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CL Answer

What are the best supplements or lifestyle modifications for insomnia, and which can make insomnia worse?

Find out which vitamins may help you sleep and learn if any vitamins or supplements can cause insomnia.

Product Review

Melatonin Supplements Review

Find the Best Melatonin Supplements. Trouble Sleeping? See CL's Tests of Melatonin Supplements and Top Picks.

Melatonin Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

What is the best way to take melatonin to get a good night's sleep?

Learn more about the best way to take melatonin for better sleep. When to take it, how to take it, and general melatonin information.

Melatonin Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Does taking zinc help with sleep?

Taking zinc to help you sleep? Find out if taking zinc really can help with sleep and insomnia. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Can glycine improve sleep or reduce nighttime urinary frequency?

Can glycine really help improve sleep? Lean more about glycine and its uses and benefits.

Glycine for Sleep and Nighttime Urinary Frequency? -- Older Man Sitting on Bed, Awake at Night

CL Answer

Is it safe to take melatonin when taking prescription sedatives or sleep aids like lorazepam (Ativan) or zolpidem (Ambien)?

Safety information on taking melatonin while using prescription sedatives or sleep aids like lorazepam (Ativan) or zolpidem (Ambien).

Product Review

CBD & Hemp Extract Supplements, Lotions, and Balms Review

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

CBD and Hemp Oils Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Can CBD help with insomnia or improve sleep?

Find out if CBD (cannabidiol) can help for insomnia or improve sleep in people with anxiety, sleep disorders, and Parkinson's disease. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CBD for insomnia

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

Product Review

Valerian Supplements Review

Choose the Best Valerian Supplement. Strength and Contamination Vary Widely Among Popular Valerian Brands.

Valerian Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

What is GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)? Is it beneficial for stress, anxiety, insomnia or other conditions, and is it safe?

Find out about GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), including if it's beneficial for insomnia, epilepsy, stress and anxiety, high blood pressure and building muscle, and learn if taking GABA supplements is safe.

Older women sitting calmly on a couch with her hands behind her head and her eyes closed

CL Answer

Which supplements have been shown to be helpful for autism?

Find out which supplements may help reduce symptoms of autism, including multivitamins, probiotics, and melatonin.

Bottle and Pills Spread Out on Blue Background

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

CL Answer

What are the side effects of ashwagandha supplements?

Learn about the safety and side effects of ashwagandha supplements, including headache, sleepiness, upset stomach, blood pressure and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

ashwagandha side effects

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

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

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

Does Bacopa extract improve memory, mood, or sleep? Is it safe?

Find out if bacopa improves memory and cognition, mood or sleep, and whether it's been shown to be helpful in people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Plus, learn about the safety and common side effects of bacopa.

Bacopa for Memory and Cognition -- Bacopa leaves and powder

Clinical Update

2/18/2020

Saffron for Better Sleep?

A recent, preliminary study suggests that saffron may help with sleep. Get the details plus information about other supplements that may help or interfere with sleep, in our answer to the question: Which supplements can help me sleep?

CL Answer

Can any supplements improve or worsen symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Find out if any supplements may help improve fibromyalgia symptoms, learn which supplements do not seem beneficial, and find out if any supplements worsen symptoms.

Woman holding her neck and lower back due to fibromyalgia pain

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

I started taking red yeast rice and soon after developed insomnia. Could my red yeast rice supplement be the problem?

Does red yeast rice make you tired and cause insomnia? ConsumerLab explores this question and other red yeast rice questions. Learn more at ConsumerLab.com.

Can Red Yeast Rice Cause Insomnia? -- Woman With Insomnia, Awake In Bed

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

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 D deficiency?

Learn about the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, such as soft or weak bones, bone, joint and muscle pain, depression, insomnia, hair loss and others, and find out how much vitamin D you need. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

What are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency?

Clinical Update

6/30/2020

CBD for Sleep?

The ability of CBD to improve sleep may depend on the dose given and whether there are underlying conditions causing a sleep problem. See the results of the latest study and learn more in the What It Does section of the CBD and Hemp Extracts Review. Also see our Top Picks for CBD.

Clinical Update

1/04/2020

Foods That May Help Sleep

In addition to supplements like melatonin that can aid sleep, certain foods are associated with reduced risk of insomnia. We've added information about this to our answer to the question: Which supplements can help me sleep?

Clinical Update

5/01/2021

Saffron for Sleep?

Can saffron extract improve sleep in people with mild to moderate insomnia? See what a new study found in our updated answer to the question: Which supplements can help me sleep and which cause insomnia?

Clinical Update

10/16/2020

Melatonin for Better Sleep

Can melatonin improve sleep in people hospitalized and receiving intensive care? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of our Melatonin Supplements Review. Also learn about melatonin for improving sleep with other conditions, and see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Clinical Update

8/21/2021

Bacopa for Better Sleep and Mood?

Does Bacopa extract improve sleep or mood? Find out what a recent study showed in our updated answer to the question: Does Bacopa extract improve memory, mood or sleep? Is it safe?

Clinical Update

9/04/2021

Saffron for Better Sleep?

Can taking saffron extract improve sleep in people with insomnia? See what a recent study found in our updated article about Supplements and Sleep.

Clinical Update

2/15/2022

NMN for Better Sleep?

Can nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) improve sleep and reduce daytime drowsiness? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of our NAD Booster Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among products, including NMN, NAD+/NADH, and nicotinamide riboside.

See our answer to the question: Which supplements can help me sleep and which cause insomnia?

Clinical Update

3/11/2022

Vitamin K and Sleep

Can taking vitamin K make it more difficult to sleep? Find out what research suggests in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Vitamin K Supplements Review.

Also see our answer to the question: What are the best supplements for insomnia? Are there any supplements that interfere with sleep?

Clinical Update

8/19/2022

Music for Better Sleep

Can listening to music before bedtime improve sleep quality? Find out what research suggests in our updated CL Answer about supplements and lifestyle interventions for sleep.

Product Review

L-Theanine Supplements Review

Find the Best L-Theanine Supplement. Find Out If L-Theanine Helps for Stress and Which Products Are Best.

L-Theanine Supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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

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

CL Answer

Does CBD help with Parkinson's disease?

Find out if CBD (cannabidiol) oil can help reduce symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including motor symptoms such as tremor, and non-motor symptoms such as mood and sleep disturbances. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CBD and Hemp Oils Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

I've heard that taking vitamin D can reduce your natural production of melatonin and interfere with sleep. Is this true?

Can Vitamin D interfere with your body's melatonin production, and can taking vitamin D interfere with sleep?

Vitamin D

Clinical Update

7/28/2018

Melatonin and Menopause

Can taking melatonin reduce the severity of menopause symptoms, such as difficulty sleeping, hot flashes, and sweats? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Pick for melatonin.)

Clinical Update

11/18/2021

Does Melatonin Increase Alzheimer’s Risk?

My doctor said that melatonin may increase the risk of Alzheimer's as some sleeping pills do. Is this true? See the answer in Concerns and Cautions section of the Melatonin Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

8/28/2021

Therapy for Tinnitus?

A recent study tested whether cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) could reduce the severity of tinnitus and tinnitus-related issues, such as trouble sleeping. See the results in our updated answer to the question: Do any supplements or lifestyle changes reduce the symptoms of tinnitus? Is it true that some supplements can cause tinnitus?

Clinical Update

8/09/2022

B-12 and Insomnia?

A CL Member had trouble sleeping when taking high dose B-12 to correct a deficiency and asked us if this is common. Find out in the B-12 section of our B Vitamin Supplements Review.

Also see: Supplements That May Help or Worsen Insomnia.

CL Answer

How are you staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic?

Tips for staying healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Tips from ConsumerLab members for maintaining physical health, mental health and social well-being during COVID-19.

Staying Healthy During the Coronavirus Pandemic -- Couple at Home, Looking Out the Window

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

CL Answer

Do any supplements or lifestyle changes reduce the symptoms of tinnitus? Is it true that some supplements can cause tinnitus?

Learn which supplements can ease tinnitus, including melatonin and pine bark extract. Understand which may actually cause tinnitus.

Supplements for Tinnitus -- Woman Holding Her Ears

CL Answer

What are the best supplements for depression and anxiety?

Best natural supplements for depression and anxiety, including the evidence for fish oil, vitamin D, probiotics, and herbal supplements for depression such as curcumin (from turmeric) and saffron.

Best Supplements for Depression and Anxiety -- sad young woman sitting on couch, looking toward the window

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

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

Clinical Update

2/25/2022

Magnesium for Insomnia?

Can magnesium supplementation improve sleep in people with insomnia? Find out what research suggests in the What It Does section of our Magnesium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among magnesium supplements.

See our answer to the question: Which supplements can help me sleep and which cause insomnia?

Clinical Update

8/23/2022

Tart Cherry Juice for Sleep?

Can tart cherry juice or supplements improve sleep? Find out what a recent study showed in our updated article about the health benefits of tart cherry juice.

Clinical Update

7/26/2022

Chamomile for Sleep?

A CL member asked us if chamomile tea is helpful for insomnia. See what research suggests, and learn about potential interactions with chamomile, in our updated answer to the question: What are the best supplements for insomnia? Are there any supplements that interfere with sleep?

Clinical Update

8/02/2022

Glycine for Sleep?

Does taking glycine improve sleep and, if so, at what dose? Find out in our CL Answer about supplements for insomnia.

Clinical Update

8/30/2022

Ashwagandha for Better Sleep?

Can ashwagandha improve sleep? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of our Ashwagandha Supplements Review.

Also learn about supplements for insomnia.

Clinical Update

11/11/2021

Sleep, Drink, and COVID Hospitalization Risk

Lack of sleep and frequent consumption of certain beverages may each increase the risk of being hospitalized if you get COVID-19, according to a recent study. Get the details in our updated answer to the question: How are you staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic?

Clinical Update

8/24/2021

Parkinson's Disease: 5-HTP for Sleep?

Can supplementation with 5-HTP reduce sleep disturbances in people with Parkinson's disease? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of our L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP Supplements Review.

Also see our answer to the question: Do supplements help with Parkinson's disease treatment or prevention?

Clinical Update

6/06/2020

Melatonin for Sleep and Parkinson's

Melatonin is known to trigger sleep, but can it help people with Parkinson’s disease? See the results of the latest study in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Clinical Update

3/19/2019

Melatonin for Troubled Sleep?

Does melatonin supplementation help people with a condition involving intense dreams as well as laughing, yelling, kicking or punching during sleep? Learn what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Clinical Update

11/07/2017

Melatonin Improves Sleep in Children with Autism

Prolonged-release melatonin helped children with autism fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer in a new study. Get the details, plus more about the best way to take melatonin to get a good night's sleep, in the "What It Does" section of the Melatonin Supplements Review >> [Also see our Top Picks for melatonin supplements in the Review.]

Clinical Update

7/06/2019

Casein Peptides for Better Sleep?

People with difficulty sleeping were given a casein hydrolysate to see if it would help them sleep. Find out if it worked in the Casein section of the Protein Powders, Drinks and Shakes Review. Also see our Top Picks among casein and other protein products.

Clinical Update

9/11/2011

Better Sleep with Valerian

A recent study evaluated the effect of valerian extract on postmenopausal women with insomnia. Among those women who took valerian, 30% reported an improvement in their sleep compared to only 4% in the placebo group. More details, including the dosage and type of valerian used in the study, is found in an update to the Valerian Supplements Review -- which includes our quality ratings of valerian products. More >>

Clinical Update

9/29/2015

Melatonin Helps Post-Op Sleep

A study found that giving melatonin to women significantly improved their sleep time during the weeks after breast cancer surgery. For details, including our tests of products, see the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

CL Answer

Do any supplements, like Nervive, help with nerve pain, like sciatica or diabetic neuropathy?

Find out which supplements for nerve pain are effective. Sciatica & diabetic neuropathy may be helped, including fish oil and alpha-lipoic acid.

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

I take melatonin to help me fall asleep. Are there any drugs that interact with melatonin that I should be aware of ?

Melatonin interactions with drugs, including blood pressure medications, Xanax, Ambien, antidepressants, caffeine and more.

CL Answer

Is the Resurge supplement a scam? I'm having trouble getting a refund.

Resurge supplement scam? ConsumerLab has received several complaints from unhappy consumers who purchased Resurge and said they did not receive the product or a refund.

Are Resurge Supplements a Scam? -- Bottle of Resurge

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

Which supplements help to improve energy and decrease fatigue?

Energy supplements and vitamins - Some can help increase energy and reduce fatigue, including CoQ10, curcumin/turmeric, cocoa, and B vitamins.

Supplements to Improve Energy and Decrease Fatigue -- tired woman yawning at desk

Recalls & Warnings

2/22/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Melatonin & Other Sleep Supplements

On February 18, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to SANA Group LLC following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Sleep Sana Sleep Drops and Sleep Shots to be drug claims.

CL Answer

Can melatonin help with stomach pain?

Find out if melatonin supplements can help with stomach pain, ulcers, reflux and dyspepsia, or if it can cause stomach upset.

Melatonin and Stomach Pain -- women with stomach pain

Product Review

Maca Supplements Review

Choose the Best Maca Supplement. Make Sure Your Maca Supplement Isn't Contaminated With Lead.

Maca Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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

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

What is Noopept? Can it really improve memory and cognition, and is it safe?

Learn more about Noopept, including results from clinical studies on cognition, safety, and dosage.

CL Answer

Do magnesium supplements, like Magtein, help memory or protect against Alzheimer's disease?

Magtein, and other magnesium supplements, may help memory and protect against Alzheimer's disease.

CL Answer

Are There Supplements That Help Treat POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)?

Find out which supplements and lifestyle changes may be helpful for people with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).

POTS

News Release

9/18/2020

Analysis of CBD Products Shows Price Drop and Lower Levels of THC

White Plains, New York, September 18, 2020 — The recent analysis by ConsumerLab of CBD and hemp extract products revealed a 70% drop in the lowest cost to get CBD since 2018 as well as fewer products containing detectable amounts of THC, a psychoactive compound in hemp.

Product Review

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) Supplements Review Article

Human Growth Hormone Supplements: Evidence and Safety. What Can HGH Supplements Really Do? Beware of Misleading Claims!

Product Review

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

Should You Take Vitamin K? Beware of Products That Don't Deliver.

CL Answer

I've heard that melatonin may increase the risk of broken bones. I take melatonin regularly. Should I be concerned?

Learn more about how melatonin may affect bone density and risk of fracture.

Melatonin Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

I take levothyroxine (Synthroid), a thyroid hormone to treat hypothyroidism. Are there supplements or foods I should avoid, or be taking, due to this drug?

Is taking certain supplements and hypothyroidism medications bad? Learn which supplements can interact with thyroid hormone medications like levothyroxine (Synthroid), thyroid hormone levels, and laboratory tests.

Levothyroxine (Synthroid) Supplement Interactions

Product Review

Protein Powders and Shakes Review

Find Out Which Protein Powders Passed or Failed Our Tests

CL Answer

I take omeprazole (Prilosec), a proton pump inhibitor, to reduce stomach acid. Are there supplements I should avoid, or be taking, due to this drug?

Supplement interactions with proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs like omeprazole (Prilosec) and Nexium.

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

Recalls & Warnings

6/05/2020

Seller of CBD, Sleep Aids, and Cold & Flu Products Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On April 28, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to The Dragontree Apothecary LLC, which found the company's Sleep Support, Anxiety Relief, Cold & Flu Relief, and Inflammation Relief to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that ...

Product Review

African Mango (Seed Extract) Supplements for Weight Loss Review Article

Do African Mango Supplements Really Work For Weight Loss? Learn More About Choosing the Best African Mango Supplement: Evidence, Safety, Side Effects & More.

African Mango Seed Extract

Clinical Update

5/10/2022

Choosing a Tart Cherry Product

Which tart cherry products are best for reducing muscle pain, improving sleep, or lowering blood pressure or cholesterol? Although the evidence is not strong, we identified products with the most evidence behind them in our Tart Cherry article.

Clinical Update

7/06/2022

Bacopa Interaction

Bacopa, a popular ingredient in memory supplements, may interact with medications, as was recently reported. Get the details in our updated answer to the question: Does Bacopa extract improve memory, mood, or sleep? Is it safe?

Also see our article about supplements for memory.

Clinical Update

11/05/2021

When Melatonin Does or Doesn't Help in Hospitals

See the latest research on whether or not melatonin helps people undergoing medical procedures or when hospitalized. Also learn if melatonin has been shown to help with other sleep issues. It's all in our Melatonin Supplements Review, which includes our Top Picks for melatonin.

Clinical Update

4/12/2022

Relief for Knee Replacement Pain?

After knee replacement, can topical CBD reduce pain and pain medication use, or improve sleep? See what a recent study found in the Update in our Review.

Clinical Update

7/15/2017

Lutein May Reduce Eye Strain and Headaches

Taking a combination of lutein and other carotenoids may help reduce eye strain, fatigue, headaches and sleep problems associated with extended time spent in front of computer screens. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of our Vision Supplements Review. The Review includes our tests and quality comparisons of popular vision supplements.

Clinical Update

12/08/2016

Vitamin D Keeping You Up?

A study of women given daily doses of vitamin D found that those who achieved the highest blood levels of vitamin D experienced a deterioration in the quality of their sleep. This is consistent with an earlier study showing decreased production of melatonin with high-dose vitamin D. For details, see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

10/05/2019

L-Theanine for Sleep and Cognition?

Several studies have evaluated whether a single dose of L-theanine (found in green tea) can reduce stress and anxiety. A new study has evaluated the effect of L-theanine when taken daily for several weeks. See the results in the What It Does section of the L-Theanine Supplements Review. Also see our top choices for L-Theanine.

Clinical Update

4/12/2017

Melatonin vs. Light Therapy for Sleep

A recent study found that melatonin was slightly better than light therapy in helping children fall asleep. The overall results, however, may have been better with a lower dose. For details see the "What It Does" section of the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

11/09/2019

Supplement for Social Anxiety?

High-dose CBD was given to teenagers with social anxiety. Learn what happened in the Anxiety, PTSD, and Sleep section of the CBD and Hemp Extract Review. Also see our Top Pick among products.

Clinical Update

5/27/2020

Ashwagandha for Better Sleep?

Ashwagandha, which is often used for anxiety and stress, was recently tested in people with insomnia. Did it help them fall asleep? Find out in the What It Does section of the Ashwagandha Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick for ashwagandha.

Clinical Update

1/15/2019

Anxiety Treatment -- Low-Dose CBD?

Does low-dose CBD (cannabidiol) help with anxiety and sleep disorders? See the results of a recently published case series in the What It Does section of the CBD & Hemp Extract Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick for CBD.

Clinical Update

4/22/2020

Melatonin During Chemotherapy?

Does melatonin improve sleep quality and have other benefits during chemotherapy for breast cancer? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Clinical Update

8/29/2020

Melatonin for Nightshift Workers?

Does using melatonin before going to sleep in the morning improve attention and concentration in people working nightshifts? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for Melatonin.

Clinical Update

8/21/2020

Ashwagandha for Sleep

Can ashwagandha help people with insomnia fall asleep and stay asleep longer? Find out what studies are showing in the What It Does section of the Ashwagandha Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for ashwagandha.

Clinical Update

10/05/2021

Glycine for Urinary Frequency?

Can supplementation with the amino acid glycine improve symptoms of overactive bladder or reduce urinary frequency? See what a new study found in our updated answer to the question: Can glycine improve sleep or reduce nighttime urinary frequency?

Clinical Update

6/08/2021

Melatonin & Weight

Can melatonin supplementation improve sleep or reduce weight? See what a new study among nightshift workers found in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Clinical Update

12/03/2021

Fracture Risk with Melatonin Supplements?

This week a newsletter reader asked if taking 3 mg of melatonin every night for sleep can increase the risk of fractures. Get the answer and find out why this is a valid concern in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Melatonin Supplements. Also see our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.

Clinical Update

10/27/2021

Vitamin D and Insomnia

Does vitamin D supplementation improve sleep or reduce insomnia in people with low blood levels of vitamin D? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of our Vitamin D Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

1/21/2022

Melatonin, Sleep & Nighttime Asthma

There is some concern about the use of melatonin among people with nighttime asthma. Get the facts in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Melatonin Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

1/21/2022

Backpack Extract for ADHD?

Can taking bacopa extract improve symptoms of ADHD in children? Find out what a recent study suggests in our answer to the question: Does Bacopa extract improve memory, mood, or sleep? Is it safe?

Clinical Update

10/31/2020

Melatonin for Insomnia?

Can melatonin help middle-aged men and women with insomnia fall asleep faster or improve sleep quality? Find out what a new study showed in the What It Does section of our Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Clinical Update

7/13/2021

Melatonin and Autism

Can melatonin supplementation improve sleep, behavior, or mood in children with autism spectrum disorder? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.

News Release

3/25/2020

Trouble Sleeping? ConsumerLab Tests Reveal the Best Melatonin Supplements

White Plains, New York, March 25, 2020 — Melatonin supplements can help you fall asleep faster, and some may help you stay asleep.

News Release

3/04/2020

CBD Most Often Used for Pain, Then Sleep, According to CL Survey. Half of Users Think It Works.

White Plains, New York, March 4, 2020 — A recent survey of 9,782 people who use dietary supplements found that 14.5% of respondents purchased CBD (or hemp extract, which is a source of CBD) in 2019. The survey asked those people what they used CBD for and whether or not they thought it worked.

CL Answer

I'm over 50 and looking to take a vitamin B-12 supplement. Many contain a form of vitamin B-12 called cyanocobalamin, yet I read on the Internet that this form is toxic. Should I be concerned?

Looking to see if the cyanocobalamin form of vitamin B-12 is safe? Read research and safety information on ConsumerLab's report.

Vitamin B-12

CL Answer

How do I choose the best CoQ10 supplement?

Looking to choose the best CoQ10 brand supplement? Understand which CoQ10 you are buying, differences in dose, absorption, quality and more. ConsumerLab explores this topic.

CoQ10

CL Answer

A blood test showed my vitamin D level is low. How do I know how much vitamin D to take?

Find out how to increase vitamin D blood levels, including a good target range.

Vitamin D

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Is it true that low-carb or Mediterranean diets help for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Find out if a low-carb diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, or lifestyle changes help with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Low-carb & Mediterranean Diets for GERD? -- Table with Mediterranean foods such as fish, olive oil, walnuts, vegetables

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

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

Portable hydrogen water generator

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

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

Older woman getting an injection

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Is CBD oil (cannabidiol) effective and safe? Is it legal?

Learn more about cannabidiol (CBD), its potential effects, safety and side effects, and find out if CBD oils and pill are legal. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CBD and Hemp Oils Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Iron Supplements Review (Iron Pills, Liquids and Chews)

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

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

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Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Support Supplements: Do they work and are they safe?

Find out what's really in supplements for adrenal support and adrenal fatigue, including herbal adrenal support supplements and bovine derived adrenal support supplements. Find out if they really work and if they are safe. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Support Supplements -- Tired Woman Falling Asleep at Her Desk

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Could my CoQ10 supplement be causing my insomnia?

Learn more about the impact on sleep that supplements such as CoQ10, St. John's wort, and DHEA may have. Insomnia may be caused by certain supplements.

Woman with insomnia awake in bed and having trouble sleeping

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Do pistachio nuts really provide as much melatonin as supplements?

Find out if pistachio nuts, or other nuts such as Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts and others, provide enough melatonin to help with sleep with effects similar to melatonin supplements. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Melatonin in pistachio nuts -- bowl of pistachio nuts

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Do melatonin supplements reduce the body's own production of melatonin?

Find out if taking melatonin supplements can decrease the body's own natural production of melatonin (endogenous melatonin), plus other factors that can decrease melatonin levels. ConsumerLabcom's answer explains.

Effects of melatonin supplements on the body's own production of melatonin -- melatonin capsules, glass of water, eye mask

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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

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7/31/2018

Best L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP Supplements Identified by ConsumerLab -- ConsumerLab Tests Strength and Purity of Supplements for Sleep and Mood

White Plains, New York, July 31, 2018 — L-tryptophan supplements are often promoted to improve sleep and 5-HTP supplements to help with depression.

News Release

5/31/2018

ConsumerLab Identifies the Best Valerian Supplements -- Strength, Quality and Cost Vary Widely Among Popular Brands

White Plains, New York, May 31, 2018 — Valerian is often promoted as a sleep aid and to help with anxiety. But does it really work, and if so, which products are best? To find out, ConsumerLab recently purchased and tested popular valerian supplements sold in the U.S.

News Release

9/26/2017

ConsumerLab.com Explains How to Take Melatonin and Reveals Its Top Supplement Picks

White Plains, New York, September 26, 2017 — Melatonin is now one of the most popular supplements, largely due to its proven ability to trigger sleep.

News Release

2/24/2016

Vitamin D Supplements Jump to Top Spot in Popularity, Surpassing Fish Oil, as Probiotics Rise to #5 Spot Behind CoQ10 and Multivitamins in ConsumerLab.com Survey

White Plains, New York, February 25, 2016 — A recent survey of over 11,000 people who use dietary supplements shows the most popular dietary supplement to be vitamin D, followed by fish oil, CoQ10, multivitamins, and probiotics.

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Which air purifiers are best for reducing the spread of COVID-19?

Find out if portable air cleaners can remove the virus that causes COVID-19 infection from the air and learn which type air cleaners work best.

HEPA air purifier on bedroom floor

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What is Brain Bright and can it really improve memory or cognition?

Learn more about BrainBright, including clinical studies on memory and cognition, safety, and cost.

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Which is the best form of magnesium to take - one that contains the most magnesium and is best absorbed?

Info on which is the best form of magnesium supplements to take and what to look for when choosing the best magnesium supplement. ConsumerLab.com explains.

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Do any supplements or foods help with migraine? Do any trigger migraine?

Find out if supplements such as magnesium, CoQ10, riboflavin, butterbur, feverfew and others help with migraine. Also learn about foods that may trigger migraine, including chocolate and watermelon.

Migraine

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Which vitamins and minerals should be taken together or separately?

Find out the best way to take vitamins and minerals and which vitamins and minerals should be taken together or separately for proper absorption. ConsumerLab answer explains the best way to take vitamins and minerals.

Vitamins & Minerals That Should Be Taken Together or Separately -- various vitamins in spoons

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Is kratom too dangerous to use?

Find out if kratom is safe/legal to use, including potential adverse effects, such as agitation, rapid heartbeat, nausea, drowsiness, seizures. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Is kratom safe? Is it legal? -- Kratom leaf and pills

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Do any treatments reduce the risk of infection after you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

REGEN-COV, a combination of two monoclonal antibodies (casirivimab and imdevimab) is currently the only FDA authorized treatment for post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19. Learn more about this treatment to reduce the risk after exposure to COVID, how well it works, safety, who can take it and how to get REGEN-COV.

REGEN-COV

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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

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Is it true that I should not keep magnesium supplements in a daily pill pack mixed with other supplements and medicines?

Find out if magnesium should be stored separately from other types of supplements.

Pills in Daily Pill Pack on White Table and Background

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Can melatonin supplements cause depression or make depression worse?

Find out if melatonin supplements can cause depression or make depression worse. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Depressed Man Lying in Bed

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Do any supplements help for flu?

Which supplements may help prevent or reduce symptoms of colds or the flu, including vitamin D, ginseng, NAC, and elderberry.

Supplements for Flu -- women with the flu sitting on couch with tissues, thermometer, warm drink

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When taking a statin drug like Lipitor or Crestor, are there supplements I should avoid or take?

Learn about the interactions between certain supplements and atorvastatin (Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and other cholesterol-lowering statins.

Statin Interactions With Supplements -- close-up of statin medication box and tablets

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Which supplements and foods can help lower or control blood sugar?

Find out which supplements can help lower or control blood sugar. Supplements including turmeric/curcumin, fiber, cinnamon, and ginseng are believed to help lower blood sugar.

Blood Sugar Control -- blood test and blood sugar chart

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What are the health benefits of holy basil extract?

Learn about the health benefits of holy basil leaf extract. See the clinical evidence for and against holy basil extract for lowering blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, reducing anxiety and stress, boosting the immune system, and reducing the pain and inflammation of arthritis. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Holy Basil for Diabetes, Anxiety and Stress? -- Holy basil leaf and pills

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I read that statins can cause diabetes. Is this true also with red yeast rice?

Find out if red yeast rice supplements increase the risk of diabetes, as some statin medications do. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

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Is aloe an effective remedy for dry eye?

Find out if aloe can be used as an eye drop to help for dry eye, plus information about other supplements that may help for dry eye.

Aloe for Dry Eye? -- Close up of cut aloe leaf and drop of aloe gel

News Release

5/28/2015

ConsumerLab.com Shows How to Choose the Right Melatonin Supplement for Sleep

White Plains, New York, May 28, 2015 — An estimated 60 million Americans experience insomnia each year, according to the National Institutes of Health, and they increasingly turn to the supplement melatonin for potential help. In fact, U.S. sales of melatonin increased 16.

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10/23/2013

Valerian “Sleep” Supplements Vary Widely in Key Compounds and Two Fail Tests for Lead Contamination

White Plains, New York — October 23, 2013 — Valerian root powders and extracts are popular herbal sleep aids and may have anti-anxiety effects, but few products on the market provide the amounts of compounds typically used in clinical trials, and some are contaminated with lead, ...

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Do any supplements help prevent or treat a cold?

Are there supplements that can help prevent or treat cold symptoms? Learn more about zinc, probiotics, vitamin C and more.

Supplements for Colds: Zinc, Echinacea & More -- Couple with cold, sitting on couch blowing their noses

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How do I find the best quality olive oil and what are the health benefits?

Health Benefits of olive oil, including heart benefits, anti-inflammatory effects. Plus, how to choose a quality olive oil and cook with olive oil

Health Benefits of Olive Oil -- Pouring Olive Oil Into a Bowl

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Does Prevagen really improve memory?

Learn more about Prevagen, including clinical studies on Prevagen's impact on memory & cognition, safety, pricing, and an FDA warning letter. ConsumerLab explores the efficacy of Prevagen.

Prevagen for Memory? -- bottle of Prevagen

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11/29/2011

ConsumerLab.com identifies many quality melatonin sleep supplements, but prices range from 4 cents to over $1 for the same dose

White Plains, New York — November 29th, 2011 — Can melatonin help you sleep? "Melatonin supplements may help some people get to sleep sooner, particularly those with chronic sleeping problems, but don't just buy any supplement - they vary significantly in strength, dosage, and cost," ...

Product Review

Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils Review

Oils Tested for Authenticity and Purity

Product Review

Weight Loss Supplements Review (7-Keto DHEA, Forskolin and Stimulant Blend Supplements)

Choose the Best Weight Loss Supplement. Be Careful With Weight Loss Supplements — Few Pass Quality Testing and Safety Review.

Weight Loss Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

NAD Booster Supplements Review (NAD+/NADH, Nicotinamide Riboside, and NMN)

How Important Is Boosting NAD+ Levels? Find Out and Learn How Booster Supplements Compare.

NAD Boosters (NAD+/NADH, Nicotinamide Ribose, and NMN)

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I use beta-sitosterol for my prostate. Should it be taken with or without food?

How should you take the prostate supplement beta-sitosterol to maximize absorption? Learn more at ConsumerLab.com.

How to Take Beta-Sitosterol -- man holding beta-sitosterol capsules

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Which dietary supplements are most often linked to adverse reactions by users?

Find out which types of supplements are most likely to cause adverse effects such as nausea, dizziness, racing heart, or insomnia based on a study of supplement users. Also learn how often adverse effects are reported when taking workout and bodybuilding supplements, weight loss supplements, and more.

Man Experiencing Chest Pain

News Release

11/24/2010

ConsumerLab.com faults AHPA trade group for misrepresenting quality of valerian supplements

White Plains, New York — November 24, 2010 — ConsumerLab.com responded today to false comments made by the American Herbal Product Associations (AHPA), an industry trade group, about ConsumerLab.com report published earlier this month on the quality of valerian herbal supplements.

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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

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Which ingredients should toothpaste contain, and which should be avoided?

Learn about ingredients you want in your toothpaste and which ingredients you may want to avoid.

Toothpaste in the shape of question mark coming out from toothpaste tube

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Do any supplements improve balance or reduce the risk of falls?

Find out which vitamins & supplements may improve your balance to help reduce the risk of falling, including vitamin D and protein.

Supplements to Improve Balance & Reduce the Risk of Falls -- older woman walking up stairs

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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

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Is there a lab test that can measure CoQ10 in the blood? Can it help to determine the dosage I should take for a certain condition, like heart failure?

Learn more about blood tests for CoQ10, normal ranges for CoQ10 levels and more.

Blood Test

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How Should You Take Care of Yourself After You’ve Had COVID-19?

Find out the best way to care for yourself when recovering from COVID-19, including how long you should quarantine, whether you should get vaccinated, when it is safe to undergo a surgery, and how to spot and, possibly, improve lingering symptoms.

Man in wheelchair talking with doctor after recovering from COVID

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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

News Release

11/10/2010

Only 22% of valerian herbal sleep supplements selected for review pass tests for quality by ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — NOVEMBER 10, 2010 — ConsumerLab.com reported that most of the valerian herbal supplements recently selected for testing contained less of the herb than expected and/or were contaminated with lead.

Recalls & Warnings

12/18/2006

Canada Warns of Herbal Sleep Product Containing Rx Drug

On December 18, 2006 Health Canada advised consumers not to use a product called Eden Herbal Formulations Sleep Ease Dietary Supplement, because it was found to contain an undeclared drug estazolam, which can be habit-forming when used for as little as a few months.

Recalls & Warnings

12/19/2020

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

1/16/2018

Adverse Effects From Energy Drinks Common Among Youth and Young Adults

More than half (55.4%) of young people who have ever consumed an energy drink have experienced at least one adverse reaction, according to study published yesterday in CMAJ Open, a journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

Recalls & Warnings

8/31/2006

Canada Advises Consumers Not To Use Adulterated Sleep Supplement

On August 30, 2006, Health Canada (the Candian Health Ministry) Health Canada advised consumers not to use Salt Spring Herbals Sleep Well Dietary Supplement because a sample analyzed by Health Canada has been found to contain the undeclared drug estazolam, a sedative that can be habit-forming when ...

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10/02/2008

ConsumerLab.com finds melatonin supplements range in strength but ingredient quality is high

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — OCTOBER 2, 2008 — ConsumerLab.com announced test results today from its new Product Review of Melatonin Supplements.  Melatonin supplements may help treat certain sleep disorders and disturbances, including jet lag.

News Release

8/15/2006

Over 70% of herbal sleep supplements fail tests for quality by ConsumerLab.com — Results for 16 valerian products released today

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — AUGUST 15, 2006 — Most of the valerian dietary supplements recently tested by ConsumerLab.com were low in potency and/or contaminated, the testing company reported today. Valerian, an herbal sleep aid, accounts for approximately $50 million in sales in the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

7/27/2012

Prescription and Street Drug Alternatives Found in Male Enhancement, Mood, and Sleep Supplements

On July 10, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Evol Nutrition Associates, Inc. subsequent to a 2011 inspection which found a number of the company's products contained prescription and investigational drugs and were misbranded.

Recalls & Warnings

7/11/2014

Maker of Cough and Sleep "Remedies" Warned for Drug Claims

On June 27, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Zarbee's, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

12/16/2015

Maker of Red Yeast Rice, St. John's Wort, Valerian and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On December 2, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nature's Health, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's product, including Ginkgo & Rhodiola, Blood Sugar Balance IV, Cinnamon Extract, Choles-Balance Red Yeast Extract, Lecithin, Milk Thistle Seed Extract, ...

Recalls & Warnings

6/05/2020

LifeHealth Science Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On May 15, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to LifeHealth Science, which found the company's ORËÁ product to be adulterated because it was prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

8/25/2022

Oregon’s Wild Harvest Warned by FDA for Manufacturing Violations

On July 8, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Oregon’s Wild Harvest, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

8/16/2013

Maker of Energy, Weight Loss, Sleep and Vitamin D Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On July 22, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to N.V.E. Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

5/14/2021

Maker of Care by Design CBD Settles Charges of Unsupported Claims

On May 5, 2021, Cannacraft, Inc.

News Release

3/29/2006

ConsumerLab.com reports on 29 popular melatonin sleep supplements

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK — MARCH 29, 2006 (UPDATED APRIL 7, 2006) — ConsumerLab.com announced test results today from its new Product Review of Melatonin Supplements covering 29 products.

News Release

7/07/2004

ConsumerLab.com finds several herbal sleep supplements fail tests for quality — Results for 13 valerian products released today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Wednesday, July 7, 2004 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that five valerian dietary supplements failed to pass recent testing due to low potency and/or contamination. Valerian, an herbal sleep aid, accounted for $47 million in sales in the U.S.

Recalls & Warnings

12/22/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Liquid Magnesium, B-12, Berberine & More

On December 9, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Wholly Liquid Nutritional Supplements LLC because it found statements on the company's website and social media about its products, including SpiroLaze, BioLaze, LiquiLaurin, VIT-B12, DeStress, and Omega Plus, to be ...

Recalls & Warnings

7/21/2022

Young Living Warned for Promoting Essential Oils to Treat Seasonal Allergies, Kidney Stones & More

On June 10, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Young Living Essential Oils Corporate after an inspection of the company’s website and social media found statements about the company’s essential oil and CBD products to be drug claims.

News Release

4/22/2004

ConsumerLab.com shares insights from 2 years of testing supplements for athletic banned substances — Athletes and manufacturers urged to learn how to avoid problems

WHITE PLAINS, NY — April 22, 2004 — Two years after initiating the first program to test dietary supplements for substances banned from athletic competition, ConsumerLab.com today released a short advisory summarizing problems uncovered to-date from its testing.

Recalls & Warnings

11/26/2019

FDA Warns Companies Selling CBD Products as Dietary Supplements

On November 25, 2019, the FDA issued warning letters to 15 companies for selling products containing CBD (cannabidiol) labeled and marketed as dietary supplements, and/or for making drug claims about these products.

Recalls & Warnings

11/26/2019

Cognitive Enhancement Supplements Contain Unapproved Drug

Several supplements sold in the U.S. and promoted for cognitive enhancement contain significant amounts of the drug piracetam -- a drug that is not approved for use in the U.S. -- according to a study published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine. 

Recalls & Warnings

8/08/2013

Sleep Supplement Recalled Due To Undeclared Drugs

On August 7, 2013, Health and Beyond LLC issued a voluntary recall of dietary supplement Tranquility because it was found to contain traces of undeclared drugs, Doxepin and Chlorpromazine.

Recalls & Warnings

4/15/2003

FTC Requires Scientific Evidence for "Snore Formula" Claims

On April 15 2003, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an Arizona-based company, Snore Formula, Inc., its officers, and a distributor have agreed to settle FTC charges that they failed to have scientific substantiation for the claims made for "Dr.

Recalls & Warnings

4/24/2021

Metal Reported in Church & Dwight Gummy Melatonin, Multis & Fiber Supplements

On April 20, 2021, Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

12/29/2020

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

12/17/2020

FTC Crackdown on Six Deceptive CBD Products

On December 17, 2020, the FTC announced that it is taking action against six companies for selling CBD products with unsupported and deceptive health claims that they can treat a variety of conditions, including cancer, heart disease, hypertension, Alzheimer's disease, and others.

Recalls & Warnings

4/16/2019

DMHA and Phenibut Are Not Permitted in Dietary Supplements, Warns FDA

On April 16, 2019, the FDA announced it has issued 11 warning letters to companies whose dietary supplement products contain the drugs DMHA or phenibut, and therefore are in violation of the law.

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.

News Release

12/30/2002

Top quality melatonin products identified by ConsumerLab.com — Hormone supplement used to treat sleep disturbances due to jet travel and other causes

WHITE PLAINS, NY — December 30, 2002 — In its latest Product Review, ConsumerLab.com found that 16 of 18 melatonin dietary supplements met their label claims and were free of lead contamination.

News Release

7/09/2001

Many herbal sleep products lack key claimed ingredient — Results of ConsumerLab.com's testing of valerian products released on web today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — July 9, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, today released results of its Product Review of valerian supplements — used primarily as sleep aids and minor tranquilizers.

Recalls & Warnings

7/21/2003

FTC Stops False Advertising of Heavily Promoted Supplements for Breast Enhancment, Male Virility, and Snoring

On June 10, 2003, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that infomercial marketers Wellquest International, Inc. and Tony Hoffman Productions, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

2/28/2017

Seller of Tea Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On February 3, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Kumato Labs, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including CHO WA Tea, COMOXIN IBS Formula and NEMURI Sleep Formula to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under ...

Recalls & Warnings

5/16/2020

CBD Oil Recalled, Risk of High Lead Exposure

On May 15, 2020, Summitt Labs issued a recall of one batch of KORE ORGANIC Watermelon CBD Oil Tincture due to contamination with lead. A random sample of this product tested by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found it to contain lead levels at 4.7 ppm.

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

1/26/2018

Seller of Coenzyme-A Warned For Making Drug Claims

On January 5, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Coenzyme A, Inc. following a facility inspection and review of the company's website that found the company made drug claims about its product Coenzyme-A.

Recalls & Warnings

8/20/2019

Seller of Liposomal Curcumin, Vitamin C & Melatonin Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On August 6, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Let's Talk Health, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

8/25/2018

Thirty-Two Children's Homeopathic Products Recalled

On August 22, 2018, King Bio issued a recall of 32 homeopathic products for children because some have have tested positive for microbial contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

6/23/2017

FDA Warns Seller of Menopause, Sexual Enhancement, Prostate Supplements and More For Manufacturing Violations

On May 26, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Star Health & Beauty LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Nu Essentials Royal Jelly Capsules, NuMan Male Enhancement Capsules, Star's Male Potency Tonic, NuGen HP, She Max HP, and V Max ...

Recalls & Warnings

6/13/2012

Tart Cherry Supplement Selller Warned by FDA Over Illegal Health Claims

The U.S. FDA recently published a Warning Letter (dated June 8, 2012) to Michelle's Miracle, Inc. for illegally promoting a range of tart cherry dietary supplements using health claims reserved for drugs. The products cited are: 

Recalls & Warnings

6/01/2012

Homeopathic Manufacturer Settles False Advertising Suit

June 1, 2012 — A federal court in California recently authorized the settlement of a class action lawsuit against Boiron Inc. and Boiron USA, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

4/03/2015

Health Canada Suspends Sales of Male Fern Products

On April 2, 2015, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. FDA) announced it has suspended the licenses of the natural health products containing the ingredient male fern (Dryopteris filix-max), due to concern over the safety of the ingredient when taken at higher doses.

Recalls & Warnings

4/03/2014

Maker of Green Coffee Bean Extract and Weight Loss Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On March 13, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Libi Labs, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

3/19/2014

Maker of Herbal Capsules and Extracts Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 19, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbalist and Alchemist, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

12/19/2013

Maker of Joint Health Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On December 4, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to PurQuality, LLC.

Recalls & Warnings

10/25/2013

Supplement Company Warned For Numerous Manufacturing Violations

On August 2, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to DNE Nutraceuticals, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products to be adulterated because they were packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

1/16/2016

Seller of Liver, Lung Support Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

On January 4, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Tibetan Herbal Balance, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

8/06/2015

Children and Adult Gummy Vitamins Recalled in Canada Due to Excessive Vitamin D

On August 6, 2015, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. FDA) announced Church & Dwight Canada Corp. is recalling the following supplements because they contain more vitamin D than claimed on the label (identified in Canada by their assigned natural product number (NPN):

Recalls & Warnings

7/28/2015

Abnormal Heart Rhythms Linked with Unauthorized Natural Product, Health Canada Warns

On July 27, 2015, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. FDA) announced that it has received a serious adverse reaction report of abnormal heart rhythms associated with the use of an unauthorized natural product in Canada called Remogen, which contains the drug ibogaine.

Recalls & Warnings

4/17/2015

Herbal Laxative and "Detox" Kit Containing High Levels of Lead and/or Arsenic Recalled in Canada

On April 15, 2015, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. FDA) announced that St. Francis Herb Farm Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

12/26/2012

Seller of Blood Sugar, Depression and Sleep Supplements Warned For Making Drug Claims

On October 15, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to BioNeurix Corporation after statements found on the company's website, http://www.pharma-tree.com, were found to promote the dietary supplements Blood Sugar 360, Amoryn, Seredyn, and Mellodyn as drugs.

Recalls & Warnings

6/20/2002

Canadian Warning on Use of Bejai Bowyantan for Infants

On June 14, 2002, Health Canada warned Canadians not to use Bejai Bowyantan for their young children and infants because it contains a substance with similar toxic properties to another substance known to cause serious adverse reactions and death in children.

Recalls & Warnings

6/14/2007

Marketers of Bogus Growth Hormone Sprays Settle with FTC

On May 29, 2007 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)announced that two operations that marketed oral sprays that were supposed to help users lose weight, reverse the aging process, and prevent or treat diseases have settled FTC charges that their claims were bogus.

Recalls & Warnings

10/18/2005

FTC Stops False Claims about HGH Oral Spray

On October 18, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that, at its request, a federal court issued a temporary restraining order against marketers of oral sprays that supposedly contain human growth hormone (HGH) to stop them from making alleged false and deceptive claims and from ...

Recalls & Warnings

10/12/2005

Supplement Company to Pay $2 Million Penalty For Alleged Violations of FTC Order

On October 12, 2005 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that under the terms of a consent decree approved by the it for submission by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to the federal court for approval, NBTY, Inc. (NBTY, formerly Nature’s Bounty, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

8/02/2014

Judge Orders BioAnue To Stop Illegal Cancer and Disease Claims

On July 23, 2014, Gloria D.

Recalls & Warnings

5/14/2014

Maker of Mood, Smoking Cessation Supplements and More Warned for Violations, Drug Claims

On April 17, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to CDJ Holding, Incorporated, d.b.a.

Recalls & Warnings

8/31/2007

FTC Stops Spammers Selling Bogus Hoodia and Human Growth Hormone

On August 23, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced that spammers must stop sending unwanted and illegal e-mail messages about hoodia weight-loss products and human growth hormone anti-aging products the FTC alleges don't work.

Recalls & Warnings

10/21/2014

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

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