Posted 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, ChromeMate GTF 600, Cold Sore Rescue, Curcumin, Myomin, and Ozonated Olive Oilto be drug claims.

For example, 5-HTP was promoted with statements such as "Dr. Thompson recommends 150 to 600 mg daily increasing weekly . . . untill [sic] response is obtained and divided between dinner and bed time, i.e. no more depression, migraines, or headaches."  

(See ConsumerLab.com's Review Article on L-Tryptophan and 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) for more information about this ingredient.)

Alpha Lipoic Acid was promoted with statements such as "Alpha Lipoic acid supplements have been repeatedly demonstrated to benefit a number of health conditions, including the neurological complications of diabetes, arterial sclerosis, chronic liver disease, and others "  

(See ConsumerLab.com's Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements for tests of related products.)

ChromeMate GTF 600 was promoted with statements such as "[I]t has been shown in Dr. Thompson's experience to... induce remission in type 2 diabetes... lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, and increase insulin sensitivity ."  

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

Curcumin was promoted with statements such as "There are two major reasons to take it. One is anti-inflammation, which ages us, makes us hurt, and contributes to blood clotting and cancer. The other is an estimated 3,000% decrease in cancer incidence ."  

(See ConsumerLab.com's Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices for tests of related products.)

In addition, the company's Cold Sore Rescue was found to be a misbranded homeopathic product because it was promoted with claims such as " Cold sores, warts, and herpes outbreaks are caused by viruses beneath the skin...Cold Sore and Fever Blister Relief' reaches through the skin to stop the problem at the source."

See Related Warnings:

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

Seller on Noni Juice Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

Seller of Whey Protein Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

Seller of Joint Health, Omega-3 Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

Seller of Turmeric, Milk Thistle and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

Seller of Aloe, Sexual Enhancement Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

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