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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.
Is Spirulina safe? I heard that it can contain toxins, such as BMAA and microcystin toxin.
Is Spirulina safe? Find out if Spirulina contains toxins like BMAA and microcystin toxin.
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
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.
Is it better to buy supplements which are combination formulas or single-ingredient?
Find out if combination formulas or single-ingredient individual supplements are better and why.
I've heard that rice has high levels of arsenic. Does that mean rice bran oil does too?
Find out if rice bran oil can contain high levels of arsenic like whole rice and other rice products do.
Is it true that iodine can cause acne or other skin problems?
Information on iodine causing acne and other skin problems such as rashes and hives. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
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.
What do alkaline booster drops do? Do they provide the same benefits as Kre-Alkalyn?
Learn more about alkaline drop supplements and what booster drops and KreAlkalyn are marketed to do.
Is it better to get vitamins from foods or supplements, and are natural vitamins better than synthetic vitamins?
Learn more about the benefits of getting vitamins from food versus supplements, natural versus synthetic vitamins, and more.
Which dietary supplements and health foods contain high levels of lead?
Information about lead and heavy metals in vitamins, supplements and foods. Information on the adverse effects of lead.
What is EpiCor? Does it really "boost" the immune system and prevent colds?
EpiCor supplement info, including evidence from clinical studies on immune function and cold/flu prevention, safety, and price.
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.
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.
What's the best protein to keep and gain muscle when you're older?
Find out which type of protein is best for older adults who want to maintain or gain muscle. Info on protein powders and shakes, whey, soy, casein, hemp, pea and more.
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.
Which supplements and foods can help lower or control my blood sugar?
Find out which supplements can help lower or control blood sugar. Supplements including turmeric/curcumin, fiber, cinnamon, and ginseng are believed to help lower blood sugar.
How concerned should I be about glyphosate in foods and supplements?
Find out if you should be concerned about glyphosate in foods and supplements. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Which supplements can help lower my triglycerides?
Find out whether fish oil supplements, or plant-based oil supplements, such as flaxseed oil and echium oil are best for lowering triglyceride levels. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Which sunscreens and after-sun products are contaminated with benzene and which are not?
Over 200 sunscreens and after-sun products have been reported to be contaminated with benzene, a carcinogen. See the results, by brand, and find out what to look for, and what to avoid, when choosing a sunscreen or after-sun product.
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.
The maker of my multivitamin says it doesn't include folic acid because too much from supplements can be harmful. Is that true?
Learn more about the harmful effects from too much folic acid, including increased risk of prostate cancer and kidney damage.
Is it safe to take curcumin or turmeric supplements for a long period of time?
Information on the long-term effects of curcumin or turmeric supplements. Find out if curcumin and turmeric is safe to take for long periods. ConsumerLab explores these questions.
What are the health benefits of bone broth, and which bone broth is the best?
Learn about the health benefits of bone broth, a good source of protein and collagen, including whether bone broth can help for joint pain or osteoarthritis, improve skin or reduce wrinkles, heal the gut or boost the immune system. Plus, see ConsumerLab.com's tests of popular bone broths, find out how much collagen they contained, and which bone broths are best.
Is it okay to crush a tablet and consume the powder or add the powder to food, rather than swallowing the tablet whole?
Find out if it is safe to crush supplements and ingest the powder with food or if it is better to swallow the tablet whole.
Which supplements are best for seasonal allergies?
Find out which supplements are best for allergies and can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms, including bromelain, curcumin, vitamin D, and CLA.
Is it possible to take too much vitamin C?
Find out the daily value of vitamin C, along with possible side effects of excessive vitamin C intake. ConsumerLab explores the topic of proper vitamin C supplement usage, and why taking too much can be harmful.
What is shilajit? Does it have any proven health benefits, and is heavy metal contamination a concern?
Shilajit information, including its potential health benefits, safety, proper doses and impact on male health.
I read that turmeric may be a GI irritant. I have GI problems and wonder if I should avoid turmeric and curcumin?
Find out if turmeric/curcumin supplements can cause gastrointestinal irritability.
Can D-mannose help prevent urinary tract infections?
Learn more about D-mannose and its impact on urinary tract infections (UTIs), including evidence from clinical studies.
Do collagen or hyaluronic acid supplements really help aging or wrinkled skin?
Find out if collagen & hyaluronic acid supplements really help for aging or wrinkled skin and for skin care.
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.
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.
Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters?
Can eye floaters (vitreous floaters) be treated with supplements like vitamin C, lutein, ginkgo, milk thistle, collagen or hyaluronic acid? ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Is it true that oat cereals, like Cheerios, oatmeal, oatflakes and steel-cut oats can be contaminated with a toxin?
Find out if oat cereals, like Cheerios and oatmeal, can be contaminated with the fungal toxin ochratoxin A (OTA). ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Which oils can help lower my cholesterol and risk of heart attack? How are coconut oil, olive oil, and fish oil for example?
Find out which fats and oils, such as coconut oil and fish oil, lower cholesterol and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Does silica have health benefits? What is BioSil, and can it really increase collagen production and strengthen hair, skin, nails and bones?
Information about the health effects of silica (silicon dioxide) and orthosilicic acid (an ingredient in BioSil), including whether these forms of silicon can really increase collagen production, thicken hair, strengthen nails & bones.
Do vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements lose effectiveness with exposure to high temperatures and is it safe to order supplements by mail in the summer?
Are vitamins and supplements susceptible to heat? Find out if mail ordering during the summer is safe.
Can vitamin supplements strengthen brittle nails?
Learn more about strengthening brittle nails with vitamin B-7 (biotin), based on clinical evidence.
I'm interested in using Himalayan salt. What are the health benefits with it and other specialty salts? Are there contaminants in these salts?
Himalayan salt health benefits, along with other gourmet salts like Hawaiian and Mediterranean. Info including what's in them and their safety.
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.
Is canola oil good or bad for you? I heard it can be toxic.
Find out if canola oil is bad for you or good for you, and whether it helps heart health. Clinical evidence and how it compares to other oils.
What are the health benefits of avocado oil? Is it healthier than olive oil? Which avocado oils are best?
Learn about the health benefits of avocado oil and how it compares to olive oil, evidence for heart health, osteoarthritis and other uses. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
What are the health benefits of tart cherry juice?
See the evidence for tart cherry juice health benefits from clinical studies. Find out if tart cherry has anti-inflammatory effects, if it can improve sleep, lower high blood pressure, or help for muscle pain and osteoarthritis.
I use beta-sitosterol for my prostate. Should it be taken with or without food?
How should you take the prostate supplement beta-sitosterol to maximize absorption? Learn more at ConsumerLab.com.
With herbal supplements, what is the difference between root powder and root extract? Does it matter?
Learn more about the different forms of herbal supplements, including aloe, boswellia, ginkgo, green tea, and milk thistle.
What B-vitamin complex do you recommend for older people?
Vitamin B complex supplement recommendations, benefits and top rated brands for older people and all ages.
How much magnesium do I need and how much magnesium from supplements is too much?
Find out how much magnesium you should be getting on a daily basis, signs of magnesium deficiency, and how much magnesium is too much, particularly from magnesium supplements and laxatives containing magnesium. Find out the side effects and potential adverse effects of too much magnesium.
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.
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.
What are the side effects of red yeast rice?
Find out which side effects can be caused by red yeast rice supplements that are taken to lower cholesterol levels. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Is it okay to break vitamin tablets, pills or capsules to change the dose or make them easier to swallow?
Info on the safety of crushing supplement pills, tablets, capsules or enteric coated tablets and ingest the powder with food, as opposed to a whole pill.
Is it true that milk thistle supplements can be contaminated with toxins that can be harmful to the liver?
Find out if milk thistle supplements can be contaminated with toxins that can be harmful to the liver.
How does regular black pepper compare with black pepper extract used in supplements? Will sprinkling it on food with turmeric help increase the bioavailability of curcumin compounds from turmeric?
Find out how black pepper extract in supplements compares with regular black pepper added to foods with turmeric.
Does Neuriva improve memory or cognitive function?
Find out about Neuriva, its ingredients, and the evidence for or against it for memory and cognitive function.
What are the health benefits of stevia? Is it safe?
Learn more about the health benefits of stevia and whether it is safe. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Just one dose of a horse chestnut extract (standardized to 20% aescin) caused me to have significant nausea and vomiting. Might there be a problem with the product?
Find out if horse chestnut side effects can include gastrointestinal discomfort such as nausea and vomiting.
What is acrylamide? Is it true that coffee and cocoa contain this toxin?
Find out what acrylamide is, how much is found in coffee and cocoa, and how you can minimize your intake of acrylamide.
I've heard that soaking dried beans for 24 hours reduces the phytate level, allowing for greater access to nutrients. Is this true?
Does soaking dried beans in water help reduce phytate levels to help gain greater access to nutrients?
I enjoy oat milk in my coffee, but how healthy is it for me?
Is oat milk healthy? Information about oat milk contents, how much sugar and calcium is in oat milk, and if it is a healthy alternative to cow milk.
What are the side effects of ashwagandha supplements?
Learn about the safety and side effects of ashwagandha supplements, including headache, sleepiness, upset stomach, blood pressure and more. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
What are trace minerals and do I need them?
Trace minerals include boron, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, zinc, and others. Find out what they do, how much of each trace mineral you should be getting, and who's most likely to be deficient in these minerals.
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.
Is it okay to buy supplements as tablets? I've heard that tablets may go through our system without dissolving. Is there any way to know whether tablets will properly dissolve?
Find out if supplements taken as tablets dissolve well in the body, including our test results on disintegration.
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.
Can melatonin supplements cause depression or make depression worse?
Find out if melatonin supplements can cause depression or make depression worse. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
Can CBD cause a drop in blood pressure?
Find out if CBD (cannabidiol) can lower blood pressure or affect heart rate, plus information about other CBD side effects, drug interactions and safety concerns. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.
How much resveratrol is in wine? Is it enough to have a benefit?
Find out how much resveratrol wine contains and if it is enough to have a benefit.
What are the health benefits of andrographis? Can it treat colds, help with joint pain, or other conditions, and is it safe?
Learn about the health benefits of andrographis, whether it can help relieve cold symptoms, reduce pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, decrease symptoms of ulcerative colitis, or slow the growth of cancer. See the clinical evidence for the branded andrographis extract ParActin. Plus, learn about dosage, side effects and drug interactions with andrographis.
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.
I read an article stating that some of the ingredients in Centrum multivitamins may be dangerous or toxic. Is that true?
Learn more about the safety of ingredients in Centrum, including binders, fillers, and coloring agents.