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CL Answer

I am female and purchased a saw palmetto supplement for hair loss, but the bottle says it is only for men. Is it unsafe for women?

Learn more about the safety of saw palmetto in women with hair loss.

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss

CL Answer

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

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

Elderly Man Taking Supplement with Glass of Water

CL Answer

What is 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

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

Clinical Update

10/21/2015

Men's Health Supplements Don't Help Prostate Cancer

While there is some evidence that certain supplements may help relieve symptoms of prostate enlargement (BPH), a recent study shows no benefit with regard to prostate cancer treatment. Details are in the Prostate Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

3/20/2018

Saw Palmetto for Prostate?

Saw palmetto extract was once popular for reducing symptoms of prostate enlargement, but studies subsequently failed to find a benefit. A recent study assessed whether it could boost the effectiveness of conventional medical treatment. Get the results in the What It Does section of the Saw Palmetto Supplements Review.

CL Answer

Which supplements should be taken with food?

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

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

Product Review

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.

Product Review

Avocado Oil Review

Find the Best Avocado Oil for Purity, Freshness and Taste. Some Others May Include Rotten Avocado or Other Oils.

Avocado oil reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

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

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

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

CL Answer

Can taking astaxanthin increase the risk of breast enlargement in men?

Find out if taking astaxanthin can increase the risk of breast enlargement (gynecomastia) in men.

Capsules of astaxanthin being poured onto a wooden table

Product Review

Breast Enhancement Supplements Review Article

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

Do Breast Enhancement Supplements Work?

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

Is Super Beta Prostate better than other prostate supplements?

Find out if Super Beta Prostate is effective, including clinical evidence and price.

Is Super Beta Prostate better than other prostate supplements? -- a bottle of Super Beta Prostate pills

CL Answer

Is it true that vitamin D can increase the risk of prostate cancer in men?

Information on the potential link between vitamin D and prostate cancer, based on a clinical study.

Vitamin D & Prostate Cancer Risk -- bottle of vitamin D capsules

CL Answer

Does consuming casein protein, like in Greek yogurt, increase the risk of prostate cancer?

Find out if consuming casein protein, found in Greek yogurt and other dairy products, increases the risk of prostate cancer.

Greek Yogurt

CL Answer

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

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

Elderly Man Reading Supplement Bottle

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.

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

7 Supplements That May Help Reduce Nighttime Urination (And 3 That Might Not Help)

Waking up more than once during the night to use the bathroom? Learn more about the 7 supplements that may help and 3 others that don't.

A toilet in an empty bathroom at night

CL Answer

I've heard that taking vitamin D can reduce your natural production of melatonin and interfere with sleep. Is this true?

Can Vitamin D interfere with your body's melatonin production, and can taking vitamin D interfere with sleep?

Vitamin D

CL Answer

Do different colors of maca have different health benefits?

Learn more about the health benefits of the different colors of maca (black, red, and yellow) including effects on prostate size, sperm count, and fertility.

Various Colors of Maca Root on White Background

News Release

9/19/2015

ConsumerLab.com Tests Popular Prostate Supplements with Saw Palmetto and Beta-Sitosterol

White Plains, New York, September 19, 2015 — Can prostate supplements with ingredients such as saw palmetto or beta-sitosterol improve symptoms of an enlarged prostate, a condition affecting more than half of men over age 60? And, if so, which supplements are properly made and labeled and ...

News Release

4/26/2012

ConsumerLab.com reviews prostate supplements with saw palmetto and/or beta-sitosterol and finds few likely to be effective

White Plains, New York April 26, 2012 — Can supplements reduce the symptoms of prostate enlargement in men, as some products claim? ConsumerLab.com researchers recently tackled this question, investigating the evidence behind prostate supplements and testing the quality of these products.

Product Review

Pomegranate Juice and Supplements Review Article

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

Pomegranate Juice Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab

CL Answer

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

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

Overweight man holding his right side near his liver

CL Answer

Can a probiotic help men with prostatitis?

Learn more about prostatitis, the effects of probiotics on prostatitis, and other natural treatments.

CL Answer

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

Product Review

Lycopene Supplements Review

Find the Best Lycopene Supplements. CL Tests Reveal That Not All Lycopene Supplements Contain What They Claim.

Lycopene Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

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

News Release

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.

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

Clinical Update

3/05/2016

Vitamin D and Prostate Cancer

A recent study looked at the association between vitamin D blood levels and the risk of advanced prostate cancer. Based on the findings from this and related studies, there seems to be a reasonable approach with vitamin D to potentially lower prostate cancer risk. Get the details (as well as our tests of products) in the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

7/21/2013

Soy Protein to Prevent Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer occurs less frequently in parts of the world where people eat more soy. So researchers recently gave a soy protein drink, or a placebo drink, to men who previously had prostate cancer to see if it reduced the risk of the cancer recurring. Learn what they found in the updated Protein Powders and Drinks Review >>

CL Answer

Does AZO Bladder Control really work for overactive bladder?

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

CL Answer

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

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

CL Answer

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

Clinical Update

5/03/2014

Vitamin D Deficiency May Predict Advanced Prostate Cancer

According to a new study, prostate biopsies in men who are deficient in vitamin D are more likely to show a higher grade and stage of cancer than biopsies in men with higher levels of vitamin D. For more details, as well as our tests of vitamin D supplements, see the Vitamin D Supplements Review >> 

Clinical Update

5/09/2011

Did you hear that DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil) might raise the risk of prostate cancer?

This was recently in the news. Higher levels of DHA in the blood were associated with increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer. However, the findings do not mean that you should stop taking fish oil or eating fish. We talked with the researcher of this study and learned more. Get the facts in our Fish Oil Supplements ReviewMore >>

Clinical Update

7/14/2013

Fish Oil Linked to Prostate Cancer?

Headlines this week about a study showing an association between the fatty acids in fish oil and the development of prostate cancer have stirred concerns about consuming fish and fish oil supplements. For details about this study and studies of other effects of fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as test results and comparisons for 74 fish and other marine oil supplements, see the updated Fish/Marine Oil (Omega-3) Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

1/04/2022

Caution With Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle is promoted to reduce seasonal allergies and is a common ingredient in prostate supplements. Rarely, however, it may cause breast changes in both men and women, as was recently reported. Get the details in our updated article about Supplements for Seasonal Allergies. Also see the Concerns and Cautions section of our Prostate Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

3/27/2021

Curcumin & Prostate Cancer

Does curcumin benefit men undergoing chemotherapy for prostate cancer? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of our Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices Review. Also see our Top Picks among turmeric and curcumin products.

Clinical Update

1/16/2021

Coffee and Prostate Cancer Risk

Is drinking coffee associated with prostate cancer risk? Find out what a recent study suggests in our updated answer to the question: Does drinking coffee increase or decrease the risk of cancer? Can it slow cancer progression?

Clinical Update

8/03/2019

Saw Palmetto for Prostate?

A recent clinical study is the latest to evaluate the potential benefit of saw palmetto in reducing symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) in men. Find out what this, and previous studies, have shown in the What It Does section of the Prostate Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol supplements.

Clinical Update

3/01/2015

Selenium and Prostate Cancer

A new study suggests that men who have prostate cancer should not take supplements providing high-dose selenium. Earlier research has similarly advised against high-dose selenium for people with already adequate selenium intake. For details and more about selenium, see the Selenium Supplements Review >> 

Clinical Update

4/22/2015

Green Tea Extract and Prostate Cancer

A new study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, showed that fewer men with pre-cancerous lesions developed prostate cancer if given a daily green tea extract supplement, although the results were not statistically significant due, in part, to the small size of the study. However, a somewhat similar study found a significant benefit. Learn more about these studies, and see our test results for green tea supplements, teas, and drinks, in the Green Tea Review >>

Clinical Update

10/06/2017

Green Tea & Prostate Cancer

A recent study investigated the effects of green tea extract in men with pre-cancerous changes of the prostate. Find out if it helped in the "What It Does" section of the Green Tea Supplements and Drinks 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

9/10/2017

Olive Oil and Prostate Cancer

Another possible benefit of olive oil within a Mediterranean diet is a reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer, according to a new study. For details about this and other benefits of olive oil, see the updated "What It Does" section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oils Review, which includes our Top Picks among products.

Clinical Update

10/04/2011

Saw Palmetto May Not Work

It's used by many men hoping to reduce urinary symptoms caused by benign growth of the prostate, or BPH, but a new, well-designed study suggests that it doesn't work. Some other recent research suggest the same. Even when doubling and tripling the standard dose, the high-quality saw palmetto extract used in the new study failed to provide benefit.

What should you do? You may want to consider a different supplement -- beta-sitosterol, a phytosterol. The evidence remains fairly good for beta-sitosterol. To find out more about saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, and the supplements we have tested, see the Prostate Supplements ReviewMore >>

Clinical Update

11/09/2021

Saw Palmetto Concern

Does saw palmetto cause sexual dysfunction? Get the details in the updated Concerns and Cautions section of our Prostate Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

10/23/2011

Vitamin E Risk

A study of healthy men who had taken a high-dose vitamin E supplement for several years showed a 17% increase in the risk of prostate cancer compared to men who took a placebo. See the Vitamin E Supplements Review for details, extensive information about vitamin E, and our quality ratings of vitamin E supplements.  More >>

Clinical Update

5/09/2011

Does folic acid affect the risk of colon cancer?

Supplementation with higher amounts of folic acid (vitamin B-9) has been shown to increase the risk of prostate cancer, but its effect on the risk of colon cancer has been unclear. A new study found no increase in colon cancer due to folic acid supplementation. But if you supplement with folic acid, be careful. See the B Vitamin Supplements Review for more >>

Clinical Update

2/27/2014

Vitamin E, Selenium Can Increase Cancer Risk

In some men, taking high doses of vitamin E or selenium may double the risk of developing high-grade prostate cancer, according to a recent analysis. For details, including the dose, see the updates to the Vitamin E Supplements Review >> and the Selenium Supplements Review >>   

Clinical Update

5/13/2015

Fish Intake and Breast Cancer Risk

Women with breast cancer who consumed the most fish had a lower risk of death compared to women who did not eat fish, a new study reports. Get the details, plus evidence for the use of fish oil supplements to reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer, and our tests of popular products in the Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acids Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

3/29/2017

Vitamin E/Selenium & Alzheimer's

A long-term study among men in the U.S. found that giving high doses of vitamin E and/or selenium did not significantly affect their risk of developing dementia. The study was part of a larger study which found that these supplements increased the risk of prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes, hair loss, and dermatitis. For details, see the "Alzheimer's disease/dementia" section of the Selenium Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

5/06/2017

Trouble Reported With Saw Palmetto

A 64 year-old man developed pancreatitis and heart block (dangerously slow heart rate) after supplementing with saw palmetto, according to a recent report. For details, see the "Cautions and Concerns" section of the Prostate Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

2/01/2020

Pomegranate for Memory?

Pomegranate juice and supplements have been promoted for improving cardiovascular health, controlling blood sugar, and inhibiting prostate cancer. Most recently pomegranate juice was tested in a year-long study for its effects on memory. Find out if it helped, and see if it works for other touted uses, in the What It Does section of the Pomegranate Juice and Supplements Review Article.

Clinical Update

12/15/2018

Pycnogenol for Prostate?

Pycnogenol, a branded form of pine bark extract, is promoted for a variety of uses, including improvement of circulation, cognition, joint pain and vision. It was recently given to men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) to see if it would improve urinary symptoms. Find out if it worked, and learn if it helps with other conditions, in our updated answer to the question: What is Pycnogenol and does it work? >>

Clinical Update

5/30/2020

Cranberry for Cystitis in Men?

Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder) is common in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer. A study evaluated whether a cranberry supplement could reduce the incidence of cystitis in these men. Find out if it helped in our updated answer to the question: Are cranberry supplements helpful for men? Can they help with symptoms of prostatitis or urinary tract infections?

Clinical Update

6/24/2022

Beta-sitosterol & Bleeding Risk?

Does taking beta-sitosterol increase bleeding risk? Find out in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Prostate Supplements Review.

News Release

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.

News Release

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.

News Release

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.

Recalls & Warnings

6/23/2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

9/14/2016

Seller of Aloe, Prostate and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On April 8, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Salud Natural Entrepreneurs, Inc.

News Release

5/05/2002

Study finds supplement users avoid prescription drugs due to side effects, not cost — Brands top rated by users also identified in new survey by ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NY — March 5, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com, traditionally known for its independent laboratory evaluations of dietary supplements and nutritional products, announced surprising findings today from a new survey of supplement users.

News Release

3/06/2002

Study finds supplement users avoid prescription drugs due to side effects, not cost — Brands top rated by users also identified in new survey by ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NY — March 6, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com, traditionally known for its independent laboratory evaluations of dietary supplements and nutritional products, announced surprising findings today from a new survey of supplement users.

Recalls & Warnings

4/02/2021

FDA Warns Sellers of Prostate, Reishi, Immune Products, and More

On March 16, 2021, the FDA issued warning letters to two companies following reviews of their websites which found statements made about the companies' products to be drug claims.

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

11/10/2020

Seller of Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

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

Recalls & Warnings

8/25/2022

Oregon’s Wild Harvest Warned by FDA for Manufacturing Violations

On July 8, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Oregon’s Wild Harvest, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

9/07/2016

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

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

News Release

1/31/2000

Quality of prostate supplements get mixed review in ConsumerLab.com study; Saw palmetto product review published online today.

WHITE PLAINS, NY, January 31, 2000 — Out of 27 major brands of dietary supplements purporting to contain saw palmetto for treating symptoms of prostate enlargement, only 17 appeared to have ingredients similar to those found in published clinical studies.

Recalls & Warnings

5/29/2021

FDA, FTC Warns Five Sellers of "Infertility" Supplements

The FDA and FTC (Federal Trade Commission) sent warning letters to the following five companies in May for illegally selling dietary supplements promoted with claims to treat infertility and other reproductive health issues:

Recalls & Warnings

8/16/2019

Lavender Oil Linked With Abnormal Breast Growth in Children

The use of products containing lavender oil has been linked to 16 cases of premature and/or abnormal breast development in girls and boys under the age of 8, according to a new report published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Recalls & Warnings

7/18/2017

Seller of "Super Strength Prostate Formula," Acai Berry Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims

On June 30, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nature's Health Company, LLC, following a facility inspection and review of the company's website, www.natureshealthcompany.

Recalls & Warnings

2/17/2018

FDA Warns Seller Reishi Mushroom Supplements

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

Recalls & Warnings

1/29/2018

Seller of Male Enhancement, Prostate Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims

On January 10, 2018, the FDA issues a warning letter to USA Labs AKA Power Source Distributors, Inc following a review of the company's website which found statements made about its products, including Maximum Male, Beta 300 (Beta Prosturol), Chromium Max 1000, DHEA, Healthy Cold-X and ...

Recalls & Warnings

1/13/2018

Seller of Depression, Prostate Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On August 21, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Irmo-Vita, LLC, following a facility inspection which found that several of the company's products, including Hysta-Min, Man-Affirm, Phung-EX, and Bacto- EX to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held ...

Recalls & Warnings

6/10/2017

Seller of Prostate, Immune Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On May 25, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to The Herbalist, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

4/01/2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

9/28/2017

Seller of Prostate, Reishi Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

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

Recalls & Warnings

5/20/2017

Muscle Enhancement Supplement Containing Steroid-Like Substances Recalled

On May 19, 2017, Dynamic Technical Formulations LLC issued a recall of all lots its muscle enhancement supplement Tri-Ton because it was found to contain anabolic steroid-like substances (andarine and ostarine) which are not permitted in dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

5/08/2017

Muscle Enhancement Supplement Recalled

On May 5, 2017, Genetic Edge Compounds issued a recall of all lots its muscle enhancement supplement GEC Laxoplex because FDA analysis found it to contain anabolic steroids and steroid like substances, which are not permitted in dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

3/30/2019

FDA Warns Seller of Reishi, Joint Supplements, Ginseng & More for Pesticides, Other Violations

On March 12, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Yanqing "Michael" Li and Chang Su, owners of the website http://www.woohoonatural.

Recalls & Warnings

2/07/2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

10/18/2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

9/25/2018

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

9/25/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Digestive Enzyme Supplements

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

Recalls & Warnings

7/03/2018

Seller of Chinese "Cancer" Supplements Warned

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

Recalls & Warnings

3/29/2016

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

8/29/2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

8/01/2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

6/06/2017

Seller of Vision, Cholesterol, Prostate Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On May 25, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbal Doctor Remedies following a facility inspection and review of the company's websites, www.herb-doc.com, www.ChinaSecretMed.com and www.theraherb.

Recalls & Warnings

7/18/2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

6/27/2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

2/28/2017

Seller of Tea Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

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

Recalls & Warnings

4/07/2011

Prostate Drug Found in Prostate Supplement -- Recall Underway

On March 24, 2011 the U.S. FDA posted a voluntary recall notice for U-Prosta from USA Far Ocean Group, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

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.

Recalls & Warnings

11/07/2015

Seller of "NaturalDoctor" Vitamin C, Echinacea and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On October 16, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter Sound Healing Arts, PC, dba Grounds for Tea, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including  NaturalDoctor Vitamins C & K3, NaturalDoctor Goldenseal & Echinacea Plus, NaturalDoctor Centella ...

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8/13/2016

Seller of Omega-3, Ginkgo, Vision Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims

On July 22, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Viva Nutraceuticals (J & E International Corporation) following a review of the company's website and promotional literature, which found statement made about its products, Eyestonia, Ginkgo Biloba 60mg, Golden Omega-3 Max, ...

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5/30/2015

Seller of Supplements for Herpes, Prostate Cancer & More Warned for Drug Claims

On May 7, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Strictly Health Corporation, following a review of the company's websites which found statements made about FENVIR, Prosta Pep and Tonalin brand CLA to be drug claims.

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10/30/2008

Possible Risk Rather than Benefit Found in Trial of Vitamin E and Selenium for Prostate Cancer

On October 27, 2008 the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced that men in the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) are being told to stop taking their supplements.

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9/27/2010

FTC Charges Deceptive Advertising by POM Wonderful

On September 27, 2010, the U.S.

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11/26/2012

Court Injunction Halts Sale of Cholesterol, CoQ10, Progesterone, Prostate Supplements and More

On November 20, 2012, Pharmacist's Ultimate Health agreed to cease sales and distribution of its dietary supplements by entering into a Consent Decree of Permanent Injunction in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.

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2/13/2014

Seller of Iron, Prostate, Valerian and Other Supplements Warned For Multiple Violations and Drug Claims

On January 31, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to NatureAll-STF Holding, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Colostrum, Valerian-Plus, Wormwood, Black Walnut-Plus, Lung-Plus, Yucca-Plus (Arthro Plus), Iron Plus, MSM Plus, White Willow Plus, ...

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5/03/2013

Homeopathic Company Warned For Drug Claims and Improper Labeling

On March 12, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Natural Medicine Associates, Inc.

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5/03/2002

More Information on Recall of PC-SPES - Prostate Supplement

The FDA's May 1, 2002 Enforcement Report classified the recall of PC-SPES as a Class I recall. The recall was originally announced by its manufacturer in February with additional warnings from the FDA issued in March (see the 3/11/02 posting on ConsumerLab.

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3/13/2006

FDA Warns About Steroid Products Sold as Dietary Supplements

On March 9, 2006, the U.S.

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11/17/2009

Steroids Found in More Body Building Supplements

On November 17, 2009, the U.S.

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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.

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5/17/2016

Sexual Enhancement Supplement Contains Undeclared Drugs

On May 6, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Economax, LLC because the company's sexual enhancement supplement, Super Power Khan was found to contain sildenafil and hydroxyhomosildenafil.

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11/06/2014

Seller of Prostate, Heart Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On October 9, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Health Research Laboratories, LLC/New World Health, following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about AtheChel Advanced, Betarol, BioTherapex, Omega-3 Cardio Plus, RejuvaLifeRx, and Ultimate Health Formula to be ...

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10/03/2014

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

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

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3/29/2013

Prescription Drugs Found In Prostate and Sexual Enhancement Supplements

October 24, 2012 the FDA issued a warning letter to USA Far Ocean Group Inc./ Health & Beauty Group Inc. because a number of the company's dietary supplements were found to contain pharmaceutical drugs, or were promoted with statements that constitute drug claims.

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11/21/2014

Seller of Diabetes, Prostate Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On October 7, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement distributor Windmill Health Products, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Nutri-Betic caplets, Vita-betic caplets, ProstrinRx tablets, Polyflavanol capsules, and Glucoflex Joint ...

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10/24/2012

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

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

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11/03/2009

Recall of 65 Dietary Supplements That May Contain Steroids

On November 3, 2009, as part of its ongoing cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA"), Bodybuilding.

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8/02/2013

Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Multimineral Supplements Recalled Due To Anabolic Steroid Risk

On July 31, 2013, Purity First Health Products, Inc.

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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.

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1/02/2012

FDA Warns ION Labs of Manufacturing Violations Affecting Multiple Dietary Supplements

On December 5, 2011 the U.S.

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3/11/2002

Recall and Warning to Stop Use of Prostate Supplements "PC SPES" and "SPES"

Note: This posting was origially made on February 8, 2002. Additional information was added on March 11, 2002.

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1/18/2013

FTC Upholds Ruling, POM Wonderful Health Claims Were Deceptive

On January 16, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it will uphold a judge’s ruling that makers of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements made deceptive and unsubstantiated claims that the products could treat, prevent, or reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate ...

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11/02/2012

Maker of Joint Health, Blood Sugar, Prostate, Ginkgo Supplements and More Warned For Drug Claims, Misbranding and Adulteration

On September 10, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Global Source Management & Consulting for making drug claims about the following dietary supplements: Scientific Joint Program capsules, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Healthy Blood Sugar Diabetic Support, Dr.

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5/31/2014

Sellers of "Cancer" Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

Two sellers of graviola supplements promoted to treat cancer have been issued warning letters by the FDA. Graviola (Annona muricata), also known as soursop, is the fruit of a tree native to South America and Puerto Rico.

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12/05/2014

Maker of Ginseng, Zinc, Calcium and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On November 20, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Long Island Pharmaceuticals, 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 ...

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9/26/2014

Sellers of Essential Oils Warned for Claiming to Treat Ebola, Other Diseases

On September 22, 2014, the FDA issued a warning to Young Living following a review of websites, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter accounts owned by Young Living distributors, which found statements made about the company's essential oils, including Thieves, Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, ImmuPower, ...

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5/03/2013

Maker of Omega-3, Saw Palmetto, St. John’s Wort Supplements And More Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On March 19, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Sunset Natural Products Inc.

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11/02/2012

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

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

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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.

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2/28/2013

Maker of Liquid Omega-3 Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations

On February 20, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Capco Custom Packaging Inc.

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9/16/2015

Herbal Extracts Recalled

On September 15, 2015, Iowa Select Herbs, LLC issued a recall of numerous herbal exacts following a permanent injunction which required the company to stop selling supplements.