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Posted March 4, 2021
FDA Warns Sellers of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and More for COVID-19 Claims
On February 18, 2021, the FDA issued warning letters to two companies following reviews of the companies' websites, for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19). These products include The Prevention 12 Pak from SafaLab, Inc. and Liposomal Vitamin C, Liposomal Vitamin D3, and Quercetin and Pterostilbene Advanced from Mercola.com, LLC.
More information about each warning is below (use the links to read the full warning letter):
- SafaLab, Inc. (The Prevention 12 Pak, which consists of the products SOUL, CORE, Cellular Detox, Turb-O2, Vitamin C (Anti-Oxidant Assist), Vitamin D3 (Light Assist), Glutathione, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamin A, Melatonin, and Iod Assist (Iodine)) was promoted with statements such as "Iodine, at appropriate dosages, kills all pathogens which infect the human body," "selenium is a potent anti-viral mineral," and "Melatonin has been found to inhibit the action of an inflammasome known as NLRP3 — one of the primary inflammasomes involved in the exaggerated immune response seen in critical Coronavirus cases."
- Mercola.com, LLC (Liposomal Vitamin C, Liposomal Vitamin D3, and Quercetin and Pterostilbene Advanced) were promoted with statements such as "Vitamins C and D are finally being adopted in the conventional treatment of novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV2" and "Vitamin C and quercetin have synergistic effects that make them useful in the prevention and early at-home treatment of COVID-19."
See ConsumerLab's Reviews of Vitamin C Supplements, Vitamin D Supplements, Selenium Supplements, Zinc Supplements, Vitamin A Supplements, Melatonin Supplements, Kelp Supplements, and Quercetin Supplements for tests of related products.
Also see the CL Answer What are natural remedies for coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do supplements like zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work? for more information.
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)."
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