supplement Due to Salmonella Concern

On June 4, 2012, Botanical Laboratories of Ferndale, WA announced the recall of 38 bottles of 33.8 oz Wellese "Digestive 3 in 1 Health " liquid dietary supplement and 275 bottles of 16 oz.

Recalls & Warnings

6/04/2012

FDA Warning on Supplement for Pain Relief

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

Recalls & Warnings

7/15/2010

Supplement Company Pays $5.5 Million to Settle False Advertising Claims

On July 14, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as part of its ongoing efforts to stop bogus health claims, announced that it is requiring a major marketer of dietary supplements to pay $5.

Recalls & Warnings

1/16/2010

Recall of Body Building Supplements Containing Steroids

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

Recalls & Warnings

4/16/2014

Weight Loss Supplements Found To Contain Prescription Antidepressant and Other Drugs

On March 7, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Deseo Rebajar Inc. because the company's following weight loss products were found to contain drugs:

Recalls & Warnings

6/15/2009

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

6/14/2007

Marketers of Bogus Growth Hormone Sprays Settle with FTC

On May 29, 2007 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)announced that two operations that marketed oral sprays that were supposed to help users lose weight, reverse the aging process, and prevent or treat diseases have settled FTC charges that their claims were bogus.

Recalls & Warnings

3/08/2016

Maker of Calcium and Vitamin C Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 17, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Raphah, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

12/05/2015

FDA Warns Companies Selling Products Containing Picamilon

On November 30, 2015, the FDA issued warning letters to five supplement companies selling products containing picamilon, which is not a lawful dietary supplement ingredient in the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

11/21/2015

FTC Charges Maker of Supplement for Opiate Addiction with Deceptive Claims

On November 16, 2015, the FTC filed a lawsuit against Sunrise Nutraceuticals, LLC, charging that the company made deceptive claims its product, Elimidrol, can alleviate opiate withdrawal symptoms and increase a user's likelihood of overcoming opiate addiction. 

Recalls & Warnings

7/01/2003

Direct Marketers of Weight Loss, Impotence, and Arthritis Supplements Charged with Deceptive Claims

On July 1, 2003, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced three enforcement actions against direct marketers of weight-loss products containing ephedra. The two settlements and one complaint, filed in U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

3/04/2003

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

3/17/2004

Marketers of “Focus Factor” and “V-Factor” Fined for Advertising Claims

On March 17 , 2004 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that the marketers of “Focus Factor,” a dietary supplement that purports to improve concentration, and “V-Factor,” a supplement that purports to enhance sexual performance, have agreed to settle charges that they made numerous ...

Recalls & Warnings

1/11/2002

Canada Requests Recall of Certain Ephedra/Ephedrine Products

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

Recalls & Warnings

1/17/2006

FDA Warns Consumers about Brazilian Diet Pills Found to Contain Active Drug Ingredients

On January 13,2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to use two unapproved drug products that are being marketed as dietary supplements for weight loss.

Recalls & Warnings

9/23/2005

FTC Continues Litigation Against Makers of CortiSlim and CortiStress Supplements

On September 21, 2005 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that three defendants will give up $4.

Recalls & Warnings

4/26/2015

FDA Identifies More Products Listing Synthetic Amphetamine

On April 22, 2015, the FDA issued warning letters to sellers of weight loss and workout supplements that list a synthetic, amphetamine-like compound called beta- methylphenylethylamine (BMPEA) on product labels.

Recalls & Warnings

7/15/2014

Pinnacle Labs International Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On June 24, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Pinnacle Labs International, Inc.

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

9/10/2013

CoQ10 and Carnitine Supplement Company Warned For Manufacturing Violations

On April 15, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Irenda Corporation, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including L-Carnitine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, and Co-Q 10 with L-Carnitine, to be adulterated because they were packed, or held under conditions that violate ...

Recalls & Warnings

8/28/2013

Maker of Sexual Enhancement Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On July 11, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Precise Nutrition International 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

1/18/2005

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

6/03/2008

Selenium Toxicity from a Supplement

The June 2008 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine provides a recent case report describing the symptoms of a woman and her husband after taking a liquid supplement found to contain excessive selenium.

Recalls & Warnings

10/02/2009

FDA Raids Online Retailer for Supplements with Steroids

According to an article in The New York Times, federal authorities raided the headquarters and a warehouse of BodyBuilding.com in Boise, Idaho on September 24, 2009.

Recalls & Warnings

4/08/2010

Capsule for Men Spiked with Erectile Drug

On April 7, 2010, the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

8/09/2012

FDA Warns Sports Nutrition Manufacturer of GMP Violations

On June 26, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Parrillo Performance subsequent to a manufacturing and packing facility inspection which found Parrillo products to be adulterated due to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) violations.

Recalls & Warnings

8/02/2012

FDA Warns Two Supplement Makers of Manufacturing Violations

On July 19, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to H & L Jerch Sales, Inc. for failing to maintain written quality control procedures, which constitutes a violation of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and caused the company’s products to be declared adulterated.

Recalls & Warnings

7/24/2012

Baby Supplement Recalled Due To Salmonella Risk

On July 20, 2012, Wellements LLC issued a voluntary recall of Baby Move Prune Concentrate because testing of retained raw materials used in the product found one ingredient to be positive for Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

9/27/2010

FTC Charges Deceptive Advertising by POM Wonderful

On September 27, 2010, the U.S.

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

8/13/2010

Government Finds Fraud in Personalized Supplements Sold with Genetic Tests

On July 22, 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that its investigators found genetic tests sold directly to consumers to yield misleading and useless information.

Recalls & Warnings

1/24/2003

FTC Challenges Weight-loss Claims for Slim Down Solution

The Federal Trade Commission today charged Slim Down Solution, LLC, Maderia Management, Inc., and several related companies and individuals with using false and unsubstantiated claims in the marketing and advertising of "Slim Down Solution" - a purported weight-loss product.

Recalls & Warnings

6/30/2002

Recall of Dalyvite Liquid Multivitamin

In its June 26, 2002 Enforcement Report, the U.S. FDA reported the following Class III Food Recall. A Class III recall is a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.

Recalls & Warnings

8/31/2004

Two Makers of Weight Loss and Sex Enhancement Supplements Stopped From Making Unsubstantiated Claims

On August 27, 2004, the Federal Trade Commmission (FTC) reported that two Maine-based dietary supplement marketers and their principals have agreed to settle FTC charges that they made deceptive advertising claims about their dietary supplement products, in violation of federal law.