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CL Answer

Which supplements can help with arthritis?

Learn more about collagen supplements for joint health, including evidence from clinical studies on arthritis and muscle strength and safety.

Supplements for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis -- Women With Arthritic Hands

CL Answer

Can baking soda really help treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Find out if there is evidence showing that baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) can help for rheumatoid arthritis. Plus, get information about safety and drug interactions with baking soda. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

box-of-baking-soda

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Do Vital 3 collagen drops really help for joint pain?

Learn more about Vital 3 collagen drops withundenatured type II collagen, and if they can help joints move better and feel better.

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of andrographis? Can it treat colds, help with joint pain, or other conditions, and is it safe?

Learn about the health benefits of andrographis, whether it can help relieve cold symptoms, reduce pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, decrease symptoms of ulcerative colitis, or slow the growth of cancer. See the clinical evidence for the branded andrographis extract ParActin. Plus, learn about dosage, side effects and drug interactions with andrographis.

Andrographis

Clinical Update

3/25/2017

DHA for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

A new study tested DHA from microalgae as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. The results are mixed. For details, see the "Rheumatoid Arthritis" section of the Fish Oil and Omega-3 Supplements Review >>

Product Review

Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review

Find the Best Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices. Big Differences Discovered Among Brands -- Little Curcumin In Some.

Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

4/20/2021

Probiotic for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Can taking a probiotic reduce joint swelling in rheumatoid arthritis? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of our Probiotic Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

6/01/2022

Garlic for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Can garlic supplementation decrease pain, swelling, or medication use in women with rheumatoid arthritis? Find out in the updated What It Does section of our Garlic Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

6/09/2013

Curcumin May Help in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Curcumin (from turmeric) has a range of potential benefits. A recent study suggests it may also help with rheumatoid arthritis. The study used the same curcumin ingredient in some products tested for quality by ConsumerLab.com. Get the details, plus our quality ratings of curcumin supplements, in the updated Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

6/13/2014

Vitamin D and Rheumatoid Arthritis

A recent study shows that people with rheumatoid arthritis tend to have significantly lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than healthy individuals of the same age, gender and body weight. More details, including the vitamin D levels in these groups, is found in the update to the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>   

Clinical Update

7/01/2022

Potassium for Arthritis?

Can increasing potassium intake reduce joint pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis? See what a recent study found in the Rheumatoid Arthritis section of our Potassium Supplements Review.

Also see our CL Answer about Supplements for Arthritis.

CL Answer

Does chuchuhuasi reduce inflammation or back pain?

Find out if chuchuhuasi, an herb from the Amazon rainforest, can decrease inflammation or reduce back pain. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Chuchuhuasi for Inflammation & Back Pain? -- Woman With Back Pain Sitting, at Desk Drinking Tea

Product Review

Joint Health Supplements Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Boswellia, Collagen and Turmeric)

One-Third of Joint Health Supplements Failed to Pass Our Tests. See Which Passed or Failed, and our Top Picks.

Review of Supplements for Joint Pain

CL Answer

Can drinking coffee weaken bones or make arthritis worse?

Learn about the effects of coffee intake on bone mineral density, risk of osteoporosis, and risk of fracture. Also, find out if drinking coffee might increase the risk of arthritis or worsen symptoms.

Product Review

Black Currant Oil, Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Flaxseed Oil, and Hemp Oil Supplements Review: Sources of ALA and GLA (Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids)

Choose the Best Seed Oil Supplements. Find Out Which Flaxseed and Other Seed Oil Supplements Passed Our Tests.

Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, Hemp Oil and Black Currant Oil Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Vitamin D Supplements Review (Including Calcium, Magnesium, Boron, and Vitamin K)

Find the Best Vitamin D Supplement with the Right Dose

Product Review

Fish Oil, Krill Oil, and Algal Oil Omega-3 (DHA & EPA) Supplements Review

Find the Best Fish Oil & Compare to Prescription Omega-3 Drugs. See Our Top Picks Among Fish Oil & Other Omega-3 Supplements for Adults, Children and Pets.

Fish Oil and Other Marine Oil Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

What is hydrogen water? Is it beneficial for alertness, athletic performance, arthritis or other conditions, and is it safe?

Find out if hydrogen water has benefits with regard to alertness, side effects of radiotherapy in cancer patients, metabolic syndrome, athletic performance, rheumatoid arthritis, liver disease, and other conditions, and learn if it is safe to use.

Portable hydrogen water generator

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Does taking curcumin and boswellia together increase their individual anti-inflammatory effects?

Find out if taking boswellia and curcumin together can increase their individual anti-inflammatory effects. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Curcumin and Boswellia for Knee Pain -- Older woman with osteoarthritis holding knee in pain

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Is quercetin helpful for a specific condition? I see it as an ingredient in several different types of supplements.

Learn more about quercetin, including the benefits of quercetin and other evidence from clinical studies on prostatitis and memory.

Quercetin Benefits -- quercetin powder and capsules

Product Review

Quercetin Supplements Review

Find the Best Quercetin Supplements. ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Not All Quercetin Supplements Contain What They Claim.

Quercetin Supplement Reviewed By ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

How do the COVID-19 vaccines compare in terms of efficacy, safety and side effects? How, when and where do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Find out how the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna compare and learn how when and where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Older woman getting an injection

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Can any supplements be used to reduce inflammation in people sensitive to NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, high-dose aspirin, or naproxen?

Find out if supplements such as turmeric, fish oil, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine), boswellia, ginger, white willow bark or arnica may, or may not, be helpful to people sensitive to NSAIDs.

Woman with NSAID-hypersensitivity looking at two supplement containers and wondering if they are safe to take

CL Answer

Which supplements help for osteoarthritis of the hip?

Supplements for hip pain and osteoarthritis, such as SAMe, ginger and collagen, may help or reduce pain.

Woman Holding Hip from Pain

Clinical Update

8/10/2021

COVID Risk & Immune Disease

Are people with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and other immune diseases at higher risk of severe re-infections? See the latest findings.

Clinical Update

11/26/2020

Vitamin D and Arthritis

Studies are showing an association between vitamin D levels and rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more in the What It Does section of our Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks for vitamin D.

Clinical Update

2/01/2022

Vitamin D & Autoimmune Disease

A major study suggests that supplementing with vitamin D may reduce the risk of some autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil may also have some benefit. But there are important caveats to the findings, and thyroid disease and psoriasis appear to be impacted. Use the above links for details.

Clinical Update

9/21/2013

Fish Oil and Arthritis

A study of several thousand women found those who consumed at least a moderate of amount omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) from fish in their diets had just half the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis over the course of the study than did women with lower intakes.  For details about the amount of omega-3's and fish consumption associated with preventing arthritis, other uses of omega-3's, and tests of fish/marine oil supplements, see the Fish/Marine Oil Supplements Review>>

Clinical Update

9/20/2016

Curcumin for Arthritis

An analysis of several clinical studies showed compelling evidence that curcumin (extracted from turmeric) can be effective in treating symptoms of osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis. For details, including dosage, see the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review >>

Clinical Update

1/31/2017

Omega-3s for Arthritis

A review of twenty-two clinical studies using omega-3 fatty acid supplements from various marine sources (fish oil, mussel oil, etc.) found they could be effective in reducing rheumatoid arthritis pain, particularly when the oils had a certain ratio of EPA to DHA. The oils were not effective for osteoarthritis. For more details, see the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review (which includes our tests of products) >>

Clinical Update

5/05/2018

Cinnamon for Arthritis

Taking cinnamon as a supplement was found to decrease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in a recent study. Get the details and learn what else cinnamon can do (particularly regarding blood sugar) in the What It Does section of the Cinnamon Supplements & Spices Review. (Also see our test results for popular cinnamon supplements).

Clinical Update

9/06/2017

Turmeric for Arthritis?

Curcumin (from turmeric) has shown promise in reducing the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis in several small studies, including one that was recently published. However, larger studies are needed to prove this benefit. Details are found in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements Review (which includes our Top Picks among products).

Clinical Update

7/28/2020

Fish Oil for Arthritis?

Fish oil has shown modest benefits in rheumatoid arthritis, but can it help with osteoarthritis -- inflammation due to worn joints? Find out what a recently published study showed in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oil.

Clinical Update

7/08/2022

B-5 for Arthritis?

Can vitamin B-5 supplementation improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis? Find out what research suggests in the B-5 (Pantothenic Acid) section of our B Vitamins Supplements Review.

CL Answer

Is it better to take fish oil, flaxseed oil -- or both?

Fish oil and flaxseed oil -- how they are different, what they are used for, if and how they can help with arthritis, depression, lowering cholesterol & more.

Flaxseed Oil vs Fish Oil -- Omega-3 Supplements

Product Review

Joint Health Supplements for Pets Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM & Boswellia)

See Which Pet Supplements for Joint Health Passed Our Tests and Which Didn't!

Joint Health Supplements for Pets

Product Review

Probiotic Supplements Review (Including Pet Probiotics)

Find the Best Probiotic Supplement. CL Tests Reveal the Best Probiotic Supplements for You (and your pet)!

Probiotic Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Is Relief Factor likely to relieve aches and pains, and is it safe?

Find out if the dietary supplement Relief Factor is likely to help relieve aches and pains, if it is safe, and if it is worth the cost.

Packet of Relief Factor Quickstart

Product Review

Selenium Supplements Review

Choose the Best Selenium Supplement. Find Out If You Need Selenium and Which Supplement Is Our Top Pick.

Selenium Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Garlic Supplements Review

Find the Best Garlic Supplements. CL Tests Reveal Big Differences in Garlic Strength -- Some Have Little to No Garlic!.

Garlic Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Potassium Supplements Review

Be Careful with Potassium Supplements! Problems Found. Tests and Reviews of Potassium Supplements & CL's Top Picks.

Potassium Supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Vitamin E Supplements Review

Find the Best Vitamin E Supplement. Tests and Reviews of Popular Vitamin E Supplements & CL's Top Picks.

Vitamin E Supplements, Cream, and Oil Tested by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

CBD & Hemp Extract Supplements, Lotions, and Balms Review

Find the Best CBD at the Lowest Price! Learn How Much CBD (and THC) Is Really in Products and Which Are Our Top Picks.

CBD and Hemp Oils Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Is fish oil safe? Is it contaminated with mercury and PCBs?

Fish oil safety, including information on contamination with mercury and PCBs.

Is Fish Oil Safe? -- fish oil capsules up close

CL Answer

Do any supplements help treat or reduce the pain of plantar fasciitis (heel pain)?

Plantar fasciitis causing heel pain has, in rare cases, been reported as a symptom of vitamin D deficiency. Other supplements that have been proposed to help include vitamin C, zinc, curcumin (from turmeric), bromelain, collagen and glucosamine. Find out what the evidence shows, and what other treatments may help.

Supplements for Plantar Fasciitis -- Woman With Heel Pain

Product Review

B Vitamin Supplements Review (B Complexes, B6, B12, Biotin, Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin & More)

See Which B Vitamins Are ConsumerLab's Top Picks!

Review of B Vitamin Supplements

CL Answer

Does collagen taken as a supplement help with arthritis? I'm seeing it in products for joint health.

Learn more about collagen supplements, including evidence from clinical studies on arthritis and muscle strength and safety.

Collagen Supplements for Joint Pain

CL Answer

Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?

Find out eye floaters (vitreous floaters) be treated with supplements like vitamin C, lutein, ginkgo, milk thistle, collagen or hyaluronic acid, or with products such as VitreousHealth.

How to Reduce Eye Floaters With Vitamins & Supplements -- Close-up of an eye

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My doctor told me to stop taking supplements because my kidney function was low. After stopping, my kidney function returned to normal. Can taking a lot of supplements really damage the kidneys?

Find out which supplements may damage your kidneys. ConsumerLab explores possible kidney side effects of supplements including chromium, creatine, and vitamin C.

Can Supplements Really Damage Your Kidneys? -- Woman with kidney pain

Recalls & Warnings

4/17/2020

Seller of Vitamin D, MSM, Selenium & More Warned for Drug Claims

On March 31, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to KetoKerri LLC following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about some of the company's products, including Dr.

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I take ubiquinol to replenish CoQ10 depleted by my statin. I also take curcumin (from turmeric). Since they both manage free radicals, do I need to take the curcumin?

Learn more about the effects of curcumin (turmeric) and ubiquinol (CoQ10), including their shared antioxidant properties and many differences.

Curcumin

Clinical Update

6/03/2022

CBD Arthritis Cream?

Did CBD cream decrease pain or improve function in people with arthritis in their hands? See what a recent study found in our CBD Review.

CL Answer

Is hyaluronic acid helpful for osteoarthritis?

Hyaluronic acid supplement information including joint pain, osteoarthritis, clinical evidence, dosage and more.

Man Holding Knee from Knee Pain

Recalls & Warnings

7/06/2022

FDA Warns Kratom Companies for Arthritis, Pain Relief Claims & More

On January 30, 2022, the FDA issued warning letters to four sellers of kratom products because they were promoted to treat pain relief, opioid withdrawal, blood sugar control, anxiety, and to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Clinical Update

2/23/2022

Boswellia for Knee Pain?

Can Boswellia extract reduce knee pain and stiffness in people with knee osteoarthritis? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of our Joint Health Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among products containing Boswellia, glucosamine, chondroitin, and/or MSM.

See our answer to the question: Which supplements can help with arthritis?

Clinical Update

3/04/2022

Avocado Compounds for Osteoarthritis?

Compounds extracted from avocado and soy, known as unsaponifiables or ASUs, have been promoted to treat osteoarthritis of the knees and hips. But do they work? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of our Avocado Oil Review.

Also see our answer to the question: Which supplements can help with arthritis?

Clinical Update

5/04/2021

PEA for Joint Pain?

Can PEA (palmitoylethanolamide) reduce joint pain? Find out what a recent study found in our answer to the question: Which supplements can help with arthritis?

Clinical Update

6/22/2021

Avocado & Soy Unsaponifiables for Osteoarthritis?

Can avocado and soy unsaponifiables (ASU) reduce pain and stiffness in people with knee or hip osteoarthritis? Find out in our updated answer to the question: Which supplements can help with arthritis?

Clinical Update

9/18/2021

Help for Arthritic Hands?

A study tested whether moderate doses of CBD could reduce the pain of hand osteoarthritis or psoriatic arthritis. See what the study found in the Pain section of our CBD Oil and Hemp Extracts Review.

Clinical Update

3/08/2016

Knee Arthritis & Vitamin D

People with knee osteoarthritis (worn joints) and generally low vitamin D levels given vitamin D for 2 years showed greater improvement in some, but not all, symptoms compared to those given a placebo. Get the details (as well as our product test results) in the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

5/15/2018

Fish Oil for Joints

See what happened when high-dose fish oil was given for a year to older men and women in the Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Diseases section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among fish oils and other omega-3 supplements.

Clinical Update

2/13/2018

Fish Oil for Ulcerative Colitis

A special formulation of high-dose fish oil was found to help people with ulcerative colitis remain in remission in a placebo-controlled study. It also reduced levels of a key marker of inflammation. For details, see the Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Diseases section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

11/07/2016

Taking Curcumin With an NSAID?

Studies have shown that curcumin (an extract of turmeric) can improve symptoms of knee arthritis as well as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. But is there benefit in taking them together? A new study provides an answer, as discussed in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric/Curcumin Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

7/21/2018

Fish Oil for Heart Health?

Are fish oil supplements good for the heart? See what a review of over 70 clinical trials concluded in the Heart Attack and Stroke section of the Fish Oil and Omega-3 Supplements Review.

Also, learn what fish oil can or cannot do for other health conditions, such as arthritis, in the What It Does section of the review. (See our Top Picks among fish and marine oils.)

Clinical Update

9/25/2011

Chondroitin Improves Hand Arthritis

Do you or someone you know have osteoarthritis of the hand? A new study found that highly purified chondroitin can reduce pain and stiffness and increase function. You need to give it some time, though. Get the details in the update in the Joint Health Supplements ReviewMore >>

Clinical Update

9/13/2022

Glucosamine & Heart Disease

Is taking glucosamine for arthritis linked to the risk of cardiovascular disease? Find out in the What It Does section of our Review of Joint Health Supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

5/14/2021

Maker of Care by Design CBD Settles Charges of Unsupported Claims

On May 5, 2021, Cannacraft, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

5/08/2021

Seller of Immune Bio Green Cell Warned by FDA

On March 30, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Immune & Genetics Protocols, LLC following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about the company's product Immune Bio Green Cell to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

11/10/2020

FDA Warns Immusist for Drug Claims

On October 16, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Immusist, LLC following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products IMMUSIST Original and IMMUSIST Natural to be drug claims.

Clinical Update

1/13/2013

Vitamin D and Knee Arthritis?

Can taking vitamin D reduce the pain and progression of osteoarthritis of the knee? A new study found no benefit for people who already had sufficient levels of vitamin D. In fact, these people needed more anti-inflammatory medication during the study than those given placebo. However, as seen in many other studies of vitamin D, people who entered the study deficient in vitamin D appeared to benefit from being given vitamin D, experiencing reduced pain. For more details, see the update in the Vitamin D Supplements Review, which includes our tests of vitamin D supplements. If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or other joints, also read about glucosamine and chondroitin, as supplements with these ingredients may help. We have tested many of these products.

News Release

9/27/2019

Best Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, September 27, 2019 — Turmeric and curcumin (the major compound in turmeric) are among the most popular supplements, promoted to reduce inflammation and help with conditions such as arthritis as well as indigestion and depression.

Recalls & Warnings

3/20/2020

Seller of Rejuvenation Pills Settles Charges of Making False Claims

Health Center, Inc. has agreed to halt their allegedly deceptive advertising claims about three "cure-all" health and wellness products that targeted older consumers nationwide after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint.

Recalls & Warnings

12/29/2020

FDA Warns Five Sellers of CBD for Claims of Treating Arthritis, Alzheimer's and More

On December 22, 2020, the FDA issued warning letters to five sellers of CBD following reviews of the companies' websites, which found statements made about the companies' products to be drug claims.

News Release

4/01/2019

Not All Quercetin Supplements Contain What They Claim, ConsumerLab Tests Reveal

White Plains, New York, April 1, 2019 — Quercetin is a flavonoid found in foods such as onions, kale and apples. Sold as a supplement, quercetin is promoted to help with a range of conditions including prostatitis, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as blood sugar control.

News Release

11/27/2017

Flaxseed and Other Popular Omega 3 & 6 Oil Supplements Tested, But Not All Brands Pass -- Tests of Black Currant Oil, Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Flaxseed Oil, and Hemp Oil Supplements

White Plains, New York, November 27, 2017 — Flaxseed oil and other popular seed oil are popular supplements that provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and may help with inflammatory conditions. But which seed oil supplements are the best? To find out, ConsumerLab.

News Release

5/17/2017

Best Vitamin D? ConsumerLab.com Tests Popular Vitamin D Supplements and Reveals Its Top Picks

White Plains, New York, May 17, 2017 — Vitamin D is currently the most popular dietary supplement among people who regularly use supplements according to a recent survey by ConsumerLab.com.

News Release

4/04/2017

ConsumerLab.com Reveals Best and Worst Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices -- 31% Fail ConsumerLab.com Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, April 4, 2017 — Turmeric and its key compound, curcumin, may be help reduce symptoms of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and may be helpful in treating depression, diabetes, and indigestion.

News Release

12/16/2013

What's Really in Turmeric Supplements and Spices? You May Not Want to Know -- 33% of Turmeric/Curcumin Supplements Fail ConsumerLab.com's Review; Filth Found in Spices

White Plains, New York, December 16, 2013 — Supplements containing the herb turmeric or its key constituent, curcumin, are popular treatments for inflammatory diseases. ConsumerLab.

News Release

4/26/2011

Problems discovered with eight vitamin D supplements in study by ConsumerLab.com -- Incorrect amounts of vitamins, lead contamination, and labeling infractions identified.

White Plains, New York — April 26, 2010 — Among 28 vitamin D supplements recently selected for independent testing, problems were found with 8 products, 29% of those reviewed, according to ConsumerLab.com.

News Release

2/16/2011

Some turmeric and curcumin supplements fail quality review -- ConsumerLab.com finds 20% of turmeric supplements selected for review deliver less than 15% of promised compounds

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — FEBRUARY 16, 2011 — Supplements containing the herb turmeric or its key compound, curcumin, have become popular in the U.S. ConsumerLab.com cautioned today that two out of ten turmeric products recently selected for quality testing were found to provide only 7.

News Release

1/11/2011

Spoilage and labeling errors found with some omega-3 and -6 supplements; Review of evening primrose, flaxseed, borage, and black currant oil supplements

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — JANUARY 10, 2011 — A new report on the quality of omega-3 and -6 fatty acid supplements made from seed oils was released by ConsumerLab.com today. Only 11 of 17 products selected for testing met quality criteria for freshness and labeling.

News Release

9/28/2010

ConsumerLab.com finds quality problems with nearly 30% of fish oil supplements reviewed; "Fishy" claims identified -- Softgels and liquids for adults, children and pets tested, including krill oil and algal oil supplements

White Plains, New York — September 28, 2010 — Tests of fish, algal and krill oil supplements revealed quality problems with 7 out of 24 products selected by independent testing organization ConsumerLab.com.

News Release

8/05/2008

ConsumerLab.com Find Fifty Fish Oil Supplements Pass Quality Testing -- New Report Helps Consumers Choose Among Pills, Liquids, Foods and Beverages with Omega-3 Fatty Acids (EPA and DHA)

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — AUGUST 5, 2008 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that testing of fifty omega-3 fish oil supplements, foods or beverages (including two marketed for pets) found all to have safe levels of mercury, lead and PCBs.

News Release

12/10/2007

ConsumerLab.com finds improvement in quality of omega-3 and -6 supplements — Results for 22 products made from evening primrose, flaxseed, borage and black currant oils

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 10, 2007 — A new report on the quality of omega-3 and -6 fatty acid supplements made from seed oils was released by ConsumerLab.com today. Two products were slightly low in one fatty acid, but this is an improvement over results from ConsumerLab.

News Release

4/11/2007

Many arthritis supplements lack key listed ingredient — ConsumerLab.com finds chondroitin missing or low in eight supplements; Glucosamine and MSM also tested

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — April 11, 2007 — Forty percent of the supplements for osteoarthritis that ConsumerLab.com recently selected for testing were found to lack all or some of their key ingredients. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting an estimated 20.

Recalls & Warnings

4/28/2020

Natures CBD Oil Distribution Warned for Joint Pain Claims

On April 20, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Homero Corp DBA Natures CBD Oil Distribution, following an inspection of the company's website which found the company's products, including Natures Pure CBD Oil, CBD Froggies 25mg, CBD Froggies 50mg, CBD Edibles 200mg Frogs, CBD ...

News Release

12/14/2004

ConsumerLab.com finds Omega-3 fish oil supplements safer than fish but quality varies among brands — Test of 41 Supplements Finds No Mercury or PCB Contamination, But Some Spoiled or Lacking Claimed Oils

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Tuesday, December 14, 2004 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that tests of 41 omega-3 fish oil supplements (including 3 marketed for pets) showed safe levels of mercury and PCBs.

News Release

8/25/2004

ConsumerLab.com finds not all vitamin E products meet claims — Results for 33 vitamin E supplements and skin products released today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Wednesday, August 25, 2004   (Updated 10/24/04) — ConsumerLab.com announced today that five vitamin E products failed to pass recent testing for having either too little vitamin E and/or for containing synthetic vitamin E when claiming to be natural.

Recalls & Warnings

3/30/2019

FDA Warns Seller of Reishi, Joint Supplements, Ginseng & More for Pesticides, Other Violations

On March 12, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Yanqing "Michael" Li and Chang Su, owners of the website http://www.woohoonatural.

Recalls & Warnings

11/29/2016

Seller of Mineral, Joint Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On July 1, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to BioGenyx-Basic Reset, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Ionyte, Aqualyte, Beta Factor, Bee Gold and Primo Java to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under ...

Recalls & Warnings

4/27/2022

Prescription Drugs Found in Arthritis, Muscle Pain, and Osteoporosis Supplements

On April 20th, 2022, the FDA warned consumers not to use the following ”Artri“ or ”Ortiga” products promoted to treat arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis and bone cancer because they have been found to contain undeclared drugs that can have serious adverse ...

News Release

11/02/2003

Key ingredient missing in some arthritis supplements for people and pets according to ConsumerLab.com — Review of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM supplements published online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — November 2, 2003 — ConsumerLab.com today announced test results for supplements used in treating osteoarthritis that contain glucosamine, chondroitin, and/or MSM.

News Release

11/20/2001

ConsumerLab.com finds fish oil supplements free of mercury, but 30% lacking in key ingredient — Test results of omega-3 fatty acid (EPA and DHA) products released today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — November 20, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, released results today of its Product Review of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (EPA & DHA) from Fish/Marine Oils.

Recalls & Warnings

6/16/2022

Omega 3 Supplements Recalled Due to Undeclared Drug Ingredients

On May 28, 2022, Latin Foods Market issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Artri King Reforzado con Ortiga y Omega 3 tablets after FDA laboratory analysis found the presence of undeclared diclofenac and dexamethasone.

News Release

6/04/2001

ConsumerLab.com reports test results of arthritis supplement — MSM; Quality found higher than for most supplements, but room for improvement remains

WHITE PLAINS, NY — June 4, 2001 — ConsumerLab.

News Release

1/29/2001

Some supplements for arthritis may exceed newly released safe intake levels for manganese

WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 29, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com issued an alert today to its online readers that that some glucosamine and chondroitin products (popularly used for osteoarthritis), exceed newly established upper intake levels for manganese.

News Release

3/07/2000

ConsumerLab.com finds many arthritis supplements lacking labeled ingredients; Glucosamine and Chondroitin product review published online today.

WHITE PLAINS, NY, March 7, 2000 — Among 25 major brands of supplements containing glucosamine and/or chondroitin used for treating osteoarthritis, nearly one-third were found not to contain all labeled ingredients. These results were reported today by ConsumerLab.

Recalls & Warnings

8/26/2014

Seller of Immune Supplement Warned for Drug Claims

On August 12, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Ad-Med Biotechnology, following a review of the company's websites and product labels, which found statements made about Immune Active Adult Formula and Immune Active Children's Formula to be drug claims. 

Recalls & Warnings

5/29/2013

Seller of Colloidal Silver, Noni Juice and Noni Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

On May 16, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Matrix Health Products, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

11/21/2014

Herbal Arthritis Supplement Found to Contain Undeclared Drugs

On November 20, 2014, the FDA warned consumers not to purchase or use the herbal dietary supplement Feng Shi Ling because it was found to contain the undeclared drugs diclofenac and indomethacin.

Recalls & Warnings

6/02/2022

Walmart Inc. Recalls Joint Supplements With Omega-3, Glucosamine & Curcumin

On May 28, 2022, Walmart Inc. issued a voluntary recall of all lots of Artri Ajo King Joint Supplements after FDA laboratory analysis found the presence of undeclared diclofenac.

Recalls & Warnings

2/09/2022

FDA Warns Seller of Colloidal Silver Eye Drops, Copper Products & More

On February 1, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to New Earth Healing Essentials, LLC d/b/a 5D Full Disclosure following a review of the company’s website, which found statements made about some of the company's products, including Plasma Colloidal Silver Eyedrops, Gaia’s ...

Recalls & Warnings

5/24/2016

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

On May 13, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Rocky Fork Formulas, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

12/05/2019

Joint Supplement Synovia Was Promoted With Phony Testimonials, Says FTC

A.S. Research, LLC, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they deceived consumers with false claims that their dietary supplement Synovia could treat arthritis and alleviate joint pain.

Recalls & Warnings

4/17/2020

Arthritis Supplement Recalled for Salmonella Risk

On April 13, 2020, Arthri-D, LLC issued a recall of one lot of Arthri-D arthritis supplement because recent testing found it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

12/08/2020

FTC Sends Refund Checks to Consumers of Deceptive Joint Pain Supplement Synovia

On December 1, 2020, the FTC announced it is mailing 13,221 checks totaling nearly $775,000 to consumers who bought Synovia, a supplement intended to treat joint pain and arthritis.

Recalls & Warnings

5/30/2015

Seller of Omega-3, Probiotics & SuperFoods Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On May 4, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Dr. Dennis Black, LLC.

Recalls & Warnings

12/21/2012

Dangerous Supplement Being Sold Under New Name

On December 21, 2012, the FDA warned consumers that Reumofan Plus, a dietary supplement promoted for arthritis and muscle pain that has been linked to serious and sometimes fatal side effects, is now being sold under the name WOW.

Recalls & Warnings

3/16/2006

Garden of Life, Maker of Primal Defense, Settles FTC Charges

On March 9, 2006, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an operation that marketed dietary supplements sold at Whole Foods Market, GNC, the Vitamin Shoppe, and on the Internet settled FTC charges that they made deceptive advertising claims about their supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

8/21/2013

Seller of Vitamin, Tea and MSM Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

August 7, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Vibrant Life Vitamins, following a review of the company's websites which found statements made about Taheebo Life Tea, Life Glow Plus, Super Life Glow, Life Glow Basic, Vibrant Life MSM, Herbal MSM, and Organic Germanium to be drug claims. 

Recalls & Warnings

12/19/2020

FDA Finds Unapproved Drugs in Many Weight Loss and Sexual Enhancement Products Sold Online

On December 18, 2020, the FDA warned consumers that certain products promoted for weight loss, body building, sexual enhancement, pain relief, sleep, and other uses because may contain harmful ingredients.

Recalls & Warnings

11/06/2014

Seller of Cholesterol, Arthritis Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On October 17, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Vitamins Direct (USA) and Golden Pride, Inc., which distribute Flexezy and Physician's Signature brands of dietary supplements, following a facility inspection which found statements made about certain supplements to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

10/18/2017

FDA Warns Seller of Arthritis, Blood Pressure, Diabetes Supplements For Making Drug Claims

On August 15, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Years to Your Health, Inc., following an inspection of the company's website which found a number of their products to be misbranded, as they contained drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

3/19/2019

FDA Calls Promotion of Nyloxin Homeopathic Products for Pain a "Health Fraud Scam"

On March 11, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nutra Pharma Corp. following a review of the company's website (www.Nyloxin.com) and social media sites found that the company was making drug claims about its homeopathic products promoted for arthritis and cancer pain.

Recalls & Warnings

1/17/2018

Joint and Pain Relief Product Contains Undeclared Drug

On January 17, 2018 Health Canada warned consumers that Linsen Double Caulis Plus, a supplement for joint pain, was found to contain the undeclared drug dexamethasone.

Recalls & Warnings

10/21/2014

Seller of Weight Loss, Saw Palmetto Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On October 9, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bethel Nutritional Consulting, Inc., following a review of the company's website which found statements made about 15 Day Detox Diet, Alpha Lipoic Acid. 300 mg.

Recalls & Warnings

9/19/2018

Seller of Curcumin, Garcinia, Glucosamine and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 7, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Best Nutrition Products, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

3/13/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Milk Thistle, Chromium, Joint Supplements & More for Manufacturing Violations

On March 9, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Carol Bond Health Foods following a facility inspection which found a number of the company's products, including Dolomite, Lipo Fat Fighter, ThistleX, Injuv, and Vinpocentine, to be ...

Recalls & Warnings

1/21/2018

Men's Fiber Supplement Recalled

On January 21, 2018, Break Ventures/California Basics recalled of its fiber supplement for men, Zero for Him (150 count) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

8/07/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Noni Juice Products

On July 18, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Hawaiian Organic Noni, LLC, following a facility inspection which found statements made on the labels of certain products, including Hawaiian Organic Noni Fruit Leather, Hawaiian Organic Noni Banana Fruit Leather, Hawaiian Organic Noni ...

Recalls & Warnings

9/14/2016

Seller of Aloe, Prostate and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On April 8, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Salud Natural Entrepreneurs, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

11/28/2014

Seller of Herbal Extracts Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On November 3, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Avena Botanicals, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

4/24/2014

Arthritis Supplement Containing Multiple Drugs Recalled

On April 21, 2014, Nano Well-being Health Inc., issued a voluntary recall of two lots of arthritis supplement Super Arthgold, because it was found to contain the drugs chlorzoxazone, diclofenac and indomethacin.

Recalls & Warnings

2/13/2014

FDA Warns Consumers Not To Buy or Use Arthritis Supplement

On February 13, 2014, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use arthritis supplement Arth-Q because it was found to contain ibuprofen.

Recalls & Warnings

3/14/2014

Arthritis and Muscle Pain Supplement Recalled

On March 12, 2014, Pain Free By Nature issued a recall of Reumofan Plus tablets sold on the company's website, www.painfreebynature.com, because it was found to contain the active pharmaceutical ingredients methocarbamol and diclofenac.

Recalls & Warnings

9/05/2013

Seller of Herbal Supplements and "Tonics" Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On May 24, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Sundial Herbal Products following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Woman Back Tonic, Koromantee, Wood and Root Tonic, Arthritis, Asthma, Diabetics, Sundial Ashanti Weight Loss Energy Lifter, Appetite Suppresser, ...

Recalls & Warnings

6/06/2015

Joint Supplement Contains Drugs, FDA Warns

On June 5, 2015 the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use joint pain supplement Pyrola Advanced Joint Formula because it was found to contain diclofenac and chlorpheniramine. 

Recalls & Warnings

8/30/2012

Supplement Company Warned For Medical Claims and Misbranding Of Omega-3, CoQ10, Noni Juice And More

On July 12, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Alfa Vitamins Laboratories, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

3/04/2003

U.S. Marshalls Seize Supplements Claiming to Prevent Cancer and Treat Arthritis

On February 12, 2003, at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Marshals seized dietary supplement products from Global Source Management and Consulting, Inc., in Sunrise, Florida. U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

5/06/2015

Joint Pain Supplements Found to Contain Diuretics, Antihistamines and Other Undeclared Drugs

On May 4, 2015, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the following supplements promoted for joint or back pain because they were found to contain undeclared drugs. Each was identified during an examination of international mail shipments.  

Recalls & Warnings

7/02/2015

Maker of Arthritis Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On June 17, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Desert Stream, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

8/22/2012

FDA Warns of Life-Threatening Side Effects and Withdrawal Symptoms from Two Arthritis, Muscle Pain Supplements

On August 21, 2012, the FDA issued a warning to consumers about the dangers of taking Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium, two dietary supplements marketed for arthritis, osteoporosis and muscle pain.

Recalls & Warnings

9/17/2013

Seller of Omega-3 and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On August 29, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Y.S. Health Corp.

Recalls & Warnings

2/20/2013

Recall: Arthritis and Muscle Pain Supplement Contains Prescription Drugs

On February 15, 2013, Reumofan Plus USA, LLC and Reumofan USA, LLC announced a recall of Reumofan Plus, a dietary supplement promoted for arthritis and muscle pain, because it was found to contain the active pharmaceutical ingredients methocarbamol, dexamethasone, and diclofenac.

Recalls & Warnings

1/30/2013

Seller of Omega-3 and Emu Oil Supplements Warned For Drug Claims, Misbranding

On November 19, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Emu Products & Management, Inc. after a review of the company's website found statements that promoted the dietary supplements Multi-Omega Gel Caps, Recovery Gel Caps, ARP Gel Caps and the topical skin products Extreme Cryo Gel, F.A.C.E.

Recalls & Warnings

3/15/2016

Tea Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On March 11, 2016 Awareness Corp. issued a recall of its 7.4 ounce container of Boost Tea because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

11/18/2003

Supplement Promoted As Cancer Treatment Removed from Market

On November 10, 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that NBTY, Inc., of Bohemia, N.Y.

Recalls & Warnings

9/18/2012

Maker of Noni, Nopal, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Supplements Warned For Drug Claims, Misbranding, and Manufacturing Violations

On August 27, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Naturavit, Inc. for making statements about dietary supplements Noni Imperial Hawaiian, Garlic and Parsley, Cholestol, Nopal and Diatrin that constitute drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

9/12/2006

U.S. Marshalls Seize Supplements Promoted as Drugs

On September 6, 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that, at its request, U.S. Marshals seized quantities of Ellagimax capsules, Coral Max capsules, Coral Max without Iron capsules, and Advanced Arthritis Support capsules distributed by Advantage Nutraceuticals L.L.C.

Recalls & Warnings

1/16/2014

Joint Health Supplement Contains Dangerous Drugs, FDA Warns

On January 15, 2014, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use joint health supplement Pro ArthMax (by Human Science Foundation) because it was found to contain multiple drugs, including diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin, nefopam, and chlorzoxazone.

Recalls & Warnings

11/14/2014

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Buy or Use Muscle Enhancement Supplement

On November 13, 2014, the FDA advised consumers not to buy or use the muscle enhancement supplement Mayhem (Chaotic-Labz) because it was found to contain the undeclared drugs cyproheptadine and dexamethasone. These drugs can cause serious side effects and can interact with other medications.

Recalls & Warnings

9/23/2014

Maker of Joint and Weight Products Warned for Hidden Drugs, Manufacturing Violations

On September 15, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to West Coast Laboratories, Inc., because the company's joint health supplements, Super ArthGold and Pro ArthMax, were found to contain hidden drugs.

Recalls & Warnings

3/09/2004

FTC Stops False Advertising by Makers of Weight Loss and Arthritis “Cures”

On March 9, 2004, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that several direct mail marketers have agreed to pay $2.

Recalls & Warnings

10/24/2012

Manufacturer of Green Tea, Vitamin E, Omega-3 and Cranberry Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Misbranding and Drug Claims

On October 16, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement manufacturer Advanced Nutritional Technology Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

11/06/2014

Seller of Prostate, Heart Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On October 9, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Health Research Laboratories, LLC/New World Health, following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about AtheChel Advanced, Betarol, BioTherapex, Omega-3 Cardio Plus, RejuvaLifeRx, and Ultimate Health Formula to be ...

Recalls & Warnings

10/24/2012

Garlic Supplement Maker Warned For Misbranding and Drug Claims

On October 10, 2012, the FDA issued a letter to dietary supplement manufacturer Garlic Wise because statements made in a brochure about the company’s Alli-C garlic supplement promote the product as a drug. Alli-C was also found to be misbranded due to inadequate directions for use.

Recalls & Warnings

8/23/2013

FDA Warns Consumers of Supplement Containing Prescription Anti-Inflammatory Drug

On August 22, 2013, the FDA warned consumers not to use or purchase the dietary supplement Ortiga, because it contains the prescription drug ingredient, diclofenac.

Recalls & Warnings

9/23/2014

More Carob Powder Products Recalled

On September 22, 2014, Glaser Organic Farms issued a recall of Raw Carob Powder and Carob Fudgy Brownie because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

7/24/2012

Baby Supplement Recalled Due To Salmonella Risk

On July 20, 2012, Wellements LLC issued a voluntary recall of Baby Move Prune Concentrate because testing of retained raw materials used in the product found one ingredient to be positive for Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

5/07/2012

FDA Warns Doctor Promoting Own Supplements Online as Treatments

On April 18, 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a Warning Letter to Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. of Fatigued to Fantastic, LLC regarding the promotion that company's products on its website www.endfatigue.com.

Recalls & Warnings

11/18/2011

FDA Warns Maker of Milk Thistle and L-Carnitine Supplements of Serious Violations

The U.S. FDA posted a Warning Letter to CJ Labs (Miami, Florida) dated November 1, 2011 regarding serious violations of Good Manufacting Practices in the production of its Milk Thistle and L-Carnitine supplements.