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Protein Powders

Find the best protein powders containing whey, casein, pea, egg, hemp, and peanut proteins, and see how much sodium, carbs, fats, and calories are really in popular brands. Learn to choose one that is high quality without contamination, and low cost, with the right dose for maintaining muscle, and best for meal replacement.

Protein Powders Review

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Product Review

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

Product Review

Electrolytes & Sports Drinks Review

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

CL Answer

Immunocal is much more expensive than other whey protein isolates - is it worth the extra cost?

Find out how Immunocal, from Immunotec, compares to other whey protein isolates and understand it's costs.

Immunocal: A better whey protein? -- box of Immunocal

CL Answer

Is Greek yogurt a good source of protein?

Find out if Greek yogurt is a good source of protein, how much protein it contains, and what type of protein it contains..

Greek yogurt as a good source of protein? --  container of Oikos Greek yogurt

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

Which vitamins and minerals should someone over 70 take?

Find out which vitamin and mineral supplements men and women age 70 and older should take, recommended intakes for vitamin D, B6, B12, iron, plus multis, vision supplements, protein and more.

Vitamins and Minerals for People Age 70 or Older

CL Answer

Supplements for Age-Related Muscle Loss

Find out if protein supplements, fish oil, vitamin D, and other supplements can help older adults build and maintain muscle, and help prevent age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia).

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

What is the best protein supplement for vegetarians and vegans?

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

Protein Powder Scoop

CL Answer

Do 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

Product Review

Fruits, Veggies, and Other Greens Supplements Review (Including Spirulina and Chlorella)

Avoid Lead in Greens, Problems with Pills, and Don't Give Up Eating Whole Foods.

Greens Review Oct 2023

Product Review

Lion's Mane and Chaga Supplements Review

Read Labels Carefully -- Many Can Mislead

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

Product Review

Collagen Supplements Review

See our Top Picks for Wrinkles and Joints

CL Answer

I do moderate exercise for about an hour a few times a week. Which supplements might help me, and which should I consider avoiding?

Info on what supplements are best for work out & exercise regimens, including electrolytes, protein, creatine, and BCAAs.

Supplements for Moderate Exercise

Product Review

Olive Leaf Extract Supplements Review

Learn What Olive Leaf Does and the Best Brands

Product Review

Dark Chocolates, Cocoa & Cacao Powders, Nibs, and Supplements Review -- Sources of Flavanols

Is Your Chocolate or Cocoa Healthful or Toxic? Find the Best Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Powder and Cocoa Supplements Based On Our Tests.

CL Answer

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.

CL Answer

Do collagen supplements impact cholesterol levels or reduce risk factors for atherosclerosis?

Collagen has been studied for its effects on cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis risk factors, but its effects are still not clear.

Collagen powder and collagen pills

Product Review

Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils Review

Oils Tested for Authenticity and Purity

Product Review

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

CL Answer

Is soy in supplements good or bad for you?

Find out about the health benefits and/or safety concerns related to soy constituents (including soy isoflavones, soy protein, soy lecithin, and soybean oil), and learn how you can avoid soy in supplements if necessary.

Scoop of soy protein isolate placed among soybeans

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

CL Answer

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

Whole, Ground, Milled, and Cracker Flaxseed Review

High Levels of Cadmium Found in Flaxseed Products — Testing Expanded

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

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

I have type 2 diabetes. Should I be concerned about ingredients like maltodextrin and maltitol that are found in some protein bars and drinks?

Learn more about maltitol and maltodextrin and their effects on blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes.

Protein Bars and Powder

Product Review

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

Clinical Update

7/06/2019

Casein Peptides for Better Sleep?

People with difficulty sleeping were given a casein hydrolysate to see if it would help them sleep. Find out if it worked in the Casein section of the Protein Powders, Drinks and Shakes Review. Also see our Top Picks among casein and other protein products.

Clinical Update

1/05/2019

Is Protein Best Before or After a Meal?

A new study showed that the timing of protein supplementation around a meal can determine the effect on blood sugar in people with insulin resistance. Find out the best timing in the update to the Protein Powders, Drinks, and Shakes Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products.)

Clinical Update

2/02/2019

Whey Protein When Bedridden?

Does substituting whey protein for other sources of protein help bedridden people retain muscle mass and strength? Find out what a new study showed in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders & Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks for protein powders.

Clinical Update

4/21/2020

Does Protein Powder Affect Blood Flow?

Does supplementing with whey protein isolate affect blood flow through the aorta and to the brain? Find out what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders & Drinks Review. Also learn what effects protein powder has on building and maintaining muscle and see our Top Picks for protein powders.

CL Answer

How much should I expect to pay for supplements? Are higher-priced supplements any better than low-priced brands?

Learn about the cost of supplements. Info including the best pricing on fish oil, CoQ10, vitamins C & D, magnesium, and calcium.

Cost and Quality of Dietary Supplements -- supplement bottles on store shelves

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

Product Review

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

Do Creatine and BCAAs Really Improve Strength and Recovery?

CL Answer

Which supplements or OTC medications help reduce flatulence (gas), and are there any that make it worse?

Find out which supplements may help reduce flatulence (gas), and learn which supplements or foods may worsen symptoms of flatulence.

Older woman sitting on her bed and holding her stomach due to gas and bloating

Product Review

Tuna, Salmon, Sardines & Herring Review (Canned and Packaged)

Find Products With the Least Mercury and Most Omega-3s

Product Review

Cranberry Juices and Supplements Review

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

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

CL Answer

Can chocolate and cocoa powder cause eczema?

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

Itching 1400

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

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

What are the health benefits of nutritional yeast and is it safe?

Learn about the nutritional content and health benefits of nutritional yeast (nooch), evidence for or against nutritional yeast for boosting the immune system, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, plus safety and side effects of nutritional yeast.

Nutritional Yeast

CL Answer

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

Product Review

Shelled Walnuts (Halves & Pieces)

See Our Top Picks for Walnuts

Walnuts Review 2023

CL Answer

How can I find supplements that are gluten-free on ConsumerLab.com?

Gluten-Free supplements & vitamin information including other dietary features like vegetarian, vegan, and kosher on ConsumerLab.com. Our answer explains.

Finding Gluten-Free Supplements -- gluten-free seal

CL Answer

What are "hypoallergenic" supplements? How can I find hypoallergenic supplements on ConsumerLab.com?

Hypoallergenic supplements are typically formulated without ingredients known to be common food allergens, such as milk, fish, shellfish, eggs and nuts, and/or gluten , and certain artificial coloring agents, and fillers. ConsumerLab has tested many hypoallergenic supplements including multivitamins, probiotics, protein powders and more.

Hypoallergenic Supplements

CL Answer

Top 8 vitamins and nutrients 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

Product Review

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

Seaweed Snacks and Foods Review

Tests Reveal Seaweed Snack Risks

CL Answer

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.

Man taking blood pressure

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

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

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

Iodine Causing Acne & Rashes -- box of iodized salt

Product Review

L-Lysine Supplements Review

Read L-Lysine Labels Carefully. Some Can Fool You.

Product Review

Green Tea Review: Tea Bags, Matcha Powders, and Supplements

Some green teas provide barely any green tea polyphenols, while some others are high strength. See the Test Results and Our Top Picks for Green Tea.

Green Tea Review 2024

CL Answer

Do gluten-free diets increase your exposure to toxins like arsenic and mercury?

Find out if your gluten-free diet is increasing your exposure to toxic heavy metals like arsenic and mercury.

Woman with Freshly Baked Cookies

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

Product Review

Vitamin C Supplements Review

Find the Best Vitamin C Supplements

Vitamin C Review 2023

CL Answer

Are there side effects from collagen supplements?

Find out if there are collagen side effects from supplements (collagen hydrolysate, collagen peptides, etc.) such as nausea, constipation, skin rash and others. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Collagen Supplement Side Effects -- woman with stomach pain

Product Review

GABA Supplements Review

Does GABA Work As a Supplement?

Product Review

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

Clinical Update

6/30/2023

Protein Powder vs. Bar

Is protein better absorbed from a drink made from protein powder or a protein bar? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of our Nutrition Bars Review.

Also see our Top Picks among protein powders and drinks and Top Picks among nutrition bars.

Clinical Update

12/09/2012

Extra Protein Improves Strength

Whether you are trying to add muscle or just maintain it, a new report suggests that additional protein leads to further gains from resistance-type training. The analysis of 22 clinical studies shows that both young and old individuals who received additional protein from supplements or high-protein foods experienced significantly greater increases in muscle mass and strength than those not getting additional protein. Get the details, as well as our tests and reviews of protein powders and drinks, in the updated Protein Powders and Drinks Review (Including Sports, Nutrition, and Diet Products). More >>

CL Answer

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

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.

Product Review

Noni Juice and Supplements Review Article

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

CL Answer

What is hesperidin, what is it used for and is it safe?

Learn about hesperidin, including whether its beneficial for heart health, problems with circulation, stroke, cognitive function, depression, cancer and other conditions, and find out if it is safe.

A glass of orange juice sitting on a table and surrounded by sliced and whole oranges

Clinical Update

2/23/2019

Allergic Reactions to Protein Powder

Be aware that allergic reactions to protein powders have recently been reported in people not normally allergic the protein sources of their supplements. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks for protein supplements.

Clinical Update

8/27/2019

Whey Protein for Muscle Gain and Fat Loss?

Did drinking whey protein after resistance exercise help prevent muscle loss and reduce body fat in obese women? See what a recent study found in the Building and maintaining muscle section of the Protein Powders, Shakes and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks for protein powders and shakes.

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

COVID-19 Vaccines for 2023-2024: What You Should Know

Learn how the updated COVID-19 vaccines for 2023-2024 (Moderna, Novavax, and Pfizer-BioNTech) differ from each other, who should get them, what the recommended dosing schedules are, and possible side effects.

Older man in gray t-shirt getting vaccinated for COVID-19

Clinical Update

6/27/2021

Whey vs Rice and Potato Protein

Whey, rice and potato proteins were found to have different effects on blood sugar and insulin levels in a recent study. Find out how they differ. You can also learn more about these and other protein sources in the ConsumerTips section of our Protein Powders, Shakes and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein powders.

CL Answer

Does drinking coffee deplete vitamins or minerals, such as magnesium, in the body? Can adding magnesium or other minerals reduce the acidity or improve the flavor of coffee?

Coffee can reduce absorption or increase loss of certain vitamins and minerals. Find out which are affected, and what steps can be taken to reduce the effect of coffee on these nutrients.

coffee cup with coffee beans on table

Clinical Update

10/05/2019

Extra Protein During Chemotherapy?

Is taking extra whey protein during chemotherapy helpful to malnourished cancer patients? Learn what a study found in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein powders.

CL Answer

Have you tested vitamin K supplements with MenaQ7? Is this a good source of vitamin K if I need to avoid soy?

Information about MenaQ7, a MK-7 form of vitamin K2, including test results for a supplement containing MenaQ7.

Doctor's Best Vitamin K Bottle Against White Background

CL Answer

Since the COVID-19 drug, Paxlovid, works by blocking a protease enzyme, should I be concerned about taking digestive enzymes that contain proteases?

Find out if taking digestive enzyme supplements that contain proteases might interact with medications that work by blocking a protease enzyme, including the COVID-19 drug Paxlovid.

Digestive enzyme supplements placed on a table between a fork and knife

Clinical Update

9/19/2023

Protein After Hospitalization

Does a protein drink like Ensure Protein help with recovery after hospitalization? See what a study showed in the Recovery section of our Protein Review, which includes our Top Picks among protein powders and drinks.

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

Clinical Update

7/12/2014

Whey Protein for Blood Sugar Control?

Drinking a whey protein shake before a meal improves blood sugar and insulin response in men and women with type 2 diabetes, according to a new, preliminary study. Get more details, plus our tests of protein supplements, in the updated Protein Powders and Drinks Review >>

Clinical Update

10/06/2020

Can Whey Protein Control Hunger?

Can drinking a whey protein shake help control hunger in people who are overweight? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of our Protein Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein powders, shakes and drinks.

Clinical Update

3/04/2022

Protein Shake for Weight Management?

Can drinking a protein and fiber shake improve weight management in overweight people when used along with diet and exercise? Find out what a recent study found in the Weight management section of our Protein Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein powders, shakes and drinks.

Clinical Update

1/11/2022

Soy Versus Whey Protein

Can soy protein help increase muscle mass and strength as well as the same amount of whey protein? See what a recent study showed in the Soy section of our Protein Powders and Drinks Review, which includes comparisons of whey, casein, soy, rice, pea and other forms of protein. Also see our Top Picks among protein supplements.

Product Review

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

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

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

Clinical Update

10/27/2020

Protein During Dialysis?

People on dialysis (for kidney failure) may lose protein, but do all dialysis patients benefit from protein supplementation? Find out what studies are showing in the What It Does section of our Protein Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for protein powders, shakes and drinks.

Clinical Update

9/28/2019

Who's Not Getting Enough Protein?

A recent study among older Americans identified groups that are not getting enough protein. Find out who's not getting enough protein in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein products.

Clinical Update

3/20/2018

Does Extra Protein Help?

What effect does giving older men a daily protein supplement and/or a weekly testosterone shot have? Find out in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review. The section also provides information about the effects of extra protein in other populations. (Also see our Top Picks among protein supplements.)

Clinical Update

1/07/2020

When to Eat Protein

The timing of protein intake during the day was associated with greater reductions in abdominal fat and BMI (body mass index) among people engaged in exercise programs in a recent study. The timing of protein intake can also improve the likelihood of muscular benefits. For details, see the When to Take section of the Protein Powders and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein products.

Clinical Update

7/02/2017

Extra Protein Enhances Training

Even among untrained, middle-aged men, adding protein supplementation to resistance training leads to greater improvements in lean body mass (i.e., more muscle) than the training alone, according to a new study. Find out how much protein helped in the "What It Does" section of the Protein Supplements Review. The Review includes our test-based, quality ratings and comparisons of popular protein powders and drinks.

Clinical Update

10/27/2015

Whey Protein and Muscle

As noted in our Protein Review, many studies show that extra protein can help build more muscle and increase strength when resistance training. But, as shown in a recent study in postmenopausal women, just eating extra protein without exercise provides no benefit. Get the details in the Protein Powders and Drinks 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 >>

Clinical Update

2/10/2016

Extra Protein Helps During Exercise & Dieting

A study among obese young men found that giving extra protein during a period of dieting and intense exercise caused them to lose more fat and gain more muscle than men to whom additional protein was not provided. Several other recent studies in both young and old individuals have shown significant benefits from additional protein – but only when combined with exercise. Get the details in the Protein Powders and Drinks Review >>

Clinical Update

4/29/2018

When to Take Protein

When is the best time of day to take a protein supplement if you want to gain muscle but lose fat? An analysis of over 30 clinical studies involving protein supplementation and resistance exercise recently addressed this question. Get the answer and details in the ConsumerTips section of the Protein Powders, Shakes and Drinks Review. (Also see our Top Picks among protein products).

Clinical Update

3/04/2022

Whey Protein From a Lab

Laboratory-produced whey protein is now hitting the market. How does it differ from milk-based whey protein? Find out in the ConsumerTips section of our Protein Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks among protein powders, shakes and drinks.

Clinical Update

12/15/2023

Cricket Protein and Kidneys

Cricket protein may be more environmentally friendly than animal sources of protein, but people with impaired kidney function may want to avoid consuming large amounts. Learn why in the Cautions and Concerns section of our Protein Supplements Review. Also see what we found when we tested cricket powders, and see our Top Picks for whey, soy, and other protein shakes and drinks.

CL Answer

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

Clinical Update

5/20/2018

Protein for Exercisers

What happens when you give extra protein to women who regularly perform resistance exercise? Extra good things, according to a recent study. See the details (including dosage) in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review. (Also see our Top Picks among protein products).

Clinical Update

2/27/2019

Many Men and Women Not Getting Enough Protein

A national study found that many older men and women don't get enough protein in their diets, including those in their 50s. For details, see the What It Does section of the Protein Powders and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein supplements.

Clinical Update

12/09/2018

When to Take Protein

Supplementing with protein can increase muscle mass and strength more than resistance exercise alone, but the timing of protein consumption can make a difference if you are also trying to improve metabolism and reduce body fat. Get the details and find out what a new study showed in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders, Shakes & Drinks Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products).

Product Review

Maca Supplements Review

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

Maca Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Is it better to use a powdered product that you mix with liquid than to take a pill? I was told that the vitamins will be more completely absorbed. Is that true?

Learn more about taking supplements & multivitamins in powder or tablet form, including tips on how to get the most from your supplement.

Orange Powder Dissolving in Glass of Water

CL Answer

Flu Vaccines: How do different flu vaccines compare and which is best for older people?

Learn how flu vaccines differ and find out which may be most suitable for older people, as well as those with egg allergy.

Vial of flu vaccine in front of a syringe and another vial

CL Answer

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

Product Review

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

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

Clinical Update

1/19/2024

How to Store Protein Powder

Learn how to properly store protein powders in the ConsumerTips section of our Protein Supplements Review, which includes our Top Picks among protein powders.

Clinical Update

5/10/2022

Whey Protein & Blood Pressure

Older people may experience a dip in blood pressure after consuming whey protein, according to a recent study. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review.

Clinical Update

6/08/2016

Whey Protein Improves Recovery After Hip Fracture Surgery

Whey protein improved strength and the ability to perform certain activities of daily living in older adults who underwent surgery for hip fracture, according to a recent study. Get the details, including dosage, and more about other benefits, in the Protein Powders and Drinks Review >>

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

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

CL Answer

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

Product Review

Digestive Enzyme Supplements Review

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

CL Answer

Do any supplements improve balance or reduce the risk of falls?

Find out which vitamins & supplements may improve your balance to help reduce the risk of falling, including vitamin D and protein.

Supplements to Improve Balance & Reduce the Risk of Falls -- older woman walking up stairs

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

Clinical Update

1/23/2024

Is Protein Powder Ultra-Processed?

All protein powders can be considered ultra-processed food, which has pros and cons, as discussed in our Protein Powders Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein powders and shakes.

Product Review

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

Clinical Update

2/28/2023

Vegan Protein for Muscle?

Can vegan protein derived from fungus (sold as Quorn) improve muscle mass and strength as effectively as milk-based protein, and is it safe? Find out in the ConsumerTips section of our Protein Powders and Shakes Review.

Also see our Top Picks among protein powders, including a product suitable for vegans.

Clinical Update

4/14/2023

When to Get Protein

For older people, a new study suggests that the timing of protein intake during the day may be important, although more research is needed. Get the details in the When to take section of our Protein Powders and Shakes Review. Also find out when to take protein around exercise for greater metabolic improvement and fat loss.

See our Top Pick among protein powders.

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

Product Review

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

Product Review

Psyllium Fiber Supplements Review

Find the Best Psyllium Fiber Supplement and Avoid Lead.

Psyllium Review 2024

Product Review

Iron Supplements Review (Iron Pills, Liquids and Chews)

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

Clinical Update

1/19/2024

Protein Powder Allergy?

It is possible to be allergic to a protein powder, and some potential allergens need not be disclosed as allergens on labels. Learn more in the Cautions and Concerns section of our Protein Powders & Shakes Review.

Clinical Update

6/23/2023

Non-animal Whey

How do “non-animal” whey protein products such as V-Whey and Mooless compare to regular whey protein, and are they suitable for people sensitive to lactose or with milk allergies? Find out in our Protein Powders Review.

Also see our Top Picks among protein powders.

Clinical Update

2/10/2018

Protein Enhances Muscle Gain in Young and Old

Consuming extra protein, up to a point, was found to help both younger and older people increase muscle strength and size as part of resistance exercise training. For details see the What It Does section of the Protein Powders Review. (Also see our Top Picks among protein powders).

Clinical Update

1/12/2020

Collagen vs. Whey for Muscle

Does taking collagen protein increase muscle as well as whey protein? Find out what a recent study showed in the "Building Muscle" sections of both the Protein Powders Review and the Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for protein powders and Top Picks for collagen.

Clinical Update

6/17/2020

Whey vs. Casein vs. Neither

A study among elderly men engaged in strength training compared the effects of supplementing with whey protein, casein protein, or neither. Learn what the study showed in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein powders.

Clinical Update

2/07/2018

Does Protein Hurt Bones?

It has been speculated that high-protein diets can result in calcium loss from bone. A recent study tested this. Get the results in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Protein Powders Review -- which also discusses a concern with dehydration. (If you use protein powders, see our Top Picks).

Product Review

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

Clinical Update

5/19/2023

Ka'Chava Superfood

We just tested Ka'Chava Superfood, a popular protein powder that also contains vitamins and minerals. See the results now in our Protein Powders and Shakes Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein supplements.

Clinical Update

1/10/2023

Phytates in Pea Protein

Is pea protein powder is a significant source of the phytate, which can reduce mineral absorption? Find out what research suggests in the ConsumerTips section of our Protein Powders Review.

Clinical Update

1/13/2023

How Much Phytate in Pea Protein?

Although not on the label, we found out how much phytate, an anti-nutrient, is in our Top Pick for pea protein powder. Learn the details and implications in our updated Protein Powders and Shakes Review.

Clinical Update

1/27/2024

BPA in Protein Powder?

Protein powders can absorb BPA (an endocrine disruptor) from plastic containers. Learn how to avoid BPA in the Quality Concerns section of our Protein Supplements Review.

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

Product Review

Inactive Ingredients / Excipients in Supplements

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

Product Review

L-Citrulline Supplements Review

Learn How Citrulline Products Differ and Our Top Picks

L-Citrulline Review 2023

Clinical Update

10/23/2021

How Good Is Pea Protein?

How does the amino acid quality and digestibility of pea protein compare to casein? Find out what a new study showed in the ConsumerTips section of our Protein Supplements Review, which also explains the differences between whey, soy, rice, and other sources of protein. Also see our Top Picks among protein powders, including our Top Pick for pea protein.

Clinical Update

9/25/2018

Extra Protein for Extra Muscle?

Extra protein can boost the increases in muscle strength and size that occur with strength training. But does extra protein help people already consuming adequate protein from their diets? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of the Protein Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among protein powders and shakes.)

Clinical Update

1/28/2015

Pea Protein for Muscle

Like whey protein, pea protein is now being used in protein powders. A recent placebo-controlled study compared the two and suggests that pea protein is a viable option for increasing muscle mass. See the details in the Protein Supplements Review >> 

CL Answer

Do sea moss and carrageenan have health benefits? Are there risks?

Sea moss is promoted for thyroid health, boosting immunity, improving gut health, and other uses. Find out if it works and learn about possible side effects of sea moss and its constituent, carrageenan.

Sea moss in a clear bowl next to a wooden spoon on the countertop

Clinical Update

1/15/2019

Pea vs. Whey Protein

Which is better for increasing strength and muscle thickness, pea protein or whey protein? See what a recent study showed in the Protein Powders Review. Also see our Top Pick for each type of protein.

CL Answer

What is lactoferrin and will it really strengthen my immune system?

Info about lactoferrin supplements, clinical evidence for strengthening the immune system, preventing or treating colds, gut health and treating H.

What is Lactoferrin? -- lactoferrin capsules and bottle

Clinical Update

11/19/2019

When Protein Won't Help

Supplementing with protein can help build and maintain muscle mass, but there are times when it won't help, as demonstrated in a recent study. For details see the Building and maintaining muscle mass section of the Protein Powders Review. Also see our Top Picks for protein supplements.

Clinical Update

3/01/2024

Heart Concern With High Protein?

Too much protein from a single meal might pose cardiovascular risk according to a preliminary study. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of our Protein Powders and Shakes Review, which includes our Top Picks among protein products.

Clinical Update

2/07/2023

Whey Protein for Diabetes

Whey protein seems to help control blood sugar levels, and a recent study suggested that it may do more than just slow gastric emptying and increase insulin levels. Get the details in the Diabetes section of our Protein Powders and Shakes Review. Also see our Top Picks for whey protein.

CL Answer

I'm considering taking vitamin K for my bones, but I take blood thinner (anticoagulant) medication. Is there a problem taking both?

Learn more about vitamin K, including info on interactions with blood thinners such as Coumadin and Jantoven, its effects on bones & impact on clotting.

CL Answer

Is the probiotic "Milk Test," as described on many websites, really an effective way to test the quality of the bacteria in probiotic supplements at home?

Is the probiotic "Milk Test" an effective at-home test of the quality of the bacteria in probiotic supplements?

Milk and Probiotics Against White Background

Product Review

Prebiotic Supplements Review

You Can't Tell How Much Fiber Is Really In Most Prebiotics Without Testing

Prebiotics 2024 Expanded Review

Product Review

Ginseng Supplements Review

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

Ginseng Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab

CL Answer

Which supplements and foods 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

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

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

Clinical Update

10/18/2022

High-Intensity Training + Protein?

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a popular way to work out, but does taking a protein supplement after HIIT increase muscular benefits? Find out what a recent study showed in the Building and maintaining muscle mass section of our Protein Powders and Shakes Review.

Clinical Update

4/07/2023

Collagen Versus Whey Protein?

Find out if taking collagen (which is a protein) improves wrinkles if you already use a protein powder, such as whey. Also, learn if collagen is as good as whey for muscle maintenance.

Product Review

Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review

Best Multivitamins In 2023 -- Caution with Gummies

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.

Product Review

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

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Product Review

Aloe Juices, Gels, and Supplements Review

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

Clinical Update

4/20/2016

Diabetes Cured With Low Cal Diet

A recent study found that type 2 diabetes was reversed in 40% of people who followed an 8-week, very low calorie diet consisting mainly of a diet shake. Get details about the study in the "What It Does" section of the Protein Powders and Drinks Review – for Body Building, Sports & Dieting >>

Clinical Update

4/14/2013

Concern Over Carnitine Causing Cardiovascular Disease

Intake of L-carnitine from supplements (and from red meat) may foster atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), according to new research. Once ingested, L-carnitine is converted in some people to a compound which reduces the normal clearing of cholesterol from arteries.

For more details, see the updated reviews of B Vitamin Supplements & Energy Drinks and Protein Powders, as some of these products contain L-carnitine. The Acetyl-L-Carnitine Supplements review has also been updated because acetyl-L-carnitine is chemically similar to L-carnitine, suggesting a potential concern.

CL Answer

What is lumbrokinase, does it have heart benefits, is it safe, and what should you look for, or avoid, in a lumbrokinase supplement?

Lumbrokinase is marketed as promoting healthy circulation and supporting heart health. Find out how and if lumbrokinase supplements actually work, possible safety concerns, and what to consider when choosing a lumbrokinase supplement.

Capsules of lumbrokinase poured onto a black table

Clinical Update

5/15/2018

Casein at Night?

It has been suggested that casein protein be taken at bedtime because it is absorbed relatively slowly, providing a more continuous supply of amino acids throughout the night to maintain muscle. A study recently put this theory to the test. See the results in the Casein section of the Protein Powders Review. Also see our Top Picks among products.

Clinical Update

5/23/2023

Top Pick Protein Meal

With the addition of Ka'Chava to our Protein Powders Review, we compared it to six other products as a meal replacement. See which is our Top Pick.

CL Answer

What are the possible health benefits of fenugreek, and is it safe?

Fenugreek is promoted for boosting testosterone, increasing breastmilk production, lowering blood sugar, improving symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and other conditions, but does it work? Find out.

Fenugreek seed powder and capsules containing fenugreek

CL Answer

Are L-carnosine supplements helpful and safe?

Learn about the potential health benefits of L-carnosine, as well as possible safety concerns, drug interactions and cost.

Capsules with white powder and spoon holding white powder on white background

CL Answer

Is spirulina safe? I heard that it can contain toxins, such as BMAA and microcystin toxin.

Is Spirulina safe? Find out if Spirulina contains toxins like BMAA and microcystin toxin.

Spirulina Powder and Pills

Product Review

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

Product Review

Valerian Supplements Review

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

Valerian Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Can beetroot juice or supplements lower blood pressure or improve exercise performance, and are they safe?

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

CL Answer

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

Product Review

D-Mannose Supplements

Find out if D-mannose helps prevent urinary tract infections and how products compare.

D-Mannose Review 2023

Product Review

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

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.

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Clinical Update

8/18/2018

Extra Protein Can Help Older People

Increasing protein intake can help older people maintain and build muscle — but it's not that simple. Get the details, and read about the latest studies, in the Building and maintaining muscle mass section of the Protein Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among protein shakes and drinks).

CL Answer

Which supplements and lifestyle changes improve sleep, and which cause insomnia?

Find out which vitamins may help you sleep and learn if any vitamins or supplements can cause insomnia.

CL Answer

Is it okay to crush or break vitamin pills to lower the dose or mix into food?

Learn about the safety of crushing vitamin pills, tablets, capsules or enteric-coated tablets and ingesting the powder with food, as opposed to taking a whole pill.

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

CL Answer

An online supplement seller suggests I pay $10 extra to ship my order of bottled fish oil with freezer packs using priority mail. Is this necessary?

Find out if fish oil supplements need to be shipped with freezer packs to be kept fresh, plus other information about shipping and storing supplements. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Box of Supplements

CL Answer

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.

CL Answer

With herbal supplements, what is the difference between root powder and root extract? Does it matter?

Learn more about the different forms of herbal supplements, including aloe, boswellia, ginkgo, green tea, and milk thistle.

Herbal Supplements

CL Answer

3 Tips to Prevent Powdered Supplements from Clumping

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

Powdered Supplements

CL Answer

What is Omega XL and does it work?

What is Omega XL (distributed by Great Health Works) and does it work? Described as a "highly concentrated Omega-3 'Super Oil' supplement".

Omega XL - Great Health Works

CL Answer

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,

CL Answer

What is the best way to take curcumin? Is it better to take it all at once or in divided doses?

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

CL Answer

Do probiotics help prevent urinary tract infections?

Find out if probiotics can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Plus, information about other supplements that may help for UTIs, including cranberry and D-mannose. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CL Answer

How significant are the risks to drinking tea from China from heavy metals?

Find out which types of tea from China pose the greatest risk of toxic heavy metal contamination, including green tea.

Heavy Metals in Tea From China -- pouring green tea into cup

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

Pros and Cons of Stevia and Other Sugar Substitutes

Learn about the pros and cons of sugar substitutes and artificial sweeteners summarized in our table within this article.

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

CL Answer

Can zuPOO and its primary ingredient, cascara sagrada, cleanse the gut, improve digestion and help with weight management?

zuPOO is marketed for gut support and as a colon cleanser for weight management. Find out if research supports these claims and if ingredients in zuPOO are safe.

zuPOO supplement bottle with white background

CL Answer

Are liquid or gummy vitamins better than tablets, capsules or softgels?

Find out if liquid or gummy vitamins and supplements are better than tablets, capsules or softgels, are better absorbed, or better for people who have had gastric bypass or who have other conditions.

Are Liquid Vitamins Better? -- liquid vitamin bottle and dropper

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

Are "medical foods" such as VSL 3, proven to work? Does the FDA approve them?

What are medical foods? Info on whether they work, if they are approved by the FDA, and how they differ from regular foods and supplements. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Woman Researching Supplements on Laptop

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

Body Odor: Supplements & Foods That May Help, or Make It Worse

Some people with adequate personal hygiene still experience body odor. Learn if taking supplements such as activated charcoal, champignon extract, copper chlorophyllin, L-carnitine, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), or other ingredients might help or make body odor worse.

Woman holding her nose and pointing to a man with body odor

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

7 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 seven practical tips to help avoid getting pills stuck in the throat.

Pill Getting Stuck in Throat

CL Answer

If I buy NAC as a loose powder in a large bag, as opposed to in tablet or capsule 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

CL Answer

The distributor of my cacao powder says it checks for "metal fragments" in its products. Is this adequate to check for heavy metals, like cadmium and lead, that you've found in cocoas and chocolates?

Find out if tests such as foreign metal detection can show if cocoa powders and chocolate products are contaminated with heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. See amounts of these toxic heavy metals were found in cocoa and chocolate products tested by ConsumerLab.com

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

Are cocoa and chocolate products contaminated with the fungal toxin ochratoxin A?

Learn more about toxins associated with cocoa beans and if chocolate contains contaminants like ochratoxin A (OTA).

Powdered Cocoa, Chocolate, and Cacao Nuts on Brown Background

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

Product Review

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

Product Review

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

CL Answer

Does glucosamine raise "bad" LDL cholesterol?

Learn more about the link between glucosamine and cholesterol, including evidence from clinical studies.

Supplements and Water in Hand

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

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of dark chocolate?

Information on the health benefits of dark chocolate, including how dark chocolate may improve heart health, decrease blood sugar levels and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate -- Dark chocolate, cocoa powder and stethoscope

News Release

February 29, 2024

Lead Found In Psyllium Fiber Supplements

White Plains, NY, February 29, 2024 —  Psyllium is an effective laxative that may also have heart health benefits, but ConsumerLab’s recent tests found lead contamination in every psyllium fiber supplement it purchased and tested.

News Release

February 26, 2024

Latest ConsumerLab Survey Shows Growth in Popularity of Magnesium and Several Smaller Supplements

White Plains, New York, February 26, 2024 — A recent survey of more than 10,000 people who regularly use dietary supplements shows that supplements that experienced the greatest absolute growth in popularity during 2023 were pregnenolone (+7.5 percentage points), magnesium (+4.8 pts), berberine (+4.

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

Product Review

Reishi Mushroom Supplements Review

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

Reishi Mushrooms tested by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

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

Product Review

Berberine and Goldenseal Supplements Review

Tests Reveal the Best and Worst Berberine and Goldenseal Products

News Release

December 14, 2023

Best D-Mannose Supplements for UTIs? ConsumerLab Selects Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, December 14, 2023 —  D-mannose, a naturally occurring sugar, is often taken as a supplement to help prevent or treat urinary tract infections, although more research is needed to prove it’s effective.

News Release

December 13, 2023

Best Vitamin C Supplements? ConsumerLab Selects Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, December 13, 2023 —  It’s officially cold season in the U.S., a time when many people may turn to vitamin C supplements to help “boost” their immune system and ward off colds.

CL Answer

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.

Product Review

L-Theanine Supplements Review

Touted for Stress Relief, Do L-Theanine Supplements Work?

CL Answer

Why does dark chocolate have iron in it? Is it, or cocoa, a good dietary source of iron?

Find out if dark chocolate or cocoa is a good source of iron and if iron from dark chocolate or cocoa can be well-absorbed.

Dark Chocolate

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

Product Review

Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review

See Our Top Picks Among Turmeric Products

Clinical Update

3/01/2022

Does Boosting Protein Intake Help?

Can getting extra protein boost physical function or improve body composition in older people? See what a recent study showed in the Building and maintaining muscle mass section of our Protein Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein supplements.

Clinical Update

3/28/2023

Protein For Faster Improvement?

Did taking a protein supplement lead to faster improvement in walking speed among older men and women than exercise alone? Find out what a recent study showed in the Building and maintaining muscle mass section of our Protein Supplements Review.

Also see our Top Pick among protein supplements (including whey, casein, pea, and soy).

Clinical Update

11/01/2022

Protein & Nutrition Bars -- Watch Out for Weight Gain

Protein and nutrition bars can be a convenient way to get protein, fiber, and other nutrients, but they can lead to weight gain according to a recent study. The details are in our Protein and Nutrition Bars Review.

CL Answer

Can fluoride in toothpaste, mouth rinses or drinking water cause attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children?

Find out if community water fluoridation increases the risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, and learn what the American Dental Association recommends when using fluoride-containing toothpaste and mouth rinses in children.

Small amount of toothpaste being applied to a toothbrush with a glass of water in the background

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

Bee pollen: Purported health benefits and possible side effects

Bee pollen is promoted for numerous health conditions, including supporting immune health and boosting energy. Find out if it works and if it's safe.

A wooden spoon holding bee pollen granules over a table

News Release

December 07, 2023

Best Shelled Walnuts According to ConsumerLab Tests

White Plains, New York, December 7, 2023 —  Fresh walnuts are rich in healthful, unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, and certain vitamins and minerals, but how fresh and pure are packaged, shelled walnuts? And does higher cost guarantee better quality or taste? To find out, ConsumerLab recently ...

CL Answer

Which dietary supplements, health foods or spices 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

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

9/16/2022

Are Plant Proteins Enough?

A CL Member asked if plant-based proteins provide all the essential amino acids people must get from their diet. Find out in the Protein section of our article: Top 8 Supplements for Vegetarians and Vegans.

Clinical Update

7/06/2022

Whey Protein & Blood Pressure

Whey protein may temporarily lower blood pressure. Find out if adding carbohydrates and fats reduces this effect in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Protein Supplements Review.

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

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

The probiotic I am taking looks pink. Does this mean it is spoiled or no longer "active"?

Find out if a pink probiotic is safe, since they are usually white.

Man Examining Probiotic

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of luteolin, and is it safe?

Find out if luteolin, a compound found in many fruits and vegetables, is beneficial for cancer, heart health, skin aging, age-related cognitive decline, and other conditions, and learn if it's safe.

Luteolin containing vegetables including celery peppers lettuce and spinach

CL Answer

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

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

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?

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

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

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

CL Answer

How can I avoid aconite – a toxin – in Aconitum supplements?

Aconite is a highly toxic alkaloid found in Aconitum plants ( also called monkshood, wolfsbane, or devil's hood). Aconite poisoning can cause low blood pressure, chest pain, increased or decreased heart rate, and irregular heart rhythm that can lead to cardiac arrest and death. Find out which supplements may contain aconite and how to avoid it.

Aconite

Recalls & Warnings

July 25, 2022

Nature’s Sunshine Protein Powder Recalled

On July 22, 2022, Nature’s Sunshine Products Inc. issued a recall of two AIVIA Whey Protein Powder Herbs meal replacement products due to undeclared milk.

Clinical Update

2/18/2022

Do Vitamin D & Whey Protein Help After a Stroke?

Can taking vitamin D and whey protein after a stroke help improve muscle strength and physical function? Find out what a recent study suggests in the Muscle, balance and falls section of our Vitamin D Supplements Review.

Also see our article about supplements and stroke risk.

Clinical Update

9/28/2022

Plant Protein Pairings

What are the best combinations of plant-based foods to ensure proper intake of essential amino acids? Find out in the ConsumerTips section of our Protein Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

10/21/2022

Novavax Booster

The FDA and CDC now allow the Novavax vaccine, which is protein-based rather than mRNA-based, as a booster. Find out who's eligible to get this booster in the Protein-based vaccine section of our article about COVID vaccines.

Clinical Update

3/15/2024

Supplements & Acne

Be aware that supplementing with whey protein may increase the risk of acne in some people, as noted in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Protein Supplements Review, which includes our Top Picks among products.

Learn about the effects of other supplements on acne.

Clinical Update

11/20/2018

Soy Can Affect Thyroid

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

Clinical Update

12/20/2020

Probiotic for Protein Absorption?

Can a probiotic improve the absorption of amino acids from protein supplements? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of our Probiotic Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks for probiotics.

CL Answer

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

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

CL Answer

Do any supplements help for varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency?

Find out which supplements help for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency, including citrus bioflavonoids and grape seed extract.

Varicose Veins

CL Answer

I'm at risk for both macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease. I've read that more EPA than DHA is good for macular degeneration, but the reverse is true for Alzheimer's. What do you recommend?

Find out if taking fish oil supplements or eating fish can help for macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Fish Oil Capsules and Salmon on White Table

CL Answer

Which dietary supplements are most often linked to adverse reactions by users?

Find out which types of supplements are most likely to cause adverse effects such as nausea, dizziness, racing heart, or insomnia based on a study of supplement users. Also learn how often adverse effects are reported when taking workout and bodybuilding supplements, weight loss supplements, and more.

Man Experiencing Chest Pain

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

Recalls & Warnings

October 09, 2023

Orgain Protein Powder Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On October 4, 2023, Orgain LLC issued a recall of four lots of the company’s Organic Protein Powder + Superfoods, Creamy Chocolate Fudge flavor protein powder after a co-manufacturer informed the company that the product contained undeclared sesame, which is now one of nine food ...

News Release

November 02, 2023

Spirulina and “Greens” Supplement Tests Show Some Problems

White Plains, New York, November 2, 2023 —  ConsumerLab tests of spirulina, chlorella, and “greens” supplements revealed that tablets of three brands of spirulina failed to disintegrate within the allotted time, and several other products contained amounts of lead unsuitable for regular consumption ...

CL Answer

Is the theobromine in chocolate and cocoa good or bad for me?

Find out the benefits and risks of theobromine -- and how much is in dark chocolate.

Broken Bar of Chocolate on Pink Background

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

Does Bacopa extract improve memory, mood, or sleep? Is it safe?

Find out if bacopa improves memory and cognition, mood or sleep, and whether it's been shown to be helpful in people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Plus, learn about the safety and common side effects of bacopa.

Bacopa for Memory and Cognition -- Bacopa leaves and powder

News Release

July 26, 2023

Best Collagen Supplements for Skin and Joints, According to ConsumerLab Tests

White Plains, New York, July 26, 2023 —  Collagen supplementation may modestly reduce wrinkles and the appearance of cellulite, and moderately decrease joint and tendon pain and improve flexibility in people with osteoarthritis.

News Release

June 08, 2023

Best Muscle and Workout Supplements With Creatine or BCAAs, According to ConsumerLab Tests

White Plains, New York, June 8, 2023 — Creatine supplements are promoted to increase muscle size, strength, and endurance, while supplements with branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are promoted to improve exercise recovery.

Recalls & Warnings

October 19, 2023

Jay Robb Protein Powder Recalled

On October 13, 2023, Select Custom Solutions recalled one lot of Jay Robb Vanilla Flavored Egg White Protein 24 oz because the product may contain hard, plastic, foreign material which could pose a choking hazard. No adverse events have been reported to date.

CL Answer

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

How does Athletic Greens’ AG1 compare to multivitamins and Greens powders? Is AG1 worth it?

ConsumerLab reviews the ingredients in AG1, its safety and possible side effects, and how AG1 compares to other products.

A pouch of AG1 on white background

Recalls & Warnings

August 01, 2022

53 Protein, Meal Replacement and Nutritional Beverages Recalled Due to Bacterial Contamination

On July 29, 2022, Lyons Magnus LLC issued a recall of 53 protein, meal replacement, and nutritional beverages, including those sold under the brand names of Glucerna, Premier Protein, Oatly, and others, due to the potential for microbial contamination, including from Cronobacter sakazakii.

Recalls & Warnings

July 06, 2022

Vegan Protein Powder Recalled

On July 3, 2022, Natreve recalled two batches of its Vegan Protein Powder French Vanilla Wafer Sundae flavor because it contains undeclared milk. One illness has been reported to date.

News Release

March 28, 2023

Expanded Flaxseed Testing by ConsumerLab Reveals More Cadmium Contamination – Several Quality Products Also Identified

White Plains, New York, March 28, 2023 — Due to concerning levels of cadmium ConsumerLab discovered in its tests of flaxseed products in January 2023, ConsumerLab recently purchased and tested seven additional whole and ground flaxseed products.

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

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

CL Answer

Is bromelain a good alternative to NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, for muscle or joint pain?

Do bromelain supplements have benefits? Learn more about its safety, and if it is a good alternative to NSAIDs like ibuprofen.

Bromelain Supplements Top View

CL Answer

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

Recalls & Warnings

December 19, 2022

High Impact Plant Protein Powder Recalled

On December 15, 2022, THGH Partners LLC issued a recall of one lot of its High Impact Plant Protein due to the presence of undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

July 13, 2023

1st phorm Level-1 Protein Supplements Recalled Due to Staph Risk

On June 21, 2023, International Food Companies DBA International Food Products recalled two protein supplements due to potential contamination with Staphylococcus aureus.

Recalls & Warnings

July 24, 2023

ONO Overnight Oats Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On July 18, 2023, ONO LLC issued a voluntary recall of the company’s ONO Vegan Blueberry Muffin Protein Overnight Oats due to undeclared milk.

Clinical Update

4/09/2019

Lunasin to Lower Cholesterol?

Can taking lunasin, a protein isolated from soy, help to lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels? See what a new study found in our updated answer to the question: What is lunasin and does it really reduce cholesterol?

Clinical Update

10/24/2017

Vitamin D Toxicity

Getting too much vitamin D is associated with negative effects. With continued use of enormous doses of vitamin D, toxic effects can occur, as has been reported with the use of a protein supplement containing vitamin D. See the details in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

12/17/2021

Soy and Breast Swelling in Men?

Can soy milk, soy protein, or soy isoflavone supplements cause breast swelling in men? Find out in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Plant-Based Milks Reivew. Also, see our Top Picks for soy milk.

Clinical Update

10/26/2021

Reducing Risk of Fractures & Falls With Milk, Cheese and Yogurt?

Can increasing calcium and protein intake from foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt reduce the risk of fractures and falls in older men and women? See what a new study found in the Bone Health and Fractures section of our Calcium Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

10/27/2023

Information to Avoid Counterfeits Added for 7 Brands

We've added information about how to safely purchase products from Bragg, Centrum, Gaia Herbs, Host Defense, Nutricost, Vital Proteins, and Vitamin Shoppe to our article about Where to Safely Buy Real Vitamins and Supplements. The list now covers 39 brands.

Clinical Update

10/03/2023

Soy for Wrinkles?

Did taking soy protein with isoflavones reduce wrinkles, pigmentation, or dry skin in postmenopausal women? Find out what a recent study showed in the Soy section of our Menopause Supplements Review.

Also see our article about supplements for tightening skin as well as our Top Pick collagen supplement for skin.

Clinical Update

9/07/2022

Urolithin A for Muscle Strength?

Can supplementing with urolithin A improve strength and endurance in middle-aged women and men? Find out what a recent study showed in our updated CL Answer about urolithin A for age-related muscle decline.

Also see our answer to the question: What's the best protein to keep and gain muscle when you're older?

Clinical Update

1/24/2023

Exercise While Fasting

To build muscle and burn fat, some people exercise without having eaten since the prior day. Having some protein or amino acids around the time of exercise can help with building muscle – but what’s the best time to do that? Find out what research suggests, in our updated CL Answer about essential amino acids.

Also see: I do moderate exercise for about an hour a few times a week. Which supplements might help me?

Clinical Update

7/15/2022

Is Soy Good or Bad?

Are soy products such as soy isoflavones, soy protein, soy oil, and soy lecithin beneficial or harmful? Find out in our answer to the question: Is soy in supplements good or bad for you?

Clinical Update

11/24/2015

Cocoa for Wrinkles?

A study in older women found that drinking a high-flavanol cocoa drink each day increased skin elasticity. And while wrinkles deepened among those drinking a placebo, they stayed stable in the cocoa-drinking group. For details about the amount of cocoa consumed (and its flavanol content), as well as our tests of flavanols (and contaminants) in popular cocoa powders and chocolates, see the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs, & Supplements Review >>

Recalls & Warnings

May 10, 2021

Whole Food's 365 Everyday Value Whey Protein Recalled

On May 7, 2021, Arizona Nutritional Supplements issued a recall of 365 Everyday Value Whey Protein Powder Natural Vanilla Flavor because it contains undeclared soy. Containers of 365 Everyday Value Whey Protein Powder Natural Vanilla Flavor were mistakenly packaged with Soy Protein Powder.

Recalls & Warnings

February 22, 2024

Herbalife Shake & Protein Drink Mix, Aloe, Linked With Case of Liver Injury

A 13-year-old boy in Texas developed liver failure and hepatitis-associated aplastic anemia after consuming two Herbalife products and an aloe vera beverage over a period of months, according to a report published on February 12, 2024 in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and ...

Clinical Update

2/21/2016

Gastrointestinal Side-Effects of Chlorella

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

Clinical Update

1/11/2015

More Cocoa Benefits

A recently published study showed that hot cocoa made with a flavanol-enriched powder resulted in improvements in cognitive performance as well as reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol, and improved glucose metabolism. The study was conducted in people ages 65 to 80 who drank the cocoa each morning. More details, as well as our tests of cocoa powders, are found in the Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Review >> 

Clinical Update

1/22/2012

Vitamin D and Inflammation

A new study found that raising low levels of vitamin D appears to reduce inflammation in the body (based on measurements of C-reactive protein, or CRP, a marker of inflammation). However, once vitamin D levels reached what some people consider to be barely sufficient, CRP slowly but progressively increased, suggesting an inflammatory action of vitamin D at higher levels. The study raises the question of what is the ideal level of vitamin D in the body. 

Be sure you have the latest information! See the update to the Vitamin D Supplements Review, which includes details on this and other vitamin D studies, as well as our latest product tests.

Recalls & Warnings

June 17, 2022

Built Brand Protein Bar Recalled Due to E. Coli Concern

On June 10, 2022, Built Brands, LLC. Issued a recall of 4,146 Banana Cream Pie Puffs protein bars after routine testing discovered potential contamination with E. coli (Escherichia coli).

Recalls & Warnings

May 04, 2021

CytoSport's Evolve Protein Shakes Recalled

On May 1, 2021, CytoSport, Inc., recalled certain lots of Evolve Protein Shakes because they have the potential to be contaminated with soy protein.

Recalls & Warnings

March 05, 2020

Protein Powder Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk

On March 3, 2020, New Capstone, Inc. issued a recall of ReStructure Vanilla Protein Powder because it may contain undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

April 10, 2024

Powerade Variety Packs Recalled

On February 27, 2024, the Coca-Cola Company issued a recall of various lots of Powerade Zero Fruit Punch, Powerade Zero Mixed Berry, and Powerade Mountain Berry Blast electrolyte drinks because the products may contain a foreign metal object, namely a stainless-steel ring.

Recalls & Warnings

August 17, 2021

Love & Peas Protein Rich Meal Replacement Recalled

On July 30, 2021, Nature's Sunshine issued a recall of certain lots of Love & Peas Protein Rich Meal Replacement because it may contain milk.

Recalls & Warnings

April 24, 2023

Terry Naturally and EuroMedica B Vitamins Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On April 21, 2023, EuroPharma, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of 4 lots of its Terry Naturally BioActive Vitamin B 60 count and 3 lots of its EuroMedica Active B Complex 60 count products due to undeclared milk. No illnesses have been reported to date.

News Release

February 25, 2023

Top-rated Vitamin and Supplement Brands and Merchants for 2023 Based on Consumer Satisfaction

White Plains, New York, February 25, 2023 — Each year, ConsumerLab.com surveys its free e-newsletter subscribers about the vitamins and supplements that they use. The results below are based on 8,600 responses collected in November/December 2022.

News Release

February 24, 2023

Probiotics Rise in Popularity as Vitamin C, Melatonin, and Others Dip in Latest ConsumerLab Survey of Supplement Users

White Plains, New York, February 25, 2023 —A recent survey of 8,600 people who regularly use dietary supplements shows that probiotics (+3.04 percentage points), quercetin (+2.3 pts), and vitamin K (+1.

News Release

January 12, 2023

High Levels of Cadmium Found In Whole and Ground Flaxseed In ConsumerLab Tests

White Plains, New York, January 12, 2023 — Recent ConsumerLab tests revealed concerning levels of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal, in several popular flaxseed products which, otherwise, provided the listed amounts of healthy fats, fiber, and protein without microbial contamination.

News Release

December 16, 2022

Is Your Chocolate or Cocoa Healthful or Toxic? ConsumerLab Finds Major Differences Among Products.

White Plains, New York, December 16, 2022 — Although dark chocolate and cocoa can be good sources of potentially heart-healthy, antioxidant flavanols, they can also be contaminated with toxic heavy metals such as cadmium and lead – and consumers can’t judge products from their labels.

News Release

July 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.

News Release

June 30, 2022

Best Protein Shakes & Drinks According to ConsumerLab Tests. Lead, Excess Sodium Found in Some

White Plains, New York, June 30, 2022 — Consumers may get more sodium, fat, calories, or even lead, than they bargained for from some protein supplements, according to recent ConsumerLab tests of over 20 popular protein powders and shakes.

Clinical Update

9/22/2023

Cacao Flavanols for Mood?

Did drinking a beverage containing cacao flavanols improve mood in a recent study? Find out in the Mood and Stress section of our Dark Chocolates and Cocoa Powder Review, which includes our Top Picks for dark chocolate and cocoas.

Clinical Update

9/12/2015

Cardiovascular Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols

A drink rich in cocoa flavanols modestly improved certain measures of cardiovascular health in healthy, middle-aged men and women, according to a recent study. Get the details, including dosage, plus our tests of popular products, in the Review of Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs, & Supplements >>

Clinical Update

8/09/2016

Spirulina Lowers Cholesterol

Spirulina, a common ingredient in greens and whole foods supplements, was found to lower total and "bad" LDL cholesterol, but only in certain people. Get the details, plus our tests of products containing spirulina, in the Greens and Whole Foods Powders, Drinks and Pills Review >>

Clinical Update

3/15/2017

Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Juice Plus+?

Chronic systemic inflammation is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. A recent clinical trial assessed the product Juice Plus+ for its ability to reduce this inflammation in obese men and women. The abstract of the published study indicates that it works, but the results tell a different story. For details, see the "What It Does" section of the Greens and Whole Foods Powders, Pills, and Drinks Review (which includes our tests of products) >>

Recalls & Warnings

December 06, 2021

Fountain of Youth Formula Collagen Protein Recalled

On December 3, 2021, BUBS Naturals issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of the company's Fountain of Youth Formula Collagen Protein because it may contain milk.

News Release

February 24, 2022

Consumers Returned to Pre-Pandemic Supplement Usage in 2021, ConsumerLab Survey Reveals

White Plains, New York, February 24, 2022 —A survey of 8,049 people who use dietary supplements shows many supplements that declined in use in 2020 began bouncing back in 2021, such as magnesium (+2.4 percentage points), and CoQ10 (+2.7 pts).

News Release

February 10, 2022

Best Iron Supplements for Different Needs? ConsumerLab Selects Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, February 10, 2022 — With so many different forms and doses of iron available from supplements, it can be difficult for consumers to know which best suits their needs.

News Release

February 09, 2022

Caution With Spirulina Supplements: ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Lead Contamination, Quality Concerns

White Plains, New York, February 9, 2022 — Problems were discovered in three out of four spirulina supplements recently tested by ConsumerLab. One product was found to be contaminated with lead, and two other products, which were tablets, failed to disintegrate within the expected time.

Recalls & Warnings

June 12, 2023

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides 24 oz Recalled

On April 28, 2023, Vital Proteins issued a recall of a single batch of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides -- Unflavored (24 oz) that were distributed to and sold by Costco. Canisters may contain broken blue pieces of plastic from a broken lid.

News Release

December 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

February 26, 2021

COVID Changed Supplement Popularity in 2020, ConsumerLab Survey Reveals

White Plains, New York, February 26, 2021 — A survey of 9,647 people who use dietary supplements shows that the supplements which experienced the greatest growth in popularity in 2020 were those being promoted to prevent or treat infection with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Recalls & Warnings

October 12, 2018

Organic Plant Protein Shake Recalled

On October 11, 2018, Forager Project issued a recall of certain Nuts and Vanilla — Organic Plant Protein Shakes because the products contain almond flour which is not declared on the label.

Recalls & Warnings

May 09, 2022

Natural Organics Keto Capsules Recalled Due to Gluten

On March 6, 2022, Natural Organics, Inc. issued a recall of four lots of NaturePlus Keto Living Sugar Control Capsules that were found to contain gluten.

Clinical Update

7/31/2019

Fresh vs. Powdered Turmeric

When adding turmeric to your meal, do you absorb more curcumin from freshly grated turmeric or turmeric powder? And how do these compare to curcumin powder? Learn the surprising answer in the What to Consider When Buying and Using section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Review. Also see our Top Picks for turmeric and curcumin.

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.

Recalls & Warnings

November 19, 2018

Jay Robb Egg White Protein Recalled

On November 16, 2018, Jay Robb Enterprises issued a recall of its Unflavored Egg White Protein Product because it may contain undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

July 14, 2022

FDA Warns Company Selling Supplements with Dangerous Steroid-like Substances

On July 6, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Elite Supplement Center LLC and Elite Supplement Training Facility LLC for selling the following products labeled as containing steroid-like substances known as selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), which are not permitted in dietary ...

News Release

May 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

March 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.

Recalls & Warnings

June 22, 2023

FDA Warns Warrior Labz for Selling Products with Steroid-Like Substances and Prescription Drugs

On June 12, 2023, the FDA issued a warning letter to Warrior Labz SARMS following inspection of the company’s website and social media, which found that the company sold the following products labeled as containing steroid-like substances known as selective androgen receptor modulators ...

Recalls & Warnings

September 22, 2018

MyoWhey Protein Powder Recalled

On September 20, 2018, Purus Labs, Inc. issued a recall of one lot of MyoWhey Chocolate Cookie Crunch protein powder because it may contain undeclared milk and soy.

Recalls & Warnings

April 22, 2024

Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Recalled Due to Potential for Glass Bottle to Break

On April 19, 2024, Primal Kitchen issued a recall of approximately 2,060 cases of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil (750 mL) because the glass bottle may be prone to breaking.

Recalls & Warnings

November 17, 2021

Mountain Meadow Herbs "Cleanse" Recalled, Risk of Injury from Exploding Bottle

On November 17, 2021, Mountain Meadow Herbs issued a recall of 54 bottles of Mountain Meadow Herbs brand Candida Flush due to the bottles becoming pressurized over time in storage.

Clinical Update

7/31/2019

Dark Chocolate & Depression?

Are people who consume dark chocolate less likely to be depressed? Find out what a recent study showed in the Mood and Stress section of the Dark Chocolates and Cocoa Powders Review. Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolates and cocoa powders.

Clinical Update

12/18/2018

Comparing Beetroot Juices, Concentrates, and Powders

Nitrate is a key compound in beetroot juice products, yet most products don't list their nitrate content. A new study reveals how much nitrate is in popular beetroot juices, concentrates, and powders. Find out which contain the most or the least nitrate in our answer to the question: Can beetroot juice improve my workout performance?

Clinical Update

8/06/2020

Chocolate and Cancer

Can eating more chocolate reduce cancer risk? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Dark Chocolates, Cocoa & Cacao Powders, Nibs, and Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolate, chocolate chips and cocoa powders.

Clinical Update

8/11/2020

Chocolate to Improve Body Composition?

Can eating a small amount of chocolate every day help improve body composition? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Dark Chocolates, Cocoa & Cacao Powders, Nibs, and Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolate, chocolate chips and cocoa powders.

Clinical Update

4/05/2020

Dark Chocolate for Memory?

Studies show that chocolate high in flavanols can improve cognition in people with cognitive decline. Can it also boost memory in people who are cognitively healthy? Find out in the Memory section of the Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Powders Review. Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolates and cocoa powders.

Clinical Update

8/28/2018

Chocolate for the Heart?

Studies suggest cardiovascular benefits from daily intake of cocoa flavanols, as found in dark chocolate. However, a new study, focusing on heart failure, suggests more limited intake. Get the details and our analysis in the Cardiovascular section of the Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, and Nibs Review. (Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolate, cocoa powders, and more.)

Clinical Update

11/08/2022

Liquid vs. Powdered Herbs?

A CL Member asked if, when taking an herbal supplement, liquids are better than powders. Find out in our answer about herbal supplements.

Clinical Update

4/22/2022

Toothpaste vs. Tooth Powder

Is brushing with tooth powder as good as brushing with toothpaste? Find out what research has shown in our answer to the question: Which ingredients should toothpaste contain, and which should be avoided?

Recalls & Warnings

November 09, 2021

Five Brands of Protein Supplements Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On November 9, 2021, Nutracap Holdings, LLC issued a recall of certain Boba Origin, Etedream, RAW, Steel, and Vital Force protein supplements because they contain potential allergens, including soy, milk, wheat, and/or coconut, that are not declared on the label.

News Release

January 23, 2020

We Found the Best Dark Chocolates and Cocoas With the Least Contamination

White Plains, New York, January 23, 2020 — Dark chocolate and cocoa contain antioxidant flavanols that may be good for the heart and mind, but they can also contain high levels of the heavy metal cadmium, which is toxic to kidneys and can soften bones.

Recalls & Warnings

March 31, 2020

Bulletproof Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On March 20, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bulletproof 360, Inc.

News Release

October 04, 2019

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Best Collagen Supplements for Wrinkles and Joints

White Plains, New York, October 4, 2019 — Collagen supplements are promoted to reduce wrinkles and decrease joint pain and stiffness, but do they really work, and if so, which products on the market provide the best quality collagen and the best value? To find out, ConsumerLab carefully ...

Recalls & Warnings

December 12, 2018

Seller of Protein Powder, Spirulina & Other Products Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On October 31, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to DynaPro International, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

November 28, 2022

Seller of Joint Health, Collagen Protein and More Warned for Drug Claims

On November 14, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to The Truth Company, LLC (parent company of Kinobody, LLC and UMZU, LLC) following inspection of the company’s websites which found statements about its Betaine, Immune, Redwood, Sensolin, Thyrite, zuRelief, Kino Aminos, Kino Collagen ...

Recalls & Warnings

January 10, 2024

Spring Valley Biotin & Collagen Liquid Recalled Due to Mold

On December 1, 2023, BioMylz Pvt. Ltd. issued a recall of 24,324 units of Spring Valley Biotin & Collagen Liquid Natural Berry Flavor products due to potential mold contamination. BioMylz is the contract manufacturer for the Spring Valley product, which is a Walmart-owned brand.

Clinical Update

9/10/2014

Lead in Dark Chocolate

Our recent tests of cocoa-based products found problems with many popular brands of cocoa powders, which were high in cadmium and/or lead. No problem was found, however, with a widely-sold dark chocolate bar, which also had a good amount of potentially beneficial flavanols. A new report by academic researchers in Brazil shows that some dark chocolate bars do contain lead in excess of what the FDA permits (although brands were not identified.) More about this, as well as our test results for 15 cocoa products, is found in updated Review of Cocoa/Cacao Powders, Extracts, Nibs, Supplements, and Chocolate >> 

Recalls & Warnings

May 22, 2023

Nature’s Energy Children’s Colostrum Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk

On May 18, 2023, Nature’s Energy issued a recall of six lots of Children’s Chewable Colostrum products due to undeclared milk.

News Release

September 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 ...

News Release

May 15, 2019

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Big Differences in Digestive Enzyme Supplements

White Plains, New York, May 15, 2019 — Digestive enzyme supplements can help improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients, and may reduce symptoms of indigestion. But to work, they must provide a certain amount of enzyme activity.

Recalls & Warnings

April 27, 2023

Seller of Magtein, Veggie Caps, & More Warned for Drug Claims, Manufacturing Violations

On March 8, 2023, the FDA issued a warning letter to Spartan Enterprises Inc., dba Watershed Wellness Center, after a review of the company’s website found statements about its Dr. Bob’s Naturals Spirulina, Dr. Bob’s Naturals Magtein, Dr.

News Release

April 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

January 31, 2019

Contamination Still an Issue in Some Greens and Whole Food Products, ConsumerLab Tests Reveal

White Plains, New York, January 31, 2019 — Powders and capsules containing ingredients such as wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, and fruits and vegetables are a popular way to get vitamins, minerals and other plant-based nutrients, but past tests by ConsumerLab have found that these products ...

News Release

January 03, 2019

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal the Best Protein Powders, Shakes and Drinks -- 20% of Protein Powders and Drinks Fail CL's Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, January 3, 2019 — Combined with resistance exercise, protein supplements can help athletes build muscle and older people prevent muscle loss. They can also help people with diabetes maintain blood sugar levels when consumed as part of a low-calorie diet.

News Release

September 12, 2018

Little Omega-3 and High Mercury Found In Some Canned Tuna -- Better Choices Selected for Tuna and Salmon

White Plains, New York, September 12, 2018 — Some popular canned tuna contain much lower amounts of omega-3 fatty acids than recommended for cardiovascular benefits while being high in mercury and/or arsenic, according to tests by ConsumerLab.com.

Recalls & Warnings

May 01, 2024

Organic Walnuts Recalled Due to E. Coli Risk

On April 30, 2024, Gibson Farms recalled two lots of Organic Light Halves and Pieces shelled walnuts due to potential contamination with E. coli (Escherichia coli).

Recalls & Warnings

February 27, 2018

Testosterone, Thyroid, Other Supplements Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk

On February 23, 2018, Progressive Laboratories, Inc., issued a recall of the following four supplements because they may contain undeclared milk:

Recalls & Warnings

January 23, 2020

Flaxseed Salmonella Risk Prompts Recall

Update: (2/4/20) This recall has been expanded to include additional Nopalina flaxseed products, which are highlighted below.

Recalls & Warnings

August 08, 2022

Seller of CBD Warned for COVID-19 Claims

On August 4, 2022, the FDA sent a warning letter to FluxxLab LLC following a review of the company’s website and social media which found statements about the company’s Covid-19 Immune Support Tincture and CBDA+CBD Oil Tincture products to be drug claims because they ...

Recalls & Warnings

June 12, 2023

Beware of Tara Flour

Tara flour may have caused more than 470 reported illness associated with the use of Daily Harvest’s French Lentil + Leek Crumbles, which was recalled in 2022 (FDA 2022).

News Release

May 10, 2018

Big Differences Found Among Green Teas -- ConsumerLab Tests Identify Best Green Tea in Bags, Matcha, Supplements, and Bottles --

White Plains, New York, May 10, 2018 — The benefits of green tea use are associated with the presence of natural polyphenols known as catechins, such as EGCG.

Clinical Update

10/04/2022

Choline for Cognitive Function?

Did supplementing with egg powder, a source of choline, improve cognitive function in preadolescents? Find out what a recent study showed in the Memory and Cognition section of our Choline and Lecithin Supplements Review.

Also see our article about supplements and food for brain function.

Clinical Update

11/11/2022

Health Benefits of a Natural Sweetener?

Does lucuma powder, a natural sweetener, have particular health benefits? Find out in the Other Natural Sweeteners section of our answer to the question: What are the health benefits of stevia?

Clinical Update

3/28/2023

Psyllium: Viva Naturals

Concerned about lead found by ConsumerLab in psyllium supplements, a CL member asked Viva Naturals about the quality of its Organic Psyllium Husk Powder, which was not tested by ConsumerLab. Viva provided its quality specifications for the product. See how this compares to amounts of lead actually found in competing products in the Update to the Psyllium Fiber Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among psyllium supplements.

Clinical Update

4/28/2023

Copper in Chocolate?

Chocolate and cocoa can be good sources of copper, an essential mineral. Find out how much copper is in chocolates and cocoa in the ConsumerTips section of our Dark Chocolate and Cocoas Review.

Also find out how much cadmium, a toxic heavy metal, we found in popular products, and see our Top Picks among dark chocolate bars, cocoa powders, and cocoa supplements.

Clinical Update

8/04/2023

Fruits & Veggies in a Capsule?

We said it was too good to be true, and now the distributor of a fruits & veggies supplement will pay over $1 million to settle a false advertising lawsuit. Get the details and our reviews of products sold by Balance of Nature, Juice Plus, Dr. Berg’s, and Nutrilite.

Also see our Top Picks among other greens supplements, including mixed greens powders, chlorella, and spirulina products.

Clinical Update

3/01/2022

Heart Risk With Fizzy Pills and Powders

Be aware that supplements that "fizz" in water may be exposing you to potentially dangerous amounts of sodium. This was associated with higher risk of heart attack, stroke, or heart failure in a recent study.

Clinical Update

1/28/2022

B-12 From Chlorella and Spirulina?

A reader asked if chlorella and spirulina are good sources of B-12. The answer is both "yes" and "no," as explained in our Greens and Whole Foods Powders and Pills Review, which includes our recent tests result and Top Picks for chlorella and spirulina supplements.

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

4/26/2022

Herb For Weak Bones?

Can supplementing with Cissus quadrangularis powder improve bone density in postmenopausal women? Find out what a recent study showed in our answer about OsteoMD, a bone health supplement containing this ingredient.

Also see our answer to the question: Do any supplements help prevent or treat osteoporosis?

Clinical Update

3/22/2022

Does Cocoa Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Death?

Results were recently published for the largest study to-date of cocoa extract given to older men and women. See if it helped lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and death in the Cardiovascular section of our Dark Chocolate & Cocoa Review. Also see our Top Picks among dark chocolate bars, cocoa powders, nibs, and supplements.

Clinical Update

4/22/2022

Cinnamon for Lowering Blood Sugar?

Does taking cinnamon powder or extract help control blood sugar levels in people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes? See what the latest study, and earlier studies, have found in the Blood sugar, type 2 diabetes and prediabetes of our Cinnamon Supplements Review.

Also see: Which supplements and foods can help lower or control my blood sugar?

Clinical Update

3/11/2022

Green Tea and Colon Polyps

Can taking green tea extract reduce the recurrence colon polyps? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of our Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks among green tea extracts, tea bags, loose tea, and matcha powders.

See our answer to the question: Which supplements help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer?

Clinical Update

5/24/2022

Cranberry for Memory?

Can supplementing with cranberry powder boost memory and cognition in older men and women? See what a recent study found in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Cranberry Juices and Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

3/12/2024

Lead in Meta Mucil

A CL member asked why Meta Mucil 4-in-1 Fiber powder was not tested by us this year. It is because of the lead contamination we found when we tested it in 2021, as noted in our recent report. Hoping to find less contamination, this year we tested Meta Mucil 3-in-1 capsules, as well as Meta Mucil Fiber Gummies (a prebiotic).

See our Top Picks among psyllium fiber and prebiotic fiber supplements.

Clinical Update

1/20/2013

Toxin in Algae Supplements

A recently published study found that supplements containing a certain type of algae were all contaminated with a toxin that is a potential carcinogen and can cause liver damage. Get more details in the recent update to the Greens and Whole Foods Powders 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

6/11/2014

Cocoa May Worsen Acne

Unlike the study we reported last week showing potential help for acne from omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements, a new study found that giving pure cocoa to men ages 18 to 35 had the opposite effect -- overall, more pimples. Get the details, along with our tests and comparisons of cocoa and chocolate products, in the update to the Cocoa Powders, Extracts and Chocolate 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

6/10/2015

Cocoa for Memory

Cocoa flavanols have been shown in some studies to provide a cardiovascular benefit and, in older individuals, memory improvement. A recent study in younger men and women showed that daily use of a cocoa extract had little effect on memory and no cardiovascular benefit, although it did improve mental fatigue shortly after taking the extract. Learn more about the effects of cocoa, dosage, and see our tests and reviews of cocoa products in the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs, & Supplements Review >> 

Clinical Update

7/09/2014

Chlorella Lowers Cholesterol and Triglycerides

A daily dose of chlorella (an ingredient included in some "greens" and whole foods supplements) significantly reduced total cholesterol, "bad" VLDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in men and women with mildly elevated cholesterol. Get the details, including the dosage used, plus our tests and comparisons of supplements containing chlorella and other "greens" in the updated Greens and Whole Foods Powders and Pills >> 

Clinical Update

12/13/2016

Cocoa for High Blood Pressure?

A new study in which people with mild hypertension were given a cocoa beverage and dark chocolate daily for eight weeks found that it only helped lower blood pressure when people were taking certain blood pressure-lowering medications. For more details about this and other studies with cocoa and dark chocolate, as well as our tests and comparisons of products, see the "What It Does" section of the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs & Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

11/11/2015

Cocoa Flavanol Safety

A new study found that, even at high doses, cocoa flavanols did not cause adverse cardiovascular effects in healthy men and women. However, be aware that drug interactions and certain side effects can occur. Details are provided in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs & Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

10/27/2018

Cleaner Green Tea

A recent study found that it is possible to modestly reduce pesticides in green tea by following a certain procedure before brewing. For details, see the How to Take section of the Green Tea Review. (Also see our Top Picks among green teas, matcha powders, and supplements.)

Clinical Update

10/11/2017

Ginger for Nausea During Chemo?

Ginger and ginger extracts help reduce nausea in certain situations. A recent placebo-controlled study evaluated its effect on people undergoing chemotherapy and the results suggest it may be more useful in some people than in others. For details, see the "What It Does" section of the Ginger Supplements Review, which includes our Top Picks for ginger root powders and extracts.

Clinical Update

3/29/2016

Chocolate May Help Exercise

In a tasty new study, men who ate dark chocolate for several days were able to cycle somewhat further than those given a placebo (white chocolate), possibly due to the flavanols in dark chocolate -- which also appear to provide cardiovascular benefit. For details about the study and the chocolate, and ConsumerLab's tests and reviews of dark chocolates and other cocoa-based products, see the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs & Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

6/18/2016

Green Tea & Cognition

Green tea consumption has been associated with a lower prevalence of cognitive impairment in older adults. However, a recent study evaluating the effects of a green tea powder on older adults with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia failed to show a benefit. For more information, see the "What It Does" section of the Green Tea Review >>

Clinical Update

4/15/2017

Chocolate May Reduce Diabetes Risk

"Occasional" consumption of chocolate was associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes among certain postmenopausal women, according to new study. For details about this and other effects of chocolate, see the "What It Does" section of the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs, & Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

5/30/2017

Heart Risk Lower with Chocolate

Eating chocolate is associated with a reduced risk of developing atrial fibrillation, according to a large, long-term study. Atrial fibrillation is associated with higher risk of stroke, heart failure and other serious problems. Details about this and other benefits of chocolate are found in the "What It Does" section of the Chocolate and Cocoa Powders Review, which includes our findings for the flavanol content and contamination levels of popular products.

Clinical Update

6/28/2017

Some Concern About Theobromine in Dark Chocolate

ConsumerLab's tests of dark chocolates show them to contain about as much theobromine (a caffeine-related stimulant) as heart-healthy flavanols. So is all this theobromine good or bad? A recent study suggests that it may be an issue for people who need to control their blood sugar, while, on the positive side, it lowers LDL "bad" cholesterol. Get the details in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs, & Supplements Review, which includes comparisons of the amounts of theobromine in popular products, as well as amounts of flavanols, caffeine, and contaminants.

Clinical Update

1/17/2018

FDA Finds High Cadmium in Cocoa Products

Researchers from the U.S. FDA recently reported finding high levels of cadmium in cocoas as well as cocoa nibs and dark chocolates — particularly in cocoas from certain parts of the world. The results are similar to what ConsumerLab has reported. For details, see the Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, Nibs, Extracts & Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

4/29/2018

Dark vs. Milk Chocolate for Vision?

A recent study compared the effects on visual acuity of eating a bar of dark chocolate versus milk chocolate. Find out which was better in the Vision section of the Dark Chocolates, Cocoa Powders, and Cacao Nibs Review. (Also see our product tests, comparisons, and Top Picks.)

Clinical Update

11/22/2020

Chocolate for Cognition?

Does eating chocolate improve cognition in postmenopausal women? See what a new study found in the Memory and Cognition section of the Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Review. Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolate, cocoa powders and supplements based on their flavanol content and purity.

Clinical Update

12/02/2020

Cocoa for Cognition

A new study suggests that cocoa may improve some aspects of cognitive function in healthy people and sheds some light on how this may work. See the details in the Memory and Cognition section of the Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Review. Also see our Top Picks among dark chocolates, cocoa powders and supplements.

Clinical Update

3/10/2020

Staying Safe With Green Tea

If you use a green tea extract (alone or as part of a supplement formula), it is important to take it with food according to several reports, as explained in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks for green tea in bags, loose, as matcha powder, and in other forms.

Clinical Update

4/20/2019

Curcumin for Asthma?

Find out if curcumin (from turmeric powder) decreased asthma symptoms in a recent study, as described in the What It Does section of the Curcumin and Turmeric Supplements & Spices Review. Also see our Top Picks for curcumin and turmeric supplements.

Clinical Update

7/16/2019

NAC for Parkinson's?

A recent, preliminary study suggested that NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) given orally and intravenously improved symptoms in Parkinson's disease patients. For details, see the What It Does section of the NAC Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for NAC as a powder, capsule, and tablet.

Clinical Update

6/20/2018

Intestinal Benefit of Cocoa?

Cocoa flavanols may support intestinal health, according to an animal study with a cocoa powder that acted like a prebiotic. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Review. (Also see our Top Picks among cocoa and dark chocolate products.)

Clinical Update

12/18/2018

Chocolate and Platelet Function?

A recent study found that eating dark chocolate affected a measure of platelet function. How important is this? Get the details in the Cardiovascular section of the Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Powders Review. (Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolate).

Clinical Update

9/28/2019

Dark Chocolate for Vision Improvement?

Does consuming flavanol-rich dark chocolate improve visual acuity? See what a recent study found in the Vision section of the Cocoas and Dark Chocolates Review. Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and nibs.

Clinical Update

9/24/2019

Lead in Turmeric

A new report reveals that in some parts of the world where turmeric is grown, lead is being intentionally added. Find out where and why in the Quality Concerns section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Review. ConsumerLab tests all turmeric root powder products for lead and other heavy metals.

Clinical Update

6/15/2019

Cocoa & Physical Performance

Can a cup of cocoa a day improve physical performance? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Review. Also see our Top Picks for cocoa powders and dark chocolates.

Clinical Update

10/12/2021

Mushrooms and Gut Bacteria

Do mushroom powders have beneficial effects on gut bacteria? See what a preliminary study found in the What It Does section our Reishi Mushroom Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

8/31/2021

Spirulina for Type 2 Diabetes?

Does taking spirulina help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes? See what a study found in the What They Do section of our Greens and Whole Food Powders and Capsules Review.

Clinical Update

12/07/2021

Can a Natural Colorant Cause Adverse Effects?

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

Recalls & Warnings

April 27, 2018

Labrada LeanPro8 Protein Powders Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On April 24, 2018, Labrada Nutrition issued a recall of certain lots of LeanPro8 protein powders because they may contain undeclared egg protein.

Recalls & Warnings

September 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

March 20, 2020

Kudzu Supplement Recalled for Salmonella Risk

On March 18, 2020, Mountain Rose Herbs issued a recall of all sizes of Organic Kudzu Root Herbal Supplement because recent testing found it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

January 31, 2021

Protein and Fiber Bars Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On January 28, 2021, think! and Interpac Technologies, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of think! Protein + Fiber Oatmeal: Farmer's Market Berry Crumble due to the potential presence of tree nuts, including almonds and pecans.

Recalls & Warnings

December 26, 2017

Seller of Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Whey Protein and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On December 19, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Maine Natural Health, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

November 29, 2019

FDA Warns Seller of "All Natural" Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal, Migraines & More

On November 18, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to EPH Technologies, Inc., following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about some of the company's products, including Detoxoplex, Sinople, and Migrenz, to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

February 14, 2020

Dark Chocolate Bar Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On February 13, 2020, Gourmet International and Butlers Chocolates UC issued a recall of IRISH WHISKEY DARK CHOCOLATE 3.5OZ TABLET BAR chocolate bars because they may contain undeclared milk.

News Release

March 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

January 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

July 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

February 24, 2017

Vitamin D Supplements Maintain Top Spot in Popularity, as Probiotics Surpass Multivitamins to #4 Behind Fish Oil and CoQ10 in Latest ConsumerLab.com Survey

White Plains, New York, February 24, 2017 — A recent survey of over 9,505 people who use dietary supplements shows the most popular dietary supplement to be vitamin D, followed by fish oil, CoQ10, probiotics, and multivitamins.

News Release

August 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

July 26, 2016

36% of Meal Replacement Powders and Shakes Fail ConsumerLab.com's Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, July 26, 2016 — [Note: This review has been archived and is no longer available online. For ConsumerLab's most recent tests of meal replacement shakes, drinks and mixes, please see our Protein Powders, Shakes, and Meal Replacements Review.

Recalls & Warnings

July 11, 2017

Protein Powder Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On July 7, 2017, Biohealth Nutrition recalled its Precision Blend Cookies & Cream because it contains undeclared wheat.

Recalls & Warnings

June 02, 2022

Prune & Senna Softgels Recalled Due to Undeclared Peanuts

On March 26, 2022, Indiana Botanic Gardens Inc. issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Botanic Choice brand Prune & Senna Softgels because the product contained undeclared peanuts.

News Release

June 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.

News Release

February 24, 2016

Vitamin D Supplements Jump to Top Spot in Popularity, Surpassing Fish Oil, as Probiotics Rise to #5 Spot Behind CoQ10 and Multivitamins in ConsumerLab.com Survey

White Plains, New York, February 25, 2016 — A recent survey of over 11,000 people who use dietary supplements shows the most popular dietary supplement to be vitamin D, followed by fish oil, CoQ10, multivitamins, and probiotics.

Recalls & Warnings

April 04, 2012

Maker of Protein Drinks and Supplements Warned of Manufacturing Violations

The FDA published a Warning Letter to Protica, Inc., a maker of protein drinks and supplements, regarding violations of manufacturing regulations discovered during inspection of its facility in Whitehall, PA. Affected products include the foods Amped Up-2oz, Fireball-2oz, Healthy Shot-2.

Recalls & Warnings

October 07, 2011

Recall of Whey Protein Powders Due to Allergens

On October 6, 2010 the FDA posted a recall notice from Prolab Nutrition Inc. (dated September 30) indicating that some of its PROLAB protein powders are being recalled as they may contain undeclared milk, wheat and gluten allergens.

Recalls & Warnings

April 17, 2020

Arthritis Supplement Recalled for Salmonella Risk

On April 13, 2020, Arthri-D, LLC issued a recall of one lot of Arthri-D arthritis supplement because recent testing found it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

April 17, 2020

Fiber Supplement Recalled for Salmonella Risk

On April 13, 2020, Break Ventures/California Basics issued a recall of one lot of Zero for Him fiber supplement because recent testing found it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

July 28, 2020

Iron Supplements Recalled Due to Undeclared Allergen

Between July 23 and 24, 2020, two companies issued recalls of iron supplements because they may contain undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

September 06, 2022

Sand Ginger Powder Recalled in Canada Due to Aconite

On September 1, 2022, Ka Wing Hong issued a recall of Mr. Right brand Keampferia Galanga Powder (sand ginger powder), a common spice used in Asian cuisine, due to aconitine contamination.

News Release

November 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

October 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®.

Recalls & Warnings

March 21, 2017

Plant-Based Protein Powders Recalled

On March 18, 2017 Nutiva issued a recall of three plant-based protein powder shakes after determining these products may contain peanuts.

Recalls & Warnings

December 23, 2017

Seller of Meal Replacement, Protein Drinks, Cranberry and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On July 6, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Professional Botanicals, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

July 12, 2019

PROBAR Meal Bars Recalled

On July 11, 2019, PROBAR LLC issued a recall of certain flavors and lots of its Meal® bars because they may contain undeclared milk and soy allergens. There has been one report of an allergic reaction to-date.

News Release

July 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

May 05, 2015

ConsumerLab.com's Tests of Digestive Enzyme Supplements Reveal What Labels Don't

White Plains, New York, May 5, 2015 — How do you know if your digestive enzyme supplement is truly active? The only way to know for sure is to test it on fats, carbohydrates, proteins and other parts of food which it is expected to digest. That's exactly what ConsumerLab.

News Release

March 05, 2015

ConsumerLab.com Shows Chinese Consumers What's Really in Foods and Supplements -- U.S. Testing Company Expands to China, Launches cn.ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, March 5, 2015 — Since 1999, American consumers and doctors have turned to ConsumerLab.com (CL) to find out which nutritional products are highest in quality based independent testing. Today, CL launched a Chinese-language website cn.ConsumerLab.

Recalls & Warnings

June 22, 2023

Nationwide Pharmaceutical’s Ferrous Sulfate Supplements Recalled

On June 22, 2023, the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

February 22, 2024

Nutracelle Children’s Gummy Vitamin Recalled

On February 2, 2020, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the FDA) advised consumers that one lot of Nutracelle Nutramin Vitamin for Kids is being recalled by the manufacturer (Wildman Protein Treats Ltd.

Recalls & Warnings

December 13, 2023

Bobo’s Peach Oat Bars Recalled Due to Undeclared Coconut

On December 9, 2023, Bobo’s issued a nationwide recall of multiple lots of Bobo’s Peach Oat Bars because they may contain undeclared coconut.

Recalls & Warnings

June 23, 2016

Protein Drinks Recalled Due to Possible Spoilage

On June 22, 2016 Bolthouse Farms issued a recall of the protein drinks listed below due to possible spoilage that may cause the beverages to appear lumpy, taste unpleasant and have an off odor.

Recalls & Warnings

December 29, 2015

Whey Protein Recalled

On December 23, 2015, American Pure Whey issued a recall of all lots of 100% Pure Whey Protein Matrix and 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate because they contain undeclared milk and soy.

Recalls & Warnings

January 21, 2018

Men's Fiber Supplement Recalled

On January 21, 2018, Break Ventures/California Basics recalled of its fiber supplement for men, Zero for Him (150 count) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

August 27, 2012

Protein Drinks Recalled For Undeclared Milk Source

On August 24, 2012, True Nutrition issued a recall of Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate Cold-Filtration, Whey Protein Isolate Micro-Filtrated, Whey Protein Isolate Cross-Flow Microfiltration and Hydrolyzed Whey Protein High Grade because labels for these products do not declare milk as ...

Recalls & Warnings

February 04, 2013

Protein Supplement Recalled Due To Undeclared Soy and Milk

On January 30, 2013, R-Kane Products, Inc. issued a recall of Z PRO HIGH PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT after an FDA inspection found the potential allergens soy and milk were not listed on individual packet labels of the supplement.

Recalls & Warnings

April 19, 2013

Recall: Protein Powder May Have Been Contaminated During Packaging

On March 14, 2013, F.H.G Corporation, dba Integrity Nutraceuticals, issued a voluntary recall of MusclePharm Cookies 'N" Cream Combat Powder and Banana Cream Combat Powder protein powders because they may be contaminated with extraneous materials due to problems on the packaging line.

Recalls & Warnings

February 14, 2013

Protein Drink Recalled Due To Bacterial Contamination

On December 21, 2012, NBTY issued a voluntary recall of PURE PROTEIN PROTEIN SHOT 25g PROTEIN, GRAPE Flavor PROTEIN DRINK 2.9 fl. Oz. (Manufactured by Worldwide Sport Nutritional Supplements, Inc.) due to potential bacterial contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

January 31, 2015

Protein Powder Recalled Due to Food Poisoning Risk

On January 30, 2015, Aloha, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of all packages of Premium Protein powder blends in chocolate and vanilla because they have the potential to be contaminated with Staphylococcus enterotoxin .

Recalls & Warnings

January 31, 2017

Vegetarian Protein Drink Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk

On January 28, 2017 NSE Products, Inc. (a subsidiary of Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.) issued a recall of its vegetarian ageLOC TR90 Protein Boost protein drink because it contains undeclared milk.  

Recalls & Warnings

August 15, 2017

Protein Supplements Can Be Dangerous in People with Rare Genetic Disorder

It was recently reported by Yahoo Australian News (August 14, 2017) that a 25-year-old woman died after taking protein supplements and eating protein-rich foods such as lean meats and egg whites in preparation for a fitness competition.

Recalls & Warnings

September 03, 2020

Red-E Male Enhancement Capsule Recalled

On September 1, 2020, The Protein Shoppe, LLC issued a recall of Red-E male enhancement capsules because FDA analysis found it to contain sildenafil.

News Release

February 28, 2015

Use of Magnesium and Probiotics Rise, Multivitamins and Weight Loss Supplements Fall, According to ConsumerLab.com Survey

White Plains, New York, February 28, 2015 — A recent survey of over 10,000 people who use dietary supplements shows the most popular dietary supplement to be fish oil, followed by multivitamins, CoQ10, vitamin D, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, probiotics, and vitamin C.

Recalls & Warnings

January 04, 2024

Lone Star Botanicals Warned by FDA for Manufacturing Violations

On November 26, 2023, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to Lone Star Botanicals, Inc.

News Release

November 25, 2014

You Can't Judge a Dark Chocolate Bar by Its Label, According to Tests by ConsumerLab.com -- Amounts of Cocoa Flavanols Vary Widely Among Popular Brands of Chocolate

White Plains, New York, November 25, 2014 — Which dark chocolates provide the most cocoa flavanols — natural antioxidants associated with better blood flow and memory? Recent tests by ConsumerLab.

News Release

August 05, 2014

ConsumerLab.com Finds Popular Cocoa Powders Contaminated; High Concentrations of Cadmium Raise Concern

White Plains, New York, August 5, 2014 — Following up on its discovery in May of high levels of the toxic metal cadmium in several cocoa-based products, ConsumerLab.com recently tested additional, popular cocoa products sold in the U.S. to assess the extent of the problem.

News Release

July 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

May 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.

Recalls & Warnings

June 18, 2016

Muscle Milk Protein Drinks Recalled

On June 17, 2016 HP Hood LLC issued a recall of the following Muscle Milk protein drinks because they have the potential for premature product spoilage:  

Recalls & Warnings

February 16, 2016

Garden Of Life Recall Expanded

On February 13, 2016, Garden of Life LLC expanded its January 2016 recall of certain Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai products to include additional lots of these products, because they have the potential to be contaminated with ...

Recalls & Warnings

May 10, 2013

Protein Extract Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

On May 6, 2013, Pure Herbs Ltd. issued a voluntary recall of Protein Extract because it contains undeclared milk and soy allergens.

Recalls & Warnings

April 16, 2012

Protein Supplement Maker Fails FDA Audit -- Many Products Affected

The FDA sent a Warning Letter (dated April 2, 2012) to Theta Brothers Sports Nutrition, Inc. regarding numerous violations of good manufacturing practices at its Lakewood, New Jersey facility.

Recalls & Warnings

August 24, 2012

Protein Shots, Drinks and Gelatin Recalled For Potential Botulism Contamination

On August 17, 2012, Protica Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

March 30, 2019

Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On March 28, 2019, Theo Chocolate issued a recall of 3oz Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate bars because they may contain undeclared milk. 

Recalls & Warnings

March 24, 2020

Mislabeled Lindt Chocolate Bar Recalled

On March 19, 2020, Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc. issued a recall of one lot of Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa chocolate bars because they are wrapped in the wrong packaging.

Recalls & Warnings

April 17, 2020

Seller of Vitamin D, MSM, Selenium & More Warned for Drug Claims

On March 31, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to KetoKerri LLC following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about some of the company's products, including Dr.

Recalls & Warnings

October 08, 2019

Seller of Tea, Colloidal Silver, Homeopathic Products Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 12, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbal Healer Academy, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

September 15, 2022

FDA Warns Parents Not to Use Mother's Touch Infant Formula

On September 6, 2022, the FDA warned parents and caregivers not to buy or give Mother’s Touch Formula to infants.

Recalls & Warnings

June 12, 2023

Children's Liquid Vitamin Supplement Recalled

On June 7, 2023, Procaps S.A. de C.V. issued a voluntary recall of various lots of Laboratorios Lopez’s Bacaolinita 8 fl. oz children's liquid vitamin supplement because it contains undeclared PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil.

News Release

October 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.

Recalls & Warnings

July 02, 2014

Protein Drink Mix Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On July 1, 2014, Oriya Organics, LLC voluntarily recalled Oriya Organics Superfood Protein Medley (21.2 oz) because it contains Organic Sprouted Chia Seed Powder, which has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

August 04, 2015

Whey, Casein and Colostrum Products Recalled

On August 3, 2015, Nutrition Resource Services, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of certain Just Be Natural (JBN) and Gifted Nutrition powders containing whey concentrate, whey isolate, casein, and colostrum because they contain undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

May 23, 2016

Amino Acid Supplements Recalled

On May 18, 2016, Ultimate Nutrition Inc. issued a recall of its Amino Gold amino acid tablets and capsules because they contain undeclared milk in the form of hydrolyzed whey protein.

Recalls & Warnings

November 01, 2017

FDA Warns Sellers of Bodybuilding Supplements Containing Steroid-Like Substances

On October 23, 2017, the FDA issued warning letters to three supplement distributors because several of their bodybuilding products contain selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs).

Recalls & Warnings

January 25, 2021

Clover Leaf Sardines Recalled Due to Risk of Botulism

On January 22, 2021, Clover Leaf Seafoods Corp.

News Release

July 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

June 11, 2013

31% of Protein Powders and Drinks Fail Tests by ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York — June 11, 2013 — What's really in a scoop of "protein powder"? sIn some products, a lot less protein or a lot more carbohydrates than you would expect, and perhaps even a serving of something you don't want -- lead. That's according to recent tests by ConsumerLab.

News Release

February 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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March 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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January 31, 2011

Vitamin D use increased 52% in past two years according to ConsumerLab.com survey of supplement users -- Fish oil continued to surpass multivitamins as most popular supplement and Internet was most common place to buy supplements

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — FEBRUARY 1, 2011 — Among people who use dietary supplements, the most popular products at the end of 2010 were fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10 according to a survey by ConsumerLab.com. Use of vitamin D surged in 2010 to 56.

Recalls & Warnings

October 25, 2013

Whey Protein Recalled Due To Allergen Risk

On October 23, 2013, NatureMost Laboratories issued a voluntary recall of its Vanilla Almond Whey Power because it may contain undeclared milk, almond and soy allergens and Strawberry Banana Whey Power because it may contain undeclared milk and soy allergens.

Recalls & Warnings

February 25, 2013

Nutrition Shake Recalled Due To Undeclared Allergen

On February 22, 2013, Herbalife International of America issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of Instant Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix packets which are labeled as dairy-free but may contain trace amounts of milk proteins.

Recalls & Warnings

March 14, 2012

Manufacturing Violations by Maker of Lecithin, Soy Supplements

The FDA issued a Warning Letter (dated March 7, 2012) to Modern Products, Inc. regarding manufacturing violations in the production of the supplements Fearn Lecithin Granules, Fearn Liquid Lecithin, Fearn 100% Soy Protein Isolate, and Gayelord Hauser Brewers Yeast.

Recalls & Warnings

June 18, 2016

Antioxidant Supplement Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On June 17, 2016 GMJ Natural Products Inc. issued a recall of 32 fluid oz. jugs of Jugo Moringa Plus Antioxidant because they contain undeclared whey protein.

Recalls & Warnings

February 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.

Recalls & Warnings

December 11, 2020

Goldenseal Recalled Due to Microbial Contamination

On December 4, 2020, WishGarden Herbs, Inc. issued a recall of 14 lots of Cord Care Powder and Goldenseal Powder because they were manufactured using ingredients that were potentially contaminated with the bacterium Cronobacter sakazakii.

Recalls & Warnings

July 12, 2023

FDA Warns Company for Promoting Kratom Products for Pain, Mood, and More

On July 3, 2023, the FDA issued a warning letter to Sunshine Trading Company, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

October 09, 2023

Organifi Settles Charges of Unsupported Claims

Organifi, LLC has agreed to pay $150,000 in civil penalties and $50,000 in investigative costs as restitution to settle charges that the company made unsupported claims that its Gold, Pure, Green Juice, and Red Juice products could balance hormone and cortisol levels, regulate the ...

Recalls & Warnings

March 28, 2014

Nutrition Bars Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On March 27, 2014, Clif Bar & Company issued a voluntary recall of a small number of 15-count boxes of Chocolate Chunk LUNA Bars because they contain undeclared macadamia nut butter.

Recalls & Warnings

April 27, 2016

Multivitamin Recalled Due to Undeclared Allergens

On April 19, 2016, Nuvi Global Corporation issued a recall of StemVitae 30oz liquid multivitamin because they contain the undeclared milk and soy lecithin. 

Recalls & Warnings

April 23, 2016

More Multis Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On April 21, 2016, MagZuma Nutrition issued a recall of the following multivitamin supplements because they contain the undeclared allergens soy and milk:

Recalls & Warnings

April 23, 2016

Multivitamin Recalled Due To Allergen Risk

On April 19, 2016, Exceptional Health Products issued a recall of Angel Wings Daily Multi 120 Capsules because they contain the undeclared potential allergens soy and milk. 

Recalls & Warnings

May 02, 2016

Liquid Multi Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On April 26, 2016, Schaffner Distributing Pronutri LLC. issued a recall of Re-VITA-lize Whole Food Liquid Vitamin (in tropical orange flavor) because it contains undeclared soy lecithin. 

Recalls & Warnings

September 02, 2015

Antioxidant Supplement Recalled

On August 28, 2015, VRVK Nutraceuticals, LLC, DBA Dr. Venessa's Formulas, issued a voluntary recall of Ultimate Antioxidant Tablets because they may contain the undeclared allergens crustacean shellfish and milk.

Recalls & Warnings

June 15, 2016

More Nutrition Bars Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

The following nutrition bars are being recalled because they contain sunflower kernels or may have come in contact with equipment processing sunflower kernels which have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (use the links below for affected lot numbers, UPC, and/or ...

Recalls & Warnings

November 17, 2014

Organic Brown Rice Flour Recalled

On November 14, 2014, Lundberg Family Farms issued a voluntary recall of certain bags of Eco-Farmed Brown Rice Flour and Organic Brown Rice Flour because they because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

August 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

January 21, 2015

Smoothie Blends Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

On January 18, 2015, Inventure Foods, Inc. issued a recall of RADER FARMS Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion, and Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Recalls & Warnings

February 01, 2016

Garden of Life Shakes and Meals Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On January 29, 2016, Garden of Life LLC issued a recall of certain Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

May 10, 2016

Multis and Energy Mixes Recalled

On May 9, 2016, Let's Talk Health, Inc. issued a recall of the following supplements because they contain the undeclared allergens soy and milk: 

Recalls & Warnings

October 13, 2016

Soylent Recalls Bars As It Investigates Complaints of Gastrointestinal Issues

On October 12, 2016, Soylent announced it is halting all Soylent Bar purchases and shipments while it investigates consumer complaints of gastrointestinal issues, such as vomiting and diarrhea, after consuming the bars.

Recalls & Warnings

January 21, 2018

Joint Supplement Recalled for Salmonella Risk

On January 21, 2018, Arthri-D, LLC announced a recall of its joint pain supplement, Arthri-D (120 count), due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

April 09, 2018

Bob's Red Mill Organic Amaranth Flour Recalled Due To Salmonella Risk

On April 6, 2018, Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods issued a recall of 2,099 cases of Organic Amaranth Flour (22 oz.) because recent testing found a single lot to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

May 12, 2018

Seller of Maca Powder Warned for Drug Claims

On April 18, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbs America, Inc. following review of the company's website, and the company's Maca Magic store on www.amazon.

Recalls & Warnings

July 24, 2017

Protein Bars Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

On July 21, 2017, Bhu Foods recalled a number of their products after their organic sunflower seeds, distributed by Hudson Valley Foods, Inc., were potentially contaminated with Listeria monoocytogenes.

Recalls & Warnings

January 20, 2019

RXBAR Protein Bars Recalled

On January 15, 2019, RXBAR issued a recall of certain varieties of protein bars because they may contain undeclared peanuts.

Recalls & Warnings

July 16, 2016

Ikea Expands Recall of Chocolate Bars

On July 6, 2016, IKEA expanded its recall of certain CHOKLAND chocolate bars to include additional chocolate bars, including certain GODIS chocolate bars, because they contain undeclared milk, hazelnuts and/or almonds.

Recalls & Warnings

July 02, 2016

Ikea Recalls Dark Chocolate Bars Due to Allergen Risk

On June 24, 2016, IKEA issued a recall of certain CHOKLAD MÖRK and CHOKLAD MÖRK 70% dark chocolate bars because they contain undeclared milk, hazelnuts and almonds.

Recalls & Warnings

February 12, 2015

Many Dark Chocolate Bars Found to Contain Undeclared Milk

On February 11, 2015, the FDA announced its study of dark chocolate bars found many - including some which did not list milk as an ingredient or were labeled as "dairy-free" or "allergen-free," to contain milk.

Recalls & Warnings

December 16, 2013

Weight Loss Capsules Recalled Due Allergen Risk

On December 13, 2013, Stone Independent Research, Inc. issued recall of one lot of Zanocap Scientific Weight Loss 500 mg capsules because they contain undeclared whey protein, which is derived from milk.

Recalls & Warnings

September 23, 2014

More Carob Powder Products Recalled

On September 22, 2014, Glaser Organic Farms issued a recall of Raw Carob Powder and Carob Fudgy Brownie because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

May 06, 2017

Herbalife Protein Bar Recalled

On May 1, 2017, Herbalife issued a recall of certain lots of its Protein Bar -- Peanut Butter nutrition bars because it may contain a trace amount of fish gelatin which contains a small amount of parvalbumin, a fish allergen.

Recalls & Warnings

November 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

April 06, 2018

EXO Cricket Protein Bars Recalled

On April 5, 2018, Aspire Food Group, issued a recall of certain 60 gram EXO cricket protein bars because they may contain undeclared sulfites. Apricots used in the products contain sulfur dioxide as a preservative.

Recalls & Warnings

July 06, 2018

Prescript-Assist Probiotic Recall Expanded

On July 6, 2018, LL's Magnetic Clay, Inc., expanded its original recall of Prescript-Assist, a "broad spectrum probiotic and prebiotic" supplement, because it may contain undeclared almonds, crustaceans, dairy, casein, eggs, and peanuts.

Recalls & Warnings

June 29, 2018

Prescript-Assist Probiotic Recalled

On June 29, 2018, LL's Magnetic Clay, Inc., issued a recall of certain lots of Prescript-Assist, a "broad spectrum probiotic and prebiotic" supplement, because they may contain undeclared almonds, crustaceans, dairy, casein, eggs, and peanuts. 

Recalls & Warnings

August 20, 2019

Seller of Liposomal Curcumin, Vitamin C & Melatonin Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On August 6, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Let's Talk Health, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

June 23, 2020

BioPure Healing Products Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On June 17, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to BHP Holdings Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

September 28, 2022

FDA Warns Muscle Sports for Joint Health, Immune & Workout Supplement, Vitamin C, Elderberry, and Other Claims

On September 23, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Muscle Sports Products, LLC following inspection of the company’s websites which found statements about company products, including Join Revolution Capsules, IMMUNITY + Powder, Rhino Rampage PUMPED Capsules, Attack Pre-Workout ...

Recalls & Warnings

November 23, 2022

CBD Not Permitted in Gummies, Candies, Cookies, Candy, or Pet Treats, Says FDA

On November 16, 2022, the FDA issued warning letters to five companies for selling products such as gummies, tea, cookies, lollipops, fruit snacks, hard candies, and pet treats containing cannabidiol (CBD) and/or delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8 THC) as conventional food products.

News Release

June 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.

News Release

May 05, 2010

Tests of protein powders and drinks show some lead contamination but no melamine -- New report covers whey, soy, and rice protein supplements for body building, endurance/recovery, meal-replacment and dieting

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MAY 5, 2010 — New tests by ConsumerLab.com found most protein powders, shakes and drinks to meet their nutrient claims, but two products were contaminated with lead (6 to 18 mcg per day) and a third product contained four extra grams of sugar.

Recalls & Warnings

March 14, 2011

22 Brands of Whey Protein Recalled Due to Salmonella Concern

The FDA posted a recall notice involving 22 brands of whey protein powder due to potential contamination with salmonella. The recall was voluntarily initiated on March 10, 2011 by the manufacturer of the products, Vitalabs, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

May 23, 2015

Colostrum Supplement Recalled

On May 14, 2015, the Natural Creations issued a recall of a small quantity of Natural Creations New Zealand Colostrum because the label does not state that the product is milk-based.

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March 11, 2013

Nutrition Bar Recalled Due To Undeclared Allergen

On March 7, 2013, Lifestyle Evolution Inc. issued a recall of various NuGO nutrition bars because the bars may contain undeclared milk, a potential allergen.

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June 25, 2016

Cholesterol-Lowering Supplement Recalled Due To Allergen Risk

On June 23, 2016 Michael's Naturopathic Programs issued a recall of certain lots of its Cholesterol Metabolism Factors dietary supplements because they contain undeclared milk.

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August 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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August 22, 2015

Synthetic Amphetamine, Less Protein and More Sugar Than Claimed Found in Workout Supplements

On August 7, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to New Dawn Nutrition, Inc.

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January 07, 2017

Seller of Protein and Workout Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Label Errors

On December 22, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Rock Solid Nutrition, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including  Whey Isolate (Cinnabun flavor), Pre-Pump (Massive Mango flavor)  and Strength Test to be adulterated because ...

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February 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.

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April 25, 2017

Soylent Powder Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On April 24, 2017, Soylent issued a recall of 890 boxes (containing 7 x 15 oz pouches) of Soylent 1.8 Powder, because the product may contain undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

January 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

June 14, 2023

Havasu Beet Root Powder Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On June 12, 2023, Supplement Manufacturing Partner Inc. issued a recall of one lot of Havasu Nutrition’s Beet Root Powder + due to undeclared milk. The recall was initiated following a report of an allergic reaction from a consumer with a milk allergy.

News Release

March 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.

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August 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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August 20, 2007

ConsumerLab tests products in booming nutrition drink market — most deliver what's promised but extra cholesterol found in some — New report covers drinks and powders for endurance/recovery, body building, meal-replacement and dieting

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — AUGUST 20, 2007 — A new report from ConsumerLab.com finds most nutrition powders, shakes and drinks meet their nutrient claims, but three products — two sports drinks and a meal supplement — contained more cholesterol than claimed.

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August 01, 2006

ConsumerLab.com evaluates cholesterol-lowering supplements — Test results available for over 90 products; Review of nine popular ingredients

WHITE PLAINS, NY — AUGUST 1, 2006 — ConsumerLab.com has released a major new review of dietary supplements used to improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

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April 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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February 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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September 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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August 07, 2002

ConsumerLab.com finds some spoilage and inaccuracy among omega-3 and 6 supplements — List released of evening primrose, flaxseed and other GLA/ALA products that passed testing

WHITE PLAINS, NY — August 7, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of health and nutrition products, released results today of its Product Review of Black Currant, Borage, Evening Primrose, and Flaxseed Oils: Sources of ALA and GLA (Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids).

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March 05, 2002

ConsumerLab.com finds nutrition powders & drinks more accurately labeled than nutrition bars, but unapproved food ingredient seen in some

White Plains, NY -- March 5, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that 24 of 26 nutrition powders and drinks that it recently evaluated met their label claims for carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. This is in stark contrast to ConsumerLab.

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October 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.

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August 15, 2001

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

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

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July 09, 2001

Many herbal sleep products lack key claimed ingredient — Results of ConsumerLab.com's testing of valerian products released on web today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — July 9, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, today released results of its Product Review of valerian supplements — used primarily as sleep aids and minor tranquilizers.

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June 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.

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May 07, 2001

Over forty percent of Echinacea products fail ConsumerLab.com review; Inadequate labeling and missing ingredients found common for popular herbal cold remedy

WHITE PLAINS, NY — May 7, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, today released results of its Product Review of echinacea supplements.

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October 11, 2023

Family Sentenced to Over 12 Years in Prison for Selling Dangerous “Bleach” Miracle Mineral Solution as “COVID Cure”

Four Florida men who distributed the toxic bleach solution Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) as a cure for COVID-19 and other serious medical conditions have been sentenced to 5 to 12 years in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States.

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November 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.

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March 30, 2011

More Protein Supplements Recalled for Salmonella Risk

On March 29, the U.S.

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June 17, 2017

Protein Bars and Bites Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

On June 15, 2017, Bulletproof 360, Inc. recalled five Collagen Protein Bar and Bite products because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Recalls & Warnings

July 30, 2014

Chocolate and Carob Drink Mix Recalled Due To Salmonella Risk

On July 25, 2014, CaCoCo, Inc. issued a recall of CaCoCo Original and Global Warrior chocolate drink mixes because they contain organic carob powder which has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

August 01, 2013

Maker of Algae Products Warned For Drug Claims, Manufacturing Violations

On March 8, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Algaen Corporation following a facility inspection and website review which found statements made about the company's AlgaBerry products to be drug claims. 

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September 25, 2012

Whey Protein Supplements Recalled Due To Undeclared Allergens

On September 21, 2012, Maine Natural Health, which also sells supplements under the brand name Stronger Faster Healthier, issued a recall of several Whey Protein Concentrate products because the labels do not list the allergens milk, shellfish and coconut.

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March 22, 2013

Maker of Nutrition Shakes Warned For Manufacturing Violations

On February 28, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Healthwest Minerals, Inc., dba Mt. Capra Products, Mt. Capra Whole Foods, and Mt.

Recalls & Warnings

May 17, 2002

Update on Recall of Certain Ultra Slim-Fast with Soy Protein Drinks

In its May 15, 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.

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August 03, 2017

Protein Bars Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

On August 2, 2017, Amrita Health Foods recalled several varieties of protein bars due to potential contamination with Listeria monoocytogenes.

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March 06, 2018

Protein Bars Recalled Due to Undeclared Allergens

On March 5, 2018, IDLife, LLC, issued a recall of their Protein Bars, Snack Bars, and Kids Bars because they may contain undeclared almonds, peanuts, and/or coconut oil.

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December 26, 2017

Seller of BrainAlert Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On December 14, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to BrainAlert, LLC.

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April 26, 2018

Wegmans Recalls Traditional Medicinals Teas Due to Salmonella Risk

On April 17, 2018, Wegmans Food Markets issued a recall of one lot each of  Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Lemon Echinacea herbal tea and Traditional Medicinals EveryDay Detox Lemon tea because they have the potential to contaminated with Salmonella.

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November 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.

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January 25, 2021

Washington Resident Arrested for Selling Illegal COVID-19 Vaccine

On January 21, 2021, 55-year-old Washington resident Johnny T. Stine was arrested for selling and administering illegal, home-made COVID-19 vaccines to Americans.

Recalls & Warnings

May 10, 2021

Collagen & Biotin Supplement Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On May 6, 2021, Bloommy, Inc. issued a recall of Bloommy Biotin Collagen Keratin Capsules for Skin, Joint, and Hair due to the presence of a fish allergen for the collagen-based ingredient.

Recalls & Warnings

February 17, 2022

Seller of L-Theanine, Lutein, Noopept and More Warned for Drug Claims

On February 4, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Crystal Clear Supplements following a review of the company’s website and social media which found statements about Tianeptine Sodium Powder, Tianeptine Sulfate Powder, PEA Capsules, Phenibut Capsules, Synephrine Powder, Noopept ...

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April 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.

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March 27, 2001

ConsumerLab.com expands testing of health products; success of dietary supplement evaluations leads company into broader nutrition field, beginning with popular nutrition bars

WHITE PLAINS, NY — March 27, 2001 — Having established its presence as the leading independent evaluator of the quality of dietary supplements sold in the U.S, ConsumerLab.com announced today the expansion of its work to include foods and food ingredients.

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March 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

September 19, 2012

FDA Reports Arsenic in Rice Products -- Particularly Brown Rice

On September 19, 2012, the U.S. FDA released results of its testing of nearly 200 samples of rice and rice products, finding appreciable levels in many products, although the amounts in only a few exceed the cancer-warning threshold of the State of California (10 mcg per daily serving).

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March 06, 2013

Protein Bar Recalled Due To Salmonella Risk

On March 4, 2013, Pro-Amino International Inc. issued a recall of Proti Diet High Protein Chocolate Dream Bar due potential Salmonella contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

July 30, 2014

Nutrition Bars Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On July 25, 2014, GoMacro issued a recall of two flavors of MACROBARS nutrition bars because they contain carob powder which has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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December 10, 2014

Risk of Fungal Infection from Probiotics in People with Weakened Immune System

On December 9, 2014, the FDA warned that supplements containing live bacteria or yeast have the potential to be contaminated with mold, and may pose a risk of potentially deadly fungal infection in immunocompromised persons.

Recalls & Warnings

November 17, 2014

Probiotic Powder Recalled

On November 14, 2014, Solgar, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder (NET Wt. 1.75 oz (50 g)) because it was found to contain Rhizopus oryzae, a fungus which may cause Mucormycosis infection.

Recalls & Warnings

January 25, 2018

Bulletproof Collagen Protein Recalled

On January 25, 2018, Bulletproof 360, Inc issued a recall of its Bulletproof Collagen Protein supplement because it contains undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

July 05, 2017

CLIF Bars Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On July 5, 2017, CLIF Bar & Company issued a voluntary recall of CLIF BUILDER'S Bar Chocolate Mint, CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint, and CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip flavors due to the potential presence of peanuts and tree nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, ...

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July 06, 2022

FDA Warns Kratom Companies for Arthritis, Pain Relief Claims & More

On January 30, 2022, the FDA issued warning letters to four sellers of kratom products because they were promoted to treat pain relief, opioid withdrawal, blood sugar control, anxiety, and to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Recalls & Warnings

August 14, 2023

Liver Injury Linked to "Immune Booster" Supplement Sold on Amazon

A 27-year-old woman in Pennsylvania was admitted to intensive care for drug-induced liver injury after taking Prodigy Life HRP-AID, a supplement sold on Amazon and promoted as an "immune system booster" to reduce the intensity and frequency of cold sore outbreaks, according to a ...

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January 29, 2001

Some supplements for arthritis may exceed newly released safe intake levels for manganese

WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 29, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com issued an alert today to its online readers that that some glucosamine and chondroitin products (popularly used for osteoarthritis), exceed newly established upper intake levels for manganese.

Recalls & Warnings

August 16, 2014

More Carob Powder Recalled

On August 11, 2014, Sunfood issued a recall of several lots of Organic Carob Powder because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

July 24, 2014

Carob Powder Recalled

On July 22, 2014, Earth Circle Organics issued a recall of Organic Carob Powder due to the risk of potential contamination with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

December 22, 2014

Nutrition Bars Recalled Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

On December 19, 2014, Perfect Bar & Company issued a recall of certain lots of Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch Nutrition Bars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

October 24, 2014

Shark Cartilage Supplement Recalled

On October 17, 2014, AMS Health Sciences, LLC issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

March 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

August 03, 2018

Vanilla Almond Breeze Almond Milk Recalled

On August 2, 2018, HP Hood LLC issued a recall of half-gallon (1.89 L) cartons of refridgerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk because the product may contain milk, an allergen not listed on the label.

Recalls & Warnings

August 04, 2014

"Superfood" Greens Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On August 1, 2014, New England Greens dba Vibrant Health issued a recall of 10 lots of Green Vibrance and one lot of Rainbow Vibrance because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

March 24, 2017

"Micro Greens" Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On March 23, 2017, ChloroFields issued a recall of 20 cases of Asian Mix Microgreens because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

February 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 ...

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March 24, 2016

27 Cases of Salmonella Infection Linked to Recalled Garden of Life Organic Shakes

On March 24, 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 27 cases of Salmonella infection, including five which required hospitalization, are now linked to recalled Garden of Life Raw Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement products.

Recalls & Warnings

August 16, 2014

McCormick Ground Oregano Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On August 13, 2014, McCormick & Company, Incorporated issued a voluntary recall of McCormick Ground Oregano (0.75 oz bottle) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

February 06, 2013

Ingredient Supplier Warned For Meal Replacement Product Misbranding and Adulteration

On October 4, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement ingredient supplier Raw Deal, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

December 26, 2010

Four Probiotic Products in Canada May Pose Serious Health Risks to Those with Milk or Soy Allergies

On December 24, 2010, Health Canada (the Canadian health ministry) advised consumers with milk or soy allergies that four probiotic natural health products are being voluntarily recalled from the market because they are labelled as not containing dairy (milk) and/or soy but may contain trace ...

Recalls & Warnings

September 08, 2012

Medifast Settles False Advertising Suit

On September 7, 2012, Jason Pharmaceuticals Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Medifast, agreed to pay a $3.7 million civil penalty and meet new compliance requirements as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

Recalls & Warnings

October 08, 2015

FDA Warns Seller of Omega-3 "Concussion" Supplement for Drug Claims

On October 1, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to MPH Nutrition, LLC, following a review of the company's website which found statements made about  Re:Mind Recover, a supplement promoted for recovery from concussions, to be drug claims which are not permitted for supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

April 09, 2018

Muscle and Recovery Supplements Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk

On April 6, 2018, AdvoCare International issued a recall of two lots of Muscle Strength and four lots of Nighttime Recovery dietary supplements because they may contain undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

March 31, 2018

Nutrition Bars Sold at Whole Foods and Online Recalled

On March 26, 2018, eBars LLC, issued a recall of their Protein Bars, Snack Bars, and Kids Bars because they may contain undeclared peanuts and/or almonds.

Recalls & Warnings

May 15, 2018

Seller of Apple Cider Vinegar, Joint Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims

On April 25, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Baker's Best Health Products, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

June 16, 2020

NutraCap Labs Warned for Unsafe Ingredients and Manufacturing Violations

On May 21, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to NutraCap Labs LLC, 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 supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

May 26, 2020

Seller of Vitamin and CBD "NoronaPak" Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On May 21, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Apollo Holding LLC for promoting a kit containing vitamins and CBD with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

June 20, 2020

FTC Warns 30 More Companies for Coronavirus Claims

On June 18, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to 30 companies for selling products such as immune system boosters, colloidal silver, vitamin C, and CBD with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

December 01, 2020

Niagen Cannot Be Promoted to Prevent or Treat COVID-19, Warns FDA

On November 17, 2020, the FDA issued warning letters to the sellers of Niagen and Nadovim, supplements that contain different forms of niacin, for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

October 06, 2020

FDA Warns Seller of Red Yeast Rice, Vitamin D, Blood Pressure Supplements, and More

On August 28, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Dr. Sam Robbins, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

February 02, 2021

FDA Warns Seller of Reishi Mushroom Supplements

On January 6, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Entia Biosciences, Inc following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Lion's Mane - All Natural Supplement, Antrodia Mushroom Powder, Maitake Mushroom Powder, Reishi ...

Recalls & Warnings

August 15, 2020

FTC Warns 20 More Companies for Coronavirus Claims

On August 14, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to 20 companies for selling products such as vitamin C, hydrochloroquine, omega 3, and melatonin with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

February 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 ...

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November 19, 2016

GNC Women's Multi Recalled Due to Undeclared Allergen

On November 16, 2016, Nutra Manufacturing, Inc. issued a recall of one lot of GNC Women's Ultra Mega Time Release multivitamin because it contains undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

October 13, 2016

Nutrisystem Bars Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

On October 11, 2016, Nutrisystem Everyday, LLC issued a recall of one lot of its Nutricrush Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Recalls & Warnings

December 07, 2016

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF Nut Butter Filled Energy Bars Recalled

On November 18, 2016, Clif Bar & Company issued a recall of one production run of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF Nut Butter Filled energy bars due to the presence of small plastic pieces found in a limited number of bars.

Recalls & Warnings

April 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

March 28, 2017

Yogurt Peanut Crunch Bars Recalled Due to E. Coli Risk

On March 23, 2017, Pro Sports Club of Bellevue, WA issued a recall of 36,957 20/20 Life Styles Yogurt Peanut Crunch bars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7.

Recalls & Warnings

June 09, 2016

Nature Made Multis and B Complex Recalled Due to Salmonella, Staph Risk

On June 8, 2016 Pharmavite LLC issued a recall of the following Nature Made® multivitamin and B complex supplements because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella or Staphylococcus aureus:

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June 02, 2016

Clif Bars Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

On June 2, 2016, Clif Bar & Company issued a recall of certain energy and trail mix bars because they contain sunflower kernels which have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. 

Recalls & Warnings

February 13, 2013

FDA Warns Maker of Weight Loss and Whey Protein Supplements For Manufacturing Violations and Misbranding

January 25, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement manufacturer SciLabs Nutraceuticals, following a facility inspection which found the company's dietary supplements and supplement ingredients, including N-Large 2, Flo-Gard AB, Nitrogen Glutamine capsules, Nutritech nutritional ...

Recalls & Warnings

May 30, 2017

Beef Bone Broths Recalled

On May 26, 2017, Cauldron Soups, LLC (DBA Cauldron Broths) issued a recall of approximately 5,163 pounds of beef broth products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection.

Recalls & Warnings

August 27, 2013

Immune Supplement Recalled Due To Undeclared Milk

On August 23, 2013, Reaction Nutrition, LLC issued a voluntary recall of immune support supplement LIVE CLINICAL 90 CAPS because it contains undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

April 29, 2013

Recall: Multivitamin Containing Undeclared Milk

On April 26, 2013, Saratoga Therapeutics, LLC issued a recall of ebA Multivitamin Supplement because it may contain undeclared milk. The label describes the supplement as free of milk components.

Recalls & Warnings

February 02, 2018

Seller of Vitamin D, Omega-3's, Whey Protein & More Warned for Drug Claims

On January 24, 2018 the FDA issued a warning letter to Young Health Products, LLC following a review of the company's website which found promotional statements and testimonials made about the certain products, including Lugol's Solution 2%, Liquid Vitamin D3, Probimune, Flax Seed & Omega ...

Recalls & Warnings

July 10, 2020

Sundial Herbal Recalls More Than Sixty Products Including Turmeric, Cinnamon & Tea

On July 9, 2020, Sundial Herbal Products issued a recall of more than 60 herbal products because they were misbranded and/ or promoted with drug claims. Their labels contain drug claims stating the products can diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease.

Recalls & Warnings

August 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.

Recalls & Warnings

February 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.

Recalls & Warnings

May 14, 2016

Xylitol in Supplements Poses Danger for Dogs

On May 12, 2016, the FDA warned consumers that xylitol, a popular sweetener found in chewable vitamins, chewing gum, breath mints, toothpaste and a variety of other products, is toxic to dogs.

Recalls & Warnings

May 30, 2017

Seller of Vitamin C, Calcium, Mushroom Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On May 12, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to VitaPurity Corporatio.

Recalls & Warnings

April 08, 2017

Woman Dies After Receiving Turmeric Infusion

On March 16, 2017, a San Diego, California woman died days after receiving an IV infusion of turmeric.   Jade Erick, age 30, suffered a brain injury and cardiac arrest after receiving the first 5 mL of a 250 mL infusion of turmeric in the office of a naturopathic doctor.

Recalls & Warnings

June 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

January 24, 2013

Food for Health Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims on Supplements

On October 5, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Food for Health International, LLC following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Activz brand Vitamin D, Potassium Iodine, Organic Vitamin C, Whole 9 (a fruit and vegetable meal replacement shake) Control and VMA ...

Recalls & Warnings

April 06, 2018

Workout Supplements Recalled Due To Allergen Risk

On April 5, 2018, Independent Nutrition Inc, dba Back to Health of Eugene., issued a recall of certain lots of Ignite High Endurance Pre-Workout Supplements because they may contain undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

January 19, 2018

Flawless Beauty Shut Down, Company's Kits and Products Recalled

On January 19, 2018, Flawless Beauty, LLC issued a recall for all lots of nineteen products sold individually or together as part of its "whitening kits."  

Recalls & Warnings

January 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

July 18, 2017

Oat Cereal Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

On July 18, 2017, Garden of Light, Inc., recalled Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Recalls & Warnings

February 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

July 09, 2009

Recall of Whey Protein Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

On July 8, 2009, the U.S. FDA announced that Max Muscle Sports Nutrition issued a voluntary recall on July 3 of Max Muscle products containing whey protein concentrate due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

September 13, 2013

Metagenics Warned For Misbranding of Medical Foods and Drug Claims

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

Recalls & Warnings

March 21, 2013

Probiotic Recalled Due To Undeclared Soy

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

Recalls & Warnings

September 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.

Recalls & Warnings

September 12, 2018

FDA Urges Consumers to Avoid Kratom

On September 11, 2018, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., urged consumers not to use products containing the kratom, an herb that is often promoted for pain relief and for relieving symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Recalls & Warnings

August 16, 2018

Kratom Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On August 14, 2018, Zakah Life, LLC issued a recall of Super Green Maeng Da Premium Kratom powder, Powerful Red Vein Bali Premium Kratom powder, Super Green Maeng Da Premium Kratom capsules, and Powerful Red Vein Bali Premium Kratom capsules because laboratory testing revealed the presence of ...

Recalls & Warnings

August 21, 2019

Large Multivitamin, Calcium Pills Can Be a Choking Hazard for Older Adults

Approximately 19% of adverse events associated with dietary supplements involve swallowing problems, especially choking, and this is mostly likely to occur in adults age 65 or older, according to a new report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Recalls & Warnings

October 22, 2019

Seller of TrueAloe and AloeCran Settles Charges of Making False Claims

NatureCity, LLC, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they deceived consumers by making false claims about their TrueAloe and AloeCran products.

Recalls & Warnings

June 25, 2019

Kratom Is Dangerous and Not Proven to Treat Addiction, FDA Warns Marketers

On June 25, 2019, the FDA issued warning letter to two marketers and distributors of kratom products, listed below, for illegally selling unapproved, misbranded kratom-containing drug products with unproven claims about their ability to treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

Recalls & Warnings

June 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.

Recalls & Warnings

October 16, 2014

Seller of Black Cohosh, Ginkgo and More Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On April 2, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Pure Herbs, Ltd.

Recalls & Warnings

March 04, 2011

Recall of "Raw" Vitamin C Supplement Containing Soy

The FDA posted a notice dated March 2, 2011 from Garden of Life, LLC regarding that company's voluntary recall of its Raw Vitamin C supplement because it may contain undeclared soy proteins.

Recalls & Warnings

July 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

January 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

July 10, 2018

Blissful Remedies Kratom Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On June 30, 2018, Blissful Remedies issued a recall of three kratom products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  

Recalls & Warnings

October 01, 2019

Lead and Arsenic Found in Multi Mineral & Vitamin Supplement

On September 30, 2019, Cellect Products Inc. and Oglethorpe Ltd. issued a recall of one lot of Cellect®, Essentials Factor® Multi Mineral & Vitamin Supplement Unflavored Powder Mix because it was found to contain unsafe levels of lead and arsenic.

Recalls & Warnings

April 29, 2020

Benefiber Prebiotic Fiber Supplements Recalled Due to Possible Plastic Contamination

On April 28, 2020, GSK Consumer Healthcare recalled one lot of Benefiber Healthy Shape Prebiotic Fiber Supplement powder and four lots of Benefiber Prebiotic Fiber Supplement powder because they have the potential to be contaminated with green plastic pieces or shavings from bottle ...

Recalls & Warnings

March 06, 2015

Most Milk Free of Drug Residue, FDA Study Shows

On March 5, 2015, the FDA announced that more than 99% of milk samples tested in the U.S. were found to be free of drug residues of concern.

Recalls & Warnings

November 14, 2012

Mushroom Supplement Manufacturer Warned For Drug Claims and Adulteration

On October 18, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Mushroom Wisdom, Inc. following a facility inspection and product label review which found the dietary supplements Amyloban 3399 From Lion's Mane, Grifron Maitake, and Super Shiitake to be promoted as drugs.

Recalls & Warnings

October 25, 2016

Seller of Liquid Aloe & Mineral Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On August 10, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Perfect Source Natural Products Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

March 22, 2016

NOW Foods Recalls Ginkgo & Other Supplements

On March 18, 2016, NOW Foods issued a recall of the following dietary supplements due to errors on the labels: 

Recalls & Warnings

January 29, 2004

U.S. Action on Mad Cow -- Supplements Included As Well as Food

On Jan. 26, 2004, the U.

Recalls & Warnings

May 07, 2012

FDA Warns Doctor Promoting Own Supplements Online as Treatments

On April 18, 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a Warning Letter to Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. of Fatigued to Fantastic, LLC regarding the promotion that company's products on its website www.endfatigue.com.

Recalls & Warnings

July 27, 2012

Prescription and Street Drug Alternatives Found in Male Enhancement, Mood, and Sleep Supplements

On July 10, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Evol Nutrition Associates, Inc. subsequent to a 2011 inspection which found a number of the company's products contained prescription and investigational drugs and were misbranded.

Recalls & Warnings

March 10, 2018

Kratom Supplements Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On March 10, 2018, PDX Aromatics of Portland, Oregon DBA Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa issued a recall of certain kratom-containing powder products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

April 14, 2018

Highly Concentrated, Bulk Caffeine Products Dangerous and Illegal, Says FDA

On April 13, 2018, the FDA announced a new industry guidance to clarify that dietary supplements containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms are considered unlawful when sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers.

Recalls & Warnings

December 05, 2018

Seller of Cold and Flu Supplements, "SuperFood" & More Warned by FDA

On October 30, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to American Botanical Pharmacy following a review of the company's website (www.herbdoc.com) and Facebook page, which found statements made about some of its products to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

August 06, 2013

Maker of Greens and Whole Foods Supplements Warned For Drug Claims, Manufacturing Violations

On July 19, 2013, the FDA issued a warning to ProNatural Nutrition, LLC, following a facility inspection which found that statements made on product labels, including "Healing to cells and tissues," and "Non-toxic antibiotic" to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

April 09, 2018

Kratom Powders and Capsules Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On April 5, 2018, Club 13 issued a recall of certain kratom powders and capsules because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

April 21, 2018

NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom Recalled

On April 18, 2018, NGB Corp. of West Jordan, Utah issued a recall of NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom labeled bottles of encapsulated product because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. To date, one illness has been reported to the FDA.

Recalls & Warnings

June 08, 2018

Caffeine Toxicity a Danger Due to Product Packaging

On May 29, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Dual Health Body and Mind following a review of the company's website which found its Caffeine Anhydrous Powder product to be adulterated because it "presents a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury under the conditions of ...

Recalls & Warnings

June 23, 2018

Gaia Kratom Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On June 21, 2018, Gaia Ethnobotanical, LLC issued a recall of 27 kratom products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

August 19, 2015

Soylent Meal Replacement Powder Reported to Contain Lead and Cadmium

On August 13, 2015, an environmental-health watchdog group, As You Sow, filed a notice of intent to bring legal action against Soylent, a "meal replacement" powder, alleging violation of California's "Prop 65" Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act ...

Recalls & Warnings

May 24, 2002

Recall Update for Portagen Iron Fortified Nutrition Powder

In its May 22, 2002 Enforcement Report, the U.S. FDA reported the completion of the following Class I Food Recall. A Class I recall is a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

Recalls & Warnings

December 08, 2015

Non-Decolorized Aloe, Goldenseal Root Added to Prop 65 List of Cancer-Causing Chemicals

On December 4, 2015, California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added non-decolorized whole leaf extract of aloe vera and goldenseal root powder to the state's list of chemicals known to cause cancer - part of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement ...

Recalls & Warnings

June 07, 2017

FDA Warns Seller of Probiotic and Omega-3 Supplements for Manufacturing Violations

On May 22, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to BioTE Medical, LLC following a facility inspection which found its products, including BioTE DIM, BiotTE Probiotic, BioTE Iodine Plus, and BioTE Omega 3 to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under ...

Recalls & Warnings

June 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

September 27, 2016

Seller of B Vitamins, Omega-3s and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On September 15, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Positive Power Nutrition, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including High Energy C-Complex, Positive Vitality, Positive Performance, Positive CardioGuard, B-Complex 100, Positive Essentials, Positive ...

Recalls & Warnings

November 29, 2016

Seller of Mineral, Joint Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On July 1, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to BioGenyx-Basic Reset, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Ionyte, Aqualyte, Beta Factor, Bee Gold and Primo Java to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under ...

Recalls & Warnings

September 06, 2016

Seller on Noni Juice Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On August 26, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Healing Noni Co. L.L.C.

Recalls & Warnings

October 08, 2016

Seller of Cell Power and Super Silica Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Misbranding

On September 23, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to SSO, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

August 31, 2016

Seller of Joint Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On July 15, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Vitalife Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

August 23, 2016

Seller of Aloe Liquid and Capsules Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On July 15, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Aloe Farms, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

April 04, 2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

April 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

May 02, 2017

Seller of Amino Acid Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On April 20, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Naturecom Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

February 14, 2017

Life Extension Warned for Drug Claims

On February 1, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Life Extension Foundation Buyers Club, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

January 21, 2017

Seller of "Cancer Kits," Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On December 22, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Northern Health Products, Inc. following a review of the company's websites, www.northernhealthproducts.com and www.petdca.

Recalls & Warnings

January 17, 2017

Seller of Heart, Senior and Teen Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

On December 7, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Esteem Products Ltd following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about its products, Cardio Life, Total Man, Total Woman, Senior Total Man, Senior Total Woman , and Total Teen to be drug ...

Recalls & Warnings

October 24, 2012

Warning Issued to Memory Supplement Maker For Unapproved Drug Ingredient, Drug Claims and Unreported Adverse Events

On October 16, 2012, the FDA issued a letter to dietary supplement manufacturer Quincy Bioscience Manufacturing Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

October 15, 2012

Recall of Nutrition Bars Containing Peanut Butter Due To Salmonella Risk

On October 11 and 12, 2012, four brands of nutrition bars were voluntarily recalled due to possible salmonella contamination of the peanut butter used in each of these bars. The peanut butter was produced by Sunland Inc., and is part of a larger recall of Sunland's peanut butter and peanut products.

Recalls & Warnings

February 07, 2013

Growth Factor Supplement For "Size, Strength and Stamina" Recalled Due To Potential Contamination

On January 2, 2013, EonNutra, LLC issued a voluntary recall of specific batches of Soto Supplements Growth Factor Complex 200 GFC 200 (2 fl oz.) liquid dietary supplement due to potential bacterial contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

May 20, 2015

Gluten Found in More Than Half of Popular Probiotic Supplements Tested

Tests of 22 popular probiotic supplements revealed that 12 contained detectable amounts of gluten, according to researchers at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center.

Recalls & Warnings

June 05, 2018

Product Packaging Could Lead to Consuming Dangerous Amounts of Caffeine

On May 29, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to LiquidCaffeine.

Recalls & Warnings

February 20, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kratom Powders, Pills and Teas

On February 20, 2018, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) warned consumers not to use kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella. The CDC is currently investigating an outbreak of illness caused by Salmonella infection associated with the use of kratom.

Recalls & Warnings

April 03, 2018

FDA Issues Mandatory Recall of Salmonella-Contaminated Kratom Products

On April 2, 2018, the FDA issued a mandatory recall of all food products containing powdered kratom manufactured, processed, packed, or held by Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC because several of company's products were found to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

April 02, 2018

NutriZone Kratom Supplements Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On March 10, 2018, NutriZone, LLC issued a recall of certain kratom-containing powder products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

March 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

March 15, 2016

Tea Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On March 11, 2016 Awareness Corp. issued a recall of its 7.4 ounce container of Boost Tea because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

May 06, 2017

Herbal Teas Recalled Due To Botulism Risk

On May 1, 2017, U.S. Deer Antler Ex. & Imp. of Los Angeles, California, issued a recall of various herbal teas because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium can cause botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning.

Recalls & Warnings

February 23, 2016

Flax Seed and Chia Powders Recalled

On February 20, 2016, HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC., issued a recall of specific lots of Organic Traditions Sprouted Flax Seed Powder and Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

June 05, 2014

More Chia Powders Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On June 4, 2014, Health Matters America Inc. issued a voluntary recall its Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder and Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

December 13, 2013

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

June 28, 2014

Chia Seed Recall Expanded

On June 26, 2014, HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC.

Recalls & Warnings

September 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

April 21, 2018

Triangle Pharmanaturals Expands Recall of Kratom Products

On April 17, 2018, Triangle Pharmanaturals, LLC, expanded its original recall of kratom-containing products to include 26 additional kratom products.

Recalls & Warnings

May 08, 2018

Badger Botanicals Kratom Recalled

On May 4, 2018, 2018 Badger Botanicals issued a recall of its Green Suma, Red Suma, Green Hulu 2, and Red Hulu 2 kratom dietary supplements because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

April 21, 2018

NutriZone Expands Recall of Kratom Products

On April 18, 2018 NutriZone LLC expanded its original recall of kratom-containing products to include 29 additional kratom products.

Recalls & Warnings

March 23, 2018

PDX Aromatics Expands Recall of Kratom Products

On March 22, 2018, PDX Aromatics of Portland, Oregon DBA Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa expanded their initial recall of certain kratom-containing powder products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  

Recalls & Warnings

October 17, 2017

Organic Tarragon Spice Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On October 16, 2017, Organic Spices, Inc. dba Spicely Organics issued a recall of its Organic Tarragon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

October 04, 2017

Police Officer Dies From Kratom Overdose, Herb Currently Legal in Most States

A police officer who worked in narcotics in Tupper Lake, New York, died this summer of an overdose of the herb kratom, according to a report from ABC News.

Recalls & Warnings

January 10, 2017

FTC Charges Marketers of Prevagen With Making False Claims

On January 9, 2017, the FTC charged the marketers of Prevagen with making false and unsubstantiated claims that the supplement improves memory, provides cognitive benefits, and is "clinically shown" to work. 

Recalls & Warnings

December 21, 2016

Seller of 5-HTP, Chromium, Curcumin and More Warned for Drug Claims

On December 1, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Aurora Health and Nutrition following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about its products, 5-HTP, Alpha Lipoic Acid, the Argentyn 23 product line, Artecin 90 Vegetarian Capsules, ...

Recalls & Warnings

June 11, 2015

FDA Warns Maker of Fruit Energy Drinks for Drug Claims

On May 19, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to CK Management, Inc. following a facility inspection which found statements made on product labels and websites about Whole5, Fruit of the Spirit and ViaViente "whole food" fruit puree energy drinks to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

August 01, 2013

Fat Loss and Muscle Enhancement Supplements Found To Contain DMAA

On June 17, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Formulife, Inc., dba Purus Labs, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the dietary supplements Fat Smack XR Thermolipolytic, Muscle Marinade Fresh Fruit and Muscle Marinade Cherry Limeade to contain DMAA.

Recalls & Warnings

October 17, 2013

Turmeric Spice Powder Recalled Due To High Lead Levels

On October 3, 2013, the OnTime Distribution Inc. issued a voluntary recall of PRAN brand spice powder Turmeric because it was found to contain high levels of lead.

Recalls & Warnings

September 15, 2013

Creatine Powder Containing DMAA Recalled

On September 12, 2013, Ge Pharma, LLC issued a recall of grape and fruit punch flavors of Creafuse Powder because they contain 1,3 dimethylamylamine (DMAA).

Recalls & Warnings

May 29, 2014

Chia Powders and Smoothies Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On May 28, 2014, Navitas Naturals issued a voluntary recall of products containing its organic sprouted chia seed powder because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

July 29, 2016

Ground Turmeric Spice Recalled Due to Lead Contamination

On July 28, 2016, Gel Spice, Inc. issued a voluntary recall one lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder because it was found to contain elevated levels of lead.

Recalls & Warnings

May 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

October 17, 2015

23,000 ER Visits Linked to Supplements: Palpitations, Swallowing Problems, Allergies Common

Approximately 23,000 emergency room visits per year are attributed to adverse events linked to the use dietary supplements, according to a large, long-term study by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Recalls & Warnings

March 13, 2013

Liquid Supplements Not Properly Manufactured Despite Certification

On February 22, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Organics Corporation of America, dba Ambix Laboratories, following a facility inspection which found the company's dietary supplements Baby Plex Vitamin Drops, Carnitine Liquid, and Optimal Nutritional Liquid to be adulterated because they ...

Recalls & Warnings

November 14, 2012

Maker of Vitamin C, Aloe and Sexual Enhancement Supplements Warned for Drug Claims and Misbranding

On October 22, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Health Breakthroughs International, LLC after a review of the company's product labels and website found the dietary supplements Amazing C, MPS-Gold 100 and Power Herbal Formula to be promoted as drugs.

Recalls & Warnings

May 30, 2015

Seller of Omega-3, Probiotics & SuperFoods Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On May 4, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Dr. Dennis Black, LLC.

Recalls & Warnings

December 12, 2015

Pink Bikini Weight Supplement Recalled

On December 9, 2015, Lucy's Weight Loss System issued a voluntary recall of all lots of weight loss supplement Pink Bikini white powder capsules because they were found to contain undeclared diclofenac. 

Recalls & Warnings

August 08, 2016

Turmeric Spice Recall Expanded to Include More Brands

On August 5, 2016, Gel Spice, Inc. expanded its recall of one lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder to include other turmeric spices sold under different brand names due to elevated levels of lead.

Recalls & Warnings

August 05, 2016

More Turmeric Spice Recalled

On August 5, 2016, JM Exotic Foods, Inc. issued a recall of ground turmeric because it was found to contain elevated levels of lead.

Recalls & Warnings

October 04, 2016

Turmeric Spice Recalled Due to Elevated Lead Levels

On September 26, 2016, Spices USA Inc. issued a recall of 772 bags of TASTY SAWA GROUND TURMERIC because it contains elevated levels of lead.

Recalls & Warnings

November 04, 2002

Recall Of Selected Store Brand Infant Formula in U.S.

On November 1, 2002, Wyeth Nutrition, in consultation with the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

August 29, 2012

FDA Warns Maker of Silver Colloids, Detox and Shell Powder Supplements For Drug Claims, Misbranding

On August 15, 2012, the FDA issued a warning to Healing Ways for statements made on the company's website that constitute drug claims for the company's dietary supplements Silver Colloids, ABC Detox Program and Shell Powder Products.

Recalls & Warnings

November 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 ...

Recalls & Warnings

November 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

June 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

February 22, 2012

Baby Vitamin Recalled for Excessive Iodine

Shaklee Corporation recently recalled two lots of Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral powder for containing iodine in excess of the amount labeled, according to a news item dated January 30, 2012 on the Shaklee website.

Recalls & Warnings

November 20, 2013

OxyElite Pro Recall Expanded

On November 19, 2013, USPlabs LLC expanded its recall of OxyElite Pro products to include Raspberry Lemonade OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo Powder (4.6 oz., UPC #094922447494).

Recalls & Warnings

October 27, 2013

Ingredient In Workout Supplements May Be Unsafe, FDA Warns

On October 11, 2013, the FDA directed USP Labs, LLC to cease distribution of workout supplement OxyElite Pro and and muscle-building supplement VERSA-1, which are labeled as containing the ingredient aegeline, or N-[2-hydroxy-2(4-methoxyphenyl) ethyl]-3-phenyl-2-propenamide.

Recalls & Warnings

September 26, 2012

Maker of Eye Health Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

On September 18, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to EyeScience Labs, L.L.C. because statements made about the company's Macular Health Formula, Dry Eye Formula and Diabetic Vision Formula supplements were found to constitute drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

March 21, 2014

Products Containing Kratom Recalled Following FDA Import Alert

On March 14, 2014, SNI National issued a voluntary recall of all kratom supplements, including kratom XL 4 Pack, Maeng Da Kratom 10 Pack, Max Kratom 20 Pack, and Bali Kratom 40 pack, following an FDA-issued import alert on all products containing this ingredient.

Recalls & Warnings

January 21, 2014

"Stem Cell" Supplement Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On January 19, 2014, Stemvida recalled StemAlive 90 Capsules because they were found to contain undeclared milk (labeled as bovine colostrum).

Recalls & Warnings

August 06, 2014

Seller of Mineral and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On July 25, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Mezotrace Corporation following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Calcium/Magnesium Natural Minerals & Trace Elements, Calcium/Magnesium Natural Minerals & Trace Elements with Vitamin D, and Calcium/Magnesium ...

Recalls & Warnings

December 30, 2014

Maker of Probiotic Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On December 18, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Wellmill LLC, dba Vitamix, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Butcher's Broom powder and Lactobacillus acidophilus powder (used as ingredients in a finished product which was not named) to be ...

Recalls & Warnings

September 30, 2014

U.S. Marshals Seize $5 Million Worth of Kratom

On September 25, 2014, U.S. Marshals seized more than 25,000 pounds of raw kratom valued at over $5 million from Rosefield Management, Inc. in Van Nuys, California. The action was taken at the request of the FDA.

Recalls & Warnings

September 27, 2014

Chinese Flu Product Poses Lead Poisoning Risk

On September 26, 2014, the FDA warned parents and caregivers not to buy or use Bo Ying compound (manufactured by Eu Yan Sang) due to the potential risk of lead poisoning.

Recalls & Warnings

December 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 ...

Recalls & Warnings

September 02, 2016

Kratom To Be Classified a Schedule I Controlled Substance

On August 30, 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced its intent to classify the active compounds (mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine) in kratom as Schedule I controlled substances.  

Recalls & Warnings

August 05, 2016

U.S. Marshals Seize $150,00 Worth of Kratom

On August 4, 2016, the FDA announced that U.S. Marshals seized approximately $150,000 worth of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom from Nature Therapeutics (dba Kratum Therapy). The action was taken at the request of the FDA.

Recalls & Warnings

September 18, 2015

High Levels of Mercury and Lead Found in Ayurvedic Herbal Supplements

On September 17, 2015, the FDA announced that Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan Ayurvedic dietary supplements were found to contain high levels of lead and/or mercury, which can cause serious health problems.

Recalls & Warnings

January 12, 2016

Over $400,000 Worth of Kratom Supplements Seized by U.S. Marshals

On January 6, 2016, U.S. Marshals seized nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom (brand name RelaKzpro) valued at over $400,000, from Dordoniz Natural Products LLC in South Beloit, Illinois. The action was taken at the request of the FDA.