Posted June 13, 2013

Seller of Cardio, Immune, Greens Supplements and More Warned For Drug Claims

On May 29, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement company Nature's Answer, following a review a the company's website, www.naturesanswer.com, which found statements made about Hi-B Homocysteine, Goldenseal Root, Nature's Answer Bio-Flavonoids with Rosehip, Immune Boost, Gingko Leaf, Male Complex, Sambucus Nigra, Bio-Strath, Greens Today for Women, and Greens Today for Men, to be drug claims.

Hi-B Homocysteine contains vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, trimethylglycine, red yeast rice, Hawthorn berry, Cayenne pepper fruit and Garlic bulb. It was promoted for lowering homocysteine and cholesterol levels, with statement such as "This nutrient-rich supplement features Vitamins B-6 and B-12, Folic Acid and Trimethylglycine (TMG), ingredients recognized for lowering Homocysteine levels" and "Red yeast rice… also contains compounds which may inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver."

(See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements, Vitamin B Supplements, Garlic Supplements and Red Yeast Rice Supplements for tests of related products.)

Goldenseal Root was promoted for the treatment of colds and flu, with statements such as "Goldenseal contains the active ingredient Berberine, which has been shown to have antibacterial properties."

Nature's Answer Bio-Flavonoids with Rosehip contains an extract of citrus bioflavonoids and was also promoted for the treatment of colds and flu, with statements such as "provides the body with the extra nutrients it needs to ward off colds and flu."

Immune Boost, contains extracts of osha root, wild indigo root , E. angustifolia root, E. purpurea, thuja leaf and Maitake mushroom. It was promoted for colds, flu, and respiratory conditions with statements such as "a combination formula for use during acute illness and infections."

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

Gingko Leaf was promoted for a variety of conditions, including dementia and asthma, with statements such as "Other applications for this herb include impotence, macular degeneration, tinnitus … and asthma."

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

Male Complex contains zinc, boron, yohimbe bark, Muira puama root, Tribulus fruit, suma root, nettle root, wild oats, Damiana leaf, saw palmetto fruit, prickly ash bark, Mate herb, red clover tops and Caspicum fruit. It was promoted for the treatment of impotence, with statements such as "Studies in France have verified the herb's usefulness for men for … reducing impotence."

(See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Sexual Enhancement Supplements and Saw Palmetto Supplements for tests of related products.)

Sambucus Nigra was promoted for a variety of conditions from infections to cancer, with customer testimonials such as "My brother is a cancer patient … and feels now much better and stronger as a result of this product" and "I finally recuperated from my lung infection."

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

Bio-Strath contains fructose, glucose, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and a blend of herbs. It was promoted as a whole foods supplement for "efficient performance and good health" with customer testimonials such as "Anyone who is on Ritalin should try Bio-Strath first before carrying on with Ritalin."

Greens Today for Women, and Greens Today for Men were promoted as a greens supplement for a number of conditions, with customer testimonials such as "The doctors had found a lump in my mother's breast and she was told to possibly go under chemotherapy. She refused and was introduced to Greens Today for Women. She went back after taking it for a month and the doctors said that there was nothing there no more. She lost body fat and all of her vital organs were working great. Even they were amazed and were asking her what she was taking."

(See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Greens And Whole Foods Powders for tests of related products.)

Hi-B Homocysteine, Ginkgo Leaf, Male Complex, Sambucus Nigra, Bio-Strath, Greens Today for Women, and Greens Today for Men were also found to be misbranded because the labels did not provide adequate directions for use.

To read the FDA's warning, use the link below.