Posted September 18, 2012

Maker of Noni, Nopal, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Supplements Warned For Drug Claims, Misbranding, and Manufacturing Violations

On August 27, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Naturavit, Inc. for making statements about dietary supplements Noni Imperial Hawaiian, Garlic and Parsley, Cholestol, Nopal and Diatrin that constitute drug claims. The products were also found to be misbranded due to inadequate directions for use.

Noni Imperial Hawaiian contains the alkaloid xeronine from the Polynesian noni fruit, and was promoted for the treatment of diabetes, gastric ulcers, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disorder and pain relief.

Naturavit's Garlic and Parsley formula was promoted to maintain blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and treat asthma, arthritis, cold, flu and ulcers. 

(See ConsumerLab.com's Review Article on Noni Juice for more information and Review of Garlic Supplements for tests of related products.)

Cholestol contains spirulina, psyllium husk and chromium picolinate and was promoted to "help fight bad cholesterol." 

(See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Chromium Supplements for tests of related products.)

The company's Nopal formula contains nopal, also known as prickly pear, aloe vera, anamu, cat's claw and shark cartilage. It was promoted for the treatment of gastric ulcers and diabetes.  

(See ConsumerLab.com's Aloe Supplements Review for tests of related products.)

Diatrin contains Gymnema sylvestre extract, bitter melon extract, chromium polynicotinate, fenugreek extract, vanadyl sulfate, bilberry extract, cinnamon extract, jambolan, Tinospora cordifolia, and zinc gluconate. It was promoted for the regulation of healthy blood sugar levels and regeneration of pancreatic B cells.

(See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Zinc Supplements and Bilberry Supplements for tests of related products.)

The company was also warned for violating Current Good Manufacturing Practices for manufacturing, packaging and labeling, which was discovered during two facility inspections earlier in the year.

For more details regarding this warning letter, use the link below.