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Consumerlab.Com Finds 'Breast Enhancement' Pills Lack Evidence of Efficacy

WHITE PLAINS, NY — April 16, 2002 — announced today that it found no hard evidence to suggest that current dietary supplements marketed for breast enhancement are effective. Its findings appear in a Review Article on its site, in which scientific literature and product information were analyzed. Unlike's typical Product Reviews in which supplements and nutrition products are subjected to laboratory testing, found no basis to proceed with testing of breast enhancement products as none could be recommended.

The review found no well-controlled clinical studies and no sound theoretical basis for any of twenty ingredients often appearing in such products to be effective. For example, there is no reason to believe that estrogenic herbs (including soy, red clover, fennel, and hops) should increase breast size in young women; if anything, they could theoretically decrease it (although they most likely are too weak to have any effect at all).

"This review caused us to depart from our traditional testing of products because no product of which we aware would merit our approval even if it contained what it claimed," said Tod Cooperman, M.D.,'s President.

The full review article is now available to's online subscribers at Also available online are CL's Product Reviews including lists of Approved Quality Products for vitamins, minerals, herbal and non-herbal supplements, as well as nutritional products. Other Product Reviews scheduled for release in coming months include magnesium supplements, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids from evening primrose, flaxseed, and borage oils, potassium supplements, and iodine tablets (potassium iodide) used as prophylaxis in nuclear accidents.'s Guide to Buying the Best Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements is scheduled for publication later this year. is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. The company is privately held and based in White Plains, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. Subscription to's Product Reviews is available online. Parties interested in purchasing comprehensive Product Review Technical Reports, licensing content, or requesting testing of additional products may contact Lisa Sabin, Vice President for Business Development, at [email protected]

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