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Posted January 20, 2021
FDA Warns Seller of Vitamin D, Curcumin and CoQ10 Promoted for Treating COVID-19
On December 28, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Smarter Nutrition, Inc. following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Smarter Curcumin, Smarter Ubiquinol, and Smarter Vitamin D3 to be drug claims. In addition, Smarter Vitamin D3 was sold with unsupported claims that it can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).
The FDA has previously stated: "There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."
Smarter Curcumin was promoted with statements such as "Curcumin Helps to Fight Free Radical Damage and Inflammation in the Body!" and "Curcumin not only helps to enhance the responses of certain antibodies and cells within the immune system but may also help downregulate the expression of certain proinflammatory substances."
See ConsumerLab's Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review for tests of related products.
Smarter Ubiquinol was promoted with statements such as "Targets free radicals that can damage ovaries and contribute to infertility."
See ConsumerLab's CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review for tests of related products.
Smarter Vitamin D was promoted with statements such as "And while there isn't a vaccine or a cure for the COVID-19 virus, there are plenty of steps you could, and should, be taking to strengthen your immune system... In fact, recent research shows us that supplementing with vitamin D on a regular basis could help your body fight off a respiratory illness—and not by just a little."
See ConsumerLab's Vitamin D Supplements Review for tests of related products.
Also see ConsumerLab's answer to the question: What are natural remedies for coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do supplements like zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?
In addition, the products were found to be misbranded because they do not contain adequate directions for safe use, as required by federal regulations.
For more information, use the link below.
Warning Letter: Smarter Nutrition, Inc.
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