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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

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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

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6 Red Flags to Watch Out For When Buying Vitamins & Supplements

When it comes to buying vitamins and supplements, it's buyer beware. ConsumerLab explains six red flags to look out for on labels when choosing and buying vitamins or supplements, including claims of "FDA Approved" laboratories, what to look for in the ingredient list, and more.

What to Watch Out for When Choosing a Supplement -- Supplement Bottle Label Close-up

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Which supplements can cause diarrhea?

Can supplements like magnesium cause diarrhea? Find out which supplements may cause diarrhea, such as vitamin B12, curcumin, magnesium, vitamin C and fish oil.

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

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I am curious why some probiotics do not require refrigeration even though they contain some of the same bacteria in probiotics that require refrigeration? Which probiotics need to be refrigerated?

Refrigerating certain probiotic pills and other probiotic supplements is important. Get tips on how to store probiotics properly.

Do probiotic pills require refrigeration? -- Probiotic supplement

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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

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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

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What is the best way to take curcumin? Is it better to take it all at once or in divided doses?

Find out the best way to take curcumin and turmeric supplements to increase absorption and bioavailability, plus the best way to cook with turmeric spice. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Room Carbon Dioxide Monitors: A Good Way to Assess Room Ventilation and Reduce COVID Spread?

Learn about carbon dioxide monitors, including how they work, what to look for when buying a device, tips for using them, limitations, and which device is our Top Pick.

Monitor on a table

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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

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Risks of Too Many Vitamins & Supplements

Taking too many vitamin supplements -- or taking too much of a particular supplement -- can have short and long-term adverse effects.

Too Many Vitamins

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6 Tips to Avoid Getting a Pill Stuck in Your Throat

Some pills can be difficult to swallow and can even become lodged in the throat or cause damage to the esophagus. Learn six practical tips to help avoid getting pills stuck in the throat.

Pill Getting Stuck in Throat

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How much calcium do you need each day, what forms are best, and how much is too much?

Learn about the recommended daily intake of calcium from food & supplements and why taking too much can be harmful. Also, learn about the forms of calcium that are available and which are best.

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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

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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

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

Product Review

Bilberry Supplements Review

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

Bilberry Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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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I've tried a number of fish oil supplements, all of which make me nauseous. What is the best non-fish alternative? I am primarily interested in getting EPA.

Learn how to reduce fish oil side effects such as nausea and upset stomach.

Disgusted Woman Holding Fish Oil

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Have you tested vitamin K supplements with MenaQ7? Is this a good source of vitamin K if I need to avoid soy?

Information about MenaQ7, a MK-7 form of vitamin K2, including test results for a supplement containing MenaQ7.

Doctor's Best Vitamin K Bottle Against White Background

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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

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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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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

Product Review

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

Find the Best Vitamin D Supplement with the Right Dose

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How does turmeric spice compare to curcumin (turmeric extract) in supplements? I sprinkle it on my foods and wonder if that's equivalent to taking a supplement.

What is the difference between turmeric spices used in the kitchen and turmeric supplements? Is sprinkling turmeric on my food equivalent to taking a turmeric supplement? ConsumerLab's answer explores this question.

Turmeric Spice vs. Turmeric Supplements

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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.

Clinical Update

6/02/2013

Calcium May Extend Life or Shorten It, Depending on Amount

The right amount of calcium from supplements may reduce the risk of dying over a period of time for some people, says a new study. But too much calcium does not help. In fact, too much may hurt. Be sure you're getting the right amount of calcium. Get the details (and our tests of calcium supplements) in the updated Calcium Supplements Review >>. (For a quick summary about calcium dosage, be sure to read the section "What You Need to Know About Calcium Supplements.")

Product Review

Meal Replacement & Weight Management Powders and Shakes Review

Find the Best Meal Replacement and Weight Management Products. Only 64% of Meal Powders & Shakes Pass ConsumerLab.com's Tests of Quality.

Meal Replacement Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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When choosing a vitamin C supplement, should you look for one that is "reduced," "L" form (l-ascorbic acid), or "natural"?

Are supplements containing "natural" vitamin C, "reduced" vitamin C, or l-ascorbic acid better than regular vitamin c or ascorbic acid supplements? Find out if these forms are better absorbed or have other advantages, plus, learn about buffered and slow-release forms of vitamin C.

Forms of Vitamin C

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Should olive oil be refrigerated?

Learn if you should store olive oil in the refrigerator to keep it fresher longer.

Olive oil being poured into bowl with bowl of olives in the background

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Is it safe to take CoQ10 while taking blood thinners like warfarin or Plavix (clopidogrel)?

Learn more about the possible counteractive effects of CoQ10 and blood thinners, including safety.

CoQ10

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Are lozenges and sublingual pills considered dietary supplements?

Learn more about lozenges and sublingual pills (such as echinacea, zinc and B12) including safety warnings.

Person in Yellow Holding Blister Pack and Red Lozenge

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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).

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How can I tell if my fish oil supplement is rancid (oxidized) or spoiled? And if it is spoiled, is it still safe to take?

Find out how to tell if your fish oil supplement is rancid (oxidized) or spoiled and how to store fish supplements to keep them fresh. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Fish Oil

Product Review

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

See Which Bone Health Supplements Are Top Picks and Which Fail

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

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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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What are the health benefits of stevia and other natural sweeteners? Are they safe?

Learn about the health benefits of stevia and other natural sweeteners and whether they are safe.

Stevia Health Benefits & Safety -- stevia leaf spoonful of stevia

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What is the best protein supplement for vegetarians and vegans?

Find out which protein supplements for vegetarians and vegans are best, including those made from whey, casein, soy, rice, pea, and hemp. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Protein Powder Scoop

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Which "whole food" multivitamins don't include synthetic vitamins? How about Complete Foods, Sunwarrior, Garden of Life, Nature's Brands, and Doctors' Research?

Find out which "whole food" multivitamins are only from foods and which include synthetic vitamins, including Complete Foods Nutrition-OctoMega MultiVitamin; Sunwarrior; Garden of Life-MyKind Organics; Nature's Brands-PhytoVitamins; Doctors' Research MultiVitamin.

Fresh Broccoli and Lemon Beside Multivitamins

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I have type 2 diabetes. Should I be concerned about ingredients like maltodextrin and maltitol that are found in some protein bars and drinks?

Learn more about maltitol and maltodextrin and their effects on blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes.

Protein Bars and Powder

Product Review

Prostate Supplements Review (Saw Palmetto and Beta-Sitosterol)

Find the Best Prostate Supplement for Symptoms of BPH. See Which Prostate Supplement Passed or Failed CL's Tests of Quality.

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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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Do I need to divide my daily 300 mg dose of CoQ10 into smaller doses, or can I take it all at once?

Find out when to take CoQ10 supplements. Should you take CoQ10 at once, or in smaller doses? Understand the best way. ConsumerLab.com explains.

The Best Way to Take CoQ10 -- CoQ10 Supplement

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If I buy NAC as a loose powder in a large bag, as opposed to in tablet form, will it spoil? I've heard it can spoil or degrade into a harmful by-product.

Learn more about the different forms of N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), including whether or not powder will spoil faster than tablets.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) supplements tested by ConsumerLab.com

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I heard the S-form of alpha-lipoic acid is bad for me. Why is it in my supplement?

Learn more about R-form alpha-lipoic acid and S-form alpha-lipoic acid and their activity, as described by experts at ConsumerLab.com.

Chemical Structure of Alpha Lipoic Acid on Pink Background

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What are CoQ10 side effects?

CoQ10 side effects, such as nausea, headache, and insomnia, and how you can reduce the occurrence of CoQ10 side effects. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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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

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Is it true that magnesium can make coffee taste better?

Find out if magnesium in your coffee can improve its taste and if it matters whether the magnesium is added before or after brewing.

Coffee being poured into white coffee cup

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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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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'm trying to pick a good multivitamin for my children and husband, and for myself. Any suggestions based on your research?

Find out how to pick the best multivitamin for you and your family, based on diet, price, and effectiveness.

Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Are there supplements that can reduce prostate size?

How to reduce prostate size using supplements for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), including beta-sitosterol and saw palmetto.

Sign Saying BPH with Tablets on Blue Background

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I find labels on supplement bottles misleading. For example, an L-theanine label says 200 mg on the front but the back says each pill contains just 100 mg, but a serving is 2 capsules. Is this legal?

Learn more about misleading supplement labels and legality, including labels that say "formulation," "blend," or "complex."

Misleading Supplement Labels -- woman reading supplement label

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Is hyaluronic acid helpful for osteoarthritis?

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

Man Holding Knee from Knee Pain

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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

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Why aren't there children's multivitamins specifically for girls vs. boys?

Find out the best children's multivitamins for girls and boys, why there aren't different multivitamins for girls and boys, why teen girls and boys have different nutritional needs, especially when it comes to iron, and the best multivitamins for children, teen boys and girls, adults, adults over 50, prenatal vitamins and vitamins for pets.

Kids multivitamins

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There are many reports of lead contamination in turmeric spice. How can I make sure I'm not getting lead in my turmeric supplement or spice?

Find out how to avoid contaminated curcumin and turmeric supplements and spices, and see our Top Picks in our Curcumin/Turmeric Product Review.

Lead Contamination in Turmeric Spice & Supplements -- Spoonful of turmeric spice and turmeric pills

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Have any supplements been shown to increase women's libido?

Learn more about supplements that may increase women's libido, including DHEA and maca.

Supplements for Women's Libido

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Help! How do I know how much magnesium I am actually getting from my supplement? The label says it contains 500 mg of magnesium "as magnesium citrate" -- but how much of that is magnesium and how much is citrate?

Understand the actual amount of magnesium dosage (or "elemental magnesium") you are getting from your supplement. ConsumerLab.com explains.

Magnesium Dosage & Elemental Magnesium -- Magnesium Supplement

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What is the difference between the "Best By" date and the "Date of Manufacture" on a supplement label? How do I know how long my supplement will last before it "goes bad"?

To understand if your vitamins and supplements expire, learn more about the "Best By" and "Date of Manufacture" dates on labels.

Blue Supplement Bottle with Best By Date on Lid

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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

Product Review

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

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

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

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

Clinical Update

11/18/2022

Herbal Laxatives – Tell Your Doctor

If you’ve been regularly using herbal laxatives, be sure that your doctor knows prior to a colonoscopy or abdominal surgery. Find out why in our article about supplements and surgery.

Clinical Update

2/13/2021

Plant-Based Milk Caution

There may be negative effects for bones when switching to certain types of plant-based milks, according to a recent study. See the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Plant-Based Milks Review. Be sure to see our Top Picks among plant-based milks.

Clinical Update

8/19/2012

Low Vitamin D Levels and Obesity -- A Dangerous Combination

A new study links low blood levels of vitamin D in obese individuals to a greatly increased risk of insulin resistance (a condition linked to type 2 diabetes). The results add to the growing list of reasons to make sure you maintain a sufficient level of vitamin D. Get the details in the latest update to ConsumerLab.com's Vitamin D Supplements ReviewMore >>

Clinical Update

8/08/2014

Up To a Point, Alzheimer's Risk Falls with Vitamin D

A new study shows that, up to a point, the risks of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia fall with higher blood levels of vitamin D. However, the research also clarifies that exceeding a certain blood level of vitamin D provides no further benefit. In fact, additional research suggests that too much vitamin D can have negative effects. The message: Make sure you have a sufficient, but not excessive level of vitamin D. For details about these levels, as well as results of our tests of vitamin D supplements, see the updated Vitamin D Supplements Review >> 

Clinical Update

5/22/2018

Hair & Nail Supplements Can Skew Lab Tests

There are reports of high-dose biotin (common in "hair and nail" supplements) causing false readings on blood tests. Be sure to tell your doctor if you're taking high-dose biotin. Get the details in the Biotin section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

1/19/2019

Dog Overdoses on Supplement

Be sure to keep your supplements away from pets -- especially if they taste sweet. A dog overdosed on its owner's fast-dissolving tablets, putting it in a coma, according to a recent report. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the L-tryptophan and 5-HTP Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

12/07/2019

Vitamin D & Muscle

If you are looking to increase muscle mass, make sure you're getting adequate vitamin D. Raising deficient levels has been shown to increase muscle in seniors, and more recently, in men and women in their 40s. For details see the Muscle, balance and falls section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.

Clinical Update

7/17/2018

Lower Cancer Risk With High Vitamin D?

A recent analysis suggests that breast cancer risk is lowest with vitamin D blood levels at or above 60 ng/mL -- an unusually high level. Before you try this at home, be sure to read our commentary in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.)

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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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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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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

Product Review

Plant-Based Milks Review (Almond, Cashew, Coconut, Flax, Hemp, Macadamia, Oat, Pea, and Soy)

Find the Best Non-Dairy Milk Alternative. ConsumerLab Tests Reveal What's Really In Plant-Based Milks.

Plant Based Milks reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Water Filter Pitchers Review

Find the Best Water Filter Pitcher. They Look Similar But Are Very Different. Learn Which Passed or Failed Our Tests -- and Which Is Our Top Pick!

Water Filters 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

Olive Leaf Extract Supplements Review

Learn What Olive Leaf Does and the Best Brands

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Do any supplements help relieve stress?

Are there actually supplements for stress relief and panic attacks? Learn more about holy basil, fish oil, L-theanine, and ginseng.

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Are the "% DV" numbers on vitamin supplement labels really based on what I need?

Learn more about percent daily values, including if they are good standards of measure or if better upper and lower limits exist.

Supplement Facts on Back of Supplement Bottle

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Is it better to use a powdered product that you mix with liquid than to take a pill? I was told that the vitamins will be more completely absorbed. Is that true?

Learn more about taking supplements & multivitamins in powder or tablet form, including tips on how to get the most from your supplement.

Orange Powder Dissolving in Glass of Water

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I recently read that turmeric is only effective if it is combined with black pepper. Is this true?

Find out the best way to take turmeric and curcumin supplements to increase absorption and bioavailability. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Is Turmeric Only Effective with Black Pepper? -- Turmeric Supplement and Black Pepper

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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

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What face shield is best to protect from COVID-19 and when should I wear one?

Review of face shields and information about face shields to help protect against coronavirus (COVID-19). If properly made and worn, face shields provide extra protection for close interactions with individual who may be infected.

Face Shield to Protect From Coronovirus (COVID-19) -- Woman Wearing Face Shield, Mask and Gloves

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Can I trust lab reports and Certificates of Analysis provided by supplement manufacturers?

Lab reports and Certificates of Analysis are provided by supplement manufacturers, but sometimes include incorrect testing and "dry labbing". ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Can I trust lab reports provided by supplement manufacturers?

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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

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How do I choose the best magnesium supplement?

Choosing the best form of magnesium supplements can be tricky due to the many different types (magnesium aspartate, bicarbonate, carbonate, chloride, citrate and others).

Choosing the Best Magnesium Supplement -- Magnesium capsules, powders and liquids

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Are there supplements I should take, or take differently, when intermittent fasting?

Supplements that may help when intermittent fasting. Information about whey protein, CoQ10, magnesium and others, plus coffee, fiber and more.

Product Review

Protein Powders and Shakes Review

Find Out Which Protein Powders Passed or Failed Our Tests

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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

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Can prenatal vitamins have too much folic acid? Mine has 800 mcg, but isn't that more than what's recommended? Is this dangerous to me or my baby?

Is it possible for prenatal vitamins to have too much folic acid? Find out the correct dosage so that it is not dangerous to babies.

Too Much Folic Acid in Prenatal Vitamins? -- Pregnant woman taking supplements

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What is Lactospore? I see it is an ingredient in some probiotic supplements.

Lactospore information and more about sporulating probiotic bacteria, and other probiotic strains.

Woman Taking Supplement in Mirror

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Which supplements are important after bariatric surgery (i.e., weight loss or stomach-reducing surgery)? Are there any I should avoid?

Find out which supplements may help after weight loss or stomach reducing surgery, including iron and calcium, and which should be avoided.

Bypass Surgery Sign

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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

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

Product Review

Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review

Find the Best Multivitamin and Prenatal Supplements -- Including Multis for Pets

Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Clinical Update

1/22/2012

Vitamin D and Inflammation

A new study found that raising low levels of vitamin D appears to reduce inflammation in the body (based on measurements of C-reactive protein, or CRP, a marker of inflammation). However, once vitamin D levels reached what some people consider to be barely sufficient, CRP slowly but progressively increased, suggesting an inflammatory action of vitamin D at higher levels. The study raises the question of what is the ideal level of vitamin D in the body. 

Be sure you have the latest information! See the update to the Vitamin D Supplements Review, which includes details on this and other vitamin D studies, as well as our latest product tests.

Product Review

Huperzine A Supplements Review

Choose the Best Huperzine A Supplement. CL Tests Reveal the Best Huperzine A Supplements for Memory.

Huperzine A Supplements Tested 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

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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

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Is it better to eat farmed salmon or wild salmon? Which one has more omega-3s and less contamination with PCBs, mercury, etc.?

Learn more about wild caught vs. farm raised salmon, including omega-3 content and contamination with PCBs, mercury, and other toxins.

Wild Caught vs. Farm Raised Salmon -- salmon on a dinner plate with fork and knife

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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

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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

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

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

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I've read that the best form of vitamin E is d-alpha tocopheryl succinate (it's recommended in the paleo diet, for example), but I don't see that listed on product labels. How can I find it?

Learn more about the different names and types of vitamin E, including d-alpha tocopheryl succinate, natural and synthetic.

Vitamin E Pills and Close Up on Bottle Label

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Which supplements can help to lower blood pressure?

Supplements to lower blood pressure, including CoQ10, vitamin C, fish oil, and olive oil, are all explored to find out what works.

Supplements that can lower, or raise blood pressure -- blood pressure cuff and bottle of pills

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Do any supplements or diets help prevent or treat osteoporosis?

If you have osteoporosis, you may be interested in supplements or diets for bone health. Find out which can increase bone strength and density.

Supplements and Osteoporosis

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Can raspberry ketone help me lose weight?

Information on raspberry ketone and whether there is evidence it can help with weight loss.

Raspberry Ketone for Weight Loss -- a raspberry and raspberry ketone capsules

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

Product Review

Garcinia Cambogia (HCA) Supplements Review

Find the Best Garcinia Cambogia Supplement. Choose Carefully! Most Garcinia (HCA) Weight Loss Supplements Lack Listed Amount of Ingredient .

Garcinia Cambogia (HCA) Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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

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

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

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Which supplements, foods or diet and lifestyle changes help relieve acid reflux (heartburn), and which worsen it?

Find out which supplements and foods can help relieve acid reflux, and which can make it worse.

Supplements Making Acid Reflux Worse -- Man with acid reflux pain

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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'

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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

Iron Supplements Review (Iron Pills, Liquids and Chews)

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

Product Review

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

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

Joint Health Supplements for Pets

Product Review

Cranberry Juices and Supplements Review

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

Product Review

Potassium Supplements Review

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

Potassium Supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

L-Arginine Supplements Review

Choose the Best L-Arginine Supplement. Find Out Which L-Arginine Supplement Passed CL's Tests.

L-Arginine Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Reishi Mushroom Supplements Review

Find the Best Reishi Mushroom Supplement. See How Reishi Supplements Differ.

Reishi Mushrooms tested by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Nutrition Bars & Cookies Review (For Energy, Fiber, Protein, Meal Replacement, and Whole Foods)

Find the Best Nutrition Bar or Cookie. ConsumerLab Tests Reveals Not All Nutrition Bars and Cookies Contain What They Claim.

Nutrition Bars Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com (Energy, Fiber, Meal Replacement, Protein, and Whole Food Bars)

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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

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Is Ester-C the best form of vitamin C?

Info on Ester-C Vitamin C, including which form of vitamin C is best, fully-reduced, liposomal and others based on absorption and side effects. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Is Ester-C the Best Form of Vitamin C? -- bottle of Ester-C

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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

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Tablets I purchased are becoming "crumbly" after a few weeks and are easy to break. Is there a problem with this supplement?

Should you be concerned if your supplement tablets have started to crumble? Learn more including the best way to keep pills from getting soft.

Are Broken Tablets Safe? -- broken tablets on table

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I'm worried that I'm not getting enough potassium, but potassium supplements only provide a small dose -- much less than the daily requirement. Why is this, and how can increase my daily intake?

Find out why many potassium supplements contain small doses of potassium and how to get adequate potassium from food and supplements.

White Potassium Chloride Pill

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Can psyllium help control hunger and appetite?

Learn more about psyllium (found in Metamucil), including effects on appetite and hunger control, results from clinical studies and safety.

Psyllium

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What is fermented cod liver oil, such as Blue Ice? Is it better than regular cod liver oil?

Fermented cod liver oil information including if Rosita & Blue Ice (Green Pastures) is as good a source of vitamins and DHA as regular.

Fermented Oil On Spoon and in Syringe

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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

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Why does my multivitamin make me nauseous? Is there anything that can help?

Find out if ingredients in multivitamins can cause nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort.

Multivitamins Causing Nausea -- woman with nausea holding multivitamin

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Is ingesting colloidal silver helpful for any condition and is it safe to use?

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

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Does yacon syrup decrease appetite or help with weight loss? How do I find a quality brand?

Can yacon syrup can help with weight loss? Learn more, including clinical evidence, side effects, and dosage.

Yacon syrup for weight loss?

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Which ingredients should toothpastes and other dental products contain, and which should be avoided?

Learn about ingredients you want in your toothpaste, mouthwash and other dental products 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, foods or lifestyle modifications 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

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Will pregnenolone help slow down aging or reduce chronic pain?

Learn more about the steroid hormone pregnenolone, including its effects in the body and on aging and chronic pain.

Elderly couple yoga pose in sunshine

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If I already take red yeast rice, would adding high-dose niacin help further reduce my cholesterol levels, and would this be safe?

Learn more about the effect of combining red yeast, statins and high-dose niacin on cholesterol and safety.

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Can heat and humidity destroy whey protein and other sports nutrition supplements (e.g., creatine, BCAAs, digestive enzymes) during shipping or while storing at home?

Find out if heat and humidity can degrade creatine, BCAAs, digestive enzymes, and other muscle enhancing supplements.

How Heat Effects Whey Protein and Creatine -- Scoop of Protein Powder

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Is it best to take probiotic supplements with or without food? It seems like everyone has a different recommendation.

When is the best time to take probiotic supplements? Learn if you should take your probiotic with or without food.

Probiotics

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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

Are CoQ10 and ubiquinol safe to take for a long period of time? Should I give it a rest period?

CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements safety tips - including dosage, side effects, drug interactions and prolonged usage.

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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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

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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

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Will sprinkling black pepper on food with turmeric help increase the bioavailability of curcumin in the turmeric?

Find out how black pepper extract (piperine, Bioperine) in supplements compares with regular black pepper added to foods with turmeric. Plus, safety, side effects and drug interactions with black pepper extract.

Turmeric Supplements and Black Pepper in Wooden Spoon on White Background

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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

News Release

11/24/2020

Best Zinc for Colds, Immunity, and More. ConsumerLab Selects Top Picks Among Zinc Liquids, Pills and Lozenges

White Plains, New York, November 24, 2020 — The right zinc can shorten a cold and many people are deficient in zinc. So which zinc supplements and lozenges provide the right dose and form of zinc, the best quality, and at a reasonable price?

News Release

3/15/2017

ConsumerLab.com Reveals Best and Worst Vitamin C Supplements -- 20% Fail ConsumerLab.com Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, March 15, 2017 — Many people take large doses of vitamin C believing it will improve their health, prevent colds or reduce the risk of disease — but will it really? And when choosing a vitamin C supplement, can consumers be sure it contains what it claims? To ...

News Release

9/26/2016

60% of St. John's Wort Supplements Fail ConsumerLab.com Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, September 26, 2016 — St. John's wort extracts can be as effective as standard antidepressant drugs for treating mild to moderate major depression, with significantly fewer side effects. However, recent ConsumerLab.com tests revealed that six of ten St.

News Release

3/22/2016

Rhodiola: Does It Help With Depression and Anxiety and Which Brands Are Best? -- ConsumerLab.com Reviews the Evidence and Tests the Quality of Popular R. Rosea Supplements --

White Plains, New York, March 22, 2016 — Rhodiola (R. rosea) supplements are promoted to treat depression, anxiety, and fatigue — but do they really work? And do products on the market contain the right species, amounts, and appropriate doses of R.

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.

News Release

5/05/2015

ConsumerLab.com's Tests of Digestive Enzyme Supplements Reveal What Labels Don't

White Plains, New York, May 5, 2015 — How do you know if your digestive enzyme supplement is truly active? The only way to know for sure is to test it on fats, carbohydrates, proteins and other parts of food which it is expected to digest. That's exactly what ConsumerLab.

News Release

8/05/2014

ConsumerLab.com Finds Popular Cocoa Powders Contaminated; High Concentrations of Cadmium Raise Concern

White Plains, New York, August 5, 2014 — Following up on its discovery in May of high levels of the toxic metal cadmium in several cocoa-based products, ConsumerLab.com recently tested additional, popular cocoa products sold in the U.S. to assess the extent of the problem.

News Release

4/09/2014

Best Fish Oil? ConsumerLab.com Testing Finds Many High Quality Supplements, But Pitfalls Exist

White Plains, New York, August 10, 2014 — Recent laboratory tests of fish oil, krill oil, algal oil, calamari oil, and green-lipped mussel oil supplements by ConsumerLab.com revealed quality problems with four out of 30 supplements selected for review.

News Release

1/29/2014

You May Be Getting More Vitamin C Than You Think from Some Supplements, Cautions ConsumerLab.com -- 27% of Vitamin C Supplements Don't Meet Label Claims in Recent Tests --

White Plains, New York, January 29, 2014 — It's cold and flu season, which means many people are reaching for vitamin C, as it may modestly reduce cold symptoms (although it won't prevent a cold).

News Release

12/16/2013

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

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

News Release

11/25/2013

Many Probiotic Supplements Fall Short on Listed Amounts of Helpful Organisms

White Plains, New York, November 25, 2013 — Probiotic supplements and foods containing "friendly" bacteria or yeast have become popular among people hoping to improve bowel function, immunity, and even mood.

Recalls & Warnings

8/18/2020

Seller of Immune Shot Criminally Charged With Making Coronavirus Claims

On August 10, 2020, prosecutors in Georgia charged Matthew Ryncarz and his company Fusion Health and Vitality, LLC d/b/a/ Pharm Origins with selling the misbranded product Immune Shot.

News Release

10/08/2013

ConsumerLab.com Reports Problems and “Top Picks” Among Bars for Energy, Fiber, Protein, Meal-Replacement, and Whole Food

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — October 8, 2013 — Which nutrition bars provide the best combination of nutrition and taste, and are accurately labeled? ConsumerLab.com recently set out to answer this question by purchasing popular bars in the U.S.

News Release

8/21/2013

Labels on Potassium Supplements May Confuse, But Product Quality is High According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York August 21, 2013 — How much potassium would you expect from a supplement called "Potassium Gluconate 595 mg"? The correct answer is just 99 mg, as ConsumerLab.com explains in its new Potassium Supplements Review, published online today.

News Release

5/21/2013

Green Teas Vary in Strength and Amount of Lead Contamination, According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, May 21, 2013 — If you drink green tea for your health, be aware that the catechin and caffeine levels can vary by more than 240% across products. Some also contain significant amounts of lead in their tea leaves. This is according to recent tests by ConsumerLab.

News Release

2/11/2013

ConsumerLab.com Reports Problems with Some Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements -- Wrong Amounts of Vitamin D, Pills Which Don’t Break Apart, and Lead Contamination Found

White Plains, New York, February 11, 2012 — Vitamin D and calcium are among the most popular supplement ingredients in the U.S., but recent tests by ConsumerLab.com show problems with 4 out of 25 products which contain these ingredients.

News Release

6/16/2011

ConsumerLab.com puts multivitamins to the test

June 16, 2011, New York, NY — Laboratory test results of 60 multivitamins have shown that you can't always judge a supplement by its label—or by its price. "Consumers should know that multivitamins vary widely in quality, "says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com.

News Release

3/30/2011

ConsumerLab.com finds 100-fold variation in cost of iron supplements

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MARCH 28, 2011 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that the cost to get an equivalent dose of iron from supplements varies by more than 100-fold. A 25 mg dose of iron can cost as little as two cents or over two dollars, depending on the product.

News Release

2/16/2011

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

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

News Release

1/20/2010

ConsumerLab.com finds quality of most CLA supplements for slimming to be high; One brand mislabeled -- Report is first published in series on supplements for weight loss and slimming

ConsumerLab.com Finds Quality of Most CLA Supplements for Slimming to be High; One Brand Mislabeled

News Release

8/12/2008

ConsumerLab.com finds improvements in labeling of nutrition bars but potential pitfalls exist -- New report compares 20 bars, including those for protein, fiber, energy and whole food

WHITE PLAINS, NY — August 12, 2008 — Labeling on nutrition bars has become more accurate, according to a new report by ConsumerLab.com.

News Release

4/26/2006

ConsumerLab.com tests cancer-prevention supplements; several contaminated with lead or low in ingredient — Report available for green tea, selenium, and lycopene supplements

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK — APRIL 26, 2006 ConsumerLab.com announced results today from its new Product Review of Supplements for Cancer Prevention covering 22 products. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.

News Release

2/08/2005

ConsumerLab.com reports on nutrition bars — Highlights major differences, inaccuracies, and urges consumers to "know your bar"

WHITE PLAINS, NY — February 8, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com reported test results today for 34 nutrition bars, including those designed for high protein, low-carb/diet, energy, or meal-replacement.

News Release

4/27/2004

New ConsumerLab.com report on St. John's wort highlights benefits and risks of herbal product for depression

NEW CONSUMERLAB.COM REPORT ON ST.

News Release

7/31/2003

ConsumerLab.com finds many cholesterol-lowering supplements poorly made — Test results published online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — July 31, 2003 — ConsumerLab.com reported today that more than half of the cholesterol-lowering supplements that it recently purchased failed to contain their listed ingredients and/or could not adequately break apart to release their contents.

News Release

10/29/2002

Enormous variation found in strength of garlic supplements — most popular herb in U.S. — ConsumerLab.com releases results online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — October 29, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com's Product Review of Garlic Supplements found strength to vary by as much as 1500% across products. Strength was based on each product's ability to generate allicin, a chemical associated with the efficacy of non-aged garlic.

News Release

3/05/2002

ConsumerLab.com finds nutrition powders & drinks more accurately labeled than nutrition bars, but unapproved food ingredient seen in some

White Plains, NY -- March 5, 2002 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that 24 of 26 nutrition powders and drinks that it recently evaluated met their label claims for carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. This is in stark contrast to ConsumerLab.

News Release

8/15/2001

Problems and ambiguity among alternative estrogen products reported by ConsumerLab.com — Results of soy and red clover isoflavone product testing released online today

WHITE PLAINS, NY — August 15, 2001 — ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, today released results of its Phytoestrogen Product Review. The review focused on dietary supplements made from soy and red clover isoflavones.

Recalls & Warnings

5/14/2016

Xylitol in Supplements Poses Danger for Dogs

On May 12, 2016, the FDA warned consumers that xylitol, a popular sweetener found in chewable vitamins, chewing gum, breath mints, toothpaste and a variety of other products, is toxic to dogs.

Recalls & Warnings

1/24/2013

"Thermo Stimulating" Supplement Recalled -- Contained DMAA

On January 23, 2013, Health Canada advised consumers not to use certain batches of Muscletech Hydroxystim capsules which were found to contain DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine) and have been recalled by their distributor.

Recalls & Warnings

2/03/2016

Seller of Weight and Enhancement Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

On December 11, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to The One Minute Miracle, Inc., following a review of the company's website which found statements made about   Miracle Diet 30 and Miracle Rock 48 to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

2/17/2010

FTC Warns of Deceptive Claims with Children's Omega-3 Supplements

On February 17, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had sent letters to 11 companies that promote various omega-3 fatty acid supplements, telling them they should review their product packaging and labeling to make sure they do not violate federal law by making baseless ...

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

12/08/2015

Non-Decolorized Aloe, Goldenseal Root Added to Prop 65 List of Cancer-Causing Chemicals

On December 4, 2015, California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added non-decolorized whole leaf extract of aloe vera and goldenseal root powder to the state's list of chemicals known to cause cancer - part of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement ...

Recalls & Warnings

10/05/2012

Illegal Claims on Weight Loss, Immune System Dietary Supplements, and Few Backed by Clinical Data

On October 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report warning that dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements have illegal claims of curing or treating disease on their labels and/or lack the scientific evidence to support such label claims.

Recalls & Warnings

9/17/2003

FDA Warns of Illness from Star Anise Teas

On September 10, 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to consume "teas" brewed from star anise.

Recalls & Warnings

1/11/2002

Canada Requests Recall of Certain Ephedra/Ephedrine Products

OTTAWA - January 10, 2002 - Health Canada is requesting a recall from the market of certain products containing Ephedra/ephedrine after a risk assessment concluded that these products pose a serious risk to health.