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Product Review

Collagen Supplements Review

The Best Collagen Supplements for Wrinkles and Joints Revealed. Find Out If Collagen Really Works and Which Reviewed Products Are Best In Our Tests and Comparisons.

Collagen Supplements Reviewed By ConsumerLab

CL Answer

What is the best sunscreen based on safety and efficacy?

Two different carcinogens, benzene and benzophenone have been found in popular sunscreens. These cancer-causing compounds are not listed on labels. Get the details and find out which sunscreens have been found to contain benzene and benzophenone.

Carcinogens in Sunscreens - Bottle of sunscreen with a question mark

CL Answer

What are phytoceramides? Do phytoceramide supplements really work to improve aging skin?

Phytoceramide supplement information, including what they are, what they claim to do, and if they have anti-aging effects.

Phytoceramides for Aging Skin? -- woman looking at skin up close in mirror

CL Answer

Does CoQ10 reduce wrinkles, increase skin elasticity, or tighten the skin? Are there any other supplements that can help?

Learn about CoQ10 and other supplements, such as collagen and cocoa, for reducing wrinkles and improve aging skin.

Elderly Woman Smiling Looking in Mirror

CL Answer

5 Tips for Finding a Soap or Body Wash That Won't Irritate Skin

Get 5 tips for finding soap or body wash that won't cause skin irritation. See which soaps we rate best, ingredients to avoid, and phrases on labels that can mislead.

Different bars of soap on a marble countertop

CL Answer

Do collagen or hyaluronic acid supplements really help aging or wrinkled skin?

Find out if collagen & hyaluronic acid supplements really help for aging or wrinkled skin and for skin care.

Collagen Supplements for Wrinkles? -- woman looking closely at her face in a mirror

CL Answer

Can bloodroot or "black salve" treat skin cancer? Is it safe?

Bloodroot salve and black salve made from bloodroot and zinc - are they effective and safe treatments for skin cancer? ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Elderly Woman Getting Mole on Back Examined By Doctor

Product Review

Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils Review

Oils Tested for Authenticity and Purity

CL Answer

Do any supplements or foods help prevent sunburn or skin damage from sun exposure? Can any increase your risk of sun-related skin damage?

Find out which supplements may help protect from sunburn and sun-related skin damage, including beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and cocoa.

Dermatologist examining the skin on the back of an older woman for signs of sun damage or skin cancer

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

What are the best bug sprays to prevent tick and mosquito bites? Is the insecticide permethrin safe to use?

Find out how permethrin sprays differ and which can be used on sheets and sleeping bags versus clothing

Variety of insect repellents on store shelf

CL Answer

Do glutathione supplements work to prevent aging or for other conditions?

Do glutathione supplements help with aging or other conditions such as cancer and diabetes?

Spoon filled with glutathione supplement capsules and held over a white plate

Product Review

Vitamin C Supplements Review

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

Vitamin C Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Which is the best mask to prevent COVID-19 and how do cloth, disposable, N95, and KN95 masks compare? How can I stop glasses from fogging?

See our Top Picks for masks. Learn how to make COVID-19 masks from materials at home that can be almost as effective as surgical mask and N-95 masks.

Four masks shown for comparison

CL Answer

Which vitamins and supplements are good for acne, and are there any that make it worse?

Information about supplements for acne and clearer skin. Plus, find out which vitamins and supplements can make acne worse.

Supplements for Acne and Clear Skin -- Woman taking fish oil supplement

Product Review

Vitamin A Supplements Review, Including Beta-Carotene and Cod Liver Oil

Find the Best Vitamin A Supplement. Best Quality Vitamin A Supplements Identified, Including Cod Liver Oil.

Vitamin A Supplements (Including Cod Liver Oil) Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Tuna, Salmon, Sardines & Herring Review (Canned and Packaged)

Find the Best Tuna, Salmon, Sardines & Herring. Avoid Mercury and Arsenic and Maximize EPA & DHA Omega-3s!

Canned tuna, salmon and sardines reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Does silica have health benefits? What is BioSil, and can it really increase collagen production and strengthen hair, skin, nails and bones?

Information about the health effects of silica (silicon dioxide) and orthosilicic acid (an ingredient in BioSil), including whether these forms of silicon can really increase collagen production, thicken hair, strengthen nails & bones.

Does BioSil Strengthen Hair, Skin and Nails? -- Bottle of BioSil

Product Review

Bone Broth Review

Find the Best Bone Broth. Find Out How Much Collagen and Sodium Is Really In Popular Bone Broths.

Bone Broth Supplements Reviewed by Consumerlab.com

CL Answer

Can eating almonds reduce wrinkles?

Find out if eating almonds can reduce wrinkles or improve aging skin.

Eating Almonds to Reduce Wrinkles? -- woman with handful of almonds

Product Review

Lycopene Supplements Review

Find the Best Lycopene Supplements. CL Tests Reveal That Not All Lycopene Supplements Contain What They Claim.

Lycopene Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Does heat kill coronavirus (COVID-19)? Can it disinfect face masks and packages?

Find out if heat kills the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 infection. Learn what temperature kills the coronavirus and more. ConsumerLab explains.

Does Heat Kill Coronavirus? -- Women Receiving Food Delivery

Product Review

Aloe Juices, Gels, and Supplements Review

How Much Aloe is Really in Aloe Products? Find Out and See Our Top Picks.

CL Answer

Is there evidence that d-limonene can help fight cancer?

Find out if d-limonene can help fight cancer or help for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder), including evidence from clinical studies.

Lemon with Peel Coming Off

Product Review

Avocado Oil Review

Find the Best Avocado Oil for Purity, Freshness and Taste. Some Others May Include Rotten Avocado or Other Oils.

Avocado oil reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Is ingesting colloidal silver helpful for any condition and is it safe to use? I'm seeing it promoted for many applications.

Find out if there is evidence showing colloidal silver can help to treat infections, boost the immune system, help with arthritis and more, plus find out if colloidal silver can cause blue skin or other side effects.

Benefits and Risks of Colloidal Silver? -- dropper bottle of colloidal silver

Product Review

Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review

Find the Best Multivitamin Supplement for Adults, Seniors, Men, Women, Children and Pets. Tests and Reviews of Multivitamin Supplements and CL's Top Picks.

Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed 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

Product Review

Resveratrol Supplements Review (From Red Wine, Knotweed, and Other Sources)

See Which Resveratrol Supplements Were Best In Our Tests and Comparisons. Learn What Resveratrol Can and Can't Do.

Review of resveratrol supplements tested by ConsumerLab.com, including ratings and comparisons of product quality, price, and ingredients.

CL Answer

What is the difference between cysteine and cystine?

Find out the difference between cysteine and cystine amino acids, including where each is found and their functions.

Young Woman Taking Supplement

CL Answer

Do UV light sanitizing wands and boxes kill coronavirus (COVID-19)?

UV light is promoted as an effective and convenient alternative to chemical disinfectants, but can it work against the coronavirus? Learn the the pros and cons and see our reviews and comparisons of popular UV devices on the market.

UV Light to Kill Coronavirus (COVID-10)? -- UV Light, Medical Mask and Stethoscope

CL Answer

Is it true that iodine can cause acne or other skin problems?

Information on iodine causing acne and other skin problems such as rashes and hives. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Iodine Causing Acne & Rashes -- box of iodized salt

Product Review

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

Find the Best Vitamin D Supplement with the Right Dose

CL Answer

What are the symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency?

Learn more about symptoms of B6 deficiency, who is more likely to be deficient in vitamin B6 as well as how much vitamin B6 you should be getting. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Woman in White Tee Holding Wrist

CL Answer

Can taking too much vitamin B-12 be dangerous? The label on my B-complex states it contains 50,000% of the Daily Value!

Find out the daily value for vitamin B-12 and the potential side effects of taking too much B-12. ConsumerLab explains why taking too much vitamin B-12 can be harmful.

The danger of taking too much vitamin B-12 -- bottle of vitamin B-12 with pills on the table spelling out 'B-12'

CL Answer

I thought the B vitamins were all water soluble and did not build up in the body, so you would not build up toxic levels. Am I wrong?

Learn more about water-soluble B vitamins including niacin, B6, B12 and folic acid, and why taking too much of these vitamins can be toxic. See the symptoms of overdose and toxicity from B vitamins. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

B Vitamins

Recalls & Warnings

4/25/2022

Some OTC Skin Lighteners Contain Potentially Harmful Ingredient, Warns FDA

On April 19th, 2022, the FDA issued warnings to 12 companies for selling over-the-counter (OTC) skin-lightening products containing hydroquinone.

Product Review

Apple Cider Vinegar Review – Bottled Liquids and Supplements

Find the Best Apple Cider Vinegar. See Which Apple Cider Vinegar Liquids and Supplements Passed Our Tests of Quality.

Apple Cider Vinegar Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

5/18/2019

Phytoceramides for Aging Skin?

Can phytoceramide supplements reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of aging skin? See what a recent study found in our updated answer to the question: What are phytoceramides? Do phytoceramide supplements really work to improve aging skin?

Clinical Update

6/12/2021

Vitamin D and Melanoma

Can vitamin D supplementation improve outcomes in people with melanoma skin cancer? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review.

Also see our answer to the question: Do any supplements or foods help prevent sunburn or skin damage from sun exposure? Can any increase your risk of sun-related skin damage?

Clinical Update

6/28/2021

Hyaluronic Acid for Wrinkles?

Does supplementing with hyaluronic acid reduce wrinkles or improve skin elasticity in middle-aged men and women? See what a new study found in the Aging Skin and Wrinkles section of our Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for collagen supplements for skin and for joints.

Recalls & Warnings

6/13/2022

“Natural” and OTC Mole, Skin Tag Removal Products Can Be Dangerous, Warns FDA

On June 9, 2022, the FDA warned consumers not to use “natural” or over-the-counter (OTC) products promoted to treat or remove moles, skin tags, and seborrheic keratoses because they can contain potentially dangerous concentrations of salicylic acid or other harmful ingredients.

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

CL Answer

Do face creams, anti-aging serums, and acne gel treatments containing vitamin A or retinol reduce bone density or increase the risk of fractures?

Find out if using face creams, anti-aging serums, or acne gel treatments containing vitamin A or retinol can reduce bone mineral density or increase the risk of fractures,

Retinol Cream Effects on Bone Density

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

Product Review

Dark Chocolates, Cocoa & Cacao Powders, Nibs, and Supplements Review -- Sources of Flavanols

Find the Best Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Powder and Cocoa Supplements. Is Your Chocolate or Cocoa Healthful or Toxic? Find Out Now!

Flavanols in Cocoa, Cacoa, and Chocolate Products Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

What are the benefits of grape seed extract?

Learn about the health benefits of grape seed extract, and find out it improves venous insufficiency, leg swelling, swelling after surgery, or can help to lower blood pressure.

Benefits of Grape Seed Extract -- grapes and seeds

Product Review

Coconut Oil and Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) Oil Review – Semi-Solid and Liquid Oils & Supplements

Find the Best Coconut Oil and MCT Oil. See How These Oils Compare on Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), Quality, and Value.

Coconut and MCT Oils Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Do collagen supplements impact cholesterol levels or reduce risk factors for atherosclerosis?

Collagen has been studied for its effects on cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis risk factors, but its effects are still not clear.

Collagen powder and collagen pills

Product Review

L-Tryptophan and 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) Supplements Review

Choose the Best L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP Supplements. CL Tests Identify High Quality L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP (5-Hydroxy-L-Tryptophan) at the Best Value.

L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP (5-Hydroxy-L-tryptophan) Supplements Reviewed By Consumerlab.com

Product Review

Astaxanthin Supplements Review

See Which Astaxanthin Products Passed or Failed CL's Tests

Astaxanthin supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Greens and Whole Food Powders and Supplements Review (Including Chlorella and Spirulina)

See How Powdered Vegetables, Fruits, and Algae Compare and Avoid Problems

CL Answer

Are there side effects from collagen supplements?

Find out if there are collagen side effects from supplements (collagen hydrolysate, collagen peptides, etc.) such as nausea, constipation, skin rash and others. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Collagen Supplement Side Effects -- woman with stomach pain

CL Answer

What is Lutigold Lutein? And why is the capsule of one brand of lutein so much larger than that of another brand, if the amount of lutein on the label is the same?

Learn more about lutein supplements like Lutigold, FloraGlo, and XANGOLD, and understand the difference in capsule sizes.

Lutein

CL Answer

Is it true that protein can strain the kidneys as you get older?

Find out if protein strains the kidneys as you get older, how much protein older adults need and the best way to take protein supplements.

CL Answer

What is acrylamide? Is it true that coffee and cocoa contain this toxin?

Find out what acrylamide is, how much is found in coffee and cocoa, and how you can minimize your intake of acrylamide.

Acrylamide in Coffee, French Fries & Cookies

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of dark chocolate?

Information on the health benefits of dark chocolate, including how dark chocolate may improve heart health, decrease blood sugar levels and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate -- Dark chocolate, cocoa powder and stethoscope

CL Answer

Does tea tree oil work for getting rid of athlete's foot?

Learn more about tea tree oil and its effects on foot fungus (known as athlete’s foot, tinea pedis, or “ringworm” due to the lesion that can occur) and how it can be as effective as some, but not all, over-the-counter antifungal treatments. ConsumerLab explains.

Tea Tree Oil for Athlete's Foot? -- Bottle of Tea Tree Oil

CL Answer

What is Pycnogenol and does it work?

Learn more about Pycnogenol, including evidence from clinical studies on blood clots, osteoarthritis, cognition, vision, tinnitus, and the skin and safety.

Pycnogenol Health Benefits -- woman with leg pain

CL Answer

Do diamine oxidase (DAO) supplements for histamine intolerance really work?

DAO supplement info for histamine intolerance, including diamine oxidase safety, evidence from clinical studies, and dosage.

Person in Pink Shirt Scratching Arm

Product Review

Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review

Find the Best Zinc Supplements and Lozenges. Have a Cold? See CL's Top Picks Among Zinc Supplements and Lozenges.

Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

8/06/2019

Vitamin A and Skin Cancer

A study showed that people with higher intakes of vitamin A have a lower risk of developing squamous cell cancer of the skin. Does mean that taking a vitamin A supplement will help? Find out in the What It Does section of the Vitamin A Supplements Review, where we also discuss the risk of melanoma. (Also see our Top Picks for vitamin A supplements.)

Clinical Update

1/07/2020

Eggshell Membrane for Hair, Skin, Nails?

Does supplementing with eggshell membrane (which contains collagen and elastin) improve hair, skin, or nails? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among collagen supplements.

Clinical Update

2/03/2021

Garlic-Induced Burns

Be aware that garlic applied to the skin may cause severe burns, and dozens of cases have been reported. Find out which form of garlic and type of skin application is particularly dangerous in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Garlic Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

6/01/2021

Citrus And Skin Cancer Risk?

Does consuming citrus fruits and juices increase your risk of skin cancer? See what a recent study found in our update to our answer about supplements, foods, and sun damage.

Clinical Update

9/07/2021

Collagen for Wrinkles

Can taking hydrolyzed collagen in low daily doses reduce wrinkles and improve skin hydration in older women? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of our Collagen Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks among collagen supplements for skin wrinkles.

Clinical Update

5/16/2015

Niacin Reduces Skin Cancer

A recent study suggests that high-dose niacin (vitamin B-3) may reduce the risk of developing certain types of skin cancer. A closer look at the study, however, raises questions about its relevance to people in North America. Get the details, as well as more information about niacin and our product test results & comparisons, in the B Vitamin Supplements Review >> 

Clinical Update

4/19/2017

Niacin & Skin Cancer

People who don't get enough niacin each day may be able to lower their risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer by getting a bit more niacin from their food or supplements suggests a recent analysis. However, this doesn't mean you should overdo it. For details, see the "Niacin" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review. You can also find foods high in niacin using the food table in the report.

Clinical Update

11/29/2015

Melatonin for Itchy Skin

Atopic dermatitis is an itchy inflammation of the skin, affecting up to 10% of adults and 30% of children. A recent study in children and adolescents with atopic dermatitis found that taking melatonin modestly reduced symptoms and, not surprisingly, reduced the time needed to fall asleep. For details about this and other uses of melatonin, as well our reviews of available melatonin supplements (including several similar to the one studied), see the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

10/24/2015

Niacin Helps Prevent Skin Cancers

A study published this week showed that taking a form of niacin daily significantly lowered the rate of new basal-cell and squamous-cell skin cancers in patients with a history of such cancers. For details about the supplement and dose, see the B Vitamins Review >>

Clinical Update

2/15/2020

Collagen for Sun Damaged Skin?

A study suggests that fish-derived collagen can improve sun-damaged skin. For details, including dosage, see the What It Does section of the Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for collagen.

Clinical Update

3/28/2020

Collagen for the Skin

Supplementing with collagen to improve aging skin is popular, but does it work? The latest study with collagen used a higher dose than other studies, but is a higher dose better? Find out in the What It Does section of the Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for collagen for wrinkles and for osteoarthritis.

Clinical Update

9/03/2019

Collagen for Wrinkles?

A new study put a popular branded collagen ingredient to the test, measuring its effects on collagen content in the skin and on facial wrinkles, including wrinkles around the eyes. See the results in our updated answer to the question: Do collagen or hyaluronic acid supplements really help aging or wrinkled skin?

Clinical Update

12/12/2017

Skin Rash from Ginkgo

Although not common, be aware that skin reactions have been reported from taking Ginkgo biloba. The most recent report involved a young man who experienced symptoms the same day he began taking a popular ginkgo supplement. See the details in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Ginkgo Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

7/23/2019

Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema?

A study recently tested whether soaking skin in diluted apple cider vinegar would improve skin integrity in people with eczema (atopic dermatitis). See the results in the What It Does section of Apple Cider Vinegar Review. Also see our Top Picks among the products we've tested.

Clinical Update

3/22/2022

Glutathione for Skin Lightening?

Are glutathione supplements or topical glutathione creams effective for skin lightening? Find out what research has shown in our updated answer to the question: Do glutathione supplements help prevent aging or other conditions?

Clinical Update

11/23/2021

Vitamin C Serums for Wrinkles?

Can applying vitamin C to the skin reduce wrinkles or help prevent sun damage? Find out in the Skin Health section of our Vitamin C supplements review.

Also learn what features you should look for if selecting a vitamin C serum.

Clinical Update

1/18/2022

B-12 Vitamin Deficiency and Darkening of the Skin

Low levels of vitamin B-12 can cause darkening of the skin, as evidenced in a recent case. Get the details and learn about other symptoms of B-12 deficiency in our B Vitamin Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks among B-12 supplements.

Clinical Update

5/24/2022

Skin Yellowing from Turmeric/Curcumin

Taking turmeric or curcumin has been reported to cause yellowing of the skin in some circumstances. Get the details in the updated Concerns and Cautions section of our Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review.

Clinical Update

8/12/2022

Does Lycopene Cause Skin Discoloration?

High intake of lycopene-containing foods may cause skin discoloration, according to a recent report. Get the details in our Lycopene Supplements Review.

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

Supplements for multiple sclerosis (MS): Do any supplements reduce symptoms or relapse?

Find out if vitamins or supplements such as ginkgo, fish oil, biotin, vitamins A, C, E, D, and B12, or selenium reduce symptoms or relapse in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Older woman with multiple sclerosis who is experiencing back pain while sitting on her bed

CL Answer

I'm taking Lumiday, a supplement to improve mood. It seems to help me but is it safe?

Lumiday info including side effects, drug interactions and reviews. Lumiday is a supplement marketed to improve mood.

CL Answer

What are the side effects of curcumin and turmeric?

Do curcumin and turmeric supplements have possible side effects? Get information about drug interactions with curcumin and turmeric supplements and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Side Effects of Curcumin and Turmeric

CL Answer

I have IBS and don't want to take medication if I can help it. I've heard that peppermint works for IBS, but is there good research to support this?

Information about using peppermint oil for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), including clinical evidence, dosage, safety and more.

Peppermint Oil for IBS? -- Bottle of peppermint oil and capsules and peppermint leaf

CL Answer

What is monolaurin? Can it really prevent colds, cold sores, or other infections?

Lauricidin (monolaurin) information for preventing colds, immune system function, and safety.

Lauricidin (monolaurin) for Colds -- jar of Lauricidin

CL Answer

Do Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins make hair shine, nails stronger, and help both to grow? They taste good but are super expensive.

Info on Sugar Bear Hair vitamins. Do they make hair shine, nails stronger and help hair and nails grow? ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Do Sugar Bear Vitamins Work? -- bottle of Sugar Bear vitamins

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

DHEA Supplements Review

Choose the Best DHEA Supplement. Beware of Big Differences in Dose and Price.

DHEA Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

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

Find Out What Magnesium Does, Who Needs It, and Our Top Picks Among Supplements

CL Answer

Do any supplements help with COVID-19? Do supplements like vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?

Find out if natural remedies & supplements for coronavirus such as zinc, vitamin C, garlic, or elderberry help to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Supplements for Coronavirus (COVID-19)? -- mask and pills

CL Answer

Which deodorants and antiperspirants are contaminated with benzene and which are not?

Benzene, a carcinogen, has been detected in over 40 spray deodorants, antiperspirants, and body sprays. Tests were conducted on brands including Axe, Bath & Body Works, Brut, Degree, Dove, Gold Bond, Right Guard, Secret, Speed Stick, Suave, Old Spice, Victoria's Secret and others. Find out which products contained benzene, and how much they contained.

Benzene in Spray Deodorant

CL Answer

Can beetroot juice or supplements help lower my blood pressure?

Learn more about beetroot juice and beetroot supplements and if beetroot can really help lower blood pressure.

Beetroot Juice for Lowering Blood Pressure? -- Glass of beetroot juice and blood pressure monitor

CL Answer

Do hair loss supplements, such as Viviscal, Hair La Vie, and Nutrafol, or topical essential oils work?

Vitamins and supplements that may help with hair loss and thinning, including saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, protein, iron, and vitamin D.

Supplements for Hair Loss -- woman looking at hairbrush

CL Answer

Is there a risk of liver toxicity with certain supplements?

Find out if there is risk of liver damage from supplements such as green tea, niacin, red yeast rice and vitamin A.

Liver Shape Made From Paper with Pills and Bottle Against Blue Background

CL Answer

I spend a lot of time in the sun, especially in the summer. Does this mean my vitamin D levels could get too high?

Find out if spending too much time outside, especially in the summer, can cause excess vitamin D levels in the body.

Elderly Couple Sitting on Beach Under Umbrella

CL Answer

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

Product Review

Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements Review

Choose the Best Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplement. Some Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements Cost 13 Times As Much As Others -- But Is It Worth Paying More?

Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Does ergothioneine help prevent age-related problems such as impaired cognition, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or cataract, and is it safe?

Learn about ergothioneine and its potential use for cognitive impairment, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, cataract, or kidney disease, as well as its safety and cost of supplements containing this ingredient.

Various types of mushrooms that contain ergothioneine in a wooden bowl on a wooden countertop

CL Answer

Does Provitalize work for weight loss and is it safe?

Find out if taking Provitalize, a probiotic supplement that also contains turmeric extract, moringa leaf extract, curry leaf extract and piperine (BioPerine), is safe and beneficial for weight management.

A bottle of Provitalize

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

CL Answer

Is it safe to drink coffee regularly? Does drinking coffee increase or decrease the risk of cancer?

Learn more about coffee, its safety, if it's good for you, and if it impacts your risk of cancer.

CL Answer

What is shilajit? Does it have any proven health benefits, and is heavy metal contamination a concern?

Shilajit information, including its potential health benefits, safety, proper doses and impact on male health.

Shilajit Health Benefits -- blister pack of shilajit tablets

CL Answer

Are gummy vitamins better or worse than pills?

Learn more about gummy supplements, including those for multivitamins, vitamins C and D, calcium, and B vitamins.

Problems With Gummy Vitamins -- bottle of gummy vitamins

CL Answer

What is magnesium stearate, what is it made from, and is it dangerous?

Learn more about magnesium stearate and its safety, based on evidence from clinical studies.

Is magnesium stearate safe? -- woman looking at ingredients on supplement label

CL Answer

What supplements should I stop taking before surgery?

Info on which supplements to avoid before surgery due to increased risk of bleeding or interference with anesthesia.

Supplements to stop before surgery - operating room

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

Do any supplements naturally suppress appetite and help with weight loss?

Learn which natural ingredients can suppress appetite and find if these natural appetite suppressants help with weight loss.

Container of natural appetite suppressant supplement with measuring tape and scale in background

CL Answer

Why is beta-carotene still an ingredient in some supplements? Isn't it dangerous?

Beta-carotene can be found in supplements. Get clinical evidence from studies on beta-carotene's impact on mortality, smoking, and vision.

Elderly Woman Reading Supplement Bottle

CL Answer

How does bone broth protein compare to other types of protein?

Bone broth protein supplement information, including their effectiveness compared to other types of protein, how much collagen they contain, and safety.

Protein Powders in Scoop Against White Background

CL Answer

I would like to try gotu kola for varicose veins but I've heard it's not safe to take. Is that true?

Learn more about gotu kola, including possible benefits for varicose veins and whether it is safe to take. ConsumerLab explains.

CL Answer

Top 8 Supplements for Vegetarians and Vegans

Find out which 8 supplements may be needed by vegetarians or vegans to meet all their daily nutrient requirements and learn ways to find supplements that do not contain ingredients objectionable to people following vegetarian or vegan diets.

Woman pouring supplements into her hand while sitting in front of a table on which vegetables are placed

Product Review

Noni Juice and Supplements Review Article

What Are the Benefits of Noni Juice? Get the Facts About Noni Juice and Supplements.

CL Answer

What is inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) and myo-inositol? Are they helpful in treating cancer or other conditions?

Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6): Find out if IP6 (also known as phytic acid) can prevent or treat cancer. Clinical evidence, dosage, safety and how IP6 differs from myo-inositol. Consumerlab.com's answer explains.

Wooden spoon filled with white inositol capsules

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of tart cherry juice?

See the evidence for tart cherry juice health benefits from clinical studies. Find out if tart cherry has anti-inflammatory effects, if it can improve sleep, lower high blood pressure, or help for muscle pain and osteoarthritis.

Tart Cherry Benefits -- glass of cherry juice and two tart cherries

CL Answer

Is it possible to get too much vitamin D?

Too much vitamin D can lead to adverse effects, including hypercalcemia (excess calcium in the blood).

Too Much Vitamin D? -- bottle of vitamin D and vitamin D tablets in the shape of the letter D

CL Answer

Which supplements may help with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)?

Many supplements are promoted to help treat symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), but do they really work? See the clinical evidence for inositol (myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol), alpha lipoic acid, vitamin B-12, folic acid, vitamin D and more.

Supplements for PCOS

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of amla and is it safe?

Learn about amla (Indian gooseberry), including its potential health benefits and possible safety concerns.

Amla supplement capsules being poured onto a wooden table with amla fruit in the background

Product Review

Cranberry Juices and Supplements Review

CL's Tests Show Which Cranberry Juices and Supplements Are Best and Cost the Least

Product Review

Green Tea Review: Tea Bags, Loose Tea, Matcha Powders, and Supplements

Disturbing Findings for Some Major Brands of Green Tea. See the Test Results and Our Top Picks for Green Tea.

Green Tea Review By ConsumerLab.com

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

CL Answer

Is it dangerous to use certain herbals, vitamins, or other dietary supplements when breastfeeding?

Find out which supplements should be avoided when breastfeeding, including medicinal herbs, soy, and flaxseed.

Herbs and Supplements to Avoid When Breastfeeding

CL Answer

I thought resveratrol came from red wine or grape skins - what is the "Polygonum cuspidatum" I see listed on my supplement?

Find out where resveratrol in supplements comes from, including Polygonum cuspidatum and red wine extract.

Resveratrol Pills

CL Answer

What are the side effects of glucosamine and chondroitin?

Learn the side effects of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements for joint health and joint pain, including stomach upset, headache, and many others. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Review of Supplements for Joint Pain

CL Answer

Do any supplements, foods, or oils help reduce muscle pain, muscle cramps, or nighttime leg cramps?

Find out which supplements, and topical products such as magnesium creams, can help reduce muscle pain, leg cramps, and nighttime leg cramps, and which may worsen muscle cramps. Also, learn about vitamin and mineral deficiencies and common medications that can cause muscle cramps and nocturnal leg cramps.

Magnesium & Other Supplements for Muscle Pain & Cramps -- woman with leg cramp

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of serrapeptase?

Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme. Learn more about its health effects, including whether evidence supports its use for pain, inflammation, and heart health.

Serrapeptase for Inflammation and Pain

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of manuka honey, and is it safe?

Manuka honey health benefits, how it differs from common, store-bought honey, safety, evidence for using manuka honey for wounds, sore throat and cough, constipation and more.

Health Benefits of Manuka Honey -- jar of manuka honey

CL Answer

Are cranberry supplements helpful for men? Can they help with symptoms of an enlarged prostate, prostatitis, or urinary tract infections?

Learn more about how cranberry pills, cranberries, cranberry juice and supplements can help prevent urinary tract infections.

Cranberry Supplements for Men? -- Bottle of cranberry capsules

CL Answer

Does Restore (Bionic Sciences LLC) really improve gut health? What is in Restore?

Learn more about Restore, including clinical studies on gut health, dosage, cost, and safety.

CL Answer

Do any supplements help for restless legs syndrome?

Find out whether supplements or vitamins like iron, magnesium, vitamin E and others can help for restless leg syndrome (RLS). ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Supplements for Restless Legs Syndrome

CL Answer

Do supplements help treat peptic ulcer disease? Should any be avoided?

Vitamins and supplements that may help with peptic ulcer disease, including probiotics, cranberry, melatonin, lactoferrin, berberine, and licorice.

Supplements for peptic ulcer disease - young man with stomachache

CL Answer

What is lactoferrin and will it really strengthen my immune system?

Info about lactoferrin supplements, clinical evidence for strengthening the immune system, preventing or treating colds, gut health and treating H.

What is Lactoferrin? -- lactoferrin capsules and bottle

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of zinc carnosine, also called polaprezinc, and is it safe?

Find out if zinc carnosine is beneficial for any GI conditions, including stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori infection, taste disturbances, aspirin-induced small-bowel injury and oral mucositis, and learn if it is safe.

Zinc carnosine supplements in wooden spoon in front of oysters

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of bovine colostrum and is it safe?

Bovine colostrum is promoted for boosting immunity, preventing and treating diarrhea, and improving gut health, but does it really work? See the clinical evidence for bovine colostrum, including doses that have been used, as well as safety concerns, cost considerations, and the difference between regular bovine colostrum and hyperimmune bovine colostrum.

Bovine colostrum powder and capsule supplements

CL Answer

Which is the best pulse oximeter for home use?

Best pulse oximeter for home use (COVID-19, asthma and COPD). Differences between home use and FDA-approved medical pulse oximeters.

Best Pulse Oximeter for Home Use -- Pulse Oximeter

CL Answer

What are the side effects of magnesium supplements?

Info on magnesium supplement side effects, such as stomach upset, nausea and diarrhea. Learn about magnesium dosage, safety and drug interactions. ConsumerLab.com answer explains.

Magnesium Side Effects -- Magnesium supplements

CL Answer

What is CELLFOOD and is it a healthy supplement?

Learn more about CELLFOOD (NuScience Corporation), including if the claims to improve athletic performance, fibromyalgia, weight loss, and cancer are true.

What is CELLFOOD

CL Answer

Which supplements help with Raynaud's phenomenon?

Raynaud's phenomenon may be helped by some supplements. Learn more about fish oil, Gingko biloba, and ginseng.

Supplements for Raynaud's Phenomenon -- woman standing outside in snow, with cold, red hands

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

Hoodia (Hoodia gordonii) Supplements Review Article

Hoodia Supplements for Weight Loss. Will Hoodia help you lose weight? Make sure you know the facts.

Product Review

Mangosteen Juice and Supplements Review Article

What Are the Benefits of Mangosteen Juice and Supplements? Find Out What Mangosteen Can and Cannot Do For Your Health.

Product Review

Bilberry Supplements Review

Choose the Best Bilberry Supplement. Some Bilberry Is Not Authentic!

Bilberry Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

6/27/2020

Fish Collagen Allergy

Be aware that some people may be allergic to fish collagen even if they don't respond to common fish allergy tests, according to a recent study. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for collagen supplements for skin and for joints.

Clinical Update

8/14/2020

Eggshell Membrane + Fish Oil for Joint Pain?

Both eggshell membrane and fish oil have been shown to bring modest reduction in joint pain, but does taking these ingredients together have greater benefit? Find out what a new study showed in the What It Does section of the Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick among collagen supplements for joints and for skin.

Clinical Update

7/24/2021

Collagen for Joint Pain?

Can collagen supplementation reduce joint pain or stiffness in the knee, hip or wrist? See what a new study found in the Joint Pain section of our Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among collagen supplements for joints and for skin.

Clinical Update

8/14/2021

Danger With Too Much B-6

A CL member recently told us about a friend who developed progressively worsening neuropathy (nerve damage) after taking very high dose vitamin B-6. It's important to be aware of the upper daily limit for vitamin B-6 and that taking too much can cause nerve damage, as well as skin lesions and other adverse effects, as discussed in detail in our B Vitamin Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

11/04/2020

Symptoms of Zinc Deficiency

Zinc deficiency can cause a wide range of problems involving the skin, hair, mouth, and immune system. A recent report showed that it can also cause an eczema-like rash. Get the details and learn about the symptoms of zinc deficiency in the What It Is section of our Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review. Also see our Top Picks for zinc supplements and lozenges.

Clinical Update

12/13/2020

Collagen for Wound Healing?

Can collagen supplements improve the healing of skin and tendon injuries? Find out in the What It Does section of the Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for collagen.

Clinical Update

9/12/2020

Probiotic for Eczema

Can applying a probiotic to the skin reduce eczema in children? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotics.

Clinical Update

12/19/2017

Probiotic for Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is a recurrent, itchy inflammation of the skin. Taking a daily probiotic mixture was found to significantly reduce symptoms and the need for topical steroids in children with atopic dermatitis. Details are in the "What It Does" section of the Probiotic Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

2/08/2020

Vitamin D for Hives

If you suffer from chronic hives (or chronic urticaria) and are deficient in vitamin D, taking vitamin D may be helpful, according to a new study. (Vitamin D may also be helpful for other skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.) Get the details in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.

Clinical Update

10/11/2016

Niagen Form of Niacin May Cause Flushing

Niacin is known to cause flushing (redness) and skin tingling at moderate doses. Other forms of niacin are said cause less flushing. One of these is Niagen. However, results of a recently published study suggest that it can cause flushing and "hotness" after just a single dose. More details are in the "Niacin" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

8/06/2017

Magnesium Cream?

Is rubbing a cream into your skin a good way to get magnesium? We reviewed several studies of magnesium creams or sprays, including one just recently published. See what we found in the "What It Does" section of the Magnesium Supplements Review -- which includes our Top Picks among magnesium supplements.

Clinical Update

3/26/2016

NAC Reduces Compulsive Picking

A number of studies have shown that N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), a supplement with wide variety of uses, may also reduce compulsive behaviors. The most recent study showed significant improvement in adults with skin picking disorder. Details about this and other studies with NAC, and our ratings of NAC supplements, are found in the N-Acetyl Cysteine Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

6/05/2018

Berberine Side Effect

Supplements that contain berberine (a compound extracted from goldenseal) can cause a range of side effects, in addition to drug interactions. It was recently reported that berberine can cause a rare, but severe, skin reaction. Learn more in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Berberine and Goldenseal Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick among products in this category.

Clinical Update

7/01/2018

Astaxanthin for Sun Protection?

Can taking an astaxanthin supplement improve the appearance of the skin or protect it from UV damage? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of the Astaxanthin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among astaxanthin supplements.)

Clinical Update

5/15/2019

Vitamin D and Sunscreen

Is it possible to protect your skin from sunburn but still produce vitamin D? See what a recent study found in the Getting vitamin D from sunlight section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.

Clinical Update

11/24/2015

Cocoa for Wrinkles?

A study in older women found that drinking a high-flavanol cocoa drink each day increased skin elasticity. And while wrinkles deepened among those drinking a placebo, they stayed stable in the cocoa-drinking group. For details about the amount of cocoa consumed (and its flavanol content), as well as our tests of flavanols (and contaminants) in popular cocoa powders and chocolates, see the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs, & Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

4/12/2022

Zinc Rash

Zinc supplementation can trigger an allergic skin rash in some people, as seen in a recent case report. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Zinc Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

4/19/2022

Shiitake Mushroom Rash

If not properly prepared, shiitake mushrooms can cause a distinctive skin rash, as noted in recent reports. The details are in our article about ergothioneine, a potentially beneficial compound found in shiitake and other mushrooms.

Clinical Update

11/11/2021

Severe Reaction to Multivitamin

A middle-aged woman developed a skin rash, hives and difficulty breathing immediately after taking a multivitamin, according to a recent report. Learn why in our update to the Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

10/05/2021

Silica for Dental Implant Inflammation?

Can a form of silica typically promoted for hair, skin, nail and bone health also help reduce inflammation and bone loss around dental implants? See what a recent study found in our updated article about Silica Supplements.

Clinical Update

10/02/2021

Sanitizer Warning

Consumers are being warned not to use a specific hand-held UV sanitizing wand that could cause skin or eye injury within seconds of use. Details are in our updated article about UV Light Sanitizers and COVID.

Clinical Update

12/30/2021

Hand Sanitizer vs. Soap

How do hand sanitizers or disinfectant hand wipes compare to washing hands with soap and water to remove microbes without causing skin dryness and redness? Find out what a recent study showed in the Hand sanitizer section of our answer to the question: Does heat kill coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Clinical Update

1/28/2022

Symptoms of Vitamin A Deficiency

Although not common, be aware of signs of vitamin A deficiency involving the eyes, skin, and nails, as exemplified by a recent case. Get the details (including medical conditions which can cause it) in the What It Does section of our Vitamin A Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among vitamin A supplements.

Clinical Update

5/27/2022

Best Bug Sprays

Find out which insect repellants (for ticks and mosquitoes) are our Top Picks for use on skin and on clothing and gear based on their ingredients.

Also find out:

Clinical Update

5/13/2022

More Soaps Reviewed

At the request of readers, we reviewed two additional soaps – Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar and Vanicream Cleansing Bar. Find out if these meet our criteria for avoiding irritation in our article 5 Tips For Choosing a Soap or Body Wash.

Clinical Update

7/06/2022

SPF of Sunscreens

How can sunscreens that contain the same concentrations of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide have different SPFs? Find out and learn what to look for in sunscreens in our updated article about Finding the Best Sunscreens.

Also find out if any foods or supplements can help prevent sunburn and learn which foods might increase sun-related skin damage.

CL Answer

How can I get tested for the coronavirus? Can I get an at-home test for COVID-19? Which are the best tests? Are any tests free?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tests: Where to get COVID-19 tests, including information about free testing, home testing and more. Information about SARS-CoV-2 virus tests, antibody tests and FDA approved tests.

Home Test COVID

Product Review

Pomegranate Juice and Supplements Review Article

What Are the Benefits of Pomegranate Juice and Supplements? Find Out What Pomegranate Can and Cannot Do For Your Health.

Pomegranate Juice Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab

Product Review

Kelp Supplements Review

Choose the Best Kelp Supplement. Be Cautious With Kelp! Only 50% of Supplements Pass CL's Review.

Kelp Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba) Supplements Review

Choose the Best Ginkgo Biloba Supplement. Finding Real Ginkgo Isn't Easy — 60% Fail ConsumerLab's Tests of Quality.

Ginkgo Biloba Supplements Tested 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

CL Answer

Do any supplements reduce side of effects of chemotherapy?

Find out if there are any supplements that can help with the side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, nerve damage and others. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Supplements & Chemotherapy Side Effects -- chemotherapy medicine and capsules

CL Answer

Which supplements and foods help relieve constipation and which can cause constipation?

Find out which supplements can cause constipation, including iron, calcium, protein powders and drinks and others. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Which supplements can cause constipation? -- Woman with gastrointestinal pain

CL Answer

Do vitamin patches, such as for B12 or multivitamins, really work? How about those from PatchMD?

Do vitamin B12 Patches like PatchMD really work? Can you absorb vitamin B12 through patches?

Vitamin Patches -- young woman with vitamin patch on arm

CL Answer

My HDL (good) cholesterol level is low. Should I take niacin to raise my HDLs?

Learn more about niacin and find out if it can raise HDL ("good") cholesterol levels.

Vitamin B3 Blister Packs

CL Answer

I'm interested in using Himalayan salt. What are the health benefits with it and other specialty salts? Are there contaminants in these salts?

Himalayan salt health benefits, along with other gourmet salts like Hawaiian and Mediterranean. Info including what's in them and their safety.

Himalayan Salt -- spoonful of pink Himalayan salt

CL Answer

Can cranberry juice or cranberry supplements help prevent urinary tract infections or improve overactive bladder?

Learn more about how cranberries, juice, and supplements can help prevent urinary tract infections, including safety.

Cranberry Juice for UTIs? -- cranberries and a glass of cranberry juice

CL Answer

Which supplements or foods can help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy? Are there any to avoid?

Information about heart health supplements & vitamins that help with cholesterol, including sterol esters, CoQ10, and vitamin D, and which may be bad for the heart, like calcium.

Recalls & Warnings

5/22/2018

FDA Warns Companies Selling "Sun Protection" Supplements

On May 18, 2018, the FDA issued warning letters to four companies selling supplements for sun protection because statements made on product labels, websites and in marketing materials were found to be drug claims, which are not permitted for dietary supplements. 

CL Answer

Do supplements help with Parkinson’s disease treatment or prevention?

Learn what has been shown with vitamins D and E, niacin, CoQ10, melatonin, creatine, SAMe, NAC, valerian, CoQ10, and CBD, as well as with coffee and the Mediterranean and MIND diets for treating and/or preventing Parkinson's disease.

Elderly man with parkinsons holding trembling hand while eating

CL Answer

Are light boxes effective for preventing and treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as "winter depression," or circadian rhythm disorders such as jet lag? Which light boxes are best?

Learn about the benefits and safety of light boxes (including who is most likely to benefit), how to use these devices, which commercially available products appear to meet the technical requirements, and who should not use light boxes.

Man reading a book while sitting in front of a light box

CL Answer

Does Qualia Mind boost memory and mental function and is it worth cost?

Learn about the ingredients in Qualia Mind, whether or not we think the formula works and is safe, and if we think it's worth the cost.

qualia-mind

CL Answer

What is Perque Bone Guard Forté? It is safe and effective for bone health?

Find out about the ingredients in Perque Bone Guard Forté, including which ingredients may be beneficial for osteoporosis and bone health and which may be a safety concern.

Bottle of Perque Bone Guard Forte

CL Answer

Are supplements such as Thyroid Care Plus helpful for hypothyroidism? Can supplements worsen thyroid function? And what is nascent iodine?

Learn about supplement ingredients such as iodine, selenium, zinc, acetyl-l-carnitine, ashwagandha and guggul used for thyroid conditions and find out if they are beneficial. Also learn why ingredients such as alpha-lipoic acid, soy, resveratrol, quercetin may impair thyroid function.

Woman holding various vitamins and supplements in one hand and glass of water in the other

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

Do water filters remove microplastics from tap water?

Find out if water filter pitchers and faucet mounted filters from Brita, Pur, Lifestraw and other brands remove microplastics from tap water.

Water Filters for Microplastics -- water filter pitcher pouring water into glass

CL Answer

What are the side effects of melatonin supplements?

Melatonin side effects - are there any? Read about drowsiness, dizziness, headache, nausea, mood & behavior, the risk of fractures and others. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Melatonin Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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

Product Review

Ashwagandha Supplements Review

Find the Best Ashwagandha Supplement. Only 56% of Ashwagandha Products Pass Tests.

Ashwagandha supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review (Sterols/Stanols and Policosanol)

Find the Best Cholesterol-Lowering Supplement. See Which Plant Sterol and Policosanol Supplements Passed Our Tests and Are Our Top Picks.

Sterol, Stanol, and Policosanol Supplements for Cholesterol-lowering Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Menopause Supplements Review (Soy and Red Clover Isoflavones, Black Cohosh) and Progesterone Creams

Choose the Best Menopause Supplement. Find Out Now Which Soy Isoflavone, Red Clover, Black Cohosh, and Progesterone Products Have the Active Compounds You Want!

Menopause Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com -- Soy and Red Clover Isoflavones, Black Cohosh, and Progesterone Cream

Product Review

Seaweed Snacks and Foods Review

Tests Reveal Seaweed Snack Risks

Product Review

Iron Supplements Review (Iron Pills, Liquids and Chews)

See Which Iron Supplements Are CL's Top Picks for Different Needs

Recalls & Warnings

10/21/2020

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Dangerous Black Salve Products

On October 13, 2020, the FDA warned consumers not to use any products containing black salve, which is often sold as salves or creams with claims to treat or cure cancer, boils, moles, and skin tags.

Product Review

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review

Find the Best CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements and Learn What They Do

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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

Which supplements can help treat anemia? Do any supplements cause a low red blood cell count?

Find out which vitamin and nutrient supplements can help prevent and treat anemia in people who are nutrient deficient and learn which supplements may cause low bleed cell counts, especially when used in excess.

Woman holding various vitamins and supplements in her hands

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

CL Answer

I developed a rash soon after starting a probiotic. Is it possible to be allergic to probiotics?

Find out if probiotics can cause allergic reactions, including skin rashes, and why.

Young Woman Scratching Forearm

CL Answer

How much resveratrol is in wine? Is it enough to have a benefit?

Find out how much resveratrol wine contains and if it is enough to have a benefit.

Resveratrol in Red Wine -- red wine pouring from bottle into glass

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides, such as those used in Bulletproof Coffee?

Learn the health benefits of coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), including evidence from Bulletproof Coffee, clinical studies on obesity, skin, and Alzheimer's disease.

Coconut Oil & MCTs -- Coconuts and coconut oil with coffee cup

CL Answer

Can taking too much vitamin B-6 be dangerous?

Find out if multivitamins contain excessive amounts of B-6, how much B-6 is too much, and symptoms of toxicity and overdose.

Vitamin tablets placed on a table to spell B6

Recalls & Warnings

2/09/2019

Herbal Skin Remedy Recalled, Can Cause Serious Injury

On February 8, 2019, McDaniel Life-Line LLC issued a recall of all lots of Indian Herb a product marketed to be taken orally or applied topically, as a remedy for abnormal skin growths.

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

Product Review

Berberine and Goldenseal Supplements Review

Choose the Best Berberine & Goldenseal Supplements. CL Tests Reveal Problems With 25% of Berberine and 67% of Goldenseal Supplements.

Berberine and goldenseal supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Acai Berry Supplements and Beverages Review

Find the Best Acia Berry Supplements and Beverages. See Which Acai Berry Supplements and Beverages Passed Our Tests of Quality.

Acai berry supplements and beverages reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Inactive Ingredients / Excipients in Supplements Review Article

Inactive Ingredients in Vitamins and Supplements. Find Out Why Coloring Agents, Sweeteners, Fillers & Other Inactive Ingredients Are In Your Supplements and If They're Safe.

Product Review

Potassium Iodide (KI) and Iodate (KIO3) Radioprotective Pills Review

Learn How to Choose the Best Radioprotective Iodine Pill and Use It Properly

CL Answer

Which vitamins and supplements should be stopped before getting blood work and laboratory tests?

Find out which vitamins and supplements can interfere with blood, urine or stool tests, and imaginging tests. Learn how B vitamins such as biotin, niacin and riboflavin, as well as calcium supplements, St. John’s wort, vitamin C, and others supplements can affect test results, as well as common foods that may interfere with tests.

Vitamin & Supplements to Stop Before Blood Tests

CL Answer

What are trace minerals and do I need them?

Trace minerals include boron, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, zinc, and others. Find out what they do, how much of each trace mineral you should be getting, and who's most likely to be deficient in these minerals.

Trace Minerals - What are they and do you need them?

CL Answer

What is vitamin B12 and how much do I need?

Vitamin B12 dosage varies depending on your age, gender, and various other factors. Our CL Answer explains why B12 is important, the recommended dosages, deficiency, health benefits, and the best form.

Vitamin B12 Dosage, Benefits, Uses & Deficiency -- B12 Bottle and Tablets

CL Answer

Which oils can help lower my cholesterol and risk of heart attack? How are coconut oil, olive oil, and fish oil for example?

Find out which fats and oils, such as coconut oil and fish oil, lower cholesterol and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Oils and Heart Health

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of green tea, and is it safe?

ConsumerLab explains green tea's potential health benefits for everything from fighting cancer to helping your heart.

Cup of green tea with dried tea leaves

CL Answer

Do any supplements or foods help with brain function, like memory and cognition?

Find out which supplements help improve memory, brain function and cognition, including fish oil, some B vitamins, cocoa, and curcumin. ConsumerLab's answer explains the evidence for supplements promoted to help with brain function and cognition.

Supplements for Memory -- doctor holding a model of a brain and fish oil capsule

News Release

8/10/2022

Best Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils Identified by ConsumerLab

  White Plains, New York, August 10, 2022 — Lavender essential oil as aromatherapy may reduce anxiety and tea tree essential oil is used topically for various skin ailments.

CL Answer

Is it better to get vitamins from foods or supplements, and are natural vitamins better than synthetic vitamins?

Learn more about the benefits of getting vitamins from food versus supplements, natural versus synthetic vitamins, and more.

Getting Vitamins and Minerals from Food vs. Supplements -- fruits, vegetables, and a spoon containing supplements on a table

CL Answer

Which supplements are best for seasonal allergies?

Find out which supplements are best for allergies and can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms, including bromelain, curcumin, vitamin D, and CLA.

Supplements for Seasonal Allergies -- Woman Outside Sneezing

CL Answer

Is P-5-P really better than "regular" vitamin B6?

Learn more about pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P) and vitamin B6.

Man in Plaid Shirt Reading Supplement Bottle

CL Answer

Can biotin supplements really strengthen nails or improve hair? Can other supplements help?

Learn more about strengthening brittle nails with vitamin B-7 (biotin), based on clinical evidence.

Supplements for Brittle Nails -- healthy nails

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I read that famotidine (Pepcid) may help treat COVID-19. Is this true? Might a proton pump inhibitor, like Prilosec, help?

Pepcid (famotidine) was reported to improve outcomes in people with COVID-19 in China. But is there evidence that Pepcid really helps to treat COVID-19?

Can Pepcic (famotidine) Treat COVID-19? -- Box of Pepcid and Handout About COVID-19

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12/15/2021

How Much Aloe Is Really in Aloe Products? ConsumerLab Tests Show Some Products Contain None

White Plains, New York, December 15, 2021 — Recent ConsumerLab tests of popular aloe juices, gels and supplements sold in the U.S. found substantial amounts of aloe in some products, while others contained very little.

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10/04/2019

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Best Collagen Supplements for Wrinkles and Joints

White Plains, New York, October 4, 2019 — Collagen supplements are promoted to reduce wrinkles and decrease joint pain and stiffness, but do they really work, and if so, which products on the market provide the best quality collagen and the best value? To find out, ConsumerLab carefully ...

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6/25/2019

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Best B Vitamin Supplements -- 19% of B Vitamin Supplements Fail CL's Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, June 25, 2019 — B vitamins and complexes are among the most popular supplements sold in the U.S. because B vitamins are essential for a wide range of functions in the body.

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3/07/2019

Best Coconut and MCT Oils Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, March 7, 2019 — Coconut oil is often promoted as a "healthy fat" and an alternative source of energy to help with weight loss and in conditions such as Alzheimer's disease because it contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).

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1/15/2019

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

White Plains, New York, January 15, 2019 — Foods rich in the antioxidant lycopene, like tomato juice and paste - may reduce the risk of certain cancers and have heart-health benefits, and preliminary studies suggest that lycopene supplements may also be helpful.

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10/26/2018

Best Vitamin A Supplements, Including Cod Liver Oils, Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, October 26, 2018 — Vitamin A is necessary to maintain good vision, skin, and immune functioning, and supplementation can be beneficial for certain conditions — although most people get enough from food and getting too much vitamin A can be dangerous.

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1/04/2018

ConsumerLab.com Reveals Its Top Picks for Best Iron Supplements

White Plains, New York, January 4, 2018 — Iron supplements not only treat iron deficiency, but can help reduce unexplained fatigue in women and symptoms of some forms of restless legs syndrome. But choosing an iron supplement and knowing how to use it can be difficult.

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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.

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7/22/2015

ConsumerLab.com Tests DHEA Supplements, Warns of Differences in Dose and Price

White Plains, New York, July 22, 2015 — DHEA is a controversial hormone supplement touted for anti-aging effects — but what can it really do? ConsumerLab.com reviewed the evidence and purchased many popular brands of DHEA to test their quality.

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2/19/2015

Only 50% of Aloe Products Pass ConsumerLab.com Tests

White Plains, New York, February 19, 2015 — "Choose aloe products carefully," cautions ConsumerLab.com president Tod Cooperman, M.D. after recent tests found only five of 10 aloe pills, gels and drinks selected for review to contain what the company expected based on labels.

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9/27/2012

ConsumerLab.com Reveals How Much Caffeine is in Energy Drinks -- Also Finds Some Drinks and Dietary Supplements Don't Contain Claimed Amounts of B Vitamins

White Plains, New York — September 27, 2012 — Energy shots and drinks are promoted to keep you alert and energized, attributing their effects to special formulas often "packed with B vitamins and nutrients to make it last," as a commercial for 5-hour Energy proclaims.

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8/22/2012

Contamination and Other Problems Found in Fish Oil Supplements -- Large Review by ConsumerLab.com Reveals Excessive PCBs or Mislabeling in Over 30% of Omega-3 Supplements

August 22, 2012 — The quality of fish oil / omega-3 supplements varies across brands, according to recent tests by ConsumerLab.com, which independently reports on the quality of health products. Analyses of 35 products selected and purchased by ConsumerLab.

Recalls & Warnings

5/15/2021

Toxic Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On May 11, 2021 Dibar Nutricional S. de R.L. de C.V. issued a recall of various lots of DIBAR Labs Hand Sanitizer and ProtectoRx Hand Sanitizer because they were confirmed to contain methanol.

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6/18/2012

What is "Natural" Vitamin E? It Depends On the Brand Selling It, Finds ConsumerLab.com -- New Review of Vitamin E Supplements, Oil and Cream, Including Tocopherols and Tocotrienols

White Plains, New York, June 18, 2012 — What is in a "natural" vitamin E supplement, cream, or oil? According to recent tests by independent evaluator, ConsumerLab.com, this depends completely on the brand selling it.

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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.

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12/14/2010

DHEA supplements, touted for anti-aging and strength, reviewed by ConsumerLab.com. Testing finds one brand with only 14.7% of labeled amount

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 14, 2010 — Recent tests of DHEA supplements showed that most products contained their claimed amounts of the controversial ingredient, but one provided only 14.7% of its listed amount, the testing company ConsumerLab.com reported today.

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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.

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3/31/2009

ConsumerLab.com Warns of Problems with Multivitamins and Vitamin Water -- Defects Found in Over 30% of Supplements Selected for Testing; Several Popular Children's Multis Exceed Tolerable Upper Intake Levels

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MARCH 31, 2009 — Over 30% of multivitamins recently selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com were found to contain significantly more or less ingredient than claimed or were contaminated with lead.

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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.

Recalls & Warnings

5/10/2021

Collagen & Biotin Supplement Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On May 6, 2021, Bloommy, Inc. issued a recall of Bloommy Biotin Collagen Keratin Capsules for Skin, Joint, and Hair due to the presence of a fish allergen for the collagen-based ingredient.

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12/31/2020

Herbacil Hand Sanitizer Contains Dangerous Ingredient

On December 21, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Broncolin, S.A. de C.V. because laboratory tests showed that their product HERBACIL Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer contains methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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11/27/2020

FDA Warns Seller of Potentially Toxic Hand Sanitizer

On November 19, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Liq-E S.A. De C.V. because laboratory tests showed that their product Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer contains methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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1/19/2007

Consumers warned of problems with multivitamins — ConsumerLab.com uncovers defects in over half of products tested

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — JANUARY 19, 2007 — Fifty-two percent of multivitamins recently selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com were found to be contaminated with lead, unable properly break apart, or to contain significantly more or less ingredient than claimed.

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5/01/2021

Hand Sanitizer Sold at Ulta, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls Recalled Due to Toxic Chemicals

On April 28, 2021, Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc.

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4/06/2022

Mandalorian and Mickey Mouse Hand Sanitizers Recalled Due to Benzene, Methanol

On April 1, 2022, Best Brands Consumer Products, Inc.

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9/19/2006

DHEA supplements, touted for anti-aging and strength, reviewed by ConsumerLab.com — Testing finds one brand with 215% of the labeled amount

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 — New tests of supplements containing the hormone DHEA found most to contain their claimed amounts of the controversial ingredient, but one provided 215% of its stated amount, the testing company ConsumerLab.com reported today.

Recalls & Warnings

9/11/2020

M Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On September 9, 2020, Medek, LLC recalled M Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Antiseptic 80% 128 oz/3,785 mL because it may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. The product may also have a sub-potent ethanol content, which leads to a lack of efficacy.

Recalls & Warnings

9/05/2020

Bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On September 3, 2020, AJR Trading LLC recalled one lot of bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer because different lots of the product may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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9/01/2020

Mislabeled Open Book Extracts Hand Sanitizers Recalled

On August 29, 2020, Open Book Extracts recalled Always Be Clean Hand Sanitizer and Just Hand Sanitizer because, according to the product labels, they contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

Recalls & Warnings

8/26/2020

Asiaticon Hand Sanitizers Recalled

On August 25, 2020, Asiaticon SA de CV recalled V-Klean Hand Sanitizer Gel, Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer Gel, and Protz Real Protection Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer because they may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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8/25/2020

Florence Morris Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On August 17, 2020, Grupo Asimex De Mexico Sa De CV recalled Florence Morris Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer because it may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. The products also may have a sub-potent ethanol content, which leads to a lack of efficacy.

Recalls & Warnings

8/20/2020

Yacana Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On August 18, 2020, Grupo Yacana México S.A.S De C.V. recalled Yacana Hand Sanitizer because it may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. The products also may have a sub-potent ethanol content, which leads to a lack of efficacy.

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8/10/2020

Gelbac T Antibacterial Handgel Recalled

On August 6, 2020, Incredible Products Sa De Cv recalled Gelbac T Antibacterial Handgel because it may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

Recalls & Warnings

7/29/2020

Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On July 27, 2020, Broncolin S.A. de C.V. recalled Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol because it may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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7/17/2020

Two More Hand Sanitizers That May Contain Toxic Ingredient Recalled

Update: (8/10/20) Soluciones Cosméticas has recalled additional products that may contain methanol, as listed in red below.

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7/10/2020

Seller of Hand Sanitizer "Alternative" Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On July 7, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Ionogen, LLC for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

7/07/2020

All Clean Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On July 6, 2020, ITECH 361 recalled All Clean Hand Sanitizer, Moisturizer and Disinfectant because it may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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6/27/2020

Hand Sanitizer That May Contain Toxic Ingredient is Recalled

Update: (6/29/20) Saniderm has extended the recall of hand sanitzer nationwide.

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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

3/16/2021

Albek de Mexico Hand Sanitizer Contains Dangerous Ingredient

On March 11, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Albek de Mexico S.A. de C.V. because laboratory tests showed that their product NEXT ADVANCED ANTIBACTERIAL HAND SANITIZER contains methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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3/09/2021

FDA Warns Sellers of Three More Hand Sanitizers, One with Toxic Ingredient

On March 1, 2021, the FDA issued warning letters to three sellers of hand sanitizers because laboratory tests showed that their products do not contain the amount of ethanol as stated on their labels. The products are MEDICALLY MINDED Hand Sanitizer Gel from Plasticos Las Palmas, S.A. de C.

Recalls & Warnings

12/24/2020

Wash-Free Hand Sanitizer With Potentially Toxic Ingredient Recalled

On December 23, 2020, Shane Erickson, Inc.

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2/09/2021

Three More Hand Sanitizers Contain Toxic Ingredient

Between February 3 and 5, 2021, the FDA issued warning letters to three sellers of hand sanitizers because laboratory tests showed that their products contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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1/28/2021

FDA Issues Import Alert on Potentially-Dangerous Hand Sanitizers from Mexico

On January 26, 2021, the FDA announced that all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico will be placed on a countrywide import alert to limit the flow of potentially dangerous products into the US.

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11/15/2005

Testing by ConsumerLab.com identifies many problems with popular supplements for weight loss, slimming, and blood sugar control

Westchester, NY — November 15, 2005 — In a series of reports released today, ConsumerLab.com revealed test results for supplements used for weight loss, slimming, and blood sugar control. Among the twenty-three products that ConsumerLab.

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7/12/2005

ConsumerLab.com finds some supplements lower in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than claimed — Report available for 23 products made from oils of black currant, borage, evening primrose and flax

WHITE PLAINS, NY — July 12, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com has released its latest report on the quality of supplements made from the seed oils of black currant, borage, evening primrose, and flax.

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3/30/2005

ConsumerLab.com finds most B-vitamins of high quality but three lacking in ingredients — Test Results for 41 Products Reported Along with Information on Use

WHITE PLAINS, NY — MARCH 30, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com reported test results today for B vitamin supplements that it recently purchased in the U.S. and Canada.

Recalls & Warnings

8/17/2020

SkinGuard24 Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On August 14, 2020, SG24 LLC recalled SkinGuard24 — All Day Hand Sanitizer because it is labeled as containing methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

Recalls & Warnings

6/23/2020

Nine Hand Sanitizers May Contain Toxic Ingredient That Can Cause Serious Illness or Death

Update: (7/14/20) The FDA has warned consumers not to use forty-six more hand sanitizers that may contain methanol.

Recalls & Warnings

7/06/2020

FDA Warns Five More Hand Sanitizers May Contain Toxic Ingredient

Update: (7/14/20) The FDA has warned consumers not to use forty-six more hand sanitizers that may contain methanol.

Recalls & Warnings

8/04/2020

Two More Companies Recall Potentially Toxic Hand Sanitizers

Between July 30 and 31, 2020, two more companies recalled hand sanitizers because they may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested:

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10/01/2020

Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On September 8, 2020, DMM VISSION, S.A. DE C.V. recalled five lots of Cleaner Hand Sanitizer because they may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

Recalls & Warnings

3/02/2021

FDA Warns Makers of Four Hand Sanitizers, Two With Toxic Ingredient

Between February 18 and 25, 2021, the FDA issued warning letters to four sellers of hand sanitizers because laboratory tests showed that their products do not contain the amount of ethanol as stated on their labels.

Recalls & Warnings

2/10/2018

Warning to D-Limonene, Vitamin C Seller

On January 31, 2018 the FDA issued a warning letter to Long Life Unlimited, LLC following a review of the company's website which found promotional statements and testimonials made about products including Balance 600, D-Limonene, Rapha Remedy, Rapha Remedy w/ p73 Wild Oregano, Vitamin C, ...

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5/11/2006

Weight-Loss Marketers Pay $3 Million for Deceptive Advertising

On May 11, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that sellers making questionable weight-loss and fat-loss claims to peddle skin gels and diet supplements will pay $3 million to settle charges that their deceptive claims violated federal law.

Recalls & Warnings

12/02/2014

Seller of Energy & Joint Supplements, Aloe, Silver and More Warned for Drug Claims

On November 24, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Jansen Enterprises, LLC, dba HealthWorksUSA, following an inspection of the company's website which found statements made about Nutra Blast Natural Energy, Ionic Silver Water, Nutra Complete, and Nutra Gel to be drug claims. 

Recalls & Warnings

7/21/2020

Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer Recalled

On July 20, 2020, LIQ-E S.A. de C.V. recalled Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer because it may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

Recalls & Warnings

12/15/2020

FDA Warns JC Ayur Life LLC for Drug Claims

On October 29, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to JC Ayur Life LLC following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's product Heritage of Ayurveda Dia-Tonic Incudil Herbal Dietary Supplement to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

6/06/2017

Seller of Herbal Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On May 25, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Life Rising Corporation, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Stomach Regulator, Fang Feng Formula, Skin Regulator, Regulate Liver, Circulation Regulator, Pancreas Support, Lung Regulator, Pure Tea, ...

Recalls & Warnings

11/29/2016

Bentonite Clay Promoted for "Detoxification" Contaminated With Lead

On June 17, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Best Bentonite, following a facility inspection and laboratory analysis of product sample which found the company's Best Bentonite to be contaminated with lead.

Recalls & Warnings

9/08/2018

Homeopathic Oral Sprays Recalled Due to Possible Bacterial Contamination

On September 5, 2018, Beaumont Bio Med, Inc., issued a recall of all of its water and alcohol-based homeopathic products because they have the potential to contain microbial contaminants. 

Recalls & Warnings

7/28/2020

Four More Companies Recall Hand Sanitizers

Between July 9 and 27, 2020, four more companies recalled hand sanitizers because they may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested:

Recalls & Warnings

6/23/2020

FTC Sends Refund Checks to Consumers of Deceptive "Free Trial" Scheme

On June 22, 2020, the FTC announced it is mailing 187,425 checks totaling more than $8.

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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

11/24/2021

FDA Warns Sanitizer Corporation For Manufacturing and Misbranding Violations

On September 24, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Chameleon Beverage Co. Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

7/21/2022

UV Light Wands That May Cause Injury, According to the FDA

The FDA recently warned consumers of potential exposure to unsafe levels of ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation associated with the use of certain brands of ultraviolet (UV) wands, as found from testing conducted by the agency.

Recalls & Warnings

7/28/2022

FDA Warns Three Manufacturers of Sanitizer for Manufacturing and Misbranding Violations

Between July 8 and July 21, the FDA issued warning letters to three companies selling hand sanitizer products that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), are adulterated and misbranded, and for refusal to allow the agency to access and copy company records.

Recalls & Warnings

5/26/2015

Skin Measurement Device Used to Select Nutritional Supplements Not Approved for This Use, FDA Warns

On May 8, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to ZYTO Technologies, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

9/10/2014

Seller of Joint Pain Supplement Warned for Drug Claims

On August 24, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to CreAgri, Inc., following a website review, which found statements made about the company's products, including Olivenol plus Easeflex, Olivenol plus Essence Capsules, and Olivenol plus Essence Elixer, to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

1/02/2004

Health Canada Warns Consumers Not to Use Health Products Containing Comfrey

On December 12, Health Canada advised Canadian consumers not to ingest the herb comfrey or any health products that contain comfrey because they might contain a compound called echimidine, which may cause liver damage.

Recalls & Warnings

11/07/2005

FTC Stops Bogus Ads for "Bio Trim" and Other Weight-loss Products

On November 7, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that under the terms of a consent agreement that it has approved, Tustin, California based Natural Products, LLC, All Natural 4 U, LLC and their owner, Ana M.

Recalls & Warnings

12/21/2016

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, ...

Recalls & Warnings

12/11/2020

Goldenseal Recalled Due to Microbial Contamination

On December 4, 2020, WishGarden Herbs, Inc. issued a recall of 14 lots of Cord Care Powder and Goldenseal Powder because they were manufactured using ingredients that were potentially contaminated with the bacterium Cronobacter sakazakii.

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5/21/2004

Consumers warned of pitfalls with some multivitamins and vitamin waters — Testing by ConsumerLab.com uncovers problems with many brands

WHITE PLAINS, NY — FRIDAY MAY 21, 2004 — (Updated June 2, 2004) — ConsumerLab.com reported the results today of a major new analysis of popular multivitamin products.

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1/08/2002

ConsumerLab.com finds most B vitamin supplements contain what they claim, but often exceed safe levels — Consumers cautioned to be aware of side effects with high dose products

WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 8, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that all but one of the twenty-one products analyzed in its B Vitamin Product Review contained the claimed amounts of B vitamins.

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2/14/2001

Problems found with multivitamins and multiminerals by ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NY — February 14, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that only 14 of 27 products evaluated in its Multivitamin and Multimineral Product Review achieved full "CL Approved Quality" status.

Recalls & Warnings

12/20/2021

Pantene, Herbal Essences, & Other Brands of Dry Shampoo and Conditioner Recalled Due to Benzene

On December 17, 2021, Procter & Gamble issued a recall of 26 aerosol spray dry shampoos and conditioners from six brands, including Aussie, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, Old Spice, Pantene, and Waterless Hair Care, because some of the products were found to contain benzene.

Recalls & Warnings

6/07/2013

Seller of Red Rice Yeast With CoQ10, Respiratory Supplement And More Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On February 25, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Altasource, LLC, dba Meta Labs LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's dietary supplements, including Respiratory Response, African Mango, Coffee Black Salve, Meta-Cell, Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Red Yeast Rice with ...

Recalls & Warnings

6/16/2020

FDA Warns Four Companies for Unsafe "Homeopathic" Injectables

On June 16, 2020, the FDA issued warning letters to four manufacturers of unapproved injectable drugs labeled as homeopathic.

Recalls & Warnings

6/05/2020

Seller of Silver and Vitamin C Lozenges & More Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On June 1, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Dr.

Recalls & Warnings

5/12/2020

FTC Halts Deceptive Supplements & Cosmetics "Free Trial" Scheme

On May 8, 2020, the owners of AH Media Group, LLC agreed to halt their allegedly deceptive practice of luring consumers with supposed "free trial" offers for cosmetics and dietary supplements, then enrolling them in subscriptions and billing them without their consent.

Recalls & Warnings

5/02/2020

Seller of Botanical and CBD Oil Patches Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On April 27, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Santiste Labs LLC for promoting its transdermal patches containing botanical oils and/or CBD with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

4/14/2020

Teami Tea Settles Charges of Unproven Claims and Deceptive Celebrity Endorsements

On March 6, 2020, the FTC announced that Teami, LLC, a marketer of tea and skin care products, agreed to settle charges that it was selling products with unproven claims and misleading celebrity endorsements.

Recalls & Warnings

2/26/2020

Company Failed to Report Adverse Events Associated With Its Nutrition Shakes

On February 12, 2020, the FDA sent a warning letter to Market America Inc for failure to submit serious adverse event reports about two of its products, as required by federal regulation. The company received two reports following serious adverse events but did not submit the proper forms:

Recalls & Warnings

11/09/2019

Biotin Supplements Can Cause False Lab Test Results

On November 5, 2019, the FDA reminded consumers and health care providers that high amounts of biotin (vitamin B-7), found in many supplements, can significantly interfere with certain lab tests and cause incorrect results that may go undetected.

Recalls & Warnings

6/23/2020

North Isle Wellness Center Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On June 19, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to North Isle Wellness Center for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

7/28/2020

FDA Warns Eskbiochem for Hand Sanitizers That May Contain Toxic Ingredient

On July 23, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Eskbiochem SA de CV which found the company's products, including ClearCare Nogerm ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER and LAVAR GEL HAND SANITIZER, to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate ...

Recalls & Warnings

7/14/2020

Forty-Six More Hand Sanitizers May Contain Toxic Ingredient, Ten More Recalled

Between July 6 and 10, 2020, the FDA announced that forty-six more hand sanitizers may contain methanol, which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

Recalls & Warnings

8/13/2020

FDA Warns Soluciones Cosmeticas for Hand Sanitizers That May Contain Toxic Ingredient

On August 4, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Soluciones Cosmeticas, SA de CV which after FDA testing found samples of the company's BERSIH Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer and BERSIH HAND SANITIZER GEL Fragrance Free to contain methanol, a toxic ...

Recalls & Warnings

4/30/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Fish Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Collagen, and Elderberry Supplements

On April 13, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Orphic Nutrition following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about the products Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules, Ashwagandha Capsules, Garcinia Cambogia Capsules, Premium Collagen Peptides Capsules, Elderberry ...

Recalls & Warnings

4/02/2019

FDA Issues Strong Warnings to Sellers of CBD

On March 28, 2019, the FDA issued warning letters to three companies for making unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits of CBD (cannabidiol) products on their websites.

Recalls & Warnings

12/01/2018

Seller of 5-HTP, Potassium & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 7, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to The Delano Company, Inc.

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.

Recalls & Warnings

8/22/2013

UK Warns Against a Weight Loss Supplement Still Available to Americans

The British government has identified the "fat-burner" supplement "I Force Dexaprine XR" as an unlicensed medical product and is instructing its retailer to remove it from the market, according to a report published in NutraIngredients.com.

Recalls & Warnings

1/25/2018

Bulletproof Collagen Protein Recalled

On January 25, 2018, Bulletproof 360, Inc issued a recall of its Bulletproof Collagen Protein supplement because it contains undeclared milk.

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

6/02/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Cough Suppressant & Grape Seed Supplements

On March 29, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Yoder's Good Health Products following a facility inspection which found a number of the company's products, including Respiratory & Cough Formula and Life Drops to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or ...

Recalls & Warnings

4/17/2018

FDA Warns Seller of Echinacea, Iron, Aloe Supplements & More for Manufacturing Violations

On March 30, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Ozark Country Herbs following a facility inspection which found a number of the company's products, including Echinacea-Goldenseal, Natural Iron, and Aloe-Vera Goldenseal Salve, to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under ...

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

3/31/2005

FDA Warns Marketer of "Vitamin O" Product to Cease Unsubstantiated Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) has sent a Warning Letter (dated February 8, 2005) to Donald L. Smyth, President, R-Garden Inc., and Rose Creek Health Products, Inc. warning that its "Vitamin O" product was, among other things, being marketed with unsubstantiated health claims.

Recalls & Warnings

8/31/2004

Two Makers of Weight Loss and Sex Enhancement Supplements Stopped From Making Unsubstantiated Claims

On August 27, 2004, the Federal Trade Commmission (FTC) reported that two Maine-based dietary supplement marketers and their principals have agreed to settle FTC charges that they made deceptive advertising claims about their dietary supplement products, in violation of federal law.

Recalls & Warnings

1/02/2004

Canada Reiterates Warning on Products Containing Kava

On December 23, 2003, Health Canada reminded Canadian consumers of the serious risks associated with the use of products containing kava.

Recalls & Warnings

8/16/2013

Ginkgo, Milk Thistle, Cleanse and Nopal Supplement Maker Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On July 23, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Natural Products Services, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

10/01/2016

Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels May Pose Danger, FDA Warns

On September 30, 2016, the FDA warned consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may be dangerous for infants and children. The agency has received adverse events reports, including seizures, associated with the use of these products.

Recalls & Warnings

11/04/2016

Energy Drink Linked to Case of Acute Hepatitis

A case of acute hepatitis has been linked to daily consumption of energy drinks, according to a report published on November 1, 2016, in BMJ Case Reports.

Recalls & Warnings

5/30/2017

Maker of Collagen Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On July 17, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Morhaim Pharmalab, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

1/31/2017

Vegetarian Protein Drink Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk

On January 28, 2017 NSE Products, Inc. (a subsidiary of Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.) issued a recall of its vegetarian ageLOC TR90 Protein Boost protein drink because it contains undeclared milk.  

Recalls & Warnings

1/28/2017

FDA Testing Confirms Elevated Levels of Belladonna in Some Homeopathic Teething Products

On January 27, 2017, the FDA announced that its laboratory analysis found "inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label.

Recalls & Warnings

8/01/2017

FDA Warns Seller of Acai, Garcinia & More for Drug Claims

On July 25, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Absonutrix, following a review of the company's website, www.absonutrix.com, which found statements made about some of its products to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

11/21/2017

Health Canada Calls for Stronger Warnings of Liver Risk on Green Tea Extract Products

On November 15, 2017, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the FDA) recommended stronger warning statements about the risk of liver toxicity on labels of supplements containing green tea extract sold in Canada. 

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

8/25/2002

Canadian Recall and Stop-Sale Order on All Kava Products

Health Canada is issuing a stop-sale order for all products containing the herb kava after a safety assessment concluded there is insufficient evidence to support their safe use. The department is also requesting the recall of these products from all levels of the market.

Recalls & Warnings

12/18/2006

Doctor Disciplined for Use of Black Salve Containing Bloodroot

The Casewatch website recently reported that Jerome W. Craft, M.D., a surgeon who practices in West Palm Beach, Florida, has signed a settlement agreement under which he was fined and ordered to stop using an escharotic paste, referred to as "black salve.

Recalls & Warnings

8/18/2006

Restitution Program for Purchases of Lane Labs' Products

On August 17, 2006 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was notifying consumers of a restitution (refund) program for purchasers of three of Lane Labs-USA, Inc.'s products. The products are BeneFin, MGN-3 and SkinAnswer.

Recalls & Warnings

6/13/2012

FDA Warns NatureMost of Failing to Follow Good Manufacturing Practices

The U.S. FDA recently sent a Warning Letter to NatureMost of New England regarding violations of FDA regulations int the manufacture and marketing of its dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

10/22/2010

Enzyte "Male" Supplement Found to Affect Heart

The journal Archives of Internal Medicine (August 2010) includes a report of a small clinical trial of the dietary supplement Enzyte, which is marketed for "male enhancement."

Recalls & Warnings

10/09/2013

Use of Chinese Supplement Linked to Rare But Serious Condition

On October 9, 2013, Health Canada warned consumers that Compound Danshen Dripping Pills, manufactured by Tianjin Tasly Pharmaceutical Co., have been associated with a case of methemoglobinemia, a rare but serious condition which may result in coma or death.

Recalls & Warnings

8/05/2016

U.S. Marshals Seize $150,00 Worth of Kratom

On August 4, 2016, the FDA announced that U.S. Marshals seized approximately $150,000 worth of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom from Nature Therapeutics (dba Kratum Therapy). The action was taken at the request of the FDA.

Recalls & Warnings

2/09/2016

St. John's Wort Supplements Recalled

On February 8, 2016, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) (the British equivalent of the FDA) announced that certain St. John's wort supplements are being recalled because they contain excessive levels of a toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid (PA).

Recalls & Warnings

2/06/2016

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

On January 15, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Terra Firma Botanicals, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

1/12/2016

Over $400,000 Worth of Kratom Supplements Seized by U.S. Marshals

On January 6, 2016, U.S. Marshals seized nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom (brand name RelaKzpro) valued at over $400,000, from Dordoniz Natural Products LLC in South Beloit, Illinois. The action was taken at the request of the FDA.

Recalls & Warnings

10/21/2015

Imported Supplements Can Be Dangerous, FDA Warns

On October 15, 2015, the FDA warned consumers that some supplements sold at nontraditional places, such as ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets, as well as online, are often imported from other countries, and some can potentially be harmful.

Recalls & Warnings

11/07/2015

Seller of "NaturalDoctor" Vitamin C, Echinacea and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On October 16, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter Sound Healing Arts, PC, dba Grounds for Tea, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including  NaturalDoctor Vitamins C & K3, NaturalDoctor Goldenseal & Echinacea Plus, NaturalDoctor Centella ...

Recalls & Warnings

7/01/2015

Undeclared Drugs Found In Male Enhancement Supplements

On June 10, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter American Lifestyle, following tests which found the company's sexual enhancement supplements Vicerex and Sudibil-Xr to contain the undeclared drugs propoxyphenyl thioaildenafil and tadalafil.

Recalls & Warnings

11/21/2014

Seller of Silver Supplement Warned for Claiming to Treat Ebola and Other Viruses

On November 19, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to LifeSilver.com, following a review of the website, which found statements made about Silver sol to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

11/17/2014

Probiotic Powder Recalled

On November 14, 2014, Solgar, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder (NET Wt. 1.75 oz (50 g)) because it was found to contain Rhizopus oryzae, a fungus which may cause Mucormycosis infection.

Recalls & Warnings

5/16/2015

FTC Mails Refund Checks to Nopalea Consumers

On May 15, 2015, the FTC announced it is mailing almost 500,000 checks totaling approximately $3 million to consumers who purchased the cactus-based fruit drink Nopalea (TriVita Inc).

Recalls & Warnings

9/30/2014

U.S. Marshals Seize $5 Million Worth of Kratom

On September 25, 2014, U.S. Marshals seized more than 25,000 pounds of raw kratom valued at over $5 million from Rosefield Management, Inc. in Van Nuys, California. The action was taken at the request of the FDA.

Recalls & Warnings

9/13/2014

Three Weight Loss Supplements Found to Contain Drugs

On September 12, 2014, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the weight loss supplements listed below because they were found to contain drugs.

Recalls & Warnings

1/09/2014

Marketers of "Genetically Customized" Supplements Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Health Claims

Two marketers of "genetically customized" nutritional supplements have agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the companies made deceptive advertising claims and did not adequately protect customers' medical and financial information.

Recalls & Warnings

3/21/2014

Products Containing Kratom Recalled Following FDA Import Alert

On March 14, 2014, SNI National issued a voluntary recall of all kratom supplements, including kratom XL 4 Pack, Maeng Da Kratom 10 Pack, Max Kratom 20 Pack, and Bali Kratom 40 pack, following an FDA-issued import alert on all products containing this ingredient.

Recalls & Warnings

1/21/2014

"Stem Cell" Supplement Recalled Due to Allergen Risk

On January 19, 2014, Stemvida recalled StemAlive 90 Capsules because they were found to contain undeclared milk (labeled as bovine colostrum).

Recalls & Warnings

7/26/2014

Marketers of Nopal Cactus Drink Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Claims

TriVita Inc., and marketers of the company's "prickly pear" fruit drink Nopalea have agreed to pay $3.5 million in consumer refunds to settle FTC charges they made deceptive claims that the drink treats health problems ranging from skin conditions to joint pain and respiratory problems.

Recalls & Warnings

5/31/2014

Sellers of "Cancer" Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

Two sellers of graviola supplements promoted to treat cancer have been issued warning letters by the FDA. Graviola (Annona muricata), also known as soursop, is the fruit of a tree native to South America and Puerto Rico.

Recalls & Warnings

7/19/2012

FDA Warns Company Selling Mineral Supplements as Treatments

On June 28, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Prismic Light International for multiple Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) violations, promoting dietary supplements as drugs, and misbranding products.

Recalls & Warnings

7/03/2012

Standard Process Recalls Three Supplements Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

On June 29, 2012, Standard Process issued a voluntary recall of the company's Cataplex ACP, Cataplex C and Pancreatrophin PMG, after a routine FDA inspection uncovered potential Salmonella contamination in an ingredient found in these three products.

Recalls & Warnings

4/18/2013

Cardio, Energy and Sexual Enhancement Supplement Distributor Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On December 21, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to ForMor Inc, dba ForMor International, following a facility inspection which found the company's Cardio Cocktail and Argenix dietary supplements to be adulterated because because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that do ...

Recalls & Warnings

2/21/2013

Nutrition Drink Recalled Due To Bacterial Contamination

On February 21, 2013, Sequel Naturals Ltd. issued a voluntary recall of three lots of Vega One French Vanilla nutritional shake due to bacterial contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

1/24/2013

Food for Health Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims on Supplements

On October 5, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Food for Health International, LLC following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Activz brand Vitamin D, Potassium Iodine, Organic Vitamin C, Whole 9 (a fruit and vegetable meal replacement shake) Control and VMA ...

Recalls & Warnings

3/19/2009

QVC Settles Charges of False Claims for Supplements

On March 19, 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that QVC, Inc., a TV home shopping channel and one of the world’s largest multimedia retailers, has agreed to pay $7.

Recalls & Warnings

6/19/2008

FDA Warns Groups to Stop Selling Fake Cancer 'Cures'

On June 17, 2008, the FDA reported that it had sent Warning Letters to 23 U.S. companies and two foreign individuals marketing a wide range of products fraudulently claiming to prevent and cure cancer.

Recalls & Warnings

12/14/2003

"Herbal" Eczema Creams Found to Contain Potent Steroids

A recent British study reported that 20 of 24 creams used to treat eczema in children were found to illegally contain unlabeled amounts of corticosteroids.

Recalls & Warnings

3/25/2002

FDA Advises Consumers of Risk of Severe Liver Toxicity with Kava

On March 25, 2002 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)issued a Consumer Advisory, as well as a letter to health care providers, advising of the potential risk of severe liver injury associated with the use of kava-containing dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

2/15/2006

New Zealand Warns of Liver Toxicity from Black Cohosh

On February 9, 2006, New Zealand's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced new labelling and consumer information for medicines containing Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa).

Recalls & Warnings

10/24/2012

FDA Seizes Many Supplements from New York Company Due To Drug Claims

On October 23, 2012, U.S. Marshalls, acting on behalf of the FDA, seized dietary supplements and unapproved drugs from Confidence, Inc., a supplement manufacturer in Port Washington, N.Y. The products included dietary supplements Dr.

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

2/13/2013

Manufacturer of Heart, Multivitamin, Cranberry, and Longevity Supplements Warned For Adulteration and Drug Claims

On January 29, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to M.D.R. Fitness Corp. following a facility inspection which found violations of good manufacturing practices which cause the company's products to be adulterated. 

Recalls & Warnings

7/29/2009

FDA Warns Against Body Building Supplements with Steroid-like Compounds

On July 28, 2009, the U.S. FDA notified the public about new safety information concerning products marketed for body building and increasing muscle mass.

Recalls & Warnings

5/01/2009

FDA Warns Consumers to Stop Using Hydroxycut -- Product Being Tested by ConsumerLab.com

On May 1, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ontario and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, N.Y.

Recalls & Warnings

6/22/2011

Recall of Calcium & Magnesium Softgels Containing Excessive and Potentially Toxic Amounts of Vitamin D

On or about June 7, 2011, NOW Foods announced the following recall to retailers. ConsumerLab.com was subsequently made aware of the recall by a ConsumerLab.com member.

Recalls & Warnings

4/16/2014

Weight Loss Supplements Found To Contain Prescription Antidepressant and Other Drugs

On March 7, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Deseo Rebajar Inc. because the company's following weight loss products were found to contain drugs:

Recalls & Warnings

4/16/2014

Seller of Aloe, Thyroid and Other Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On March 21, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Aloe Man International Corp.

Recalls & Warnings

1/09/2014

Four Companies Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Weight Loss Claims

On January 7, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that marketers for four weight loss products have agreed to settlements over charges of deceptive weight loss claims.

Recalls & Warnings

10/03/2014

Seller of Green Tea, Prostate, Pain Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On July 25, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to AMS Health Sciences, LLC following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including saba ACE, UROPOWER, UROSure, Digest-Eze, Shark Cartilage, Colloidal Silver, and Mobilite to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, ...