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Product Review

Fruits, Veggies, and Other Greens Supplements Review (Including Spirulina and Chlorella)

Avoid Lead in Greens, Problems with Pills, and Don't Give Up Eating Whole Foods.

Greens Review Oct 2023

Product Review

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

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

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

Product Review

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

Is Boron Needed for Bone Health? Find Out and See Our Top Pick Among Supplements

News Release

November 02, 2023

Spirulina and “Greens” Supplement Tests Show Some Problems

White Plains, New York, November 2, 2023 —  ConsumerLab tests of spirulina, chlorella, and “greens” supplements revealed that tablets of three brands of spirulina failed to disintegrate within the allotted time, and several other products contained amounts of lead unsuitable for regular consumption ...

News Release

February 09, 2022

Caution With Spirulina Supplements: ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Lead Contamination, Quality Concerns

White Plains, New York, February 9, 2022 — Problems were discovered in three out of four spirulina supplements recently tested by ConsumerLab. One product was found to be contaminated with lead, and two other products, which were tablets, failed to disintegrate within the expected time.

News Release

April 26, 2019

Best Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements (Sterols, Stanols & Policosanol) Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, April 26, 2019 — Plant sterols (also called phytosterols) and stanols, and, possibly, policosanol, can help lower elevated levels of cholesterol, a key risk factor for heart disease.

News Release

January 31, 2019

Contamination Still an Issue in Some Greens and Whole Food Products, ConsumerLab Tests Reveal

White Plains, New York, January 31, 2019 — Powders and capsules containing ingredients such as wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, and fruits and vegetables are a popular way to get vitamins, minerals and other plant-based nutrients, but past tests by ConsumerLab have found that these products ...

News Release

July 22, 2014

Which Supplements Help Lower Cholesterol? Identifies Best Products by Reviewing Evidence and Testing Quality

White Plains, New York, July 21, 2014 — Certain dietary supplements can help reduce elevated cholesterol levels. A new report from reviews the evidence behind each of the popular cholesterol-lowering ingredients and provides test results for twelve supplements.

News Release

July 08, 2013

Contamination a Common Problem in "Greens" and "Whole Foods" Products According to

White Plains, New York — July 8, 2013 — "Greens" and "whole foods" powders and pills, made from wheat grass, alfalfa, kelp, spirulina, leafy vegetables and other chlorophyll-containing ingredients, as well as fruits, were recently tested by ConsumerLab.

News Release

June 09, 2010 tests "greens" and "whole foods" products; Most offer healthful nutrients, but some found contaminated with heavy metals

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — JUNE 9, 2010 — "Greens" powders, made from wheat grass, alfalfa, kelp, spirulina, leafy vegetables and other chlorophyll-containing ingredients, were recently tested by for potential contamination with heavy metals and pesticides. ConsumerLab.

News Release

February 06, 2008

Consumers warned of lead in some turmeric supplements — Highest lead level ever reported by; Lack of active compound also a problem

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — FEBRUARY 6, 2008 — Turmeric supplements have become popular in recent years but warned today that some products contain high amounts of lead. Recent tests found a popular brand to contain 18.

Recalls & Warnings

August 04, 2014

"Superfood" Greens Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On August 1, 2014, New England Greens dba Vibrant Health issued a recall of 10 lots of Green Vibrance and one lot of Rainbow Vibrance because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

April 25, 2017

Beware of Products Which Promise to Treat or Cure Cancer, FDA Warns

On April 25, 2017, the FDA warned consumers to be aware of supplements and other products claiming to cure cancer.

Recalls & Warnings

March 12, 2016

FDA Finds Problems at 58% of Supplement Manufacturing Sites in U.S. and Abroad has obtained results of the FDA's inspections in Fiscal Year 2015 (ending September 30) of 483 dietary supplement manufacturing facilities, showing that most -- 58.2% -- received letters indicating noncompliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).