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

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

Elderly Woman Reading Supplement Bottle

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Are there supplements I should avoid when taking apixaban (Eliquis) or similar blood thinner drugs like Xarelto?

Learn about supplement interactions with apixaban (Eliquis), rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and other blood thinner drugs in the direct factor Xa inhibitors class. Supplements that may interact with these medications include fish oil and St. John's wort. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Eliquis Supplement Interactions -- box of Eliquis

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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

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The vision supplement I take is based on the AREDS2 formula, but it contains a lot of zinc -- 80 mg in the recommended daily serving. Is it necessary, and safe, to take this much zinc every day?

AREDS information on the safety of supplements containing high levels of zinc, including vision supplements.

Elderly Man Reading Supplement Bottle

Product Review

Vision Supplements Review (with Lutein and Zeaxanthin)

Find the Best Vision Supplement. Tests and Reviews of Popular Vision Supplements.

Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Vision Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com

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Does saffron really improve vision or prevent age-related macular degeneration?

Taking saffron may be beneficial in the early stages of age-related macular degeneration and for eyesight.

Saffron and Rep Capsules Against White Background

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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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My optometrist recommended genetic testing to determine the effectiveness of various supplements for AMD. What is the evidence for doing this?

Genetic Testing for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Supplements: Do genes determine how well supplements for AMD work, and is it worth getting tested?

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Can castor oil eye drops improve or dissolve cataracts? Is castor oil or tea tree oil helpful for other eye conditions such as blepharitis or dry eye?

Can castor oil eye drops help cataracts and glaucoma? Find out if castor oil eye drops are safe to use, and if they help for other conditions. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Castor Oil for Cataracts? -- bottle of castor oil and dropper

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I've been using a lutein supplement with 40 mg of lutein and am concerned that this dose may be too high. Are there known harmful side-effects?

Learn more about lutein side effects, proper dosage and safety in vision supplements.

Lutein

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Which supplements are helpful for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Find out which vitamins & supplements are helpful for macular degeneration (AMD), such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and others used in the AREDS studies.

Supplements for Macular Degeneration -- woman getting eye examination

Clinical Update

1/25/2022

Goji Berries for the Eyes?

Goji berries are a good source of zeaxanthin, an anti-oxidant compound that, like lutein, may help protect the retina of eye. But does eating goji berries improve a measure of macular health (macular optical density) or improve vision? See what recent research showed in the Getting Lutein and Zeaxanthin from Food section of our Vision Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among vision supplements.

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Which vitamins and minerals should someone over 70 take?

Find out which vitamin and mineral supplements men and women age 70 and older should take, recommended intakes for vitamin D, B6, B12, iron, plus multis, vision supplements, protein and more.

Vitamins and Minerals for People Age 70 or Older

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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 taking vitamin C (1,000 mg) deplete copper in the body?

Find out if taking vitamin C supplements can deplete copper levels in the body and cause copper deficiency. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Does Taking Vitamin C Deplete Copper Levels? -- Oranges and Vitamin C Tablets

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What is the difference between natural and synthetic astaxanthin?

Learn more about astaxanthin and the different forms of it (BioAstin, AstaPure, AstaSana, etc.) and their effects in the body.

Astaxanthin Pills in White Spoon

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The lutein supplement I bought has a strong odor. Is that normal?

Find out if a smelly lutein supplement suggests a problem.

Lutein

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

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

Lutein

Clinical Update

5/12/2013

Best Supplements for Vision (Macular Degeneration)

A major new study revealed what combination of supplements is best for slowing progression of macular degeneration -- and which don't seem to help. Get the details, plus quality ratings on over 20 vision supplements in the updated Vision Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

4/30/2019

Saffron for Vision

Saffron, which contains carotenoids, may improve visual acuity in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) according to a recent study. For details, see the ConsumerTips section of the Vision Supplements Review. Also see which vision supplements most closely resemble the ideal formula to slow the progression of AMD.

Clinical Update

11/30/2021

Caution With Vitamin Supplements

A woman who, for years, had taken a popular vision supplement developed anemia and low white blood cell and platelet counts. What was the connection? Find out in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Vision Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among vision supplements.

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Do any supplements help prevent or improve cataracts?

Find out which supplements may help with cataracts, including selenium and vitamins A, B1, B3, C, and E.

Doctor Shining Light for Patient Eye Exam

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

4/29/2018

Dark vs. Milk Chocolate for Vision?

A recent study compared the effects on visual acuity of eating a bar of dark chocolate versus milk chocolate. Find out which was better in the Vision section of the Dark Chocolates, Cocoa Powders, and Cacao Nibs Review. (Also see our product tests, comparisons, and Top Picks.)

Clinical Update

7/13/2018

Fruit for the Eyes

Can consuming certain foods or beverages reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) — a common eye disease? Yes, according to a recent study. Get the details in the food section of the Vision Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Rated vision supplements.)

Clinical Update

9/28/2019

Dark Chocolate for Vision Improvement?

Does consuming flavanol-rich dark chocolate improve visual acuity? See what a recent study found in the Vision section of the Cocoas and Dark Chocolates Review. Also see our Top Picks for dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and nibs.

Clinical Update

10/31/2020

Fish Oil & Vitamin D for Macular Degeneration?

Can taking fish oil and vitamin D reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? See what a large study found in the Eye Disease section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see the Vision Supplements Review for our tests of vision supplements, including those that most closely resemble the AREDS2 formula and our Top Picks among products.

Clinical Update

6/10/2022

Supplements for Farsightedness?

Can a supplement improve vision in older people who develop trouble seeing up-close (i.e., presbyopia or age-related farsightedness)? See the study results for a supplement that included lutein, astaxanthin, bilberry and DHA in our Vision Supplements Review.

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Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?

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

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

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I'm at risk for both macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease. I've read that more EPA than DHA is good for macular degeneration, but the reverse is true for Alzheimer's. What do you recommend?

Find out if taking fish oil supplements or eating fish can help for macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Fish Oil Capsules and Salmon on White Table

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Do brain games and apps really work and improve memory?

Find out if brain training games & apps, like Lumosity & BrainHQ, really work to train the mind and improve memory. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Do brain games really improve memory? -- hand holding smartpphone with game app

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What are the benefits of grape seed extract?

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

Benefits of Grape Seed Extract -- grapes and seeds

Clinical Update

3/11/2022

How Vitamin A Deficiency Can Affect the Eyes

Vitamin A deficiency was linked to eye floaters and loss of peripheral vision in a recently reported case. Get the details, and learn about other symptoms of vitamin A deficiency, in the What It Does section of our Vitamin A Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among vitamin A supplements.

See our answer to the question: Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?

Clinical Update

6/03/2022

Is Lutein Safe?

Was adding lutein and zeaxanthin to a popular supplement for age-related macular degeneration safe and effective? Find out what a major study found in the What It Does section of our Vision Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

6/28/2022

COVID-19 Tests for Sight Impaired

People with blindness or low vision can now order more accessible COVID-19 tests from the government. Get the details.

Clinical Update

10/05/2019

Better Memory With Lutein?

Lutein is often taken as a supplement to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration. However, a study in college students suggests that supplementation with lutein may also improve aspects of memory and cognitive functioning. For details, see the What It Does section of our Vision Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

12/15/2018

Pycnogenol for Prostate?

Pycnogenol, a branded form of pine bark extract, is promoted for a variety of uses, including improvement of circulation, cognition, joint pain and vision. It was recently given to men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) to see if it would improve urinary symptoms. Find out if it worked, and learn if it helps with other conditions, in our updated answer to the question: What is Pycnogenol and does it work? >>

Clinical Update

8/12/2015

Lutein, Zeaxanthin & Meso-Zeaxanthin for Macular Degeneration

A recent study comparing three different lutein and zeaxanthin formulas found each significantly increased macular pigmentation in men and women with early age-related macular degeneration. Get the details, including dosage, and our tests of popular lutein and zeaxanthin products, in the Vision Supplements Review »

Clinical Update

10/01/2017

Does Lutein Help?

Lutein is an antioxidant that helps protect the retina of the eye and can slow the progression of macular degeneration. But does taking lutein help if you already have normal macular density? Two studies have "looked" at this question (including one published this week) and, you can "see" the answer in the "What It Does" section of Vision Supplements (Lutein & Zeaxanthin) Review >>

Clinical Update

1/16/2018

Lutein and Zeaxanthin Improve Memory

Lutein and zeaxanthin may help to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration in people with low blood levels of lutein. A new study suggests these compounds may have another benefit -- improving memory in some people. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Vision Supplements Review >> (Also see our top choices among products.)

Clinical Update

6/21/2015

Lutein and Visual Processing

Lutein and zeaxanthin are known to help certain people who suffer from macular degeneration, an eye disease. A new study suggests that they may also improve visual processing, perhaps through effects outside the eye. For more details of the study, including dosage, as well as our tests of supplements, see the Review of Vision Supplements with Lutein and Zeaxanthin Review >>

Clinical Update

2/25/2017

Lutein for Stress?

Supplementing with lutein can help some people protect against macular degeneration of the eye. A new study suggests it may also reduce stress. For details, see the "What It Does" section of the Review of Vision Supplements with Lutein and Zeaxanthin (which includes our tests of products) >>

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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How to Reduce Lightheadedness and Dizziness When Standing Up (Orthostatic Hypotension)

Learn about movements that can reduce lightheadedness and dizziness that can occur from a drop in blood pressure upon standing (initial orthostatic hypotension). Plus find out if supplements such as vitamin D and CoQ10 may help.

Orthostatic Hypotension

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What is Pycnogenol and does it work?

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

Pycnogenol Health Benefits -- woman with leg pain

Product Review

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

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

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

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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

10/22/2019

Best Vision Supplements Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, October 22, 2019 — Supplements containing lutein and other ingredients can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in adults over 60 years of age.

News Release

10/26/2018

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

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

News Release

2/24/2017

Vitamin D Supplements Maintain Top Spot in Popularity, as Probiotics Surpass Multivitamins to #4 Behind Fish Oil and CoQ10 in Latest ConsumerLab.com Survey

White Plains, New York, February 24, 2017 — A recent survey of over 9,505 people who use dietary supplements shows the most popular dietary supplement to be vitamin D, followed by fish oil, CoQ10, probiotics, and multivitamins.

Recalls & Warnings

6/30/2022

FDA Warns Seller of Vision and Allergy Supplements

On May 26, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Golden Lab LLC following an inspection of the website, which found statements about the company’s DoctoRx’s Optimal Formula Ocular Pressure & Optic Nerve Support Formula Ocular Health Capsule, DoctoRx’s Optimal Formula ...

Recalls & Warnings

12/01/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Saffron Supplements

On November 18th, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Saffron Health Sciences following a review of the company's website, social media, and Amazon product listings, which found statements made about the company's products Crocin Rich, Crocin Rich II, and Crocin Rich ...

News Release

12/17/2015

ConsumerLab.com Focuses on Vision Supplements, Spotting the Best and the Worst

White Plains, New York, December 17, 2015 — Supplements containing lutein and other ingredients have been shown to slow deterioration of the retina in people with age-related macular degeneration.

News Release

7/31/2013

Watch Out for Fake Bilberry Supplements, Cautions ConsumerLab.com

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK July 31, 2013 — Extracts of bilberry, a cousin of blueberry, may help improve vision and have other health benefits, but some bilberry supplements may not contain real bilberry extract -- the type used in most clinical studies. ConsumerLab.

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

7/22/2022

FDA Warns Seller of Vision, Calcium & Magnesium Supplements and More

On June 14, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to New Sun Inc. following inspection of the company’s website which found statements about the company’s products to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

2/17/2022

Seller of L-Theanine, Lutein, Noopept and More Warned for Drug Claims

On February 4, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Crystal Clear Supplements following a review of the company’s website and social media which found statements about Tianeptine Sodium Powder, Tianeptine Sulfate Powder, PEA Capsules, Phenibut Capsules, Synephrine Powder, Noopept ...

Recalls & Warnings

4/02/2021

Seller of Vision Supplements Warned by FDA

On March 19, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Lipotriad LLC following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about the company's products Lipotriad Visionary, Lipotriad Adult 50+, Lipotriad Dry Eye, and Lipotriad Vision Support Plus to ...

News Release

10/17/2012

ConsumerLab.com Tests and Compares Vision Supplements - Guides Consumers Through a Variety of Ingredients and Formulas

White Plains, New York — October 17, 2012 — Can a supplement improve your vision or prevent it from deteriorating? "The evidence shows that some supplements may help improve vision in people with macular degeneration and others can slow its progression," says Tod Cooperman, M.D.

Recalls & Warnings

11/10/2020

Seller of Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

On October 29, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Natural Sprout Co.

News Release

12/20/2011

Choose zinc supplements carefully -- ConsumerLab.com finds only some have dosage proven to shorten colds, reduce eye disease

White Plains, New York — December 20, 2011 — Can zinc supplements shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration? "Yes, but not all supplements provide a dosage that has been proven effective." says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com.

Recalls & Warnings

9/28/2022

FDA Warns Muscle Sports for Joint Health, Immune & Workout Supplement, Vitamin C, Elderberry, and Other Claims

On September 23, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Muscle Sports Products, LLC following inspection of the company’s websites which found statements about company products, including Join Revolution Capsules, IMMUNITY + Powder, Rhino Rampage PUMPED Capsules, Attack Pre-Workout ...

Recalls & Warnings

7/10/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Omega XL

On June 31, 2021 the FDA issued a warning letter to Great Healthworks, Inc. following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about Omega XL and ProbioticXL supplements to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

5/08/2021

FDA Warns Seller of Vitamins B12, C, D, and K

On April 7, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Unived Inc following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about the company's products Unived brand Colox, CalDveg, B12+D3, and D3+K2-7 to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

12/31/2020

Herbacil Hand Sanitizer Contains Dangerous Ingredient

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

Recalls & Warnings

11/27/2020

FDA Warns Seller of Potentially Toxic Hand Sanitizer

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

Recalls & Warnings

12/29/2020

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

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

News Release

12/16/2009

"Eye health" supplements vary widely in formula but product quality is high according to ConsumerLab.com

"Eye Health" Supplements Vary Widely in Formula But Product Quality is High According to ConsumerLab.com

Recalls & Warnings

7/28/2022

FDA Warns Three Manufacturers of Sanitizer for Manufacturing and Misbranding Violations

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

Recalls & Warnings

6/06/2017

Seller of Vision, Cholesterol, Prostate Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On May 25, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbal Doctor Remedies following a facility inspection and review of the company's websites, www.herb-doc.com, www.ChinaSecretMed.com and www.theraherb.

Recalls & Warnings

3/16/2021

Albek de Mexico Hand Sanitizer Contains Dangerous Ingredient

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

Recalls & Warnings

3/09/2021

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

2/09/2021

Three More Hand Sanitizers Contain Toxic Ingredient

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

News Release

12/09/2008

Tests of zinc supplements by ConsumerLab.com show only some provide dosage proven to shorten colds, reduce eye disease. Lead contamination found in one product.

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — DECEMBER 9, 2008 — Zinc supplements can shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration, among other uses. But a new report by ConsumerLab.

News Release

7/12/2007

ConsumerLab.com finds lutein & zeaxanthin supplements vary widely in strength but most meet ingredient claims — Right amount of antioxidant may help prevent macular degeneration and improve vision

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — July 12, 2007 — ConsumerLab.com announced today that all but one of the thirteen lutein and zeaxanthin supplements it recently chose to test met quality standards.

Recalls & Warnings

5/08/2021

Seller of Immune Bio Green Cell Warned by FDA

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

Recalls & Warnings

11/10/2020

FDA Warns Immusist for Drug Claims

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

Recalls & Warnings

1/25/2021

Clover Leaf Sardines Recalled Due to Risk of Botulism

On January 22, 2021, Clover Leaf Seafoods Corp.

Recalls & Warnings

2/14/2017

Life Extension Warned for Drug Claims

On February 1, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Life Extension Foundation Buyers Club, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

10/18/2017

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

4/06/2022

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

8/08/2022

Recall of Oral Magnesium Laxatives Expanded

On August 3, 2022, Plastikon Healthcare, LLC issued a recall of multiple oral suspension products due to microbial contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

6/27/2017

Seller of Alpha Lipoic Acid, Cinnamon Supplements and More Warned For Manufacturing Violations

On May 1, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Nature's Vision, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

3/02/2021

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

9/11/2020

M Hand Sanitizer Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

9/05/2020

Bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

9/01/2020

Mislabeled Open Book Extracts Hand Sanitizers Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

8/26/2020

Asiaticon Hand Sanitizers Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

8/25/2020

Florence Morris Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

8/20/2020

Yacana Hand Sanitizer Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

6/27/2020

Hand Sanitizer That May Contain Toxic Ingredient is Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

8/13/2020

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

8/10/2020

Gelbac T Antibacterial Handgel Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

7/29/2020

Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

7/28/2020

FDA Warns Eskbiochem for Hand Sanitizers That May Contain Toxic Ingredient

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

Recalls & Warnings

7/17/2020

Two More Hand Sanitizers That May Contain Toxic Ingredient Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

7/07/2020

All Clean Hand Sanitizer Recalled

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

Recalls & Warnings

10/18/2017

Total Body Nutrition Warned for Banned Stimulant in Supplements

On September 28, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Total Body Nutrition following a facility inspection which found some of the company's products to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary ...

Recalls & Warnings

1/28/2021

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

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

Recalls & Warnings

3/26/2021

Nine Banned Stimulants Found in Workout, Weight Loss Supplements

Recent analysis of 17 brands of sports/energy and weight loss supplements sold in the U.S. found nine prohibited stimulants formulated into eight different combinations, and none of these combinations have been studied in people.

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12/24/2020

Wash-Free Hand Sanitizer With Potentially Toxic Ingredient Recalled

On December 23, 2020, Shane Erickson, Inc.

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5/15/2016

Seller of Vision Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

On April 28, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Macular Health, LLC.

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1/21/2017

Seller of "Cancer Kits," Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

On December 22, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Northern Health Products, Inc. following a review of the company's websites, www.northernhealthproducts.com and www.petdca.

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2/19/2019

Alaskan Smoked Silver Salmon in Jars and Cans Recalled Due to Risk of Botulism

On February 15, 2019, Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. recalled all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.

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6/07/2017

FDA Warns Seller of Probiotic and Omega-3 Supplements for Manufacturing Violations

On May 22, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to BioTE Medical, LLC following a facility inspection which found its products, including BioTE DIM, BiotTE Probiotic, BioTE Iodine Plus, and BioTE Omega 3 to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under ...

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7/06/2020

FDA Warns Five More Hand Sanitizers May Contain Toxic Ingredient

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

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8/04/2020

Two More Companies Recall Potentially Toxic Hand Sanitizers

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

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10/01/2020

Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Recalled

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

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6/23/2020

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

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

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8/17/2020

SkinGuard24 Hand Sanitizer Recalled

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

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2/19/2005

Seller of Eye Supplement Purporting to Restore Vision and Eliminate "Floaters" Settles FTC Charges

On February 15, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Hi-Health Supermart Corporation (Hi-Health) and its owner, Simon Chalpin, have settled FTC charges that they made unsubstantiated advertising claims that their product – Premier Formula for Ocular Nutrition-Optim3 (Ocular ...

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5/20/2005

Seller of "Ocular Nutrition" Supplement Settles FTC Charges

On March 16, 2005, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Hi-Health Supermart Corporation (Hi-Health) and its owner, Simon Chalpin, settled FTC charges that they made unsubstantiated advertising claims that their product – Premier Formula for Ocular Nutrition-Optim3 (Ocular Nutrition) – ...

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1/17/2017

Seller of Heart, Senior and Teen Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

On December 7, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Esteem Products Ltd following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about its products, Cardio Life, Total Man, Total Woman, Senior Total Man, Senior Total Woman , and Total Teen to be drug ...

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7/18/2017

Seller of "Super Strength Prostate Formula," Acai Berry Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims

On June 30, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nature's Health Company, LLC, following a facility inspection and review of the company's website, www.natureshealthcompany.

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12/21/2016

Seller of 5-HTP, Chromium, Curcumin and More Warned for Drug Claims

On December 1, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Aurora Health and Nutrition following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about its products, 5-HTP, Alpha Lipoic Acid, the Argentyn 23 product line, Artecin 90 Vegetarian Capsules, ...

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1/16/2015

CVS Sued for Eye Health Supplement Claims

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against CVS for promoting the company's Advanced Eye Health supplement as comparable to the formula used in the large National Institutes of Health (NIH) eye disease study known as AREDS2, despite the fact that it does not contain the same ingredients.

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7/05/2013

Seller of Vision Supplement Warned For Drug Claims

On June 25, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nutrient Synergy, Inc., following a review of the company's website which found statements made about the dietary supplement Nepretin to be drug claims.

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9/26/2012

Maker of Eye Health Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

On September 18, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to EyeScience Labs, L.L.C. because statements made about the company's Macular Health Formula, Dry Eye Formula and Diabetic Vision Formula supplements were found to constitute drug claims.

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8/13/2016

Seller of Omega-3, Ginkgo, Vision Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims

On July 22, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Viva Nutraceuticals (J & E International Corporation) following a review of the company's website and promotional literature, which found statement made about its products, Eyestonia, Ginkgo Biloba 60mg, Golden Omega-3 Max, ...

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3/10/2015

Seller of Vision Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On February 26, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Biosyntrx, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including BioTears Oral Gel Caps, ZoOmega-3 Concentrated Pharmaceutical-Grade Fish Oil, EpiCor A Nutrient-dense High Metabolite Immunogen, Sight C+ Mineral ...

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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 ...

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10/27/2004

Some Supplements Can Damage Eyes At High Doses and with Topical Use

As reported by Reuters Health on October 21, 2004, an article in the current issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology suggests that some herbal remedies and nutritional supplements can damage the eyes.

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10/25/2016

FDA Warns Maker of Sublingual Melatonin and Progesterone Cream

On October 12, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Threshold Enterprises, Ltd.

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10/18/2016

Seller of Sublingual Vitamins Warned for Drug Claims

On August 31, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bio-Stasis International, Inc., following a review of the company's website which found statements made about its sublingual tablets, ViraPress, Vitamin D-3 and Vitamin B-12. to be drug claims.

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5/06/2017

Herbal Teas Recalled Due To Botulism Risk

On May 1, 2017, U.S. Deer Antler Ex. & Imp. of Los Angeles, California, issued a recall of various herbal teas because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium can cause botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning.

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7/11/2017

FDA Warns Dr. Carolyn Dean of Drug Claims Made for Magnesium, Calcium & Other Mineral Supplements

On June 27, 2017, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to Dr. Carolyn Dean of New Capstone, Inc.

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1/24/2013

Excessive Lead and Mercury Found In Chinese Herbal Supplements

On January 23, 2013, Health Canada warned consumers that certain batches of the Chinese dietary supplements [W.S.

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4/25/2013

Vision Supplement Company Warned For Drug Claims

On March 15, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Synticare Corp. because statements made on the company's website about certain supplements, including Maximum Lutein, AREDS 1, AREDS 1 Smokers, AREDS 2, Combo AREDS 1 and 2, and Combo Smokers AREDS 1 and 2, were found to be drug claims.

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8/05/2016

Seller of Fertilix Warned By FDA

On July 22, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to CellOxess LLC, following a review of the company's websites, social media pages and marketing literature which found statements made about Fertilix Preconceptual, Fertilix Low Dose and Fertilix Max to be drug claims.

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7/23/2016

Seller of GlucoCor Warned for Drug Claims

On June 30, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to MC-COR, LLC, following a review of the company's website and Facebook page which found statements made about its GlucoCor capsules to be drug claims.

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12/08/2009

Warning on Acai Berry Supplements Spiked with Drug

On December 8, 2009, Health Canada (the Canadian health agency) advised consumers not to use certain Acai Berry products after a large number of shipments of adulterated products were stopped at the border.

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1/24/2013

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

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

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9/07/2016

Seller of Herbal Formulas for Cholesterol, Prostate & More Warned For Drug Claims

On July 29, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Healing-Scents following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about its products, Heart Herbs, Cholesterol Regulation Herbs, Diabetes Regulation Herbs, Prostate Healer Herbs, High Blood Pressure Herbs, ...

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2/13/2013

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

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

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8/24/2012

Protein Shots, Drinks and Gelatin Recalled For Potential Botulism Contamination

On August 17, 2012, Protica Inc.

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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 ...

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7/01/2013

Teas Recalled Due To Potential Botulism Contamination

One June 28, 2013, Harmony Chai issued a voluntary recall of its Concentrated Black Spiced Chai and Decaffeinated Rooibos Chai bottled tea drinks, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

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5/23/2013

Seller of Sexual Enhancement, Cholesterol, Resveratrol Supplements and More Warned For Drug Claims

On May 2, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Alternative Health Supplements, following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about several dietary supplements, including Regenerect, Alligin, Astaxanthin Advantage, HDL Cholesterol Management, Resveratrol, Coral Calcium ...

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8/31/2004

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

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