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Posted November 21, 2022

6 Supplement Companies Warned by FDA for Making Cholesterol Claims

On May 4, 2022, the FDA issued warning letters to six supplement companies following review that found statements made on company websites and Walmart purchase pages suggesting the products could lower cholesterol to be drug claims, which are not permitted for dietary supplements.

The products, which contain ingredients such as CoQ10, red yeast rice, and magnesium, were promoted to lower cholesterol and/or for lowering blood pressure, with statements such as, “BergaMet Cholesterol Command is clinically proven to improve cholesterol levels. It reduces LDL.” and “May lower blood pressure.”

(See ConsumerLab’s article about Supplements for Lowering Cholesterol for its take on a recent study that found five popular supplements to be ineffective for lowering cholesterol.)

Use the links below to view the FDA’s warning letter for each company:

The companies are required to respond in writing to the FDA within 15 days of receipt of the warning letter, outlining steps taken to address any violations.

See ConsumerLab’s Reviews of CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements, Red Yeast Rice, Magnesium Supplements, and Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements for more information and tests of related products.

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